Presidency

Framed pictures hanging on wall of Oval Office (© Alex Brandon/AP Images)

What’s on the walls of Biden’s Oval Office?

Learn more about the portraits of presidents, presidential hopefuls and social justice leaders that sit across from President Biden's desk.
Pete Buttigieg raises hand and places other on book held by Chasten Buttigieg as Kamala Harris speaks (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

Biden administration appoints record number of LGBTQI+ officials

Meet four U.S. officials who have broken new ground as the first openly LGBTQI+ people in their positions as a part of the most diverse administration.
Infographic explaining five steps to becoming a U.S. ambassador (State Dept./H. Efrem)

Steps to becoming a U.S. ambassador [infographic]

Being asked by the president to represent America as ambassador to another nation is the job and honor of a lifetime. Learn how one becomes an ambassador.
Photo of White House within circle (State Dept./H. Efrem. Photo: © Shutterstock)

Who is in Biden’s Cabinet? [infographic]

Learn more about the members of President Biden's Cabinet, their areas of responsibility and where they traditionally sit during meetings.
Illustration of a man swearing in before a Senate hearing (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

How does Senate confirmation work?

Before nominees for Cabinet positions can start work, they have one important hurdle to clear: the Senate confirmation process.
Illustration of Major Biden romping on White House grounds (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Major Biden: From shelter dog to ‘first pet’

President Biden's second dog, Major Biden, is the first presidential pet in U.S. history to go from shelter dog to White House companion.
Man holding painting in storage room with packed shelves (Allan Goodrich/JFK Library)

Presidential libraries help humanize former U.S. leaders

History often transforms presidents into mythical figures, but U.S. presidential libraries help us understand these leaders and the eras they shaped.
President Biden signing papers with Vice President Harris looking on (© Doug Mills/The New York Times/Getty Images)

Biden tackles discriminatory housing policies and mass incarceration

President Biden signed four executive orders to advance racial equity in the United States. Learn more about how the orders address systemic racism.
Hand drawing Cabinet members sitting around table (State Dept.)video

The presidential Cabinet explained [video]

Watch this video to learn more about the role of the Cabinet in running the U.S. federal government and advising the president.