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  • President Obama Meets with FIFA Representatives
    Pete Souza
    sports
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    White House Guests
    In this photograph by Pete Souza, President Barack Obama meets with representatives from FIFA (Federal Internationale de Football Association) on July 27, 2009 in the Oval Office. President of FIFA, Joseph S. "Sepp" Blatter, is seated to President Obama's left and presented Obama with jerseys for his two daughters, Malia and Sasha. Obama welcomed Blatter to the White House to discuss the the United States' bid to host the FIFA Men's World Cup in 2018 or 2022, which would ultimately go to Russia and Qatar.
  • 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 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.
  • President Bush Addresses the Nation on September 11, 2001
    Paul Morse
    speeches
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    September 11
    counterterrorism
    This photograph, taken by Paul Morse, shows President George W. Bush delivering an address to the nation from the Oval Office following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Bush delivered the live televised address that evening. Contributors to the speech included President Bush; speechwriters John McConnell, David Frum, Matthew Scully, and Michael J. Gerson; national security advisor Condoleezza Rice and her deputy assistant Stephen J. Hadley; and members of the White House communications team. In his remarks, Bush mourned the loss of American citizens yet asserted the strength of the nation, promised retribution for the perpetrators of the attacks and their supporters, and offered words of prayer.
  • Evacuation of Executive Office Staff, September 11, 2001
    Unknown
    staff
    Washington, D.C.
    September 11
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building
    This photograph was taken during the evacuation of executive office staff following the terrorist attacks on the morning of September 11, 2001. The evacuation notice applied to approximately 1,800 staff members who worked in the East and West Wings of the White House, the Old Executive Office Building (later rededicated as the Eisenhower Executive Office Building), the New Executive Office Building, and the Winder Building. Here, fleeing staffers can be seen among the traffic and tourists outside the Old Executive Office Building at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street.
  • President Bush Participates in a Hanukkah Celebration
    Unknown
    winter holidays
    menorahs
    Hanukkah
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building
    Washington, D.C.
    In this photograph, taken on December 21, 1989, President George H. W. Bush, Vice President Dan Quayle, and Second Lady Marilyn T. Quayle participate in a Hanukkah celebration in the Old Executive Office Building. During the ceremony, religious leaders from the Synagogue Council of America presented President Bush with a menorah that was later displayed at the White House. This was the first time a menorah was displayed at the White House. Located west of the White House, the Old Executive Office Building was formerly called the State, War, and Navy Building and later renamed the Eisenhower Executive Office Building after President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
  • 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 Ford Receives Final Report of the President's Commission on Olympic Sports
    Bill Fitz-Patrick
    sports
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    In this photograph, taken by Bill Fitz-Patrick on January 4, 1977, President Gerald R. Ford receives the final report of the President's Commission on Olympic Sports (PCOS) in the Oval Office. President Ford created the commission in response to continuing conflicts among U.S. amateur sports organizations and declining performance by the U.S. in the Olympic games and other international competitions. Pictured with the president in this photograph are Gerald B. Zornow, PCOS chairman and chairman of the board of the Eastman Kodak Company, and Michael T. Harrigan, executive director of the PCOS.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • President and Mrs. Trump Welcome 2019 Special Olympics World Games Participants
    Andrea Hanks
    sports
    initiatives
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    receptions
    In this photograph, taken by Andrea Hanks on July 18, 2019, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump admire a jersey during a meeting in the Oval Office with American athletes who participated in the 2019 Special Olympics World Games. Behind the Resolute Desk at left, Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence hold aloft a second jersey, with the assistance of basketball player Matthew Millet. The United States was one of 200 nations that competed in the 2019 Special Olympics World Games, that were held in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. It was the first Special Olympics to be held in the Middle East. The international program was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy, to celebrate their sister Rosemary Kennedy by providing opportunities to build confidence, connection, and independence for people with mental disabilities through sports.
  • President Kennedy and Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand in the Oval Office
    Robert L. Knudsen
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    Head of State
    meetings
    This photograph is of President John F. Kennedy meeting with Deputy Prime Minister John (Jack) R. Marshall of New Zealandin the Oval Office. President John F. Kennedy is sitting in his reupholstered rocking chair. The meeting was photographed by Robert L. Knudsen on June 15, 1962. Before 1909, the president's office was located in the Executive Mansion. During the William H. Taft administration, the West Wing doubled in size from the 1902 renovation and included a presidential oval office. In 1934, during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration, the West Wing was expanded and renovated, with the Oval Office relocated to the West Wing’s southeast corner.
  • President Eisenhower with Civil Rights Leaders
    Abbie Rowe
    staff of FLOTUS and POTUS
    staff
    civil rights
    White House Guests
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    meetings
    In this photograph, taken by Abbie Rowe on June 23, 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower receives a group of civil rights leaders in the Oval Office. The leaders met with President Eisenhower to present a program of nine recommendations to aid in the relief of racial tension, violence, and discrimination. The group also commended President Eisenhower for mobilizing the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army to escort and protect African American students during the Little Rock Crisis, as well as his role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Pictured in this photograph from left to right: Lester B. Granger, executive secretary, National Urban League; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., president, Southern Christian Leadership Conference; E. Frederic Morrow, presidential executive assistant and speechwriter; President Eisenhower; A. Philip Randolph, international president, Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters; Attorney General William P. Rogers; Rocco C. Siciliano, special assistant to the president for personnel management; and Roy Wilkins, president, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
  • President John F. Kennedy Meets with Civil Rights Leaders
    Warren K. Leffler
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    civil rights
    White House Guests
    This photograph of President John F. Kennedy meeting with civil rights leaders was taken by Warren K. Leffler on August 28, 1963. The leaders met with President Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson after participating in the March for Jobs and Freedom. This photograph shows (left to right): Mathew H. Ahmann, National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice; Whitney M. Young, National Urban League; Martin Luther King, Jr., Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC); John Lewis, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and future congressman for Georgia's 5th District; Rabbi Joachim Prinz, American Jewish Congress; Reverend Eugene Carson Blake, United Presbyterian Church; A. Philip Randolph, AFL-CIO; President John F. Kennedy; Walter Reuther, of the United Auto Workers, with Vice President Johnson partially visible behind him; and Roy Wilkins (NAACP). Secretary of Labor Willard Wirtz and Floyd B. McKissick of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) were also present but are not shown.
  • Flock of Birds Near Eisenhower Executive Office Building
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building
    Christmas
    Christmas Tree Lighting
    This photograph, taken by Matthew D'Agostino on December 5, 2019, shows a flock of birds atop a tree near the Eisenhower Executive Office Building during the pre-show of the 97th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. While the birds were not a scheduled part of the evening's performance, they served as a reminder that the event took place on protected natural parkland: the Ellipse on President's Park, managed by the National Park Service. The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is a cherished holiday tradition in Washington, D.C. When President Calvin Coolidge lit the first tree in 1923, the celebration attracted more than 6,000 spectators. The opening ceremony and nightly holiday concerts have annually drawn hundreds of attendees.
  • President Reagan Greets Chef Sun Yingwu
    Mary Anne Fackelman
    White House Guests
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    In this photograph, taken on August 7, 1987 by White House photographer Mary Anne Fackelman, President Ronald Reagan shakes hands with chef Sun Yingwu. Chef Sun Yingwu represented China in the prestigious international organization the Club des Chefs des Chefs, whose members cook for heads of state around the world. He was the head chef of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Also pictured in the center of this photograph is Gilles Bragard, owner of the Bragard company, which specialized in fine chef's apparel. Bragard established the Club des Chefs des Chefs in 1977. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller was a member of the Club des Chefs des Chefs, and served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987.
  • Arrival of the 2019 White House Christmas Tree
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    North Drive
    Christmas
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building
    This photograph, taken by Matthew D’Agostino on November 25, 2019, shows the arrival of the official White House Christmas Tree. The over 18-foot tall Douglas Fir was presented by grower Larry Snyder of Mahantongo Valley Farms of Pitman, Pennsylvania to First Lady Melania Trump for display in the Blue Room. Here, Clydesdale horses Cash and Ben of Suttler Post Farm in St. Mary's County, Maryland, pull a cart containing the tree up the North Drive. The drivers of the horse-drawn cart wore white tuxedo shirts and black suits, hats, and bow ties. In this photograph, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building appears in the background.
  • Arrival of the 2019 White House Christmas Tree
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    North Drive
    Christmas
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building
    This photograph, taken by Matthew D’Agostino on November 25, 2019, shows the arrival of the official White House Christmas Tree. The over 18-foot tall Douglas Fir was presented by grower Larry Snyder of Mahantongo Valley Farms of Pitman, Pennsylvania to First Lady Melania Trump for display in the Blue Room. Here, Clydesdale horses Cash and Ben of Suttler Post Farm in St. Mary's County, Maryland, pull a cart containing the tree up the North Drive. The drivers of the horse-drawn cart wore white tuxedo shirts and black suits, hats, and bow ties. In this photograph, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building appears in the background.
  • Arrival of the 2019 White House Christmas Tree
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    North Drive
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building
    Christmas
    This photograph, taken by Matthew D’Agostino on November 25, 2019, shows the arrival of the official White House Christmas Tree. The over 18-foot tall Douglas Fir was presented by grower Larry Snyder of Mahantongo Valley Farms of Pitman, Pennsylvania to First Lady Melania Trump for display in the Blue Room. Here, Clydesdale horses Cash and Ben of Suttler Post Farm in St. Mary's County, Maryland, pull a cart containing the tree up the North Drive. The drivers of the horse-drawn cart wore white tuxedo shirts and black suits, hats, and bow ties. In this photograph, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building appears in the background.
  • Arrival of the 2019 White House Christmas Tree
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    North Drive
    Christmas
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building
    This photograph, taken by Matthew D’Agostino on November 25, 2019, shows the arrival of the official White House Christmas Tree. The over 18-foot tall Douglas Fir was presented by grower Larry Snyder of Mahantongo Valley Farms of Pitman, Pennsylvania to First Lady Melania Trump for display in the Blue Room. Here, Clydesdale horses Cash and Ben of Suttler Post Farm in St. Mary's County, Maryland, pull a cart containing the tree up the North Drive. The drivers of the horse-drawn cart wore white tuxedo shirts and black suits, hats, and bow ties. In this photograph, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building is visible in the background.