CIA reference photograph of a Soviet medium-range ballistic missile in Red Square, Moscow
President Joe Biden on the night of his inauguration, Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Image of plans for the Bay of Pigs Invasion
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in the Oval Office, April 12, 2021
More than 100 US-built missiles having the capability to strike Moscow with nuclear warheads were deployed in Italy and Turkey in 1961.
President's House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. George Washington's bow window (not depicted) is echoed in the shape of the Oval Office.
The relative ranges of the Il-28, SS-4, and SS-5 based on Cuba in nautical miles (NM).
Theodore Roosevelt Executive Office and Cabinet Room, c. undefined1904
Map created by American intelligence showing Surface-to-Air Missile activity in Cuba, September 5, 1962
Taft Oval Office, completed 1909. Nearly identical in size to the modern office, it was damaged by fire in 1929 and demolished in 1933.
A U-2 reconnaissance photograph of Cuba, showing Soviet nuclear missiles, their transports and tents for fueling and maintenance.
Location of the Oval Office in the West Wing.
One of the first U-2 reconnaissance images of missile bases under construction shown to President Kennedy on the morning of October 16, 1962
Franklin D. Roosevelt in the newly completed Modern Oval Office, December 31, 1934.
President Kennedy meets in the Oval Office with General Curtis LeMay and the reconnaissance pilots who found the missile sites in Cuba.
Plaster ceiling medallion installed in 1934 includes elements of the Seal of the President of the United States.
As the article describes, both the US and the Soviet Union considered many possible outcomes of their actions and threats during the crisis (Allison, Graham T.; Zelikow, Philip D.). This game tree models how both actors would have considered their decisions. It is broken down into a simple form for basic understanding.
Caroline Kennedy and Kerry Kennedy beneath the Resolute desk in 1963. Note the Truman carpet.
President Kennedy and Secretary of Defense McNamara in an EXCOMM meeting
President Truman receiving a marble bust of Simon Bolivar from a Venezuelan delegation, December 27, 1946
President Kennedy meets with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko in the Oval Office (October 18, 1962)
President Barack Obama with Oval Office artwork, September 28, 2012
A US Navy P-2H Neptune of VP-18 flying over a Soviet cargo ship with crated Il-28s on deck during the Cuban Crisis.
The Oval Office floor has been replaced several times, most recently during the administration of George W. Bush. The 2005 installation, based on the original 1933 design by Eric Gugler, features a contrasting cross pattern of quarter sawn oak and walnut.
President Kennedy signs the Proclamation for Interdiction of the Delivery of Offensive Weapons to Cuba at the Oval Office on October 23, 1962.
Location of the Yellow Oval Room on the second floor of the White House. A number of presidents used this as their private office or library.
Soviet First Secretary Khrushchev's October 24, 1962 letter to Kennedy stating that the blockade of Cuba "constitute[s] an act of aggression..."
The Yellow Oval Room about 1868 used as President Andrew Johnson's private office.
Adlai Stevenson shows aerial photos of Cuban missiles to the United Nations, October 25, 1962.
The Yellow Oval Room as President Grover Cleveland's private office, 1886. Note the Resolute desk before the 3 windows.
A declassified map used by the US Navy's Atlantic Fleet showing the position of American and Soviet ships at the height of the crisis.
The Yellow Oval Room as President Franklin D. Roosevelt's private office, 1933.
S-75 Dvina with V-750V 1D missile (NATO designation SA-2 Guideline) on a launcher. An installation similar to this one shot down Major Anderson's U-2 over Cuba.
Exterior of the West Wing (circa 1910s), showing the curve of the Taft Oval Office.
A Lockheed U-2F, the high altitude reconnaissance type shot down over Cuba, being refueled by a Boeing KC-135Q. The aircraft in 1962 was painted overall gray and carried USAF military markings and national insignia.
President Hoover views West Wing fire ruins, January 15, 1930.
The engine of the Lockheed U-2 shot down over Cuba on display at Museum of the Revolution in Havana.
West Wing expansion, 1934.
October 29, 1962 EXCOMM meeting held in the White House Cabinet Room. President Kennedy, Robert McNamara and Dean Rusk.
Exterior of the Oval Office from the South Lawn, July 15, 2006.
A US Navy HSS-1 Seabat helicopter hovers over Soviet submarine B-59, forced to the surface by US Naval forces in the Caribbean near Cuba (October 28–29, 1962)
George Washington (1776) by Charles Willson Peale
Removal of Missiles in Cuba November 11, 1962 – NARA – 193868
George Washington ({{circa}}1823) by Rembrandt Peale
The nuclear-armed Jupiter intermediate-range ballistic missile. The US secretly agreed to withdraw the missiles from Italy and Turkey.
City of Washington from Beyond the Navy Yard (1833) by George Cooke
Eastport and Passamaquoddy Bay ({{circa}}1840) by Victor De Grailly
Andrew Jackson (1845) by Thomas Sully
Waiting for the Hour (1863) by William Tolman Carlton
Passing the Outpost (1881) by Alfred Wordsworth Thompson
The Broncho Buster (1895) by Frederic Remington
Abraham Lincoln ({{circa}}1915) by George Story
The Avenue in the Rain (1917) by Childe Hassam
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1947) by Frank O. Salisbury
Earthrise (1968) by William Anders
John F. Kennedy's children visit the Oval Office
The Oval Office during the presidency of Gerald Ford
President Richard M. Nixon and Bob Hope play golf in the Oval Office, a tradition harking back to the tenure of Lyndon B. Johnson
President George W. Bush chose a more muted color palette than his predecessor, using shades of taupe, celadon and navy.
One of many hand-shake photos in front of the fireplace. President George W. Bush sitting to the viewer's right, the guest (Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda) to the left, March 2003. One of the rare images where there is fire in the fireplace.
A panoramic view of the Oval Office, January 26, 2017. President Donald Trump is seated at the Resolute desk.

Examples include Kennedy presenting news of the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962), Nixon announcing his resignation from office (1974), Ronald Reagan following the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster (1986), and George W. Bush in the wake of the September 11 attacks (2001).

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After the EXCOMM meeting, a smaller meeting continued in the Oval Office.

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CIA reference photograph of a Soviet medium-range ballistic missile in Red Square, Moscow

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