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The Biden Administration continues the White House’s long history of personalizing everything, from pens to cookies to shovels

  • President Joe Biden finally got his own M&Ms, marking a tradition that dates back to the Reagan era.
  • It’s far from the only branded perk that the president (and vice-president) are gifted with.
  • Insider rounded up other personalized presidential items spotted by photographers. 
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Leadership in Washington flips from red to blue every so often, but one thing always seems to remain the same: a dedication to personalization.

Many of the items have been useful, like the White House cocktail napkin one of Insider’s reporters kept as a souvenir from President Barack Obama’s administration. Here are a few other personalized presidential items spotted by photographers. 

Pens featuring President Joe Biden’s signature were ready for use on his first full day in office. 

Joe Biden Pens

Complete with a presidential seal.

Alex Brandon/AP Photo


Here’s a behind-the-scenes shot of photojournalists capturing the pens.

Photojournalists Shooting Biden Pens

Shooting Biden’s pens.

Alex Brandon/AP Photo


In March, the White House slapped its seal on shamrock cookies for visitors to the Outer Oval Office for St. Patrick’s day.

Shamrock Cookies at the White House

St. Patrick’s Day cookies at the White House.

White House/Adam Schultz


This week, M&Ms arrived on Air Force One

 

It’s a longstanding tradition: presidential M&Ms were first created in 1988 for Ronald Reagan — with Bill Clinton later starting the tradition of adding the leader’s signature.

As noted by Ashley Williams, the deputy director of Oval Office operations, Biden didn’t have his own M&Ms at the beginning of his presidency, although last month, Air Force One got special transitional M&Ms with no signature. But now Biden can rest easy.

Williams posted a photo on Twitter of the candies arranged in the shape of a “100,” to mark Biden’s 100 days in office. The Air Force One M&Ms have long been a favorite among reporters, as BBC News pointed out.

The personalization extends beyond the Oval Office. Here, Vice President Kamala Harris greets her husband, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, with a coffee cup bearing the Presidential Seal between them.

kamala harris doug emhoff

Kamala Harris, Doug Emhoff, and a personalized coffee cup.

Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson


President Donald Trump had “45” monogrammed on his shirt cuff.

President Donald Trump's Monogram

Trump’s “45” monogram.

Alex Brandon/AP Photo


Back in 2012, President Barack Obama’s staff photographed him in his “The President” chair.

obama presdient chair

“The President.”


The White House



In Biden’s White House, even the shovels used on Arbor Day come with personalized plaques.

Joe and Jill Biden Shovels

Shovels used on Arbor Day.

Evan Vucci/AP Photo


 


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