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  • President Reagan Meets with Members of the1988 Winter Olympic Team
    Susan Biddle
    State Floor
    East Room
    sports
    receptions
    White House Guests
    In this photograph taken by Susan Biddle, President Ronald Reagan meets with members of the 1988 United States Winter Olympic speed skating team in the East Room on March 8, 1988. Among the speed skaters to meet President Reagan for a photo opportunity were Bonnie Blair, Dan Jansen, Moira D'Andrea, Nancy Swider-Peltz, Jeff Klaiber, Mary Docter, David Cruikshank, and John Backfield. The Olympians met President Reagan at the White House following the culmination of the 1988 games in Calgary the previous month.
  • President Reagan Meets with Members of the1988 Winter Olympic Team
    Susan Biddle
    State Floor
    East Room
    sports
    receptions
    White House Guests
    In this photograph taken by Susan Biddle, President Ronald Reagan meets with members of the 1988 United States Winter Olympic speed skating team in the East Room on March 8, 1988. Among the speed skaters to meet President Reagan for a photo opportunity were Bonnie Blair, Dan Jansen, Moira D'Andrea, Nancy Swider-Peltz, Jeff Klaiber, Mary Docter, David Cruikshank, and John Backfield. The Olympians met President Reagan at the White House following the culmination of the 1988 games in Calgary the previous month.
  • President Reagan Meets with Members of the1988 Winter Olympic Team
    Susan Biddle
    State Floor
    East Room
    sports
    receptions
    White House Guests
    In this photograph taken by Susan Biddle, President Ronald Reagan meets with members of the 1988 United States Winter Olympic speed skating team in the East Room on March 8, 1988. Among the speed skaters to meet President Reagan for a photo opportunity were Bonnie Blair, Dan Jansen, Moira D'Andrea, Nancy Swider-Peltz, Jeff Klaiber, Mary Docter, David Cruikshank, and John Backfield. The Olympians met President Reagan at the White House following the culmination of the 1988 games in Calgary the previous month.
  • Bob Hope Christmas Show Reception
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    winter holidays
    receptions
    arts & culture
    White House Guests
    State Floor
    Entrance Hall
    Christmas
    Blue Room Christmas Tree
    Cross Hall
    In this image, taken by National Geographic photographer Joseph J. Scherschel on December 14, 1969, Bob Hope and performers from the Bob Hope Christmas Show mingle in the Entrance Hall and Cross Hall. Pictured here with Hope are members of the song and dance troupe the Golddiggers. The official White House Christmas Tree is visible in the background. That day, the cast of Bob Hope's Christmas special dined with President and Mrs. Nixon in the State Dining Room, and put on a preview performance in the East Room. Bob Hope's USO-sponsored variety shows entertained American troops around the world for nearly 50 years, and his television specials were an annual tradition for American households for decades. Hope was a recurrent guest at the White House and entertained every president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Bill Clinton.
  • Bob Hope Christmas Show Reception
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    winter holidays
    receptions
    arts & culture
    White House Guests
    State Floor
    Entrance Hall
    Christmas
    Blue Room Christmas Tree
    Cross Hall
    In this image, taken by National Geographic photographer Joseph J. Scherschel on December 14, 1969, Bob Hope and performers from the Bob Hope Christmas Show mingle in the Entrance Hall and Cross Hall. Pictured here with Hope are members of the song and dance troupe the Golddiggers. The official White House Christmas Tree is visible in the background. That day, the cast of Bob Hope's Christmas special dined with President and Mrs. Nixon in the State Dining Room, and put on a preview performance in the East Room. Bob Hope's USO-sponsored variety shows entertained American troops around the world for nearly 50 years, and his television specials were an annual tradition for American households for decades. Hope was a recurrent guest at the White House and entertained every president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Bill Clinton.
  • The Nixons and Apollo 12 Astronauts Receive Guests at Worship Service
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    White House Guests
    State Floor
    Cross Hall
    astronauts
    worship services
    In this photograph, taken by National Geographic photographer Joseph J. Scherschel on December 21, 1969, President Richard M. Nixon, First Lady Pat Nixon, astronauts from the Apollo 12 lunar exploration mission, and their wives receive guests in the Cross Hall for a worship service. The worship service was conducted in the East Room and attended by approximately 325 guests. The crew of Apollo 12 included the second group of astronauts to walk on the moon, on November 19-20, 1969. Cdr. Pete Conrad, his wife, Jane; lunar module pilot Alan Bean, his wife, Sue; and command module pilot Richard F. Gordon, Jr. and his wife, Barbara were the overnight guests of president and Mrs. Nixon at the White House on December 20-21, 1969.
  • The Nixons and Apollo 12 Astronauts Greet Choristers
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    worship services
    White House Guests
    State Floor
    Cross Hall
    astronauts
    In this photograph, taken by National Geographic photographer Joseph J. Scherschel on December 21, 1969, President Richard M. Nixon, First Lady Pat Nixon, astronauts from the Apollo 12 lunar exploration mission, and their wives greet members of the Boys Choir of the Washington National Cathedral in the Cross Hall. The choristers performed that day at a worship service in the East Room. The crew of Apollo 12 included the second group of astronauts to walk on the moon, on November 19-20, 1969. Cdr. Pete Conrad, his wife, Jane; lunar module pilot Alan Bean, his wife, Sue; and command module pilot Richard F. Gordon, Jr. and his wife, Barbara were the overnight guests of president and Mrs. Nixon at the White House on December 20-21-1969.
  • President Nixon, Mrs. Nixon, and Apollo 12 Astronauts Mingle in Cross Hall
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    White House Guests
    State Floor
    Cross Hall
    astronauts
    worship services
    In this photograph, taken by National Geographic photographer Joseph J. Scherschel, President Richard M. Nixon, First Lady Pat Nixon, astronauts from the Apollo 12 lunar exploration mission, and their wives converse in the Cross Hall. The crew of Apollo 12 included the second group of astronauts to walk on the moon, on November 19-20, 1969. Cdr. Pete Conrad, his wife, Jane; lunar module pilot Alan Bean, his wife, Sue; and command module pilot Richard F. Gordon, Jr. and his wife, Barbara were the overnight guests of President and Mrs. Nixon at the White House on December 20-21, 1969. In this photograph, the Nixons, the astronauts, and their spouses wait to receive visitors for a worship service in the East Room, which was attended by 325 guests on on December 21, 1969.
  • President Nixon with Worship Service Guests
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    White House Guests
    Cross Hall
    Christmas
    astronauts
    winter holidays
    worship services
    In this photograph, taken on December 21, 1969, President Richard M. Nixon mingles with guests in the Cross Hall. This photograph was taken following a Sunday morning worship service, conducted in the East Room. The service was attended by approximately 325 guests. Here, the president is accompanied by astronauts from the Apollo 12 lunar exploration mission and their wives. The crew of Apollo 12 included the second group of astronauts to walk on the moon, on November 19-20, 1969. Cdr. Pete Conrad, his wife, Jane, lunar module pilot Alan Bean, his wife, Sue, and command module pilot Richard F. Gordon, Jr. and his wife, Barbara were the overnight guests of President and Mrs. Nixon at the White House on December 20-21, 1969.
  • White House Social Entertainment Files Pertaining to Luncheon for
    White House Social Entertainment Office
    press releases
    menus
    lists
    letters
    invitations
    documents
    White House Guests
    receptions
    pamphlets
    This set of documents is part of a collection of social files maintained by the White House Social Entertainment Office. The items in this file pertain to a luncheon hosted by President Lyndon B. Johnson for Olympic medal winners. President Johnson hosted the luncheon and reception to congratulate approximately 100 U.S. Olympic medalists for their achievements at the 1964 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. At the 1964 Tokyo Games, the American team took home 90 medals, including 36 gold medals. This folder includes invitation telegrams; drafts of the luncheon menu; a booklet by the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce about Olympic athlete Don Schollander; a booklet by the American Diary Association and United States Olympic Committee including maps, schedules, rules, former champions, athlete rosters, and administrative selecting committees at the 1964 Olympic Games; guest list drafts and correspondence; and press releases including remarks by the president to be delivered during the luncheon.
  • White House Social Files Pertaining to Luncheon for 1964 Olympic Athletes
    Office of the White House Social Secretary
    Eric F. Goldman
    sports
    receptions
    lists
    letters
    documents
    White House Guests
    This set of documents is part of a collection of White House social files maintained by White House Social Secretary Bess Abell. The documents in this file pertain to a luncheon hosted by President Lyndon B. Johnson for Olympic medal winners. President Johnson hosted the luncheon and reception to congratulate approximately 100 U.S. Olympic medalists for their achievements at the 1964 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. At the 1964 Tokyo Games, the American team took home 90 medals, including 36 gold medals. This folder includes the copies of the guest list for the luncheon, a memo regarding the luncheon approved by President Johnson, as well as correspondence from Eric F. Goldman, special advisor to the president, directed to United States Olympic Committee President Kenneth L. Wilson regarding the congratulations of Olympic athletes.
  • President and Mrs. Kennedy with Project Mercury Astronauts
    Cecil Stoughton
    astronauts
    Yellow Oval Room
    Second Floor
    White House Guests
    In this photograph, taken by Cecil Stoughton on May 21, 1963, President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy entertain astronauts Maj. L. Gordon Cooper, Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard, Maj. Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Lt. Cmdr. M. Scott Carpenter, Maj, Donald K. “Deke” Slayton, Cmdr. Walter M. Schirra and their spouses in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House. Earlier that day, President Kennedy presented the NASA Distinguished Service Medal to Maj. Cooper for his success with the Project Mercury orbital mission. Maj. Cooper flew the Mercury-Atlas 9 ("Faith 7"), which was the final Mercury flight. He flew just over 34 hours and orbited the earth 22 times before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. The other astronauts were also participants of Project Mercury and took part in early United States spaceflight missions. This photograph shows the president, first lady, and their guests relaxing in the Yellow Oval Room shortly after it was restored into a formal drawing room by Mrs. Kennedy.
  • President Kennedy and Vice President Johnson with Wilma Rudolph
    Abbie Rowe
    Oval Office
    sports
    West Wing
    White House Guests
    This photograph, taken by Abbie Rowe on April 14, 1961, shows President John F. Kennedy meeting with American athlete Wilma Rudolph in the Oval Office. Rudolph was a triple Olympic gold medalist in track and field during the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. She was considered the fastest woman in the world, and at the time of this photograph, was also a student at Tennessee State College in Nashville. Pictured in this photograph from left to right: President Kennedy; Rudolph; Rudolph’s mother Blanche Rudolph; Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson; Robert Logan (standing), a friend of Rudolph's; and Edward Temple, coach of the 1960 women’s Olympic track team.
  • President Reagan Greets Ray Mercer
    Bill Fitz-Patrick
    sports
    White House Guests
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    receptions
    In this photograph, President Ronald Reagan greets Olympic champion boxer Ray Mercer in the Oval Office. Mercer, along with his teammates from the 1988 U.S. Summer Olympics team, visited the White House on October 24, 1988, following the games held in Seoul, South Korea. Mercer won the gold medal in heavyweight boxing.
  • President Reagan and Florence Griffith Joyner
    Bill Fitz-Patrick
    sports
    White House Guests
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    receptions
    In this photograph, President Ronald Reagan greets track and field star Florence Griffith Joyner in the Oval Office. Joyner, along with her teammates from the 1988 U.S. Summer Olympics team, visited the White House on October 24, 1988, following the games held in Seoul, South Korea. Joyner won three gold medals at the games, including the 100 meter and 200 meter sprints.
  • President Obama Welcomes 2012 Women’s Gymnastics Team to the Oval Office
    Pete Souza
    sports
    White House Guests
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    receptions
    In this photograph, taken by Pete Souza, President Barack Obama welcomes members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams to the Oval Office. President Obama welcomed the team members on November 15, 2012. From left to right: Steven Gluckstein, Savannah Vinsant, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Steve Penny, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, and Jordyn Wieber.
  • President Bush and Mrs. Bush Greet Arnold Schwarzenegger
    David Valdez
    sports
    receptions
    White House Guests
    State Floor
    Blue Room
    arts & culture
    In this photograph, taken by David Valdez on August 11, 1992, President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush greet Austrian-American actor and former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzeneggar in the Blue Room. During the George H. W. Bush administration, Schwarzeneggar served as chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and led multiple Great American Workouts on the South Lawn. Later Schwarzeneggar began a career in politics and served as governor of California from 2003-2011. This photograph was taken during a reception at the White House for members of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team. The athletes were invited to the White House following their return from the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. Originally planned as an outdoor picnic, due to rain the event was held across multiple rooms on the State Floor. Approximately 450 athletes attended the event, were they enjoyed a performance by Cuban-American singer-songwriter Jon Secada and feasted on hot dogs and ice cream bars.
  • President Reagan Plays Hockey with Washington Capitals and Olympic Athletes
    Bill Fitz-Patrick
    sports
    South Grounds
    Rose Garden
    White House Guests
    In this photograph, taken by Bill Fitz-Patrick on September 29, 1983, President Ronald Reagan hits a hockey puck in the Rose Garden during an event honoring the Washington Capitals and the 1984 United States men's Olympic hockey team. The following day, the two teams competed at the Capital Centre, the home arena of the Washington Capitals in Landover, Maryland. During the Rose Garden ceremony, President Reagan was presented with commemorative jerseys, a hockey puck, and a trophy-shaped jelly bean jar. In this photograph, Vice President George H. W. Bush watches with members of the hockey teams from behind the podium with the Presidential Seal.
  • President Obama Poses with Olympic Gymnast McKayla Maroney in the Oval Office
    Pete Souza
    sports
    White House Guests
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    receptions
    In this photograph, taken on November 15, 2012, President Barack Obama jokingly strikes a pose with Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney while greeting members of the 2012 United States Olympic gymnastics teams in the Oval Office. The president and Olympic medalist imitate Maroney's "not impressed" expression, which had recently gained popularity as an Internet meme. At the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, Great Britain, McKayla earned a gold medal for the women's artistic team all-around competition, as well as a silver medal in the women's vault competition. In this photograph, Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics, and Olympic trampoline gymnast Savannah Vinsant can be seen laughing at left.
  • President and Mrs. Obama Meet the 2010 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team
    Pete Souza
    Diplomatic Reception Room
    Ground Floor
    sports
    receptions
    White House Guests
    In this photograph, taken by Pete Souza on April 21, 2010, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama congratulate athletes of the United States Women's Ice Hockey team in the Diplomatic Reception Room following their return from the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. The American team was awarded the silver medal for their showing at the Olympics, and took part in the final round against the Canadian home team on February 25, 2010.
  • The Clintons Congratulate the Magnificent Seven
    Unknown
    sports
    White House Guests
    State Floor
    Blue Room
    receptions
    This photograph, taken on August 7, 1996, shows President Bill Clinton, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton in the Blue Room with members of the 1996 U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team. Also known as the "Magnificent Seven," the group earned the first gold medal for the United States in the women's artistic team all-around competition during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. The gymnasts were among 500 American athletes who visited the White House and met with the first family on August 7, 1996, following the 1996 Olympic Games. Pictured from left to right: Amy Chow, Mrs. Clinton, Dominique Dawes, Chelsea Clinton, Dominique Moceanu, President Clinton, Kerri Strug, Amanda Borden, and Jaycie Phelps.
  • President and Mrs. Nixon with Joe Frazier and Family
    Karl Schumacher
    worship services
    sports
    White House Guests
    State Dining Room
    State Floor
    In this photograph, taken by Karl Schumacher on April 18, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon pose with world heavyweight boxing champion and 1964 Olympic gold medalist Joe Frazier and his family in the State Dining Room. The president and first lady invited the Frazier family to attend a worship service at the White House administered by the Rev. Carl W. Haley of the Virginia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Haley was a former housemate of Nixon's while they were both enrolled at the Duke University School of Law. Raised in a devout Quaker household, President Nixon regularly hosted worship services on Sunday mornings in the East Room.
  • Filming of "A Day in the Life of the President," 1971
    Byron E. Schumaker
    sports
    White House Guests
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    press
    In this photograph, taken by Byron E. Schumaker on December 6, 1971, a camera crew records as President Richard M. Nixon meets with guests in the Oval Office for the presentation of the Most Courageous Junior Olympian Award to Gary Washington, a 17-year-old athlete from the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind High School. Among those in attendance were Senator Gordon Allott of Colorado; Joseph Sisneros, American Sign Language interpreter and athletic coach at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind High School; John Kelly, Jr., president of the Amateur Athletic Union of the U.S., Inc. (AAU); Richard W. McArthur, publicity director of the AAU; C.M Sgt. Sidney Brooks, chairman of the 1971 Junior Olympic Championships; and Richard G. Kline, Washington, D.C. attorney and former chairman of the Junior Olympic Championships. This event was filmed for an NBC News television special entitled "A Day in the Life of the President," that aired in January 1972. NBC television crews returned to the White House to document "A Day in the Life of the President" specials for subsequent administrations including presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
  • President Nixon Presents 1971 Most Courageous Junior Olympian Award
    Byron E. Schumaker
    sports
    White House Guests
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    Congress
    In this photograph, taken by Byron E. Schumaker on December 6, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon presents the Most Courageous Junior Olympian Award to Gary Washington, a 17-year-old athlete from the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind High School. Present at the ceremony were Senator Gordon Allott of Colorado; Gary Washington; Joseph Sisneros, American Sign Language interpreter and athletic coach at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind High School; President Nixon; and John Kelly, Jr., president of the Amateur Athletic Union of the U.S., Inc. (AAU). Also in attendance were Richard W. McArthur, publicity director of the AAU; C.M Sgt. Sidney Brooks, chairman of the 1971 Junior Olympic Championships; and Richard G. Kline, Washington, D.C. attorney and former chairman of the Junior Olympic Championships. This event was filmed for an NBC News television special entitled "A Day in the Life of the President," that aired in January 1972. NBC television crews returned to the White House to document "A Day in the Life of the President" specials for subsequent administrations including presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
  • President Nixon Congratulates the 1972 Soviet Women's Gymnastics Team
    Robert L. Knudsen
    sports
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    White House Guests
    In this photograph, taken by Robert L. Knudsen on March 21, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon congratulates members of the Soviet Union's women's gymnastics team in the Oval Office. Nixon invited the team to the White House to congratulate them on their gold medal victory in the the artistic team all-around competition. Here, Nixon chats with Olga Korbut. An Olympic legend, Korbut also earned gold medals in the 1972 balance beam and floor exercise competitions. Her difficult and novel routines increased international awareness for the athleticism of the sport.