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Transportation and the White House

The White House serves as both home and office, and because of this, the president of the United States does not have a daily commute. Rather, the president simply walks from the White House residence through corridors to the West Wing—where the Oval Office is located. But what if the president needs to leave the White House Grounds? Presidents use transportation when they leave the White House for diplomatic trips abroad, election campaigning, and family vacations. From horses to automobiles to airplanes, the evolution of transportation at the White House sheds light on both technological advancements in the building and the changing requirements of the modern presidency. Explore the history of transportation and the White House.