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  • The Carters Welcome the Fords at Official Portrait Unveiling
    Karl Schumacher
    arts & culture
    ceremonies
    dedication
    State Floor
    East Room
    In this photograph by Karl Schumacher, President Jimmy Carter speaks at a ceremony unveiling the official portraits of former President Gerald R. Ford and former First Lady Betty Ford on May 24, 1978. Joining President Carter onstage in the East Room of the White House were his wife, First Lady Rosalynn Carter, and the Fords. The ceremony marked the first time that a former president and first lady were invited back to the White House for their official portrait unveiling, a tradition continued by most administrations in the future.
  • Former President and Mrs. Bush with President and Mrs. Obama
    Chuck Kennedy
    State Floor
    Cross Hall
    arts & culture
    ceremonies
    dedication
    In this photograph by Chuck Kennedy, President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush walk side by side down the Cross Hall to a ceremony unveiling President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush's official White House portraits. Mrs. Bush and First Lady Michelle Obama follow their husbands toward the East Room, where the ceremony took place on May 31, 2012. President and Mrs. Obama also hosted a lunch for extended members of the Bush family -- including former President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush -- in the Red Room of the White House that day.
  • President and Mrs. Obama Welcome the Bush Family to the White House
    Pete Souza
    Red Room
    State Floor
    arts & culture
    ceremonies
    dedication
    In this photograph by Pete Souza, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a lunch for extended members of the Bush family in the Red Room on May 31, 2012. The Bush family visited the White House that day for the unveiling ceremony of President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush's official White House portraits. The ceremony took place in the East Room. Seated clockwise from President Obama are: former First Lady Barbara Bush, Bucky Bush, Doro Bush Koch, Jenna Bush Hager, Marvin Bush, Jody Bush, former President George W. Bush, Mrs. Obama, former President George H. W. Bush, Patty Bush, Bobby Koch, Barbara Pierce Bush, Margaret Bush, Jonathan Bush, and former First Lady Laura Bush.
  • The Bushes' Official Portraits Unveiled in East Room Ceremony
    Lawrence Jackson
    East Room
    State Floor
    arts & culture
    ceremonies
    dedication
    In this photograph by Lawrence Jackson, First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at a ceremony unveiling the official White House portraits of former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush on May 31, 2012 in the East Room. Mrs. Obama is joined onstage by her husband, President Barack Obama, President Bush, and Mrs. Bush. President and Mrs. Obama also hosted a lunch for extended members of the Bush family -- including former President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush -- in the Red Room of the White House that day.
  • President and Mrs. Carter at 1977 Inaugural Ball
    Jack E. Kightlinger
    inaugurations
    This photograph by Jack E. Kightlinger shows President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter holding hands on stage at their inaugural ball. The ball was held on January 20, 1977, as part of the festivities following President Carter's inauguration.
  • 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 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.
  • 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".
  • 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 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn
    Tony Powell
    holidays
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    White House Guests
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was taken by Tony Powell at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 18, 2022. Joining the first couple on stage at the reading nook is late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, who read his book, "Nana Loves You More." The 2022 Easter Egg Roll was hosted by President and Dr. 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 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn
    Tony Powell
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    holidays
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden was taken by Tony Powell at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 18, 2022. President Biden was on hand in the reading nook to read the classic children's tale, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" with wife, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden. Late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon also joined the first couple to read his book, "Nana Loves You More." The 2022 Easter Egg Roll was hosted by President and Dr. 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 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn
    Tony Powell
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    holidays
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden was taken by Tony Powell at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 18, 2022. President Biden was on hand in the reading nook to read the classic children's tale, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" with wife, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden. Late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon also joined the first couple to read his book, "Nana Loves You More." The 2022 Easter Egg Roll was hosted by President and Dr. 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 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn
    Tony Powell
    holidays
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    White House Guests
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was taken by Tony Powell at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 18, 2022. Joining the first couple on stage at the reading nook is late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, who read his book, "Nana Loves You More." The 2022 Easter Egg Roll was hosted by President and Dr. 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 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn
    Tony Powell
    holidays
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    White House Guests
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was taken by Tony Powell at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 18, 2022. Joining the first couple on stage at the reading nook is late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, who read his book, "Nana Loves You More." The 2022 Easter Egg Roll was hosted by President and Dr. 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 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn
    Tony Powell
    holidays
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    White House Guests
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was taken by Tony Powell at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 18, 2022. Joining the first couple on stage at the reading nook is late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, who read his book, "Nana Loves You More." The 2022 Easter Egg Roll was hosted by President and Dr. 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 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn
    Tony Powell
    holidays
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    White House Guests
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was taken by Tony Powell at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 18, 2022. Joining the first couple on stage at the reading nook is late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, who read his book, "Nana Loves You More." The 2022 Easter Egg Roll was hosted by President and Dr. 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 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn
    Tony Powell
    holidays
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    White House Guests
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was taken by Tony Powell at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 18, 2022. Joining the first couple on stage at the reading nook is late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, who read his book, "Nana Loves You More." The 2022 Easter Egg Roll was hosted by President and Dr. 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 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn
    Tony Powell
    holidays
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    White House Guests
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was taken by Tony Powell at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 18, 2022. Joining the first couple on stage at the reading nook is late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, who read his book, "Nana Loves You More." The 2022 Easter Egg Roll was hosted by President and Dr. 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 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn
    Tony Powell
    holidays
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    White House Guests
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was taken by Tony Powell at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 18, 2022. Joining the first couple on stage at the reading nook is late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, who read his book, "Nana Loves You More." The 2022 Easter Egg Roll was hosted by President and Dr. 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.