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  • Kennedy Family at the Gala Opening for the Kennedy Center
    Warren K. Leffler
    Thomas J. O'Halloran
    presidential sites & libraries
    Washington, D.C.
    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    arts & culture
    This photograph by Warren K. Leffler and Thomas J. O'Halloran was taken at the gala opening for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on September 8, 1971. The photograph captures members of the Kennedy family including --President Kennedy's mother, Rose, and younger brother, Edward M. Kennedy -- in attendance in the Opera House presidential box.
  • President and Mrs. Obama at the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors
    Lawrence Jackson
    presidential sites & libraries
    arts & culture
    Washington, D.C.
    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    merits & awards
    In this photograph by Lawrence Jackson, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stand for the national anthem at the beginning of the Kennedy Center Honors on December 6, 2009. President and Mrs. Obama were in the presidential box in the Opera House at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and were flanked by Vice President Joseph R. Biden and the 2009 honorees, (from left to right) Dave Brubeck, Robert De Niro, Grace Bumbry, Mel Brooks, and Bruce Springsteen. This was the first Kennedy Center Honors hosted by President and Mrs. Obama.
  • President Bush Awards Harper Lee the Presidential Medal of Freedom
    Eric Draper
    merits & awards
    ceremonies
    White House Guests
    State Floor
    Presidential Medal of Freedom
    East Room
    arts & culture
    In this photograph by Eric Draper, President George W. Bush stands with author Harper Lee in the East Room of the White House on Nov. 5, 2007. Lee was at the White House to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush. Lee was best known for her classic American novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird" and received her honor alongside Liberian politician Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, director of the National Institutes of Health Dr. Francis Collins, and Benjamin Hooks, civil rights leader and former executive director of the NAACP, among others.
  • President Clinton with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat at the Signing of the Oslo Accord
    Vince Musi
    South Grounds
    South Lawn
    Head of State
    peace treaty
    This photograph of President Bill Clinton with Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel (left) and Chairman Yasser Arafat (right) of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) was taken by Vince Musi on September 13, 1993. Rabin and Arafat are captured shaking hands on the South Lawn outside the South Portico during the ceremony for the signing the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements, the Middle East peace agreement more commonly known as the Oslo Accord. Rabin signed the agreement that day alongside Palestinian negotiator Mahmoud Abbas.
  • President Clinton with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat at the Signing of the Oslo Accord
    Vince Musi
    South Grounds
    South Lawn
    Head of State
    peace treaty
    This photograph of President Bill Clinton with Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel (left) and Chairman Yasser Arafat (right) of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) was taken by Vince Musi on September 13, 1993. Rabin and Arafat are captured shaking hands on the South Lawn outside the South Portico during the ceremony for the signing the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements, the Middle East peace agreement more commonly known as the Oslo Accord. Rabin signed the agreement that day alongside Palestinian negotiator Mahmoud Abbas.
  • President Ford Awards the Presidential Medial of Freedom to Lady Bird Johnson
    Bill Fitz-Patrick
    ceremonies
    White House Guests
    State Floor
    Presidential Medal of Freedom
    East Room
    merits & awards
    In this photograph by Bill Fitz-Patrick, President Gerald R. Ford presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson in a ceremony in the East Room on January 10, 1977. President Ford presented the award in the waning days of his presidency, honoring Mrs. Johnson alongside the likes of Georgia O'Keeffe, Irving Berlin, Joe DiMaggio, Nelson Rockefeller, and Norman Rockwell.
  • Stereograph of the State Dining Room
    John Fillis Jarvis
    Underwood & Underwood
    State Floor
    State Dining Room
    This stereograph of the State Dining Room is labeled "State Ding Room in the President's Mansion, Washington, D.C." and was published by John Fillis Jarvis. The table is set with dinner plates from the Rutherford B. Hayes state china service and the Dorflinger glassware, first purchased during the Abraham Lincoln administration, for a formal luncheon on January 6, 1881. The place setting at the lower left is the “raccoon” dinner plate from the Hayes service. The State Dining Room is located on the State Floor of the White House. The room is often the setting for state or official dinners and is the second largest room in the White House.
  • President Nixon Calls Apollo 11 Astronauts
    Oliver F. Atkins
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    astronauts
    In this photograph by Oliver F. Atkins, President Richard M. Nixon speaks to Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. The phone call was live on national television as the two astronauts were on the moon and President was in the Oval Office. The phone call was called "the longest-distance phone call ever".
  • President Clinton Welcomes Nelson Mandela for State Visit
    Barbara Kinney
    Head of State
    State Arrival Ceremony
    State Visit
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    In this photograph, taken by Barbara Kinney, President Bill Clinton walks with President Nelson Mandela of South Africa at a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn on October 4, 1994. Mandela was at the White House as part of his State Visit, less than six months after taking office. Mandela's State Visit also included a State Dinner and meetings with President Clinton in the Oval Office.
  • President and Mrs. Kennedy Arrive at Inaugural Ball
    Abbie Rowe
    inaugurations
    In this photograph by Abbie Rowe taken on January 20, 1961, newly-inaugurated President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy arrive at the National Guard Armory in Washington, D.C. for the Inaugural Ball. Earlier in the day, President Kennedy was sworn in at the 35th President of the United States. Mrs. Kennedy wore a sleeveless, off-white gown with a silk sheer top covering a strapless bodice encrusted with “brilliants” and embroidered with silver thread by Ethel Frankau. Mrs. Kennedy collaborated with Frankau in the creation of the gown by offering suggestions on the sketches. Mrs. Kennedy’s look was finished off with a matching cape that closed at the neck and elbow-length gloves.
  • President Ford's First Swim in the New White House Pool
    David Hume Kennerly
    swimming pool
    sports
    press
    South Grounds
    leisure
    This black and white photograph by David Hume Kennerly shows President Gerald R. Ford swimming in the White House swimming pool for reporters. It was the first swim in the new pool for President Ford. The swimming pool is located on the South Grounds of the White House and is different from the one built in 1933 during the Franklin Roosevelt administration, which was indoors and paved over in 1970 to become the Press Room.
  • President Bush Receives NCAA Champions
    Tina Hager
    sports
    White House Guests
    East Room
    State Floor
    This photograph was taken by Tina Hager on June 17, 2003, during a reception hosted by President George W. Bush in the East Room honoring the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Winter Championship teams. Here, President Bush is presented with a jersey by guard Diana Taurasi of the University of Connecticut women's basketball team. Taurasi was a member of the team for three of its NCAA championship wins from 2002-2004.
  • President Obama Greets DePaul Women's Basketball Champions
    Pete Souza
    State Floor
    Blue Room
    sports
    White House Guests
    In this photograph taken by Pete Souza, President Barack Obama greets members of the DePaul University women's basketball team. The team visited the White House on June 14, 2013 in celebration of their NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship. President Obama greeted the group in the Blue Room.
  • President Obama Awards the Medal of Freedom to Pat Summitt
    Lawrence Jackson
    sports
    ceremonies
    White House Guests
    State Floor
    Presidential Medal of Freedom
    East Room
    merits & awards
    In this photograph by Lawrence Jackson, President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Pat Summitt, legendary former coach of the University of Tennessee women's basketball team. The ceremony took place on May 29, 2012 in the East Room. Novelist Toni Morrison, seated at left, was also honored with the award in addition Madeline Albright, John Doar, Bob Dylan, William Foege, John Glenn, Gordon Hirabayashi, Dolores Huerta, Jan Karski, Juliette Gordon Low, Shimon Peres, and John Paul Stevens.
  • Mrs. Eisenhower Meets Officers from the National Council of Negro Women
    Abbie Rowe
    civil rights
    White House Guests
    North Door
    North Portico
    In this photograph, taken by National Park Service photographer Abbie Rowe on November 12, 1953, First Lady Mamie Doud Eisenhower receives officers from the National Council of Negro Women outside the North Door of the White House. As first lady, Mrs. Eisenhower accepted honorary membership in the organization and hosted the first White House reception for the National Council of Negro Women. Pictured here from left to right: Carmel Carrington Marr, Jane M. Spaulding, Mrs. Eisenhower, Daisy E. Lampkin, and Ruth Caston Mueller.
  • President Reagan with the 1986 Women's NCAA Champions
    Mary Anne Fackelman
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    White House Guests
    sports
    This photograph of President Ronald Reagan with members of the University of Texas at Austin women's basketball team was taken by Mary Anne Fackelman on April 16, 1986. President Reagan welcomed the Longhorns to the Rose Garden following their victory over the University of Southern California at the NCAA Division I Women's Championship that March. The team gave Reagan a jacket emblazoned with "Texas" during their meeting.
  • President Clinton with the 1994 NCCA Men's Basketball Champions
    Sharon Farmer
    sports
    White House Guests
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    This photograph of President Bill Clinton with members of the University of Arkansas men's basketball team was taken by Sharon Farmer on June15, 1994. President Clinton welcomed the Razorbacks -- from his home state -- to the Rose Garden following their victory over Duke University at the NCAA Division I Men's Championship that month. Here, Clinton shakes the hand of shooting guard Scotty Thurman.
  • President Reagan with the 1984 Men's NCAA Champions
    Pete Souza
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    White House Guests
    sports
    This photograph of President Ronald Reagan with members of Georgetown University men's basketball team was taken by Pete Souza on April 7, 1984. President Reagan welcomed the Hoyas to the Rose Garden following their victory over the University of Houston at the NCAA Division I Men's Championship on April 2. John Thompson, at left, became the first African-American head coach to win the championship. Also captured in this photograph are players Ralph Dalton, Reggie Williams, and Michael Jackson.
  • President Reagan Poses for "Sports Illustrated" Cover
    Pete Souza
    Map Room
    Ground Floor
    sports
    White House Guests
    In this photograph, President Ronald Reagan poses with coach John Thompson and center Patrick Ewing of the Georgetown University men's basketball team. The trio were shot in the Map Room on the Ground Floor of the White House as part of a photo shoot for the cover of "Sports Illustrated" magazine by Pete Souza on November 11, 1984. The Georgetown Hoyas won the NCCA Division I Men's Championship the previous April. The Hoyas championship was the first for the university and made Thompson the first African-American head coach to lead his team to victory.
  • President Ford with the 1976 Men's NCAA Champions
    Bill Fitz-Patrick
    Rose Garden
    sports
    South Grounds
    White House Guests
    This photograph of President Gerald R. Ford with members of Indiana University men's basketball team was taken by Bill Fitz-Patrick on April 20, 1976. President Ford welcomed the Hoosiers to the Rose Garden following their victory over the University of Michigan at the NCAA Division I Men's Championship that March. Bobby Knight, the Hoosier's legendary coach, joined the team for the visit.
  • President Johnson Gives a Magnolia Blossom to Peggy Fleming
    Yoichi R. Okamoto
    sports
    White House Guests
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    flowers
    In this photograph, taken by Yoichi R. Okamoto on March 27, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson pins a saucer magnolia flower to the lapel of figure skating champion Peggy Fleming in the Oval Office. Johnson plucked the blossom for Fleming from a saucer magnolia tree in the Rose Garden. The 19-year-old figure skater earned a gold medal in the ladies' singles competition at the 1968 Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France. President Johnson invited Fleming and her mother Doris to the Oval Office, where he presented the Olympic champion with a gold bangle and pinned the magnolia blossom to her lapel. Later in her career, Fleming headed a figure skating group that performed for President Jimmy Carter during a Christmas party for White House staff on December 22, 1980.
  • Mrs. Nixon Watches a Panda at the Beijing Zoo
    Byron E. Schumaker
    travel
    First Lady Visit
    China
    In this photograph taken by Bryon E. Schumaker, First Lady Pat Nixon, Chinese interpreters, officials, and the press watch a panda inside an enclosure at the Beijing Zoo (also known as the Peking Zoo) on February 22, 1972. The trip to the zoo was part of the Nixons' State Visit to the People's Republic of China.
  • Mrs. Nixon Watches a Panda at the Beijing Zoo
    Byron E. Schumaker
    First Lady Visit
    China
    travel
    In this photograph taken by Bryon E. Schumaker, First Lady Pat Nixon, Chinese interpreters, officials, and the press watch a panda inside an enclosure at the Beijing Zoo (also known as the Peking Zoo) on February 22, 1972. The trip to the zoo was part of the Nixons' State Visit to the People's Republic of China.
  • Mrs. Nixon Watches a Panda at the Beijing Zoo
    Byron E. Schumaker
    First Lady Visit
    China
    travel
    In this photograph taken by Bryon E. Schumaker, First Lady Pat Nixon, Chinese interpreters, officials, and the press watch a panda inside an enclosure at the Beijing Zoo (also known as the Peking Zoo) on February 22, 1972. The trip to the zoo was part of the Nixons' State Visit to the People's Republic of China.
  • Mrs. Clinton and Chef Mesnier Pose with the 1999 White House Gingerbread House
    unknown
    winter holidays
    staff
    gingerbread
    decorations
    State Floor
    State Dining Room
    Residence staff
    Christmas
    food & drink
    This photograph of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and White House Executive Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier with the White House gingerbread house was taken in December 1999. Chef Mesnier and his team created gingerbread versions of the White House, the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, and Mount Vernon. The scene also included the Potomac river winding through the display. The theme chosen for 1999 was "Saving America's Treasures," highlighting Mrs. Clinton's program to help preserve important landmarks and historic artifacts.