A report on Ronald Reagan and Oval Office

Official portrait, 1981
President Joe Biden on the night of his inauguration, Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Ronald Reagan's boyhood home in Dixon, Illinois
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in the Oval Office, April 12, 2021
The Bad Man (1941)
President's House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. George Washington's bow window (not depicted) is echoed in the shape of the Oval Office.
Capt. Ronald Reagan at Fort Roach, 1943 or 1944.
Theodore Roosevelt Executive Office and Cabinet Room, c. undefined1904
Guest stars for the premiere of The Dick Powell Show, 1961. Reagan can be seen wearing a ten-gallon hat on the far left.
Taft Oval Office, completed 1909. Nearly identical in size to the modern office, it was damaged by fire in 1929 and demolished in 1933.
Reagan testifying before the House Un-American Activities Committee, October 1947
Location of the Oval Office in the West Wing.
Reagan and his first wife Jane Wyman, 1942
Franklin D. Roosevelt in the newly completed Modern Oval Office, December 31, 1934.
Wedding of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, 1952. Matron of honor Brenda Marshall (left) and best man William Holden (right) were the sole guests.
Plaster ceiling medallion installed in 1934 includes elements of the Seal of the President of the United States.
Nancy and Ronald Reagan aboard a boat in California, 1964
Caroline Kennedy and Kerry Kennedy beneath the Resolute desk in 1963. Note the Truman carpet.
The Reagans meet with President Richard Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon, July 1970
President Truman receiving a marble bust of Simon Bolivar from a Venezuelan delegation, December 27, 1946
Reagan and President Ford shake hands on the podium after Reagan narrowly lost the nomination at the 1976 Republican National Convention
President Barack Obama with Oval Office artwork, September 28, 2012
1980 electoral vote results
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.
Ronald Reagan, moderator Jon Breen, and Bush participate in the Nashua, New Hampshire presidential debate, 1980
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.
President and Mrs. Reagan at the 1981 inauguration parade
The Yellow Oval Room about 1868 used as President Andrew Johnson's private office.
Supreme Court justice-nominee Sandra Day O'Connor talks with Reagan outside the White House, July 15, 1981.
The Yellow Oval Room as President Grover Cleveland's private office, 1886. Note the Resolute desk before the 3 windows.
Reagan outlines his plan for Tax Reduction Legislation in a televised address from the Oval Office, July 1981
The Yellow Oval Room as President Franklin D. Roosevelt's private office, 1933.
Reagan addresses Congress on the Program for Economic Recovery, April 28, 1981 (a few weeks after surviving the assassination attempt)
Exterior of the West Wing (circa 1910s), showing the curve of the Taft Oval Office.
As the first U.S. president invited to speak before the British Parliament (June 8, 1982), Reagan predicted Marxism–Leninism would end up on the "ash heap of history".
President Hoover views West Wing fire ruins, January 15, 1930.
Meeting with leaders of the Afghan Mujahideen in the Oval Office, 1983
West Wing expansion, 1934.
Reagan with actress Sigourney Weaver and King Fahd of Saudi Arabia in 1985. The U.S. and Saudi Arabia supplied money and arms to the anti-Soviet fighters in Afghanistan.
Exterior of the Oval Office from the South Lawn, July 15, 2006.
Reagan (far left) and First Lady Nancy Reagan pay their respects to the 17 American victims of the April 18 attack on the U.S. embassy by Hezbollah in Beirut, 1983
George Washington (1776) by Charles Willson Peale
1984 presidential electoral votes by state. Reagan (red) won every state except Mondale's home state of Minnesota; Mondale also carried the District of Columbia.
George Washington ({{circa}}1823) by Rembrandt Peale
Reagan is sworn in for a second term as president by Chief Justice Burger in the Capitol rotunda
City of Washington from Beyond the Navy Yard (1833) by George Cooke
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (here with Reagan in 1986) granted the U.S. use of British airbases to launch the Libya attack.
Eastport and Passamaquoddy Bay ({{circa}}1840) by Victor De Grailly
Reagan (center) receives the Tower Commission Report regarding the Iran-Contra affair in the Cabinet Room with John Tower (left) and Edmund Muskie (right)
Andrew Jackson (1845) by Thomas Sully
Challenging Gorbachev to "tear down this wall" at the Brandenburg Gate, June 12, 1987
Waiting for the Hour (1863) by William Tolman Carlton
Gorbachev and Reagan sign the INF Treaty at the White House, December 1987
Passing the Outpost (1881) by Alfred Wordsworth Thompson
The Reagans in Los Angeles, 1992
The Broncho Buster (1895) by Frederic Remington
The Reagans with a model of USS Ronald Reagan, May 1996
Abraham Lincoln ({{circa}}1915) by George Story
Reagan lying in state in the Capitol rotunda
The Avenue in the Rain (1917) by Childe Hassam
A bronze statue of Reagan standing in the National Statuary Hall Collection
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1947) by Frank O. Salisbury
President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev, 1985
Earthrise (1968) by William Anders
Reagan in 1982
John F. Kennedy's children visit the Oval Office
Approval ratings for President Reagan (Gallup)
The Oval Office during the presidency of Gerald Ford
Former President Reagan returns to the White House to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bush, 1993
President Richard M. Nixon and Bob Hope play golf in the Oval Office, a tradition harking back to the tenure of Lyndon B. Johnson
{{circa}} 1916–17. Pictured from left: Father Jack, older brother Neil, Reagan (with "Dutchboy" haircut), and mother Nelle
President George W. Bush chose a more muted color palette than his predecessor, using shades of taupe, celadon and navy.
1920s. As a teenager, in Dixon, Illinois
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.
{{circa|lk=no|1960}}. Hosting General Electric Theater
A panoramic view of the Oval Office, January 26, 2017. President Donald Trump is seated at the Resolute desk.
1976. At his home at Rancho del Cielo
1985. His second presidential portrait

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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The president addressed the nation from the Oval Office after the attacks had commenced, stating, "When our citizens are attacked or abused anywhere in the world on the direct orders of hostile regimes, we will respond so long as I'm in this office."

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Official portrait, 1981

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Official portrait, 1989

George H. W. Bush

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American politician, diplomat, and businessman who served as the 41st president of the United States from 1989 to 1993.

American politician, diplomat, and businessman who served as the 41st president of the United States from 1989 to 1993.

Official portrait, 1989
George H. W. Bush at his grandfather's house in Kennebunkport, c. 1925
Bush in his Grumman TBF Avenger aboard USS San Jacinto in 1944
Bush in Phillips Academy's 1942 yearbook
Bush, top right, stood with his wife and children, mid-1960s
Former president Dwight D. Eisenhower with Bush
Bush in 1969
Bush greeting then California Governor Ronald Reagan in 1967
Bush as ambassador to the United Nations, 1971
Bush as U.S. Liaison to China, c. 1975
Bush, as CIA Director, listens at a meeting following the assassinations in Beirut of Francis E. Meloy Jr. and Robert O. Waring, 1976
1980 campaign logo
Ronald Reagan, moderator Jon Breen, and Bush participate in the Nashua, New Hampshire, presidential debate, 1980
The Reagan–Bush ticket won the 1980 presidential election with 50.7% of the popular vote and a large majority of the electoral vote
Official portrait of Vice President Bush, 1981
President Ronald Reagan with Bush
Reagan and Bush in a meeting to discuss the United States' invasion of Grenada with a group of bipartisan members of Congress in October 1983
Vice President Bush standing with President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on the New York City waterfront in 1988
1988 campaign logo
John Ashcroft and Vice President Bush campaign in St. Louis, Missouri, 1988
Bush won the 1988 presidential election with 53.4% of the popular vote and a large majority of the electoral vote
Chief Justice William Rehnquist administers the Presidential Oath of Office to George H. W. Bush
Map showing the division of East and West Germany until 1990, with Berlin in yellow
Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev at the Helsinki Summit in 1990
In 1991, the Soviet Union dissolved into fifteen independent republics, including Russia (labeled 11)
Iraq (green) invaded Kuwait (orange) in 1990
Bush meets with Robert Gates, General Colin Powell, Secretary Dick Cheney and others about the situation in the Persian Gulf, 1991
From left to right: (standing) President Carlos Salinas, President Bush, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney; (seated) Jaime Serra Puche, Carla Hills, and Michael Wilson at the NAFTA Initialing Ceremony, October 1992
Bush appointed Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court in 1991
Bush's approval ratings (red) compared to his disapproval ratings (blue) during his presidency
Bush was defeated in the 1992 presidential election by Bill Clinton
President Bill Clinton meeting with former presidents George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter at the White House in September 1993
George and Barbara Bush, 2001
From left to right: George H. W. Bush, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter
Members of the public pay their respects at the casket of George H. W. Bush lying in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Bush visits NAS JRB during Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, 2005
The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the west campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, 2011

A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as the 43rd vice president from 1981 to 1989 under Ronald Reagan, in the U.S. House of Representatives, as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and as Director of Central Intelligence.

From then on, the two men would have regular Thursday lunches in the Oval Office.