Echoes From the White House
Hosted by Martin Sheen, this documentary celebrates the 200th anniversary of the White House with a look at the stories, both public and private, that have unfolded within its walls. The program reincarnates two centuries of power-plays, tragedies, crises, celebrations and victories through the letters, memoirs and diary entries of presidents, first ladies, servants and other eyewitnesses.
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A-List actors such as Sam Waterston, Dianne Wiest,Blythe Danner and more recreate the people and events that built and rebuilt the historic structure.Did you know that The White House was rebuilt/renovated four times? Andrew Jackson actually opened it to the public 24 hours a day! Truman saw the house nearly collapse when a "big and grand" servant walked across the sagging floor boards of The Oval Office! Coolidge built a solarium ushering in the first "private space" for the First Family.
Tony Award winning composer Michael Starobin has created wonderful and gentle Americana melodies performed on guitar, piano and orchestra to underscore this 60 minute PBS video. Highly recommended for all ages.