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  • State Dinner for Italian President Saragat
    Robert L. Knudsen
    staff
    State Visit
    State Floor
    State Dinner
    State Dining Room
    Residence staff
    Head of State
    centerpieces
    In this photograph, maitre d'hotel John W. Ficklin surprises President Giuseppe Saragat of Italy with a birthday cake during a State Dinner held in his honor on September 19, 1967. The State Dinner was hosted by President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson on the Italian president's 69th birthday. Prominently displayed on the table is a gilded bronze plateau purchased for the White House during the James Monroe administration. After the dinner in the State Dining Room, guests transitioned to the East Room where they enjoyed selections from the musical "Man of La Mancha" by Richard Kiley, who originated the role of Don Quixote in the Broadway production.
  • President Kennedy Hosts State Dinner for Ẓāhir Shāh of Afghanistan
    Robert L. Knudsen
    State Visit
    State Dinner
    Grand Staircase
    First Family
    Entrance Hall
    Head of State
    This photograph, taken by Robert L. Knudsen, shows President John F. Kennedy and his sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, near the foot of the Grand Staircase with King Ẓāhir Shāh of Afghanistan and his wife, Humaira Begum, during a State Dinner held in his honor on September 5, 1963. Originally planned for the Rose Garden, the dinner took place in the State Dining Room due to the possibility of inclement weather.
  • Reception Following Funeral for President John F. Kennedy
    Cecil Stoughton
    First Family
    Red Room
    State Floor
    funerals
    Head of State
    In this photograph, taken on November 25, 1963, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and her brother-in-law Senator Edward Kennedy receive guests in the Red Room following the State Funeral for President John F. Kennedy. Here, Mrs. Kennedy shakes hands with Prince Georg Valdemar of Denmark. Also pictured among the distinguished guests are Danish Prime Minister Jens Otto Krag; Prince Jean of Luxembourg; Prince Moulay Abdallah of Morocco; U.S. Chief of Protocol Angier Biddle Duke; and Brig. Gen. Godfrey T. McHugh, Air Force aide to President Kennedy. Following his assassination in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, Kennedy's body lay in state in the East Room of the White House and the United States Capitol Building prior to burial at Arlington National Cemetery three days later. A funeral service was held at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
  • Japanese Prime Minister Bids President Kennedy Farewell
    Abbie Rowe
    mantels
    Yellow Oval Room
    Head of State
    Second Floor
    In this photograph taken by Abbie Rowe, President John F. Kennedy stands in front of the Yellow Oval Room mantelpiece with Prime Minister Hayato Ikeda of Japan on June 23, 1961. Placed in front of the mantel is a scale mock-up of the green and white mantelpiece brought to the attention of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy by Jayne Wrightsman and purchased for the Yellow Oval Room by Mr. and Mrs. John Loeb. After consideration, the mantel was deemed too small for the room and it was eventually incorporated into the redecoration of the Family Dining Room on the State Floor.
  • President Kennedy Meets with Prime Minister Fanfani of Italy
    Robert L. Knudsen
    West Sitting Hall
    Second Floor
    Head of State
    meetings
    This photograph of President John F. Kennedy meeting with Prime Minister Amintore Fanfani of Italy in the West Sitting Hall was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on June 12, 1961. The curtains are the multicolored printed cotton originally chosen by Sister Parish who designed the room in the early stages of the Kennedy restoration project in 1961. Sister Parish was a socialite and interior designer who worked with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the early stages of her restoration project.
  • The Kennedys and President Khan and His Daughter at Mount Vernon
    Robert L. Knudsen
    residence
    presidential sites & libraries
    State Visit
    State Dinner
    Head of State
    Virginia
    This photograph of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on July 11, 1961. President and Mrs. Kennedy are photographed in front of Mount Vernon alongside President Mohammad Ayub Khan of Pakistan and his daughter, Begum Nasir Akhtar Aurangzeb. Mount Vernon provided the location and backdrop for a State Dinner held in President Khan’s honor and was the first of its kind held outside the White House. Mrs. Kennedy wore a dress designed for her by Oleg Cassini, which she requested be columnar in shape to echo Mount Vernon’s historic facade. Mount Vernon was the estate of President George Washington.
  • President and Mrs. Nixon with Queen Elizabeth II
    Unknown
    Great Britain
    Head of State
    Presidential Visit
    travel
    In this photograph, President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon meet with Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Edward Heath of Great Britain. The Nixons met Queen Elizabeth Prime Minister Heath at Chequers, the Buckinghamshire country residence for the sitting prime minister. The visit followed a June 1970 visit to the White House by Prince Charles and Princess Anne.
  • President and Mrs. Obama Meet with Queen Elizabeth II
    Pete Souza
    Great Britain
    Head of State
    travel
    Presidential Visit
    In this photograph by Pete Souza, First Lady Michelle Obama greets Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, followed closely behind by her husband, President Barack Obama. President and Mrs. Obama met with Queen Elizabeth on April 1, 2009 at Buckingham Palace in London, England. A dinner hosted by Queen Elizabeth was held later that evening.
  • 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 Obama and G8 Leaders Watch Champions League Final
    Pete Souza
    sports
    Head of State
    Camp David
    travel
    This photograph, taken by Pete Souza on May 19, 2012, shows President Barack Obama and other world leaders from the G8 Summit including Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom and German Chancellor Angela Merkel watching the overtime shootout of the 2012 Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League final in the Laurel Cabin conference room at Camp David. During the soccer match, Chelsea of England narrowly defeated Bayern Munich of Germany during a penalty shootout. President Obama hosted the foreign contingent for the G8 Summit at Camp David from May 18-19, 2012. Among the others pictured in this photograph is José Manuel Durão Barroso, president of the European Commission.
  • 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 Hosts Thanksgiving Luncheon
    Tina Hager
    Head of State
    Texas
    residence
    Thanksgiving
    In this photograph, taken by Tina Hager on November 24, 2004, President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush host a Thanksgiving-style luncheon at the Prairie Chapel Ranch, their home near Crawford, Texas, during a visit by King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía of Spain. For the luncheon, chef Matthew Wendel prepared seasonal dishes including free-range turkey, Prairie Chapel bass, mashed sweet potatoes with maple syrup and chipotle, pan-roasted vegetables with walnuts and apples, corn bread stuffing, pecan pie, and pumpkin pie. Also present at the luncheon were the president's twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara, as well as his parents, former President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush.
  • President Bush Hosts Luncheon for Saudi Arabian Prince
    Unknown
    residence
    Texas
    Head of State
    Cabinet
    This photograph was taken on April 25, 2005 during a luncheon hosted by President George W. Bush in honor of Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. The luncheon was held at the Prairie Chapel Ranch, the president's home near Crawford, Texas. During the meeting, the world leaders discussed the relationship between their respective nations, their response to the threat of terrorism, and oil trade relations, and dined on spinach and orange salad, rosemary lamb chops, Texas wild rice, roasted vegetables, and carrot pudding cake. Others pictured in this photograph include Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, White House chief of staff Andrew H. Card, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
  • Luncheon at Camp David for President of South Korea
    Joyce N. Boghosian
    Camp David
    Head of State
    This photograph was taken during a luncheon hosted by President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush in honor of President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea and his wife, Kim Yoon-ok. The luncheon was held at Camp David on April 19, 2008. For the event, chef Matthew Wendel prepared a buffet spread that included fried chicken, potato salad, corn muffins, deviled eggs, and hummingbird cake.
  • Luncheon at Camp David for President of South Korea
    Joyce N. Boghosian
    Head of State
    Camp David
    food & drink
    This photograph was taken during a luncheon hosted by President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush in honor of President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea and his wife, Kim Yoon-ok. The luncheon was held at Camp David on April 19, 2008. Here, President Bush, Mrs. Bush, President Lee, and Mrs. Kim help themselves to a buffet spread. The buffet was prepared by chef Matthew Wendel and included fried chicken, potato salad, corn muffins, deviled eggs, and hummingbird cake.
  • British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Matthew Wendel
    Unknown
    Head of State
    Texas
    residence
    This photograph, taken on April 6, 2002, shows chef Matthew Wendel (right), posing with Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom at the Prairie Chapel Ranch, President George W. Bush's residence near Crawford, Texas. During his visit, the prime minister dined on pecan-smoked beef tenderloin, potatoes Anna, roasted peppers and asparagus, tomatoes with mozzarella cheese, and pineapple upside-down cake. Blair was one of four official visitors President Bush invited to the ranch in 2002. Other visitors included King Abdullah and Prince Bandar bin Sultan of Saudi Arabia, and President Jiang Zemin of China.
  • President Reagan, Mayor Weizsäcker, and Chancellor Schmidt at Checkpoint
    Mary Anne Fackelman
    Presidential Visit
    Head of State
    Germany
    Cold War
    In this photograph, taken by official White House photographer Mary Anne Fackelman on June 11, 1982, President Ronald Reagan stands with Mayor Richard von Weizsäcker of West Berlin (left) and West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt (right) beside Checkpoint Charlie in West Berlin. During the Cold War (1947-1991), Checkpoint Charile was the most well-known border-crossing point where one could cross the concrete Berlin Wall that ran between communist East Berlin and democratic West Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Its nickname derived from the NATO phonetic alphabet; Checkpoint Charlie was the third checkpoint opened by the Allies, following Alpha and Bravo. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987.
  • President Reagan Enjoys Breakfast with King of Saudi Arabia
    Unknown
    Head of State
    Cabinet
    Second Floor
    President's Dining Room
    White House Guests
    staff
    In this photograph, taken February 12, 1985, President Ronald Reagan has breakfast in the private President's Dining Room on the Second Floor of the White House with King Fahd ibn ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz of Saudi Arabia. United States National Security Advisor Robert C. McFarlane, United States Secretary of State George Pratt Schultz, Saudi Arabian Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud al-Faisal, and Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar Bin Sultan complete the breakfast meeting party. In his diary, President Reagan reflected with satisfaction on the breakfast meeting, as a productive step in Middle East peace plan discussions. In the background, head butler John Johnson can be seen carrying in dishes of food. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987, catering to the tastes of five first families and their distinguished guests.
  • The Reagans Celebrate Anniversary with Queen Elizabeth II
    Unknown
    celebration
    Head of State
    Presidential Visit
    First Lady Visit
    In this photograph, taken March 4, 1983, President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan pose with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on board the HRM Britannia docked in the San Francisco harbor. The long-reigning English queen invited the Reagans aboard her royal yacht to celebrate their 31st wedding anniversary. The night before the Reagans hosted the royals for a State Dinner at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987.
  • Athletes at the Beijing Capitol Gymnasium During Nixon's State Visit
    Byron E. Schumaker
    Presidential Visit
    Head of State
    First Lady Visit
    China
    This photograph was taken on February 23, 1972 during President Richard M. Nixon's State Visit to the People's Republic of China. It was the first time a current American president had visited China. In the photograph, Chinese gymnasts, table tennis athletes, and audience members rise to applaud President Nixon, First Lady Pat Nixon, and Chinese Premier Enlai Zhou. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987.
  • President Reagan Joins G7 Leaders in Versailles
    Karl Schumacher
    Presidential Visit
    Head of State
    France
    This photograph, taken on June 4, 1982 by official White House photographer Karl Schumacher, shows President Ronald Reagan and other leaders from Group of Seven (G7) countries at the Grand Trianon in Versailles, France. The world leaders gathered to take part in the G7 summit, where representatives from the wealthiest and most industrialized countries unofficially convene to discuss economic concerns. Representing the United States, President Reagan joined Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau of Canada, President François Mitterrand of France, President of the European Commission Gaston Thorn, Prime Minister Zenkō Suzuki of Japan, Prime Minister Giovanni Spadolini of Italy, West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, and Prime Minister Wilfried Martens of Belgium. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef of the White House from 1966-1987.
  • State Arrival Ceremony at Santa Barbara Airport for Queen Elizabeth II
    Michael Evans
    State Visit
    State Arrival Ceremony
    Presidential Visit
    Head of State
    California
    This photograph was taken on March 1, 1983 at the Santa Barbara Airport in Santa Barbara, California, during a State Arrival Ceremony hosted by President Ronald Reagan in honor of Queen Elizabeth II's official visit to the West Coast of the United States. The queen's visit of February 26 - March 6, 1983 was the first time she had visited the West Coast of the United States. President Reagan also entertained Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at his private ranch, the Rancho de Cielo (or Ranch in the Sky) in the rural Santa Ynez mountains outside Santa Barbara, where they dined on enchiladas, chiles rellenos, refried beans, tacos, rice, and guacamole. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987.
  • President Pertini Hosts Arrival Ceremony for President Reagan
    Michael Evans
    Presidential Visit
    Head of State
    Italy
    In this photograph, taken June 7, 1982, President Ronald Reagan and President Alessandro Pertini of Italy review the troops at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy during a State Arrival Ceremony held in honor of Reagan's visit. On March 25, 1982, President Reagan welcomed President Pertini during his visit to the United States with a similar ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987.
  • President Reagan Meets with President Mitterrand at the Élysée Palace
    Michael Evans
    Presidential Visit
    Head of State
    Cabinet
    France
    In this photograph, taken June 3, 1982 by official White House photographer Michael Evans, President Ronald Reagan listens to President François Mitterand of France during a meeting at the Élysée Palace in Paris. Reagan's Secretary of State Alexander Meigs Haig and Secretary of the Treasury Donald T. Regan also attended the meeting. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987.
  • Signing of Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty
    Unknown
    Head of State
    peace treaty
    In this photograph, taken March 26, 1979, President Jimmy Carter sits between President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel at the signing of the Egypt-Israeli peace treaty. The ceremony took place on the North Lawn of the White House. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served five first families and their distinguished guests as executive chef of the White House from 1966-1987.