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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.
  • The Obamas and the Bidens Descend the Grand Staircase
    Pete Souza
    Grand Staircase
    State Floor
    This photograph is of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, along with Vice President Joe Biden and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, descending the Grand Staircase before delivering remarks at a Hanukkah reception in the Entrance Hall of the White House. Pete Souza photographed this moment on December 8, 2011.
  • 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 and Dr. Biden in the 2022 Reading Nook
    Tony Powell
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    holidays
    In this photograph, taken by Tony Powell for the White House Historical Association, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden read to a group of children in the reading nook at the 2022 White House Easter Egg Roll. The Easter Egg Roll took place on April 18, 2022 and was the first held in person on the the South Grounds of the White House since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Activities at the annual celebration included the traditional Easter egg roll and egg hunt, costumed characters, food, and arts and crafts, among others activities.
  • President and Dr. Biden in the 2022 Reading Nook
    Tony Powell
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    holidays
    In this photograph, taken by Tony Powell for the White House Historical Association, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden read to a group of children in the reading nook at the 2022 White House Easter Egg Roll. The Easter Egg Roll took place on April 18, 2022 and was the first held in person on the the South Grounds of the White House since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Activities at the annual celebration included the traditional Easter egg roll and egg hunt, costumed characters, food, and arts and crafts, among others activities.
  • President and Dr. Biden in the 2022 Reading Nook
    Tony Powell
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    holidays
    In this photograph, taken by Tony Powell for the White House Historical Association, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden read to a group of children in the reading nook at the 2022 White House Easter Egg Roll. The Easter Egg Roll took place on April 18, 2022 and was the first held in person on the the South Grounds of the White House since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Activities at the annual celebration included the traditional Easter egg roll and egg hunt, costumed characters, food, and arts and crafts, among others activities.
  • 2022 Official White House Easter Egg
    Tony Powell
    holidays
    Easter Egg Roll
    This photograph of the 2022 Official White House Easter Egg was taken by Tony Powell at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 18, 2022. The 2022 Easter Egg Roll was hosted by President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and was the first held in person on the the South Grounds of the White House since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Activities at the annual celebration included the traditional Easter egg roll and egg hunt, special guest readers in the reading nook, costumed characters, food, and arts and crafts, among others activities.
  • 2022 Official White House Easter Egg
    Tony Powell
    holidays
    Washington Monument
    Easter Egg Roll
    This photograph of the 2022 Official White House Easter Egg was taken by Tony Powell at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 18, 2022. The 2022 Easter Egg Roll was hosted by President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and was the first held in person on the the South Grounds of the White House since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Activities at the annual celebration included the traditional Easter egg roll and egg hunt, special guest readers in the reading nook, costumed characters, food, and arts and crafts, among others activities.