Iconic Presidential Photos
The Presidential Libraries are now on Pinterest. You’ll find some of the most requested images from the holdings of all 13 Presidential Libraries.
We’re pinning the historic moments, meetings with world leaders, Air Force One, First Ladies, and much more. You’ll find a fair share of White House pet pics too.
Take a look and let us know what else you would like to see!
Photos: Lyndon B. Johnson gives Senator Richard Russell the “Johnson Treatment.” 11/7/63.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower Meeting the Troops Prior to the Normandy Invasion. 6/5/44.
The Big Three — Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin at the Yalta Conference. 2/9/45.
John F. Kennedy points to a reporter at a news conference. 11/20/62.
Gerald R. Ford in the Oval Office. 3/25/75
President George W. Bush at work clearing brush at Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas. 8/28/02*.
The George W. Bush Presidential Library opens to the public today! If you aren’t in Dallas, there’s lots to do online, including:
- Discover the archives and museum objects from the Library’s digital holdings.
- Plan a research visit
- Explore the archived White House Website
Perhaps our favorite feature of the GWB Library website? The “Barney Cam” videos of the Bush family’s Scottish Terrier exploring the White House. Enjoy!
*Please note that we mistakenly published the year of the photo as 2005. The correct year of the photo was 2002.
Turns out that tomorrow is National Puppy Day—
Here’s Lyndon B. Johnson showing a basket of beagle puppies to Courtney Valenti.
LBJ had several dogs, including two beagles, Him and Her. These puppies were sired by Him. 1/5/1966.
-from the LBJ Library
February 1966. In this silent home movie, Lady Bird frolics with the beagles and the collie Blanco in the snow on the White House south lawn (about 10 seconds in). After the initial sequence, the film is spliced and the scene switches to Texas, three months later, and as different a landscape as can be imagined. This section features Lady Bird, Lynda, Lynda’s current boyfriend actor George Hamilton, and the ever-present beagles. Oh, and at 5:13 or so the President of the United States shows his guests a dead snake.
As a side note, the woman dissecting the snake at 5:45 is Mathilde Krim, a friend of the Johnsons and a fascinating woman in her own right—take a look at her biography on the Jewish Women’s Archive for more.
Lady Bird Johnson Home Movie #37: The LBJ Ranch, The White House, Lake LBJ and Washington in 1966. LBJ Library, public domain.
Do you love White House pets? Are you in elementary school? Then we have a tour for you!
On Wednesday, February 13, author Kathryn Gibbs Davis will present her children’s book, Wackiest White House Pets, at the Jimmy Carter Library.
Reservations are required!
Image: Amy Carter poses with her doll house and cat, Misty Malarky Ying Yang: 2/3/1978 [Carter Presidential Library, ARC177849]
“We have a dog - Checkers”
Last week was the 60th anniversary of the Fund Crisis Speech, better known to most as the Checkers Speech.
It’s become one of Richard Nixon’s most memorable speeches, in which the then-California Senator defended the controversial fund, detailed his finances, attacked his Democratic opponents, and asked viewers to decide whether he should stay on the Republican ticket as Eisenhower’s running mate.
At the bottom of this page of handwritten speech notes Nixon listed his assets, including “a dog - Checkers.”
This speech is part of the Pre-Presidential collection which was deeded by Richard Nixon to the Federal Government in 1968 and 1969. You can see the full notes, the final speech, and General Eisenhower’s remarks from the next day here.
President Lyndon B. Johnson on his birthday in swimming pool with dog, Yuki, and grandson, Patrick Lyndon Nugent. 8/27/68.
Yesterday, former First Lady Laura Bush made a visit to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for a private tour of the building by Kennedy Library Director Tom Putnam.
Mrs. Bush spent the majority of her time in the museum, including a curator-guided tour of the Library’s current exhibit based on Jacqueline Kennedy’s recently published oral history. Before leaving, the First Lady stopped in at the Library’s Museum Store to peruse a number of gift items, including a book about Presidential pets, and immediately opened to a photo of the Bush’s family dog, Spot.
Please credit Rick Friedman/John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.