A robin sits on the North Lawn of the White House, April, 17, 2001.
Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum (F5224-02)
During their time in office, the United States President remains the Head of State regardless of geographic location, domestic or abroad. There are specific places, however, at which the President spends much more time. These locations have been cultivated for specific use and elevated to the status of “Presidential.”
The most famous place is the White House, which holds the official residence and Office of the President as well as many offices of the Executive Branch staff. Camp David serves as a retreat and even a casual ceremonial location, but it also has been the site of Presidential diplomacy. Often on the move in this increasingly globalized society, the President can no longer be content to govern statically. Air Force One is more than an airplane - it is a “mobile White House,” and Marine One trumps the average American’s “commuter vehicle.”