National Geographic: Inside the White House


It is a simple mansion,

built of stone and irony,

a symbol of freedom

invested with the labor of slaves

and great statesman alike.

It is like no other place on earth,

a house alive with the past and present.

I deem this reply a full acceptance

of the unconditional surrender of Japan.

...that a strong and a confident

and a vigilant America

stands ready tonight...

It is an odd place,

where the monumental and

the mundane coexist.

to provide a nuclear strike capability

against the Western Hemisphere...

therefore, I shall resign

the Presidency effective

at noon tomorrow.

It is where the most critical decisions

in our history are made.

And where any American can visit.

And all the things that American

Independence means to you

and to me and to ours.

My fellow Americans,

our constitution works -

here the people rule.

Now you will journey

through time and a day

meeting the people

and hearing the stories

that give this powerful place its soul.

For this is more than just an office

or a monument or a home,

it is an American idea

known as the White House.

This isn't the biggest house.

Many and most, in even smaller countries

are much bigger.

This isn't the finest house,

but this is the best house.

It's the best house

because it has something

far more important than

numbers of people who serve,

far more important than numbers

of rooms

or how big it is,

far more important than numbers

of magnificent pieces of art.

This house has a great heart,

and that heart

comes from those who serve.

At the White House,

there is no such thing as a typical day

For those who serve inside,

today will be one of the most intense.

These people, stagehands to history

are preparing the house for the visit

of Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

Hi, Brenda, this is Gary Walters

at the White House.

How are you today.


Is Jerry in?

Each time a foreign leader

visits the White House,

the President has an opportunity

to showcase the power

and heritage of the nation

in a setting

that embodies them in every wall,

floorboard, and stone.

This is the symbol

not only of the Presidency,

but in the eyes of the world,

of the United States of America.

Nothing compares to the simplicity

and the strength

nothing, nothing in the world like it. tie, the dinner is...

will start off

with the private reception...

Very shortly the Yeltsins will arrive.

To insure a flawless visit,

there are briefings on the 1000 details

of protocol and timing.

Then in terms of the movements,

the arrival back here by the car,

going up to the stage...

The high point of the visit

will be the state dinner tonight.

Dramatic, entertaining, and essential,

the state dinner is the ultimate

expression of White House power.

Not a thing. Not a thing.

Okay, we're gonna start

the escorts out to the South Lawn now...

More than 200 reporters will cover

the visit of the Russian leader.

It will begin in a few moments

with a carefully orchestrated event

called the arrival ceremony.

Will you repeat the name again please.

Ladies and Gentlemen

this is an audience check

from the South Lawn of the White House.

Checking one, two, three, four,

five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten

ten, nine, eight, seven, six,

five, four, three, two, one.

I'm Mrs. Gore.

I'm Secretary Christopher.

Inside the White House,

with only minutes to go,

the President and the First Lady

receive their final briefing.

The only thing I don't remember

is what are the cues for down here -

both coming and going?

I hope I don't sneeze...

Ladies and Gentlemen.

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