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The Inside Story on Theodore Roosevelt's Official Portrait

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For Presidents Day ,White House Curator Bill Allman gives the inside story on Theodore Roosevelt's official portrait.

For President's Day, we thought we'd do a bit of catching up with Bill Allman, the White House curator. He took us to the East Room of the White House and gave us the story on Theodore Roosevelt's official portrait.

President Roosevelt served in the White House from 1901 to 1909, and even in keeping with the standard for activity for commanders in chief, our 26th president was famously busy. That made finding time to sit down so that John Singer Sargent could do his work difficult.

Hear how this portrait came about: