All the Times Former U.S. Presidents Have Gotten Together

See rare photos of past commanders-in-chief reuniting to honor world events and to support each other

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Reagan, Nixon, Ford, and Carter
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Ronald Reagan with Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter at the White House before departing to attend the funeral of Anwar Sadat in Cairo, Egypt.

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Presidents George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon
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The first time five U.S. presidents — George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon — have gathered together to pose for a photo. This shot was taken in front of the Reagan Library in 1991 in Simi Valley, California.

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Former President George Bush., President-elect Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter
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Eighteen years later, another group of five presidents — George H.W. Bush, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter — gathered together, this time in the Oval Office in Washington D.C. in 2009.

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President Jimmy Carter(C) speaks along side former US Presidents George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama
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Jimmy Carter speaks alongside George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama as they attend the Hurricane Relief concert in College Station, Texas, on Oct. 21, 2017, following Hurricane Maria.

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President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton, former President George H.W. Bush and former President Jimmy Carte
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Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter attend the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 25, 2013, in Dallas.

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George Bush and Bill Clinton
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Sportscaster Terry Bradshaw speaks with George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton in the FOX Broadcast booth during the XXXIX Super Bowl pregame show at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005, in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Barack Obama and Clinton
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Barack Obama jokes with Bill Clinton before awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the East Room at the White House on Nov. 20, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

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Bill Clinton waves from the stage accompanied by President George W, Bush, former presidents Jimmy Carter and George H, W, Bush
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Bill Clinton waves from the stage accompanied by George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush during the official opening ceremony of the Clinton Presidential Library on Nov. 18, 2004, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Bill Clinton and George W. Bush
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Bill Clinton and George W. Bush speak on stage at the HISTORYTalks Leadership & Legacy event on Feb. 29, 2020 in New York City.

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Nancy Reagan and Pat Nixon
From left: Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, Pat Nixon, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford. Corbis via Getty

Ronald and Nancy Reagan are seen chatting with Richard and Pat Nixon in this undated shot.

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U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton
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Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton attend the trophy presentation ahead of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on Sept. 28, 2017, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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John F. Kennedy & Richard M. Nixon
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John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon exchange smiles prior to their first televised presidential candidate TV debate.

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Clinton, Presidents George Bush, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and first ladies, past and present, Barbara Bush, Lady Bird Johnson, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Betty Ford and Rosalynn Carter
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Then-President Bill Clinton poses with George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Barbara Bush, Lady Bird Johnson, then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Betty Ford and Rosalynn Carter. The photo was taken in the State Dining Room of the White House on Nov. 9, 2000, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the White House.

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Bill Clinton and Reagan
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Bill Clinton breaks into laughter as Ronald Reagan presents him with a jar of red, white and blue jelly beans that, Reagan said, kept him from going to back to cigarettes. The two met in Los Angeles on Nov. 27, 1992, to discuss Clinton's transition into the White House.

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John F. Kennedy greets former President Harry S. Truman
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John F. Kennedy greets Harry S. Truman outside of the White House on Jan. 21, 1961.

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US First Lady Laura Bush, former US President George W. Bush, First Lady Michelle Obama, and President Barack Obama
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Laura and George W. Bush and Michelle and Barack Obama enjoy the opening ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on Sept. 24, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

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President Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope and former President Gerald Ford
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Ronald Reagan, actor Bob Hope and Gerald Ford pose during the USO's 40th Anniversary dinner dance at the Washington Hilton hotel.

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Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush
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Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush at the White House before speaking about joint relief efforts following the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010.

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Former U.S. President George W. Bush, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), former U.S. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama arrive at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden
From left: George W. Bush, Nancy Pelosi, and Barack and Michelle Obama at Wednesday's presidential inauguration at the U.S. Capitol. Tasos Katopodis/Getty

The Obamas join George W. Bush and Nancy Pelosi at President Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2021. Also in attendance: George's wife Laura and former first couple Bill and Hillary Clinton.

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and former U.S. President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, and former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier after the President Joe Biden's Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol January 20, 2021
Former U.S. President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and former U.S. President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, and former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Three of the five living past presidents — Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton — join their wives as new President and Vice President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Virginia's Arlington National Cemetery following the 2021 inauguration.

Outgoing President Donald Trump chose to skip the 2021 inauguration festivities, and President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn stayed home given concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic.

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celebrating america
From left: former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama appearing in the Celebrating American inauguration special on Wednesday. getty images

During an evening TV special, the three men came together again for a pre-recorded segment that covered advice for Biden, camaraderie among past presidents and the importance of a peaceful transfer of power.

"I think the fact that the three of us are standing here talking about a peaceful transfer of power speaks to the institutional integrity of our country," said Bush.

Obama continued: "We've gotta not just listen to folks we agree with but listen to folks we don't."

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