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Eisenhower Prepares to Board Helicopter (1957)

National Park Service/Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library/NARA

The president does not need to worry about a daily commute, since the White House functions as both a home and office. The commander in chief simply walks from the main house to the West Wing where the Oval Office is located. But what happens if the president needs to leave the White House Grounds? Presidents need transportation for many reasons including diplomatic trips abroad, election campaigning, and family vacations. The evolution of the presidentís transportation illustrates how the White House has adapted to advancing technologies and how the requirements of the presidency have changed over time.