President’s Outer Office

President Obama is webbed by Spider-Man (Nicholas Tamarin) in 2012 (White House - Pete Souza)


Betty Currie with Socks in 1996 (Reuters)

Gateway to the Oval Office

Adjoining the Oval Office is the office of the personal secretaries of the president. It is in this room that most people who come to see the president wait for entry. This room also has a door to the Rose Garden.

This office includes a small lavatory and features an unusual doorway to accommodate the oval shape of the president's office. The room also allows access to the Rose Garden and to the Cabinet Room.

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President Obama tosses a football in 2009 (White House - Pete Souza)

Barack Obama leaves the President's Outer Office in 2009 (White House - Pete Souza)

President Obama looks over some material in 2009 (White House - Pete Souza)

Barack Obama tosses a football with Trip Director Marvin Nicholson in 2009 (White House - Pete Souza)

President Obama's personal assistant Reggie Love in 2009 (NBC - Antoine Sanfuentes)

President Obama tosses a football in 2009 (White House - Pete Souza)

Larry Summers waits outside the Oval Office in 2009 (Time - Callie Shell)

An aide peeks through the Oval Office door, 2009 (White House - Pete Souza)

Jared Weinstein prepares to enter the Oval Office to keep the president on schedule, 2008 (Christopher Morris)

Barney plays with a rubber horseshoe in 2004 (White House)

Bush's personal assistant, Logan Walters, circa 2004

Bush's secretary, Ashley Estes, circa 2004

Barney entering from the Oval Office Corridor, circa 2003 (George W Bush Library)

Bill Clinton with secretary, Betty Currie, in 2001 (PF Bentley)

Bill Clinton and Betty Currie in 2000 (PF Bentley)

Mrs. Carter and Joan Mondale before the vice-president's wife enters the Oval Office in 1977 (NARA - Carter Library)

Kissinger brings charts to the Oval Office in 1974 (Getty Images)

Nixon presidential aide Steve Bull leaving the Oval Office in 1974 (Nixon Library - Ollie Atkins)

The room as a waiting room in 1974 (the president's secretaries worked in today's President's Dining Room);
Vice-President Gerald Ford waiting to meet with President Nixon in the Oval Office, where he will learn that Nixon will resign (Nixon Library - Ollie Atkins)

President Johnson shows off his puppies to the daughter of Chief of Staff Jack Valenti in 1966 (Johnson Library)

John F Kennedy, Jr., dancing for his father, around 1963 (Corbis)

John F Kennedy, Jr., trying on a hat in 1963 (Kennedy Library)

Secretary Evelyn Lincoln, around 1962 (Robert White Collection)

John Kennedy talking with his secretary around 1962 (Life)

John Kennedy in 1962 (Life - Arthur Rickerby)

John Kennedy in 1961 (Life)

John Kennedy looking through a newspaper in 1961, looking south (Life - Paul Schutzer)

John Kennedy, First Lady Jackie, and (front left) Vice-President Johnson watching the
space flight of Alan Shepard in 1961 (NARA - Kennedy Library - Cecil Stoughton)

Vice-President Lyndon Johnson watching the
lift-off of Alan Shepard's Freedom 7 mission in 1961 (Kennedy Library - Robert Knudsen)

Harry Truman's secretary, Rose Conway, at her desk in 1947; the door to the Oval Office is at right (NARA)

Harry Truman's secretary, Rose Conway, at her desk in 1947 (NARA)