May is National Photo Month, and to celebrate, we’re sharing photos from the National Archives showing that Presidents are people too! Today’s listicle comes from Anayeli Nuñez from the National Archives History Office.
1. When Clinton stepped out for a jog in this 90s monochromatic outfit. Iconic.
2. When Nixon tried getting as close as possible to the Charters of Freedom in the National Archives Rotunda.
3. When they love their pets unconditionally.
Socks the Cat on President William J. Clinton’s Shoulder, 3/25/1993. (National Archives Identifier 2131121)
President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Fala in the White House Study, 12/20/1941. (National Archives Identifier 6728526)
President George W. Bush Arrives at Andrews, AFB with Barney and Beazley, 8/13/2006. (National Archives Identifier 6768901)
President Reagan holding “Rex” in the Diplomatic Reception Room. 3/7/1986. (Ronald Reagan Library, National Archives)
President Barack Obama runs down the East Colonnade with family dog, Bo, on the dog’s initial visit to the White House, March 15, 2009. (Barack Obama Presidential Library, National Archives)
President Lyndon B. Johnson and His Puppies, 1/5/1966. (National Archives Identifier 6335322)
4. When Nixon saw a piano and just HAD to play a tune.
5. When (future President) Truman sat with his boss President Roosevelt for some lunch and office gossip—just like us!
6. When Bush could agree that the torch-lighting ceremony is always the best part of the Olympics!
7. When Obama and Biden were each other’s favorite co-worker. #BestFriendGoals
8. When Ford cherished those few minutes of silence reading the morning paper before the day began.
9. When FDR threw this peace sign (victory symbol), unironically.
10. Siblings. Enough said. Wonder which Ford brother won best dressed in high school?
11. When Lincoln needed multiple pictures before finding the right one to post.
12. When LBJ met this baby and instinctively said “awe.”
13. When Obama stepped it up on the Hill AND on the Court.