State Events

One of the President’s roles is to play host to foreign heads of state who visit the United States. President Clinton met with over two hundred foreign leaders who made trips to the U.S. and hosted 22 heads of state during official state visits at the White House. These visits have strategic and symbolic importance, and are very carefully planned.

Third Floor State Events blue vase 1-1This area of the permanent exhibit provides a look at these events and how the White House staff orchestrated them. It includes a timeline of an official state visit from start to finish, a table setting for a White House state dinner, and a large display of gifts to the Clintons by foreign heads of state.

Highlighted Object from the Exhibit:  Blue porcelain vase from Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan.