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Waiter carrying tray of drinks, seen through oval window (© White House/Samantha Appleton/AP)

As the White House prepares to honor South Korea, take a...

State dinners have several elements, including a VIP guest list, delicious cuisine and high fashion. Read on for a behind-the-scenes look.
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Women fighting for change are honored at White House

On International Women's Day, the U.S. Department of State honored 11 women who are risking their lives for change. Get to know them here.
Large White House Christmas tree on display in the Blue Room (© Patrick Semansky/AP Images)

First lady Jill Biden decorates White House ‘for the people’ [photo...

The White House's 2022 winter holiday theme is "We the People," with decorations reflecting hope, optimism and unity.
President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy standing in front of Christmas tree (John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum/Robert Knudsen)

First ladies’ White House Christmas traditions

Jacqueline Kennedy was the first to select a theme for the White House Christmas tree, picking "The Nutcracker.” Learn other holiday customs.
President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron shaking hands (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

Bidens honor Macrons at White House state dinner

U.S.-French relations were celebrated at the Biden administration’s first state dinner, reflecting France’s status as the oldest U.S. ally.
Visitors look at National Christmas Tree (© Jose Luis Magana/AP Images)

National Christmas Tree celebration turns 100

Cheers to the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony's 100th birthday! Read on to find out how the ceremony began and evolved over time.
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Signing from the highest levels of government

Learn more about the important role federal American Sign Language interpreters have in maintaining our democracy.
Hand holding candle during vigil (© John Raoux/AP Images)

A unified push against hate and violence

President Biden is launching a new effort to prevent hate-fueled violence and promote unity around the country.
Doorway opening onto large room with large decorated Christmas tree (© Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Bidens’ Christmas decorations: ‘Gifts from the heart’

At the White House, Christmas 2021 follows a theme that stresses unity and healing. See how each room in the mansion reflects that message.