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  • President and Mrs. Harding and Guests Descend the South Portico
    Harris & Ewing
    American Indians
    South Portico
    east view
    Jacqueline Kennedy Garden
    In this photograph, President Warren G. Harding and First Lady Florence Kling Harding descend the east staircase of the South Portico with guests who are dressed in traditional American Indian attire. During his presidency, Warren G. Harding welcomed several prominent members of the American Indian community at the White House including Chief Plenty Coups (Alaxchíia Ahú) from the Crow nation, and Chief Buffalo Bear and Princess Buffalo Bear of the Sioux nation. The East Garden is partially visible on the right side of this photograph. The garden was rededicated as the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden in 1965 by First Lady Lady Bird Johnson.
  • President and Mrs. Trump Welcome Trick-or-Treaters
    Tia Dufour
    Halloween
    South Grounds
    South Portico
    In this photograph, taken by Tia Dufour, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump react with surprise to young trick-or-treaters dressed as themselves during a Halloween celebration at the White House on on October 25, 2020. The president and first lady hosted the event for local schoolchildren, children of frontline workers, and military families. The event included performances of seasonal tunes by the United States Air Force Strolling Strings as well as display stands and giveaway booths on the South Grounds by government agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Transportation. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event incorporated safety measures including social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, a face mask requirement for guests ages 2 and up, and a "no touch" policy for giveaway distribution.
  • Halloween at the White House, 2020
    Andrea Hanks
    South Portico
    decorations
    Halloween
    This photograph of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greeting trick-or-treaters by the South Portico was taken by Andrea Hanks on October 25, 2020. The president and first lady hosted the Halloween celebration for local schoolchildren, children of frontline workers, and military families. The event included performances of seasonal tunes by the United States Air Force Strolling Strings as well as display stands and giveaway booths on the South Grounds by government agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Transportation. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event incorporated safety measures including social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, a face mask requirement for guests ages 2 and up, and a "no touch" policy for giveaway distribution.
  • Halloween at the White House, 2020
    Andrea Hanks
    Halloween
    South Portico
    decorations
    This photograph of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arriving at the South Portico for a Halloween celebration at the White House was taken by Andrea Hanks on October 25, 2020. The president and first lady hosted the event for local schoolchildren, children of frontline workers, and military families. For the festivities, the South Portico was decorated with autumnal leaves, chrysanthemums, and cascading pumpkins. The event included performances of seasonal tunes by the United States Air Force Strolling Strings as well as display stands and giveaway booths on the South Grounds by government agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Transportation. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event incorporated safety measures including social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, a face mask requirement for guests ages 2 and up, and a "no touch" policy for giveaway distribution.
  • U.S. Air Force Strolling Strings Perform for Halloween 2020
    Andrea Hanks
    military
    flowers
    decorations
    U.S. Air Force Band
    South Portico
    Halloween
    performing
    music
    This photograph of violinists from the United States Air Force Strolling Strings performing on the west staircase of the South Portico was taken by Andrea Hanks on October 25, 2020, during a Halloween celebration at the White House hosted by President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for local schoolchildren, children of frontline workers, and military families. The staircase is decorated with vibrant purple and orange chrysanthemums and cascading pumpkins. The event included performances of seasonal tunes by the United States Air Force Strolling Strings as well as display stands and giveaway booths on the South Grounds by government agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Transportation. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event incorporated safety measures including social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, a face mask requirement for guests ages 2 and up, and a "no touch" policy for giveaway distribution.
  • U.S. Air Force Strolling Strings Perform for Halloween 2020
    Andrea Hanks
    military
    flowers
    decorations
    U.S. Air Force Band
    South Portico
    Halloween
    performing
    music
    This photograph of violinists from the United States Air Force Strolling Strings performing on the east staircase of the South Portico was taken by Andrea Hanks on October 25, 2020, during a Halloween celebration at the White House hosted by President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for local schoolchildren, children of frontline workers, and military families. The staircase is decorated with vibrant yellow and orange chrysanthemums and cascading pumpkins. The event included performances of seasonal tunes by the United States Air Force Strolling Strings as well as display stands and giveaway booths on the South Grounds by government agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Transportation. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event incorporated safety measures including social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, a face mask requirement for guests ages 2 and up, and a "no touch" policy for giveaway distribution.
  • Halloween at the White House, 2020
    Andrea Hanks
    Halloween
    decorations
    South Portico
    This photograph of the South Portico decorated for Halloween was taken by Andrea Hanks on October 25, 2020. For the festivities, the South Portico was decorated with autumnal leaves, chrysanthemums, and cascading pumpkins. That evening, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hosted a Halloween celebration at the White House for local schoolchildren, children of frontline workers, and military families. The event included performances of seasonal tunes by the United States Air Force Strolling Strings as well as display stands and giveaway booths on the South Grounds by government agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Transportation. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event incorporated safety measures including social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, a face mask requirement for guests ages 2 and up, and a "no touch" policy for giveaway distribution.
  • Halloween at the White House, 2020
    Andrea Hanks
    decorations
    flowers
    Halloween
    South Portico
    This photograph of the east staircase of the South Portico decorated for Halloween was taken by Andrea Hanks on October 25, 2020. The staircase is decorated with vibrant yellow and orange chrysanthemums and cascading pumpkins. That evening, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hosted a Halloween celebration at the White House for local schoolchildren, children of frontline workers, and military families. The event included performances of seasonal tunes by the United States Air Force Strolling Strings as well as display stands and giveaway booths on the South Grounds by government agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Transportation. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event incorporated safety measures including social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, a face mask requirement for guests ages 2 and up, and a "no touch" policy for giveaway distribution.
  • Halloween at the White House, 2020
    Andrea Hanks
    South Portico
    decorations
    Halloween
    This photograph of the South Portico decorated for Halloween was taken by Andrea Hanks on October 25, 2020. The columns of the South Portico are covered with decorative autumnal leaves. That evening, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hosted a Halloween celebration at the White House for local schoolchildren, children of frontline workers, and military families. The event included performances of seasonal tunes by the United States Air Force Strolling Strings as well as display stands and giveaway booths on the South Grounds by government agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Transportation. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event incorporated safety measures including social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, a face mask requirement for guests ages 2 and up, and a "no touch" policy for giveaway distribution.
  • Halloween at the White House, 2020
    Tia Dufour
    decorations
    South Portico
    Halloween
    This photograph was taken by Tia Dufour on October 25, 2020, during a Halloween celebration at the White House hosted by President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for local schoolchildren, children of frontline workers, and military families. For the festivities, the South Portico was decorated with autumnal leaves, chrysanthemums, and cascading pumpkins. The event included performances of seasonal tunes by the United States Air Force Strolling Strings as well as display stands and giveaway booths on the South Grounds by government agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Transportation. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event incorporated safety measures including social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, a face mask requirement for guests ages 2 and up, and a "no touch" policy for giveaway distribution.
  • Halloween at the White House, 2018
    Shealah Craighead
    Halloween
    decorations
    South Portico
    In this photograph, taken by Shealah Craighead on October 28, 2018, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome trick-or-treaters by the South Portico for a Halloween celebration at the White House for military families. For the festivities, the South Portico was adorned with decorative cornstalks, autumnal trees, hay bales, and pumpkins. The event included performances of seasonal tunes by the United States Air Force Strolling Strings as well as a variety of activities on the South Grounds including a hay bale maze, a moon carpet by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a robotics display by the Department of Education, and the opportunity to see a variety of vehicles including the presidential limousine, popularly known as "The Beast."
  • U.S. Air Force Strolling Strings Perform for Halloween 2018
    Shealah Craighead
    U.S. Air Force Band
    military
    music
    performing
    South Portico
    Halloween
    In this photograph, taken by Shealah Craighead on October 28, 2018, musicians from the United States Air Force Strolling Strings perform on South Portico for a Halloween celebration at the White House hosted by President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for military families. For the festivities, the military band performed a variety of popular and seasonal tunes including Michael Jackson's "Thriller," and songs from "Harry Potter," "The Phantom of the Opera," and "The Addams Family." The event also featured a variety of activities on the South Grounds including a hay bale maze, a moon carpet by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a robotics display by the Department of Education, and the opportunity to see a variety of vehicles including the presidential limousine, popularly known as "The Beast."
  • U.S. Air Force Strolling Strings Perform for Halloween 2018
    Shealah Craighead
    military
    U.S. Air Force Band
    music
    performing
    Halloween
    South Portico
    In this photograph, taken by Shealah Craighead on October 28, 2018, musicians from the United States Air Force Strolling Strings perform on South Portico for a Halloween celebration at the White House hosted by President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for military families. For the festivities, the military band performed a variety of popular and seasonal tunes including Michael Jackson's "Thriller," and songs from "Harry Potter," "The Phantom of the Opera," and "The Addams Family." The event also featured a variety of activities on the South Grounds including a hay bale maze, a moon carpet by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a robotics display by the Department of Education, and the opportunity to see a variety of vehicles including the presidential limousine, popularly known as "The Beast."
  • Halloween at the White House, 2018
    Andrea Hanks
    decorations
    Halloween
    South Portico
    In this photograph, taken by Andrea Hanks on October 28, 2018, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump await trick-or-treaters by the South Portico for a Halloween celebration at the White House for military families. For the festivities, the South Portico was adorned with decorative cornstalks, autumnal trees, hay bales, and pumpkins. The event included performances of seasonal tunes by the United States Air Force Strolling Strings as well as a variety of activities on the South Grounds including a hay bale maze, a moon carpet by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a robotics display by the Department of Education, and the opportunity to see variety of vehicles including the presidential limousine, popularly known as "The Beast."
  • Halloween at the White House, 2018
    Andrea Hanks
    Halloween
    South Portico
    decorations
    In this photograph, taken by Andrea Hanks on October 28, 2018, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome trick-or-treaters by the South Portico for a Halloween celebration at the White House for military families. For the festivities, the South Portico was adorned with decorative cornstalks, autumnal trees, hay bales, and pumpkins. The event included performances of seasonal tunes by the United States Air Force Strolling Strings as well as a variety of activities on the South Grounds including a hay bale maze, a moon carpet by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a robotics display by the Department of Education, and the opportunity to see a variety of vehicles including the presidential limousine, popularly known as "The Beast."
  • Halloween at the White House, 2014
    Pete Souza
    decorations
    Halloween
    South Portico
    This photograph, taken by Pete Souza on October 31, 2014, shows the South Portico of the White House festively decorated for a Halloween celebration hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for local children and military families. The decorations included large inflatable pumpkins and facades of trees with autumnal leaves.
  • President Obama Enters Halloween-Decorated White House
    Amanda Lucidon
    South Portico
    decorations
    Halloween
    In this photograph, taken by Amanda Lucidon on October 30, 2013, President Barack Obama pauses outside the Halloween-decorated South Portico and the entryway to the Diplomatic Reception Room. The president was returning to the White House following a trip to Boston, Massachusetts, where he spoke on the Affordable Care Act. For the Halloween festivities in 2013, the South Portico was illuminated in orange and decorated by cobwebs and black and orange garlands. Other decorations for the occasion included over 185 carved jack o'lanterns and reused Bo and Sunny pipecleaner and ribbon topiaries from the White House winter holiday celebrations.
  • President and Mrs. Obama Attend 2014 Fourth of July Celebration
    Pete Souza
    South Portico
    4th of July
    In this photograph, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama descend the steps from the South Portico on July 4, 2014. President and Mrs. Obama hosted a barbecue and picnic for military families and members of the White House staff on the South Lawn of the White House Grounds. Prior to the celebration, President Obama took part in a naturalization ceremony for members of the military and their families. This photograph was taken by Pete Souza.
  • President Reagan Welcomes 1988 Summer Olympic Team to the White House
    Bill Flitz-Patrick
    sports
    South Portico
    South Grounds
    receptions
    In this photograph, President Ronald Reagan welcomes members of the U.S. Summer Olympic team to the White House South Lawn on October 24, 1988. The team’s visit followed competition in Seoul, South Korea earlier in the month. Surrounding President Reagan were some of the stand-out athletes from that Olympiad: kayaker Greg Barton, swimmer Matt Biondi, swimmer Janet Evans, track and field star Florence Griffith Joyner, and boxer Andrew Maynard.
  • President Reagan Welcomes 1988 Summer Olympic Team to the White House
    Bill Fitz-Patrick
    sports
    South Portico
    South Grounds
    receptions
    In this photograph, President Ronald Reagan welcomes members of the U.S. Summer Olympic team to the White House South Portico on October 24, 1988. The team’s visit followed competition in Seoul, South Korea earlier in the month. Surrounding President Reagan were some of the stand-out athletes from that Olympiad: kayaker Greg Barton, swimmer Matt Biondi (speaking at right), swimmer Janet Evans, track and field star Florence Griffith Joyner, and boxer Andrew Maynard.
  • President and Mrs. Clinton with the 1996 U.S. Summer Olympic Team
    Unknown
    sports
    South Portico
    South Grounds
    receptions
    This photograph, taken on August 7, 1996, shows President Bill Clinton, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton posing by the South Portico with members of the 1996 U.S. Summer Olympic team. Approximately 500 athletes visited the White House and met with the first family following the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • President and Mrs. Clinton with the 1996 U.S. Summer Olympic Team
    Unknown
    sports
    South Portico
    South Grounds
    receptions
    This photograph, taken on August 7, 1996, shows President Bill Clinton, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton posing by the South Portico with members of the 1996 U.S. Summer Olympic team. Approximately 500 athletes visited the White House and met with the first family following the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • President and Mrs. Bush Congratulate the 1992 U.S. Winter Olympic Team
    Unknown
    sports
    South Portico
    South Grounds
    receptions
    In this photograph, taken on April 8, 1992, President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush take part in a ceremony honoring the 1992 U.S. Winter Olympic team on the South Portico of the White House. President Bush invited the athletes to the White House to congratulate them on their accomplishments upon their return from the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France. At the 1992 Winter Olympics, American athletes earned 11 medals. At the time, it was the most medals earned by the United States Winter Olympic team during an Olympic Games hosted outside of the United States.
  • President Clinton Attends the 1996 Paralympic Torch Ceremony
    Unknown
    ceremonies
    South Grounds
    south view
    South Portico
    sports
    In this photograph, taken on August 10, 1996, President Bill Clinton attends a torch relay ceremony on the South Grounds in anticipation of the 1996 Summer Paralympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Although the origin of the Paralympic Games can be traced to athletic competitions held between disabled veterans following World War II, the Paralympic Games became more formalized and gained greater recognition in the 1980s and 1990s, culminating in the departure of the 1996 Paralympic Torch from the White House. Here, swimmer Diane Straub holds the torch aloft, while President Clinton and wheelchair racing, tennis, and basketball athlete Randy Snow look on.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt Contributes to Women's Olympic Fund
    Harris & Ewing
    sports
    South Portico
    In this photograph, taken on April 10, 1939, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt makes the inaugural contribution to the Women's Olympic Fund. The fund was created to help send track, swimming, and field teams to the 1940 Summer Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. In 1940, the Olympic Games were cancelled due to World War II. The Olympic Games did not resume until the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England. Helsinki later hosted the 1951 Summer Olympics. Pictured in this photograph from left to right: unidentified child; Mrs. Roosevelt; Delores "Dee" Boeckmann, former Olympic runner and National Chairman of the Women's Track and Field Committee; Hjalmar Johan Fredrik Procopé, Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Lucille Brackett, a swimmer from Washington, D.C. The group stands on the balcony of the South Portico outside the Blue Room. A crowd of onlookers on the South Grounds and the Washington Monument are visible in the distance.