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360° Artifacts

Presidential Gifts

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Rotate artifacts 360 degrees to view gifts given to President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush by American citizens and foreign Heads of State.
  • Baseball Bat
    On March 30, 2001, President George W. Bush invited the members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame to the White House for a reception in their honor. 46 of the 62 living members were able to attend. They signed this bat and presented it to the President.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

  • Bicycle
    TREK racing bicycle with the U.S. Postal Service Team logo given to President George W. Bush by Lance Armstrong, Tour de France champion and cancer survivor, on September 18, 2002. Armstrong joined President Bush at the White House to promote cancer screening awareness. President Bush kept the bike in the outside exercise room for his personal use until January 2009.

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  • White House and Texas Capitol Cowboy Boots
    Handcrafted leather cowboy boots given to President George W. Bush by Houston, Texas boot maker Rocky Carroll. Carroll is known for crafting custom boots with intricate and artistic shafts for celebrities, royalty, and every American President from Gerald Ford to George W. Bush. President Bush received over a dozen pair of boots from Carr...

  • "Moving Out"
    Limited edition (#16 of 40) bronze sculpture of a longhorn bull by Tim Shinabarger, presented to President George W. Bush in October 2002. The sculpture was displayed in the President’s private dining room off the Oval Office until January 2009.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

  • Bullhorn
    The bullhorn President George W. Bush used to speak to the first responders working at Ground Zero when he visited New York City on September 14, 2001. During an impromptu statement offered to encourage and thank those rescue workers, a man famously yelled to President Bush, “I can’t hear you!” President Bush responded with the words, “I can hear y...

  • Oscar de la Renta Dress
    First Lady Laura Bush wore this custom design dress for the White House State Dinner on May 7, 2007 in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

    Courtesy of Mrs. Laura Bush.

  • Flight 93 National Memorial Ornament
    The White House Christmas Tree theme in 2007 was “Holiday in the National Parks.” This ornament was submitted by Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

  • Painted Gourd – Mexico
    This intricately painted gourd was given to First Lady Laura Bush when she visited President Felipe Calderón and his wife Margarita Zavala, March 2008.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

  • Decorative Bowl - Qatar
    Turquoise frosted glass bowl on a gold and silver stand surrounded by five oryxes, a large species of antelope native to the Arabian Peninsula. Given to President George W. Bush by Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani in October 2001.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

  • Woven Purse – Thailand
    Yan-Lipao fern-vine basketry is an ancient Thai handicraft that was almost dying out until Her Majesty Queen Sirikit revived it. This purse woven from Yan-Lipao fern-vines trimmed with gold and diamonds was given to First Lady Laura Bush in October 2002.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

  • Saddle – Kazakhstan
    Traditional Kazakhstani leather saddle with wool padding and ornate trim given to President George W. Bush in December 2001 by President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

  • Saddle-Spain
    President José María Aznar gave this Spanish leather and sheepskin saddle to President George W. Bush during a meeting with European Leaders at the White House, May 2, 2002.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

  • Bust of African Woman
    The bust of this South African woman of the Xhosa culture and her baby was given to President George W. Bush by Nelson Mandela during a White House visit, May 17, 2005. Mandela is also of the Xhosa culture.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

  • Jerusalem Sculpture - Israel
    Engraved sterling silver and gold representation of Jerusalem given to President George W. Bush in December 2001 by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

  • Stirrups – Morocco
    These gold-plated silver stirrups with inlaid rubies and emeralds were given to President George W. Bush by King Mohammed VI during a meeting at the White House, July 8, 2004.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

  • Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site Ornament
    The White House Christmas Tree theme in 2007 was “Holiday in the National Parks.” This ornament was submitted by Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

  • Voting Booth and Butterfly Ballot
    Voting booth used in Precinct 9, Sumter County, Florida, in the 2000 Presidential election. The ballot is similar in design to the controversial butterfly ballots used in Palm Beach County, Florida.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.