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  • President Ford Holds Tenth Press Conference in Old Executive Office Building
    Bruce Dale
    press
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building
    In this photograph, taken March 6, 1975 by Bruce Dale, members of the press vie to ask questions at a press conference held by President Gerald R. Ford. It was the tenth such conference that President Ford hosted since ascending to the presidency. The conference was held in room 450 of the Old Executive Office Building, a massive office complex used to conduct Executive Office business just west of the White House. The building was renamed the Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building by President Bill Clinton in 1999 and formally rededicated by President George W. Bush in 2002.
  • President Ford Meets Actor Robert Redford
    Bruce Dale
    staff
    White House Guests
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    In this photograph, taken March 6, 1975 by Bruce Dale, actor Robert Redford meets with President Gerald R. Ford and his daughter, Susan, in the Oval Office. Redford starred in popular films including "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969), "The Sting" (1973), and "All the President's Men" (1976). Press secretary Ron Nessen joined the meeting, while chief official White House photographer David Hume Kennerly documented the event.
  • President Ford Discusses Aid to Cambodia with Senators and Advisors
    Bruce Dale
    staff of FLOTUS and POTUS
    staff
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    Congress
    In this photograph, taken March 6, 1975 by Bruce Dale, President Gerald R. Ford meets with a group of United States Senators and advisors to discuss aid to Cambodia. Present at the meeting were Senator Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota; Senator Clifford P. Case of New Jersey; Senator John Sparkman of Alabama; John Ortho Marsh, Jr., counselor to the president; Max Friedersdorf, White House assistant for Congressional Relations; Lt. Gen. Brent Snowcroft, deputy assistant to the president for National Security Affairs; and William T. Kendall, deputy assistant for Legislative Affairs. Earlier, Humphrey had served as Vice President of the United States under President Lyndon B. Johnson. In this photograph, chief official White House photographer David Hume Kennerly can be seen snapping photographs in the background.
  • President Ford Discusses Aid to Cambodia with Senators and Advisors
    Bruce Dale
    staff of FLOTUS and POTUS
    staff
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    Congress
    In this photograph, taken March 6, 1975 by Bruce Dale, President Gerald R. Ford meets with a group of United States Senators and advisors to discuss aid to Cambodia. Present at the meeting were Senator Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota; Senator Clifford P. Case of New Jersey; Senator John Sparkman of Alabama; John Ortho Marsh, Jr., counselor to the president; Max Friedersdorf, White House assistant for Congressional Relations; Lt. Gen. Brent Snowcroft, deputy assistant to the president for National Security Affairs; and William T. Kendall, deputy assistant for Legislative Affairs. Earlier, Humphrey had served as Vice President of the United States under President Lyndon B. Johnson. In this photograph, chief official White House photographer David Hume Kennerly snaps photographs from behind those seated for the meeting.
  • President Ford and Advisors Meet in the Oval Office
    Bruce Dale
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    Cabinet
    staff
    staff of FLOTUS and POTUS
    In this photograph, taken March 6, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford holds a meeting in the Oval Office with Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller, cabinet members, and advisors. Joining Ford and Rockefeller at the meeting were James T. Lynn, director of the Office of Management and Budget; Secretary of Agriculture Earl L. Butz; Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Caspar W. Weinberger; James M. Cannon III, executive director of the Domestic Council; and deputy assistant Richard B. Cheney. Cheney would go on to serve as Vice President of the United States during the George W. Bush administration.
  • 2022 Red Room Holiday Decorations, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Red Room
    Christmas
    Cross Hall
    This photograph of the Red Room was taken by David Wiegold from the Cross Hall on November 28, 2022 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden selected "We the People" as the 2022 holiday theme. The decor was inspired by Americans' shared values and sentiments of hope, unity, and community. Towers of candles and stained-glass windows filled the room, providing a space for quiet reflection and representing the comfort and light found in faith. The Red Room display also featured cranberries, a tradition dating back to 1975, and orchids, one of Dr. Biden's favorite flowers.
  • 2022 State Dining Room Holiday Decorations, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    State Floor
    State Dining Room
    winter holidays
    Christmas
    decorations
    This close-up photograph of ornaments in the State Dining Room was taken by David Wiegold on November 28, 2022 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden selected "We the People" as the 2022 holiday theme. The decor was inspired by Americans' shared values and sentiments of hope, unity, and community. Trees were decorated with self-portraits created by students of the 2022 Teachers of the Year and Biden family-inspired stockings hung from the mantel. The official 2022 White House Gingerbread House was also displayed in the State Dining Room. A sugar cookie replica of Independence Hall, located in Philadelphia, was displayed alongside the gingerbread White House. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed at Independence Hall.
  • 2022 White House Gingerbread, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    State Dining Room
    Christmas
    gingerbread
    food & drink
    This photograph of the 2022 White House Gingerbread House in the State Dining Room was taken by David Wiegold on November 28, 2022 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden selected "We the People" as the 2022 holiday theme. The decor was inspired by Americans' shared values and sentiments of hope, unity, and community. The official 2022 White House Gingerbread House was displayed alongside a sugar cookie replica of Independence Hall. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
  • 2022 White House Gingerbread, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    State Dining Room
    Christmas
    gingerbread
    food & drink
    This photograph of the 2022 White House Gingerbread House in the State Dining Room was taken by David Wiegold on November 28, 2022 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden selected "We the People" as the 2022 holiday theme. The decor was inspired by Americans' shared values and sentiments of hope, unity, and community. The official 2022 White House Gingerbread House was displayed alongside a sugar cookie replica of Independence Hall. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
  • 2022 White House Gingerbread, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    State Dining Room
    Christmas
    gingerbread
    food & drink
    This photograph of the 2022 White House Gingerbread House in the State Dining Room was taken by David Wiegold on November 28, 2022 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden selected "We the People" as the 2022 holiday theme. The decor was inspired by Americans' shared values and sentiments of hope, unity, and community. The official 2022 White House Gingerbread House was displayed alongside a sugar cookie replica of Independence Hall. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
  • Guests on the South Lawn at NASCAR Reception
    Steve Raymer
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    sports
    receptions
    In this photograph, taken September 13, 1978 by National Geographic photographer Steve Raymer, members of the NASCAR racing community enjoy a reception on the South Lawn of the White House. Though he was unable to attend the event as his presence was needed for peace negotiations at Camp David, the event was organized by President Jimmy Carter. A passionate NASCAR fan, Carter used to sell tickets at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Guests in attendance included Bill France, Sr. and Bill France, Jr., and country singer Willie Nelson performed.
  • Torches Illuminate NASCAR Reception
    Steve Raymer
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    sports
    receptions
    In this photograph, taken September 13, 1978 by National Geographic photographer Steve Raymer, guests dine by torchlight during an evening reception on the South Lawn. The United States Marine Band can be seen performing on the South Portico in the background. This photograph was taken during an event held for the National Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) community, which included a dinner and entertainment by country singer Willie Nelson.
  • Presidential Turkeys at the 2022 Turkey Pardon, Biden Administration
    Matthew D'Agostino
    Turkey Pardon
    Thanksgiving
    South Grounds
    South Lawn
    This photograph of the presidential turkeys, Chocolate and Chip, at the 2022 turkey pardon ceremony was taken by Matthew D’Agostino on November 21, 2022 on the South Lawn of the White House. During the ceremony, President Joseph R. Biden formally “pardoned” the official National Thanksgiving Turkey, Chocolate, and the alternate, Chip. Chocolate and Chip were raised by National Turkey Federation (NTF) chairman Ronnie Parker at Circle S Ranch near Monroe, North Carolina. After the ceremony, the turkeys were transferred to the Talley Turkey Education Unit at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays since the 1870s. The origin of the turkey pardon, however, dates to 1863—when President Abraham Lincoln offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • President Bush Greets First Responders at Ground Zero
    Eric Draper
    September 11
    crisis & controversy
    New York City
    New York
    travel
    Presidential Visit
    This photograph of President George W. Bush greeting firefighters, police, and rescue personnel was taken by Eric Draper on September 14, 2001 in New York City. President Bush visited the first responders to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, meeting the group at what was coined Ground Zero of the horrific events that occurred just days before. Bush toured Ground Zero and gave a speech offering support to the first responders.
  • President Reagan Watches News of the "Challenger" Explosion on Television
    Pete Souza
    staff of FLOTUS and POTUS
    staff
    West Wing
    crisis & controversy
    This photograph of President Ronald Reagan watching television coverage of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion was taken by Pete Souza on January 28, 1986. President Reagan, along with members of this West Wing staff, watched the coverage from the Oval Office Study, which is located near the Oval Office in the West Wing. From left to right are: White House Press Secretary Larry Speakes, W. Dennis Thomas, Jim Kuhn, President Reagan, White House Communications Director Patrick J. Buchanan, and Donald T. Regan. The Challenger exploded just 73 seconds after it took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, killing all seven crew members on board.
  • President Trump and Coronavirus Task Force Speak to the Press
    Shealah Craighead
    press
    crisis & controversy
    West Wing
    Press Briefing Room
    Cabinet
    This photograph of President Donald Trump taking questions from the press was taken by Shealah Craighead on March 14, 2020. Alongside President Trump were members of the White House Coronavirus Taskforce, including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin. This press conference was taken in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • President Obama Announces the Death of Osama bin Laden
    Pete Souza
    speeches
    counterterrorism
    State Floor
    East Room
    September 11
    This photograph of President Barack Obama delivering a statement on the death of Osama bin Laden was taken by Pete Souza on May 1, 2011. President Obama spoke live on television from the East Room late on May 1. Bin Laden was the leader of the terrorist group al Qaeda, who were responsible for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. His death was carried out through a military mission led by members of the United States Navy SEALs.
  • Gerald R. Ford Sworn in as President
    Charles Moore
    East Room
    State Floor
    inaugurations
    This photograph is of Gerald R. Ford being sworn in as the 38th president of the United States by Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren E. Burger in the White House East Room on August 9, 1974. Ford had been confirmed as vice president in 1973 following Vice President Spiro T. Agnew's resignation. Ford would ascend to the presidency after President Richard M. Nixon resigned from office in the wake of the Watergate scandal.
  • Mrs. Ford Meets with Reporters Outside of the Guttman Institute for Early Detection of Breast Cancer
    Karl Schumacher
    press
    New York
    First Lady Visit
    This photograph of First Lady Betty Ford speaking with press outside of the Guttman Institute for Early Detection of Breast Cancer in New York was taken by Karl Schumacher on November 7, 1975. Behind her is a bus with the graphic, "Early Detection Saves Lives... It May Save Yours..." in English and Spanish. Shortly after moving into the White House, Mrs. Ford discovered a lump in her breast and underwent a radical mastectomy at Bethesda Naval Hospital. Her subsequent decision to address her illness during a White House press conference helped reduce the stigma against discussing breast cancer and treatment.
  • Mrs. Ford Working at Her Desk in the East Wing
    David Hume Kennerly
    East Wing
    initiatives
    This photograph of First Lady Betty Ford working at her desk in the East Wing of the White House was taken by David Hume Kennerly on June 28, 1975. Her desk featured a special "Don't Tread On Me" E.R.A. flag. On September 4, 1974, during her first press conference as first lady, she expressed support for the Equal Rights Amendment (E.R.A.), which, if passed, would have guaranteed legal equality for American citizens, regardless of sex. She continued to support the passage of the amendment throughout her time in the White House, calling senators, traveling across the country to lobby for ratification, and participating in women’s conferences and meetings. With his wife’s encouragement, in 1975, President Gerald R. Ford created the National Commission on the Observance of International Women’s Year by executive order.
  • Arrival of Official 2022 White House Christmas Tree, Biden Administration
    Matthew D'Agostino
    winter holidays
    Christmas Tree arrival
    Christmas
    Blue Room Christmas Tree
    North Portico
    This photograph of the 2022 Official White House Christmas tree arriving at the North Portico of the White House was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on November 21, 2022. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden welcomed the 18.5-foot Concolor Fir from Auburn, Pennsylvania alongside her grandson, Beau Biden, Jr. The tree was presented by Paul and Pam Shealer, the 2022 National Christmas Tree Association's (NCTA) champion growers, and cultivated at the Shealers' Evergreen Acres Tree Farm in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. The tree was delivered by horse-drawn carriage and carefully escorted to the Blue Room, where it remained on display for the holiday season. Since 1966, the Christmas tree displayed in the Blue Room has been presented to the White House following a contest run by the National Christmas Tree Association.