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  • President Bush Toasts Queen Elizabeth II at State Dinner
    Eric Draper
    State Floor
    State Dinner
    State Dining Room
    State Visit
    Head of State
    In this photograph by Eric Draper, President George W. Bush toasts Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain at a State dinner held in her honor on May 7, 2007. The toast followed President Bush's welcoming remarks at the dinner, which took place in the State Dining Room. The evening also included a performance by violinist Itzhak Perlman in the East Room.
  • President and Mrs. Bush Attend a Menorah Lighting Ceremony
    Eric Draper
    winter holidays
    menorahs
    Hanukkah
    East Garden Room
    Ground Floor
    This photograph was taken by Eric Draper on December 9, 2004, during a menorah lighting ceremony in the East Garden Room. Although previous administrations had observed Hanukkah, and menorah lighting ceremonies had been held in the Oval Office during the Bill Clinton administration, the first menorah lighting ceremony was held in the Executive Residence during the George W. Bush administration in 2001. Here, Menachem, Chaim, and Miriam Felzenberg, the three eldest children of Army Chaplain Shmuel Felzenberg, light the menorah as President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Welch Bush look on. The menorah used in the ceremony was borrowed from the Boca Raton Synagogue in Boca Raton, Florida.
  • President George W. Bush Attends a Menorah Lighting Ceremony
    Eric Draper
    menorahs
    Hanukkah
    Ground Floor
    East Garden Room
    winter holidays
    This photograph was taken by Eric Draper on December 10, 2001, during a menorah lighting ceremony in the East Garden Room. Although previous administrations had observed Hanukkah, and menorah lighting ceremonies had been held in the Oval Office during the Bill Clinton administration, this was the first year that a menorah lighting ceremony was held in the Executive Residence. Here, 8-year-old Talia Lefkowitz lights the second candle of Hanukkah, as President George W. Bush looks on. The silver menorah used in the ceremony was borrowed from the collection of the Jewish Museum in New York.
  • President Bush Dedicates National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial
    Eric Draper
    memorials
    commemorations
    Virginia
    September 11
    Cabinet
    travel
    Presidential Visit
    In this photograph, President George W. Bush delivers a speech during the dedication ceremony for the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia on the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld can be seen seated behind the president. Designed by Julie Beckman and Keith Kaseman, the memorial honors the 184 victims who perished when the hijacked aircraft American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the west side of the Pentagon. The outdoor memorial identifies victims by name and age, and includes illuminated water features to represent each victim. In 2002, President Bush designated September 11th as Patriot Day, a time that has been recognized through presidential proclamations as a national day of remembrance, prayer, and service. Presidents and first ladies typically commemorate the day through moment of silence observations on the White House South Lawn, and by attending remembrance ceremonies at sites affected by the terrorist attacks.
  • President and Mrs. Bush Participate in Memorial Service for September 11th Victims
    Eric Draper
    memorials
    commemorations
    Washington, D.C.
    St. John's Church
    Semptember 11
    In this photograph, taken by Eric Draper on September 11, 2002, President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Welch Bush light a candle at St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., during a private service of prayer and remembrance honoring the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This first anniversary of the attacks was also the first observation of Patriot Day, a day designated by President Bush for national participation in remembrance ceremonies. On September 11, 2002, President Bush also participated in a moment of silence at the White House and visited the location of the terrorist attacks in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, the former site of the World Trade Center in New York city, and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.
  • President Bush Remarks on World Trade Center Terrorist Attacks
    Eric Draper
    travel
    September 11
    Florida
    Presidential Visit
    In this photograph, President George W. Bush delivers remarks from Emma E. Brooker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York city on the morning of September 11, 2001. The president was informed by his chief of staff Andy Card of the second strike on the towers while reading to children at the school. After delivering brief remarks at the school, Bush boarded Air Force One for his own protection, accompanied by roughly 65 advisors, security agents, and staff members. For the next several hours, President Bush worked from his office aboard Air Force One, where he monitored the crisis using the secure phone lines and televisions installed in the aircraft.
  • President Bush and Advisors Respond to September 11 Terrorist Attacks
    Eric Draper
    transportation
    technology
    counterterrorism
    September 11
    Air Force One
    staff
    staff of FLOTUS and POTUS
    In this photograph, President George W. Bush speaks on the telephone as senior staff convene in his office aboard Air Force Once following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York city on September 11, 2001. Bush received news of the suspected terrorist attacks while visiting Emma E. Brooker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, to take part in a reading demonstration. After delivering brief remarks at the school, Bush boarded Air Force One for his own protection, accompanied by roughly 65 advisors, security agents, and staff members. President Bush worked from his office aboard Air Force One, where he monitored the crisis using the secure phone lines and televisions installed in the aircraft.
  • President Bush and Advisors Respond to September 11 Terrorist Attacks
    Eric Draper
    transportation
    technology
    staff of FLOTUS and POTUS
    counterterroism
    September 11
    Air Force One
    staff
    In this photograph, President George W. Bush speaks with White House press secretary Ari Fleischer (left), and senior advisor to the president Karl Rove (center) aboard Air Force One following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York city on September 11, 2001. Bush received news of the suspected terrorist attacks while visiting Emma E. Brooker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, to take part in a reading demonstration. After delivering brief remarks at the school, Bush boarded Air Force One for his own protection, accompanied by roughly 65 advisors, security agents, and staff members. President Bush worked from his office aboard Air Force One, where he monitored the crisis using the secure phone lines and televisions installed in the aircraft. This photograph was taken by White House photographer Eric Draper during the flight from Offutt Air Force Base near Bellevue, Nebraska to Andrews Air Force Base near Prince George's County, Maryland.
  • President Bush Watches F-16 Escort Arrive
    Eric Draper
    transportation
    staff of FLOTUS and POTUS
    September 11
    Air Force One
    staff
    This photograph was taken by White House photographer Eric Draper from aboard Air Force Once on September 11, 2001. Here, President George W. Bush looks out the window with members of his staff as F-16 Fighting Falcon military jets arrive to escort the presidential aircraft from above the Gulf Coast to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana for refueling. Bush received news of the suspected terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York city while visiting Emma E. Brooker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, to take part in a reading demonstration. After delivering brief remarks at the school, Bush boarded Air Force One for his own protection, accompanied by roughly 65 advisors, security agents, and staff members. Pictured here from left: chief of staff Andy Card; press secretary Ari Fleischer; personal aide to the president Blake Gottesman; senior advisor Karl Rove; Situation Room director Deborah Loewer, and Dan Bartlett, deputy assistant to the president.
  • President Bush Arrives at Offutt Air Force Base on September 11, 2001
    Eric Draper
    transportation
    September 11
    Presidential Seal
    Nebraska
    Air Force One
    This photograph shows President George W. Bush departing from Air Force One upon his arrival at at Offutt Air Force Base near Bellevue, Nebraska on September 11, 2001. The president went to an underground bunker at the military base to attend a videoconference meeting with Vice President Richard B. Cheney and national security advisors working from the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) at the White House. Bush received news of the suspected terrorist attacks on the morning of September 11, 2001, while visiting Emma E. Brooker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, to take part in a reading demonstration. After delivering brief remarks at the school, Bush boarded Air Force One for his own protection, accompanied by roughly 65 advisors, security agents, and staff members. For the next several hours, President Bush worked from his office aboard Air Force One, where he monitored the crisis using the secure phone lines and televisions installed in the aircraft. Prior to arriving at Andrews Air Force Base for the president's return to the White House, Air Force One stopped at military bases in Louisiana and Nebraska for refueling and security purposes.
  • President Bush Reads to Students on September 11, 2001
    Eric Draper
    travel
    September 11
    Florida
    Presidential Visit
    In this photograph, President George W. Bush participates in a reading demonstration with second grade teacher Sandra Kay Daniels at Emma E. Brooker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida on the morning of September 11, 2001. The president participated in the reading demonstration to raise support for his "No Child Left Behind" nationwide educational initiative. During the demonstration, President Bush was informed by chief of staff Andy Card of the second strike on the World Trade Center in New York City. After delivering brief remarks at the school, Bush boarded Air Force One for his own protection, accompanied by roughly 65 advisors, security agents, and staff members. For the next several hours, President Bush worked from his office aboard Air Force One, where he monitored the crisis using the secure phone lines and televisions installed in the aircraft.
  • F-16 Escorts Air Force One Following September 11 Terrorist Attacks
    Eric Draper
    transporation
    military
    Air Force One
    counterterrorism
    September 11
    This photograph, taken by Eric Draper from aboard Air Force One on September 11, 2001, shows an F-16 Fighting Falcon military jet flying alongside Air Force One to escort the presidential aircraft from Offutt Air Force Base near Bellevue, Nebraska to Andrews Air Force Base near Prince George's County, Maryland. Multiple F-16 fighter jets accompanied Air Force One to protect President George W. Bush following the terrorist attacks on the morning of September 11, 2001. Bush received news of the suspected terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York city while visiting Emma E. Brooker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, to take part in a reading demonstration. After delivering brief remarks at the school, Bush boarded Air Force One for his own protection, accompanied by roughly 65 advisors, security agents, and staff members. For the hours that followed, President Bush worked from his office aboard Air Force One, where he monitored the crisis using the secure phone lines and televisions installed in the aircraft.
  • Betty Monkman Leads a Tour of the Green Room
    Eric Draper
    staff
    inaugurations
    State Floor
    Residence staff
    Green Room
    tours
    In this photograph, taken by Eric Draper on January 21, 2001, White House Curator Betty Monkman leads a tour in the Green Room of the White House. The tour was held the day after George W. Bush was sworn-in as the 43rd President of the United States. Betty Monkman joined the White House Office of the Curator in 1967, and served there until her retirement in 2002. She became the sixth White House Curator upon the retirement of Rex Scouten in 1997. A regular contributor to the White House Historical Association's award-winning journal “White House History Quarterly,” Betty Monkman is also the author of the White House Historical Association publications “The White House: Its Historic Furnishings and First Families,” and “The Living White House.”
  • President and Mrs. Bush at the 2008 Summer Olympics
    Eric Draper
    travel
    sports
    China
    Presidential Visit
    In this photograph, taken by Eric Draper on August 8, 2008, President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Welch Bush stand and wave flags during the entrance of the United States Olympic Team into China's National Stadium during the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. President Bush also attended the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • President Bush Greets Israeli Prime Minister at Prairie Chapel Ranch
    Eric Draper
    residence
    Texas
    Head of State
    pets
    In this photograph, taken on April 11, 2005, President George W. Bush shakes hands with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel to welcome him to the Prairie Chapel Ranch, his home near Crawford, Texas. A Scottish Terrier, likely Barney, looks on. President Bush often entertained world leaders by hosting informal luncheons and dinners at the Prairie Chapel Ranch.
  • President Bush Hosts Canada-Mexico Summit Luncheon
    Eric Draper
    residence
    Texas
    Head of State
    Cabinet
    meetings
    In this photograph, taken on March 23, 2005, President George W. Bush hosts a summit luncheon with world leaders from Canada and Mexico at the Prairie Chapel Ranch, his home near Crawford, Texas. Among those in attendance were President Vicente Fox Quesada of Mexico, Prime Minister Paul Martin of Canada, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, and National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley.
  • President Bush and Matthew Wendel in the Oval Office
    Eric Draper
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    This photograph, taken by Eric Draper, shows President George W. Bush enjoying a visit with guests in the Oval Office. At center in front of the Resolute Desk is Matthew Wendel. Wendel became acquainted with the Bush family in 1995, while working as a caterer-waiter at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas.
  • Mrs. Bush Hosts Thanksgiving Buffet at Camp David
    Eric Draper
    Thanksgiving
    Camp David
    food & drink
    This photograph, taken on November 27, 2008, shows First Lady Laura Bush and guests lining up at a table for a Thanksgiving Day buffet at Camp David. The seasonal spread was prepared by chef Matthew Wendel and included turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, and corn bread dressing. President George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush hosted the holiday celebration for friends and family. Among the guests pictured in this photograph is Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
  • Place Setting for Dinner Honoring German Chancellor
    Eric Draper
    residence
    place settings
    Texas
    menus
    This photograph, taken by Eric Draper on November 9, 2007, shows a table set for a social dinner hosted by President George W. Bush in honor of Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and her husband, Joachim Sauer. The dinner was held at the Prairie Chapel Ranch, the president's home near Crawford, Texas. This photograph shows the president's place setting at the table. At the dinner, guests dined on citrus and arugula salad, pecan-smoked beef tenderloin, a green chili-cheese grits soufflé, and Prairie Chapel pecan pie served with Blue Bell ice cream. Food preparations were overseen by chef Matthew Wendel. Wendel became acquainted with the Bush family in 1995, while working as a waiter-caterer at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel continued to serve the first family during visits to Camp David and the Prairie Chapel Ranch. Wendel's duties included cooking meals for the family, and ensuring the homes were ready for the arrival of the first family or their distinguished guests.
  • Chef Wendel Prepares Dinner for Prime Minister Rasmussen
    Eric Draper
    residence
    Texas
    food & drink
    This photograph, taken by Eric Draper on February 29, 2008, shows chef Matthew Wendel preparing a meal for a social dinner at the Prairie Chapel Ranch, President George W. Bush's home near Crawford, Texas. President Bush hosted the meal in honor of the visit of Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen of Dennmark and his wife, Anne-Mette Rasmussen. In this photograph, Wendel is pictured overseeing various components of the meal, including mixed greens and citrus salad, pecan-smoked beef tenderloin, a green chili-cheese grits soufflé, sautéed mushrooms, and roasted asparagus.
  • Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Pie Cook-Off at Prairie Chapel Ranch
    Eric Draper
    residence
    Thanksgiving
    Texas
    First Family
    food & drink
    In this photograph, taken by Eric Draper on November 24, 2005, first daughters Barbara and Jenna Bush present fresh-roasted pumpkin pies as President George W. Bush looks on with approval during a Thanksgiving Day pumpkin pie cook-off at the Prairie Chapel Ranch, the Bush family home near Crawford, Texas. Jenna Bush suggested the idea of a pumpkin pie challenge to chef Matthew Wendel, a friend of the family who cooked and assisted in household maintenance at Camp David and the Prairie Chapel Ranch. Also pictured seated in this photograph is Henry Hager, Jenna Bush's boyfriend. Bush and Hager were married at the Prairie Chapel Ranch in a private ceremony on May 10, 2008.
  • Thanksgiving Dinner at the Prairie Chapel Ranch
    Eric Draper
    Thanksgiving
    Texas
    First Family
    residence
    In this photograph, taken by Eric Draper on November 24, 2005, President George W. Bush enjoys Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends at the Prairie Chapel Ranch, his residence near Crawford, Texas. Here, the president, his mother and former First Lady Barbara Bush, his daughter Jenna Bush, Jenna's boyfriend Henry Hager, and other friends and family members applaud as chef Matthew Wendel and other staff members bring out a second serving of turkey and side dishes. Thanksgiving dinner at the Prairie Chapel Ranch was served family-style, and often featured traditional dishes with a modern twist such as turkey covered with peppered bacon, sweet and spicy mashed potatoes, and corn bread dressing.
  • Chef Wendel Prepares Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the Prairie Chapel Ranch
    Eric Draper
    residence
    Thanksgiving
    Texas
    food & drink
    In this photograph, taken by Eric Draper on November 24, 2005, chef Matthew Wendel plates a bowl of green beans for a Thanksgiving Day dinner at the Prairie Chapel Ranch, the residence of President George W. Bush near Crawford, Texas. On Thanksgiving Day in 2005, President Bush enjoyed a private meal at the ranch with family and friends. Green beans was one of several side dishes served at the family-style dinner; also visible in this photograph is a bowl containing a stuffing side dish.
  • Table Set for a Dinner Honoring German Chancellor
    Eric Draper
    Texas
    residence
    place settings
    This photograph, taken by Eric Draper on November 9, 2007, shows a table set for a social dinner hosted by President George W. Bush in honor of Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and her husband, Joachim Sauer. The dinner was held at the Prairie Chapel Ranch, the president's home near Crawford, Texas. At the dinner, guests dined on citrus and arugula salad, pecan-smoked beef tenderloin, a green chili-cheese grits soufflé, and Prairie Chapel pecan pie served with Blue Bell ice cream. Food preparations were overseen by chef Matthew Wendel. Wendel became acquainted with the Bush family in 1995, while working as a waiter-caterer at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel continued to serve the first family during visits to Camp David and the Prairie Chapel Ranch. Wendel's duties included cooking meals for the family, and ensuring the homes were ready for the arrival of the first family or their distinguished guests.
  • Chef Wendel Demonstrates Barbecue Pit for Chancellor Merkel
    Eric Draper
    residence
    Texas
    Head of State
    food & drink
    In this photograph, taken on November 9, 2007, Matthew Wendel demonstrates food preparation techniques for Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and her husband, Dr. Joachim Sauer, during their visit to the Prairie Chapel Ranch, President George W. Bush's home near Crawford, Texas. President Bush hosted numerous social dinners at the ranch for visiting Heads of State, which were often less formal than State Dinners at the White House. Here, Wendel prepares pecan-smoked beef tenderloin using a barbecue pit with a firebox and grill. Wendel imparted a smokey flavor to the dish by using pecan wood harvested from the ranch.