President Obama talks with director of communications Dan Pfeiffer in 2011
At left: Sarah Fenn, special assistant to the deputy chief of staff (White House - Pete Souza)
The Halls of Power
Through narrow approaches from the west and the north, the Oval Office corridor opens into a small waiting area just outside the Oval Office. To the south is the door to the president's office; to the north is a door to the Roosevelt Room.
The west hallway leads down the to the office of the White House chief of staff as well as to the elevator and stairwell. The north hallway leads to the Cabinet Room and press secretary's office, as well as to a stairway to the ground floor.
Barack Obama leaves the President's Outer Office in 2009 (White House - Pete Souza)
President Obama says goodbye to Israeli President Shimon Peres in 2009 (White House - Pete Souza)
The president and vice-president in 2009 (Time - Callie Shell)
An aide peeks in on the Roosevelt Room in 2009 (VII - Christopher Morris)
Barack Obama at the beginning of the day after inauguration, 2009 (White House - Pete Souza)
British Prime Minister Blair walks with GW Bush down the corridor to the Oval Office in 2007 (Guardian Unlimited - Dan Chung)
Staircase down to the ground floor in 2007
Cabinet Room corridor in 2007
Door to the Oval Office, circa 2002
Door to the Roosevelt Room, circa 2002
Vice-President Dick Cheney outside the Oval Office, circa 2002
Vice-President Dick Cheney approaching the Oval Office from the west, circa 2002
Chief of Staff Andrew Card approaching the Oval Office from the west, circa 2002
Stairs down to the ground floor, circa 2002. Straight ahead is the Oval Office corridor.
Roosevelt Room corridor around 2002.
Richard Nixon's chair being removed from the Oval Office after his resignation in 1974 (Nixon Library)
Corridor west of the Oval Office in 1974
Corridor west of the Oval Office in 1965
North corridor outside the Cabinet Room in 1963
Kennedy and Johnson in the corridor around 1963, looking into the Fish Room (Roosevelt Room)
Porter Henry Thomson brings lunch to FDR in 1942 (Life - Myron Davis)