East Room Historical Photo Essay
East Room Historical Photo Essay
Joined by members of Congress and 15 American families in the East Room June 7, 2001, President George W. Bush signs the Tax Relief Act, which provides Americans with across the board tax cuts. From bill signings to weddings, the East Room has been the sight of hundreds of White House ceremonies, receptions and events over the years. Side by side, President George H.W. Bush and Russian President Yeltsin sign seven treaties in the East Room June 17, 1992.
With a portrait of America’s first General and first President hanging in the background, President George W. Bush and Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld congratulate military re-enlistees in an event held in the East Room May 23, 2001. Congress purchased the portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart for the White House in 1800. Former President Harry Truman tickles the ivories for President and Mrs. Kennedy in the East Room November 1, 1961.
President and Mrs. Bush highlight the importance of early childhood education in an East Room event April 3, 2002. Following their remarks, PBS KIDS characters from Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood and Between the Lions entertained the audience. Surrounded by his family and staff, President Richard Nixon says goodbye as he leaves office August 9, 1974.
Students from the Duke Ellington School of Arts perform for the President at the Celebration of African-American Music, History and Culture in the East Room May 28, 2002. This drawing by Alfred Waud shows Lincoln’s coffin housed in a catafalque in state in the East Room of the White House April 18, 1865. Because he and other artists were not allowed to attend the funeral, Waud viewed the casket before the funeral and included Mrs. Lincoln, who did not attend the service, in his drawing.