POTUS in the White House Library June 5, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Libraries

white-house-library Eisenhower family

The Eisenhower family during the televised special celebrating the president’s birthday, 1958

It started as a laundry room.  In 1935 it was turned into a library and in 1961 “a committee was appointed to select works representative of a full spectrum of American thought and tradition for the use of the President, his family, and his staff.”

Here’s a look at how some of the past inhabitants of the White House used the library.


white-house-library Richard NixonRichard Nixon delivering a speech,1972


white-house-library FordGerald Ford after delivering a televised speech, 1975


white-house-library CarterJimmy Carter delivering his version of FDR’s fireside chats, 1977


white-house-library ReganRonald Reagan and Russian President Gorbachev,1987


white-house-library obama apPresident Barack Obama giving an interview to an AP reporter

Lots more at The White House Museum website

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