The White House past and the present. Aerial view of The White House in Washington DC in the late 1950s. Scene with 1950s cars parked and moving in parking areas and roads in front of the White House. Visitors walking on the White House grounds near the North Portico. View of a Birch tree planted by wife of President Calvin Coolidge and Magnolia trees by President Andrew Jackson. View of the south portico entrance and the north entrance of the White House. Plans and sketches of of The White House. Portraits of President John Adams and his wife Abigail Smith. Portrait of President Thomas Jefferson. Plan of the east and the west wing of The White House. Illustration of British attack on The White House. Portraits of President James Madison and his wife Alley. Portrait of President George Washington. Portrait of President James Monroe. Picture of President Abraham Lincoln. Footage of President Lincoln's study room, and his bedroom with its custom bed over 8 feet in length. Sketch of President Benjamin Harrison taking oath. Still images of ornate furnishings in the White House during Harrison's tenure. Still images of more simplified furnishings in the White House under Theodore Roosevelt. Picture of President Theodore Roosevelt with sons. Aerial view of the new west wing area enlarged for White House office use. Still photo of Theodore Roosevelt writing. Footage of President Woodrow Wilson signing a bill at his desk, with a crowd of officials standing by. Footage of United States Military officers and French General Ferdinand Foch and other French military officers entering the White House to meet with President Harding on October 29, 1921. (Foch was touring the U.S. and being officially thanked for his leadership in World War I.)
View of the North side of The White House. President Calvin Coolidge works at his desk and writes during his tenure in the 1920s. Next scene shows close up view of President Herbert Hoover addressing people at a microphone on an outdoor stage, with his speech carried on radio. View of President Franklin Roosevelt speaking while seated at a desk in the White House. President Harry S Truman seated at a desk in the White House and preparing to deliver a televised address. President Dwight D Eisenhower addressing a press conference in the White House. View of people visiting North Portico area of White House in the 1950s after the White House renovation. View of the extended West Wing of the White House. Man arranges notepads in conference room of West Wing of the White house before a meeting. Chair of the American President flanked by United States Flag and flag of the seal of the President. View of the Oval Office.
Americans indulge in a variety of sports. Men enjoy recreational parachuting; various parachutes of different colors seen. Teams playing a game of football on a field in Washington DC with the White House in the background. Female riders on horses at a horse racing or equestrian event. Cowboy places saddle on a horse near a ranch in the west or southwest. Teenage girls saddle horses and clean their horses. People watching a motorcycle motocross race. A family riding horses in a desert with cactus and rock formations nearby. People taking scooter and bicycle rides, including 3 people on one moped or scooter. Man in a suit rides a moped in a city. Children riding a bicycle.
View of exterior North Portico and entrance of White House. Interior view of the North entrance White House lobby with Presidential Seal on top of the door. Close up view of four dates inscribed on the marble floor: "1817" Repair after war damage, "1792" Construction date, "1902" First remodeling, and "1952" Latest remodeling. Views of the Blue room, the Green room, and the Red room in the White House, and various furniture and decorations in the White House in the late 1950s. View of State dining room. Gold candle stands placed on the dining table. Solid Silver chandelier hanging over the table. China crockery used by American Presidents and their families are preserved in the China room. Portrait of Mrs. Calvin Coolidge. View of the Oval office room. View of the East room. Portrait of President George Washington and Mrs Martha Washington. Grand piano placed inside the room. Plaque in White House state dining room with words of a prayer by John Adams. Exterior view as police escort motorcycle with sidecar drives on North Portico entrance driveway, followed by a Lincoln Continental limousine of the President's fleet.
U.S. President Ronald Reagan at the White House in Washington DC. President Ronald Reagan gives a speech on the Defense Budget. He speaks about the Defense Program America needs. President Reagan states that the American security should be prepared for all situations. An animation shows 'Intercontinental Missiles'. Intermediate Range Weapons from 1978-1982. An animation shows the difference in production of submarines, artillery and weapons between the United States and the Soviets. An animated picture shows the 'Soviet Communications Intelligence Facility'. The Soviet Weaponry Sandino Airfield, Nicaragua. An airfield under construction in Grenada. President Reagan in his speech states that the American military force should be ready to respond to any emergency situation. An animated graph shows the percent of budget from 1960-1980. At the end of the speech President Ronald Reagan asks for America's prayers and support.
United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower and President elect John F. Kennedy at the White House in Washington D.C., United States. President Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy arrive at the White House. Photographers take pictures. Dignitaries meet at the White House to discuss transfer of administration and the problems and resolutions of the nation. John F. Kennedy leaves the White House after a cordial meeting with the President. He gives a brief speech and thanks President Eisenhower.