Since the earliest days of the United States, Americans have given gifts to Presidents and their families. President Clinton received tens of thousands of gifts during his eight years in office. A wide range of objects were given to him, from fancy to ordinary to truly unique.
The gifts reflect the President’s personality, his interests, and events that occurred around the time they were given. Some gifts are patriotic. Others reference President Clinton’s home state of Arkansas. Many bear his likeness or those of the First Lady, daughter Chelsea, or pets Buddy and Socks.
This area of the permanent exhibit contains a selection of gifts given to the Clintons.