Let’s be honest: who wouldn’t want to visit the White House? The building at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has been home to our nation’s presidents over the years, and the site where a number of important meetings have been held, photographs taken, and decisions have been made that left an indelible mark on history. So, bearing all of this in mind, it’s no wonder that even celebrities want to visit the White House — and in some cases, have an audience with the President of the United States!
But not everyone gets the chance. Recently, Nicki Minaj claimed that she’d received an invite from the White House to discuss COVID-19 and any questions she had related to the efficacy of the vaccine after a series of alarming tweets earlier this week. A White House official, however, set the record straight, saying that Minaj was offered a phone call to speak with an expert physician, per Deadline. Minaj previously tested positive for COVID-19 and recently missed the Met Gala due to its vaccine mandate.
While Minaj’s invite status is still unclear, many other celebrities have accepted presidential offers in the past. Some meetings have been photographed for the history books, dating back to 1940! That’s right. Prior to the United States’ involvement in World War II, legendary actress Katharine Hepburn didn’t just meet President Franklin Delano Roosevelt — she had lunch with him!
A photograph of the pair was snapped at President Roosevelt’s Hyde Park home — which, ok, we know it’s not the White House, but we’re going to let this one count! The get-together was so casual, FDR’s son served the pair some food.
But there are plenty more celebrity visits to the White House. We’ve rounded up some of the most memorable moments where politics, Hollywood, sports, and even Broadway collided at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Take a look at the photos in this slideshow for more!