President of the United States

Harry Truman

Dramatic Attempt to Assassinate President Truman in Blair House

You may not know this, but there was a very public assassination attempt on a President very near the White House and it wasn’t that long ago. President Harry Truman was in the middle of his...

The Inauguration of Herbert Hoover in 1929

This is an excellent silent film from 1929. It begins with outgoing president Calvin Coolidge and Hoover entering a vehicle and being taken to the Capitol Building down Pennsylvania Avenue. The members of the Supreme Court...
August 14th, 1924. President Calvin Coolidge and his radio-equipped Buick automobile in Washington. (Shorpy)

Calvin Coolidge, Vermont Native and Our 30th President

Per a comment received on the Warren Harding slide show, here’s a one for his successor, Calvin Coolidge. So, Kai … here’s a bunch of photos of the 30th President of the United States. If you have...
Warren Harding, half-length portrait, standing, facing front, gesturing with right hand

Our 29th President, Warren G. Harding

Warren G. Harding sure didn’t look like a friendly guy. In just about every photograph I see of him, he looks like he’s scowling. I dug through some Library of Congress photos and wanted to share...
Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan Had a Great Sense of Humor

This is pretty amusing and a nice short video to share on a Sunday. This is the opening of Ronald Reagan’s first State of the Union address to Congress, given on January 26th, 1982. The best...
Taking off from the South Lawn (Smithsonian)

White House South Lawn Helicopter Landing Tests (1957)

President Eisenhower needed a quick and effective way to travel from Washington to his summer home in Rhode Island. Air Force One was too large for the trip and a motorcade would take too long, causing...

Margaret Thatcher Visits President Carter

America was going through some really rough times in 1979, with a gloomy economy, a major oil crisis and the recent hostage situation in Tehran. In the winter of that year, Margaret Thatcher paid her first...
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower: The First President Videotaped in Color (1958)

I came across this one on YouTube. This was the first time the President of the United States was videotaped and then broadcast in color. This is the earliest surviving color videotape. It was filmed on...
President's Palace design by John Collins

Who Almost Designed the White House?

Way back in the day, the building we now know as the White House was called the “President’s Palace”, “President’s Mansion”, or the “President’s House.” The nomenclature evolved over time, with the accepted name for 1600...
Abraham Lincoln colorized (1865)

Abraham Lincoln in Color (1865)

This is a very famous photo of President Lincoln from February 5th, 1865. The President would be assassinated a short two months later at Ford’s Theatre. I also found a colorized photo of the one taken...
The "Rainbow Row" of homes on Cliffbourne Pl. NW

If Walls Could Talk: The Yellow House at 2513 Cliffbourne Pl. NW – Part 2

This is the second post in a four-part series covering the colorful homes on Cliffbourne Pl. NW, between Calvert St. and Biltmore St. This one is the brightest of the set and it really stands out...
Address to the American People

President Garfield’s Assassin: Charles Guiteau’s Time in Washington

I posed a question to readers on Twitter whether a bit about Garfield’s assassin, Charles Guiteau, would be of interest and a couple of folks chimed in. So, I think this will be a good one...

Film Footage of President McKinley’s Inauguration

Chalk this up to our incredible Library of Congress. A silent film by Thomas Edison, shot on March 4th, 1901 at the Capitol. This one is quite blurry, but this is over a hundred years ago....
Richard Nixon

Nixon: I Am Not a Crook

I really wanted to start by skewing these posts towards more anonymous D.C. residents, but I keep coming across gold on YouTube like this. I promise to return to more posts on hidden and lost Washington,...

JFK: Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You (1961 Video)

One of the most powerful and important inaugural addresses of all time, this is something worth watching in its entirety. The whole speech is below if you’d like to read it. This is a truly amazing...

Film Footage of Teddy Roosevelt Outside the White House

Mark this down as something you’ll never see today. The President is just walking out of the White House grounds … alone. Let’s be honest, any guy that takes a bullet in his chest and STILL...

President Theodore Roosevelt’s Inaugural Ceremony (1905)

Now this is a great one from the vaults of the Library of Congress. I found this on YouTube (of course). There’s no sound, but it’s very interesting to watch. On Mar. 4, 1905, Teddy Roosevelt...
Roosevelt Inauguration 1945

President Franklin Roosevelt’s Fourth Inauguration (1945)

Here is video (partly in color) of FDR being inaugurated for the fourth time. This being the fourth time is impressive enough, but also, this happened on the South Portico of the White House due to...