The President's Book of Secrets

Synopsis: Journey inside White House history to unveil fascinating truths behind secrets known only to the President.
Genre: Documentary

He is the most

powerful person in the world.

He commands the greatest

military in history.

And every public move he makes

is recorded and analyzed.

(Richard Nixon) I shall resign

the Presidency effective at noon


But in an era where

almost nothing can be kept

private, does the President of

the United States have secrets--

information so forbidden, so

potentially dangerous that it

must be kept hidden from the


(Dan Rather) There are some

things that you don't want to

put in writing any more than you

have to.

(Whispering voice)

(Newt Gingrich) We keep lots

of secrets, we keep an amazing

number of secrets.

(Allan Lichtman) There are

absolutely presidential secrets

that have never been revealed.

But if there are

secrets, where would they be

kept-- in a computer, a safe, a

locked briefcase-- and who else,

if anyone, could be trusted to

share them?

(Dan Quayle) There are things

that George Bush 41 and I know

that not too many other people


There are those who

believe in the existence of

book-- a book that contains the

topmost secrets of the united

States of America, a book passed

down from one President to

another in a nearly unbroken

chain that extends all the way

back to the beginning of the

nation's highest office and

whose content is known to only

five living persons.

But does such a book exist?

Is there really a President's

Book of Secrets?

(John Roberts) Are you

prepared to take the oath,


(Barack Obama) I am.

I, Barack Hussein


I, Barack Hussein

Obama, do solemnly swear...

On January 20,

2009, Chief Justice of the

Supreme Court John Roberts

administers the oath of office

to President-elect Barack Obama.

So help you God?

So help me God.


Mr. President.

(Cheering and applause)

Later that day,

upon arriving in the oval

office, the nation's 44th

President discovers a single

envelope atop his desk.

Addressed to "44," it contains

a personal message from the

outgoing President, George w.


But when asked about the letter,

President Obama declines to

reveal its contents.

But why?

What could have been so

important, so confidential that

only another President's eyes

could behold the letter's


Did it involve matters of

national security?

Did it contain critical

information about the economy?

Or much, much more?

Some have even speculated that

there is, in fact, an entire

book filled with such secret

information, a so-called book

of secrets passed on from one

President to another.

If so, what would be in it?

From election to inauguration,

President-elect Barack Obama had

only 78 days to prepare himself

to take office.

But how did he get up to speed?

Did he have he from a secret

book left behind by his

predecessor, or was the

intelligence he received from

less audacious and more

conventional sources?

A lot of it is told

orally, and understandably and

rightfully so.

There are some things that you

don't want to put in writing any

more than you have to.

The ones that were

probably the most interesting,

ones where they said, "Okay,

well, let me just tell you some

other things that we know."

They didn't really want to put

that down on paper.

In the weeks before

the inauguration, former CIA

Director Michael Hayden briefed

President-elect Obama regarding

ongoing covert activity by the

United States against its

foreign enemies.

(Michael Hayden) I began by

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