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President George W. Bush Oval Office Meeting from Above (2001)

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum/NARA

The White House serves multiple functions, including providing an office for the President of the United States. For more than a century, the president's office has been located in the Oval Office of the West Wing, but this was not always the case. Whether the president is addressing the nation, signing legislation, discussing issues with cabinet members, or meeting with leaders of the world, the White House provides an important and symbolic setting. Discover where in the White House the president's office has been located, how different presidents used these spaces, and why the Oval Office was created.

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