The National Archives presents Tokens and Treasures: Gifts to Twelve Presidents

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Introduction
About This Exhibit
Herbert Hoover
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
Dwight D. Eisenhower
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Lyndon Baines Johnson
Richard Nixon
Gerald R. Ford
Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
George Bush
William J. Clinton
Gifts of State

Presidential Library System
Exhibit Hall

 

William J. Clinton

William J. Clinton Signature

William J. Clinton
Democrat
42d President, 1993-2001

 

 

 

"President of the U.S.A., saxophonist Bill Clinton," by Bill Potts, Denver, Colorado, ca. 1993
Gift of Mr. Potts
Wood, 23 x 11 x 11 1/2 inches

Saxophonist Clinton

An amateur jazz saxophonist, President Clinton donned dark glasses to perform for a national television audience on the Arsenio Hall Show during the 1992 Presidential campaign and played at several of his inauguration parties. Americans responded warmly with many saxophone-related gifts.

 

Socks in the Oval Office, by Michele Weston Relkin, Thousand Oaks, California, ca. 1993
Gift to Chelsea Clinton from Ms. Relkin
Oil on canvas, 26 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 2 inches

Socks in the Oval Office

Americans love Presidential pets, and the Clinton family's pet cat, Socks, was no exception. Soon after his election, President-elect Clinton had to ask that a relentless media leave Socks alone to give both the First Cat and the First Family some privacy.

 

 

 

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