Here Come the Puppets! at the White House (southern facade) in 1980.


Big Bird and Alice Snuffleupagus with Hillary Clinton in the sculpture garden on June 26, 1995.

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Rizzo in front of the White House (northern facade).


Betty Lou imagines herself working in the Oval Office of the White House.

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Kermit the Frog in the Press Room.


Filming Here Come the Puppets!

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Miss Piggy Goes to Washington in 2015.

The White House is the official home and principal workplace of the President of the United States of America. The White House is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, DC.


  • December 14, 1976: Betty Ford hosts Big Bird, Loretta Long, Will Lee, Sonia Manzano, and Northern Calloway for the Diplomatic Children's Christmas Party.[2][3]
  • April 1, 1994:, Rizzo appears outside the White House as part of an appearance on Larry King Live.
  • June 26, 1995: Big Bird and Alice Snuffleupagus appeared in an event in the White House sculpture garden alongside first lady Hillary Clinton as the White House stepped up its effort to save federal funding for public television.[6]
  • November 14, 2003: Joan Ganz Cooney was honored by the National Endowment for Humanities with a National Humanities Medal. The award was presented to Cooney by President George W.Bush in an Oval Office Ceremony.[9]
  • December 16, 2010: Elmo appeared at the White House and visited the kitchen with Assistant White House Chef Sam Kass on the day that President Obama signed the Hunger-Free Kids Act.[12]
  • February 7, 2012: Grover visited the White House to help chef Sam Kass and the children of White House chefs learn about the ways kids can help their parents prepare a tasty and healthy meal.[1]
  • 2013: Big Bird and Michelle Obama taped two public service messages for the initiative Let's Move! at the White House. One takes place in the White House kitchen and the other in the East Room.
  • October 30, 2013: Elmo and Rosita appeared with Michelle Obama at a press conference in the State Dining Room announcing their involvement in the Let's Move! campaign.
  • March 12, 2014: Kermit the Frog joined Michelle Obama and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, to introduce a screening of Muppets Most Wanted presented by the Joining Forces Initiative for a group of military children and their families.



Ernie and Bert visit the White House.

  • The "Elmo the Musical" segment, "President the Musical," features the White House, only President Elmo has it changed to red.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sesame Workshop Blog: This Week in Sesame Street: Our Furry Friends Visit the White House
  2. "12/14/76 - Diplomatic Children's Christmas Party", NARA.
  3. "1976/12/14 - Diplomatic Children's Party, White House
  4. White House Historical Association
  5. Falk, Karen. "Jim Henson's Red Book", 12/21/1978 – With Joe Raposo at the White House.
  6. Hillary Clinton gives the Big Bird to those who want to cut public TV funding
  7. Brozan, Nadine "Chronicle" The New York Times, September 29, 1995. (Web. Accessed January 1, 2010)
  8. Ready to Learn event
  9. National Humanities Medal 2003
  10. Holiday 2004
  11. National Book Festival
  12. Political Circus: Elmo in the (White) House
  13. Tough Pigs Anthology

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