President George W. Bush reads over a draft of his State of the Union speech in the Oval Office on January 31, 2006.

Interested in specific topics? Topic pages combine resources from the Archives' Digital Library, museum collection, audiovisual collection, archived White House Website, and more to help students, researchers, educators, and others focus on materials for their areas of interest. Topics include the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks, the White House Easter Egg Roll, and Mrs. Laura Bush's Trips. Check back for new topic pages as more materials are processed and digitized.

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The love affair between America’s presidents and America’s pastime began with our country’s first president, and has only grown stronger in the two centuries since. Learn More

Easter Egg Roll


The story of the White House Easter Egg Roll is one of the oldest and most unique traditions in Presidential history. Learn More



President George W. Bush and First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush with Kathleen Mellor the 2004 Teacher of the Year from South Kingstown, Rhode Island in the Rose Garden of the White House on April 21, 2004. Learn More

First Lady's Foreign Trips


As First Lady, Laura Bush traveled domestically to all 50 states and internationally to more than 75 countries. Learn More

First Lady's Role

Unlike the President, the role of the First Lady is not addressed in the Constitution. Both the role of the Presidential spouse and the title have shifted and formalized over the history of the United States. The spouse of the President is not elected to serve and yet, because the White House is both the residence and the office of the President, public service is inherent to the role. Learn More

Global War on Terror


The Global War on Terror is an international ongoing campaign launched by President George W. Bush and the United States government after the September 11, 2001 attacks to thwart terrorists before they can act. Learn More

Hurricane Katrina


A Category 5, Hurricane Katrina was one of the deadliest hurricanes to hit the United States. Occurring between August 23 - 31, 2005, an estimated 1,833 peopled died in the hurricane and the flooding that followed. Millions of people were left homeless along the Gulf Coast and in New Orleans. Learn More

Movie Screenings at the White House


Presidents and their families have enjoyed cinematic experiences ranging from newsreels to documentaries tomajor motion pictures in the White House Movie Theatre. Learn More

Nominations and Appointments to Federal Office


President George W. Bush shakes hands with his Supreme Court Justice Nominee John Roberts after his remarks on the State Floor of the White House on July 19, 2005. Learn More

President's Foreign Trips


As First Lady, Laura Bush traveled domestically to all 50 states and internationally to more than 75 countries. Learn More

President's Role

The President, according to Article II of the Constitution, shall serve a term of four years. During his tenure, the President is commander in chief of United States armed forces, and is empowered to make treaties and appointments within the federal government (with Senate approval). He is also required to report to Congress annually on the state of the union, and may also propose legislation and veto bills. Learn More

Presidential Briefing Papers


President George W. Bush used the Presidential Briefing Papers as a guide for his working day. Learn More

Presidential Daily Diary

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The President’s Daily Diary (PDD) is the official day-by-day record of every moment of George W. Bush’s eight years as President. Learn More

September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks

Director of Communications Dan Bartlett points to news footage of the World Trade Center Towers burning, September 11, 2001, as President George W. Bush gathers information about the attacks while at the from Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, nineteen terrorists hijacked four airplanes perpetrating a series of attacks that killed 2,977 people. Learn More



During the George W. Bush Administration, speeches were often used to communicated important policies or actions taken by the United States government. Learn More

Transition Letters

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In keeping with tradition, the letters that outgoing Presidents wrote to their successors serve as a reminder of the sanctity of the office of the President of the United States. Learn More

U.S. Economics & Finance


Some major themes of President George W. Bush's economy policy include economic stimulus, job creation, economic growth, and fiscal responsibility. Learn More

U.S. & U.K. Special Relationship


"We've got no better friend in the world than Great Britain." - President George W. Bush, November 7, 2001. Learn More

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