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we are out of time. brian kilmeade's great show "what made america great" coming up next. come back next sunday when the next revolution will be televised. ♪ brian: it took eight years to build in 14 years later it was burned to the ground it has been gutted to its studs. and now over 230 years old it stands as one of most powerful homes in the world today. i'm talking about the white house, 1600 pennsylvania avenue. ♪ brian: ladies and gentlemen, not only can we look back at the past but we will talk about the current resident, president of the united states.
i'm brian kilmeade and this is "what made america great". ♪ brian: it is hard to believe we are at the white house where every president has lived and held power except george washington but i feel his presence because he picked the location and help design the white house when he was called the president's house, he promised an up close and personal tour and an inside story of the white house and i'm here to help us out is tim. thank you so much. >> thank you. brian: as head under usher, nine you know everything.
before i go in and you explain what i see here because it's all about history, 220 plus years and did washington designed this? >> this portico was installed by andrew jackson but the stone edifice behind us is all original to the house and would have been familiar to george washington as he saw the house constructed. brian: he picked the spot why? i thought it was all swamp. >> it was very close to mount vernon and washington had this great desire to build this grand city, new federal city for the newest nation we want they did not want a palace or a sense of a european type palace structure. why? >> was meant to civilize this young growing democracy that truly this was supposed to be the people's palace. brian: i get that sense. adams is the first to move in only eight rooms ready and out plus 130 felt we go inside?
>> let's do it. ♪ brian: tim, i'm looking around and saying this is a four-year but what do you call it? >> the entrance hall. brian: because? brian: an entry -- the history behind it? >> the original architecture of the house but what you really see today is the 1952 reconstruction. brian: a couple things come to my mind and line of vision, that staircase. >> absolutely. the staircase leads up directly into the president and first lady and designed by present to himself because it had a dramatic deal when he came down. brian: [inaudible] over here you have the portraits of president
clinton and you say they happen to look fast. >> honestly there's no rhyme or reason why they were put there. brian: holiday, the marine bay would be right here. >> exactly, one of the most special elements working in the white house. brian: in modern history it would be 911 and flight 93 was destined to the white house but it wasn't the first time this house was under attack. >> war of 1812, 1814, british invaded washington dc and the madisons fled washington and 1817 the house was rebuilt. brian: this are significant and great moments in white house history. 1817 is revoked, 1792 -- [inaudible conversations]
brian: talk about this later but george washington [inaudible] >> he got intoxicated and came back and cannot remember where they put the cornerstone. brian: 1902 you add the -- >> theater roosevelt renovation. brian: wright, and president taft built the fema's over office 952 -- >> to note the 1950 overhauling. brian: that is when the white house was rebuilt and president truman leaves blair house to come here. >> absolutely. he wrote in a diary that when he came he found the white house falling down and back then the white house was a house of wood and after president truman became a house of concrete and steel. brian: we have 130 plus rooms to
go through and we can't get to all of them so what do you want to show his first? >> i would like to show you some important [inaudible] that shows the history. brian: this was one of the first to burn to the ground. >> something important about showing in visual form history of the country, both the [inaudible]. ♪ brian: when you talk about secrets of the white house [inaudible] >> very few people get to see it because it's not on the tour. brian: it's through here? where are we now? >> you are underneath that north
portico, that first place where we started the tour. looking north or south here we are seen the burn marks of the fire from 1814. brian: when you look at these remarks and you know how may times and you know money is not are docked so why are those there? >> is important to leave visual representation behind as a reminder and that this country went through a war and we got through it and we will go on to bigger and better things. brian: can you imagine what it would've been like when the president is by himself in the army is gone and the british are in the white house and burning the nation's capital and they are just getting started. there is no sign we can hold them off. what you think? >> it's a reminder for me that there is a great responsibility on all our shoulders for the
continuity for serving the first family and when i look at this i look at this as that responsibility [inaudible]. brian: start in 1792. adams moved in in 181814 it is an ashes and they can be rebuilt. brian: >> i like to take you into the largest room of the house which is the east room. brian: who is bringing us through? >> this is our assistant curat curator. brian: nice to meet you. show me the history? >> welcome to the east room.
president was the public audience room. as you see there is not that much furniture in here. that is so there could be large events hosted in the space. concerts, weddings, funerals. brian: some of the funerals include? >> president lincoln, his body lay in state here. brian: think about these walls, soldiers wounded in battle to rehabilitate in order to get back into the battle spirit yes, they use this for nursing at one time. brian: they would knock on the door and then you could get an audience of the president. >> it was that easy. you check in with the ushers audience. brian: only if you have something important to say. ♪ >> all types of things are here,
abigail adams hung her laundry in this room. brian: she was not too thrilled when she got here. >> no, this was her laundry room for a little bit. the room was finally finished as a formal reception room in 1829 for president jackson. brian: now this is the story most kids know from school. washington is burning, white house is on fire, dolly madison so what does she say? >> she says the frame of this painting needs to be broken in the painting is rolled up and taken away from the white house. and so, she saves this painting. honestly, this painting was put here in the white house in 1800 and it is the only original
piece that remains from that collection here today. ♪ brian: so interesting because dolly madison was the first lady and jefferson was a widow when he became president and she did her own politics. >> exactly. brian: even today when you see this in the back room, this is the room president trump used and present obama. >> today is mostly used for press conferences, bill signings as well as award ceremonies and things like that. other large events. brian: for example, when president obama announced [inaudible]. walk up to a podium and enters back yes, a lot of very important history takes place in this room. brian: its original and so much
has happened in his room. what comes to mind as in core of traditions it seems big. >> last summer under the direction of the president and monia trump we replace the floors in here so this is an oak floor annual notice that we it's called the pattern which is been in his room consistently. brian: i feel like i'm walking on history. thank you. tim, let's go. this white house historical trip in time is not just about this itself but about 18 acres.
because. >> because it is blue in color. brian: i'm starting to get that back he is our groundskeeper. >> i've been doing this 45 years now. brian: you seen a lot. >> yes, christmas starts here and we take the chandelier out, remove the furniture and at that point tim and i will go to defend tree farms to find the right tree. brian: you find the famous white house tree? it is not easy. [laughter] brian: fascinating. the tree goes here and that is when you see it turned christm christmas. the first lady usually brings it through. wow, what a view this is. >> what you see out here was developed in 1935 by president roosevelt. at that point they took all the trees and shrubs and moved it besides creating this so you can
see the jefferson memorial town below. brian: you see the washington monument off to the left and back then this ground all dedicated to the presidents house. >> yes, this was what known was as the presidents park, presidents garden and went under major transformation with thomas jefferson. brian: >> takes place out here at the center panel. state arrivals and the helicopter lands in the middle. >> bush 43 like to play t-ball. brian: right. 18 acres, all utilized, slowly developed. >> we've planted commemorative trees by different presidents and the trumps have added to that collection. brian: and michelle obama had a garden here. >> all the way down the fence on the west side.
brian: it is still there? it's still there. and the johnsons put a reflection pool in two. brian: all presidents contribute something you might guess, it's part of the history of the nation how you have these different families interacting with fabric of this house. >> every president has walked to these grounds and lived here every president has walked on this. it's a lot of history. brian: absolutely. >> if it could talk. brian: we've got you. ♪ brian: tim, state dining room. >> yes, indeed. i like to introduce you to our deputy chief usher. brian: how long have you been here? next 17 years. i've seen quite a few state dinners. brian: tele- >> our interest is in continuity so there is white house tradition for hospitality we try to carry that experience through
all the administrations and the graciousness of the president to the guests we are hosting. brian: how many do they choose? back yes, they can choose a state to enter 2018 and the president missus trump had it in the dining room and it was quite small but we concede up to 140 guests and it was smaller before they raided the house. they pretty much looks today the way it would have when preservation was over. the only thing missing is the taxidermy animal heads he had. brian: katie, underneath that lincoln portrait which is brilliant is this mantle. what's the story? has a fascinating history. it's been touched by so many presidents. it's one of my favorites in the house. speaking of roosevelt renovations when he started it
had lyons heads here and he said lions are native to north america so chisel it to a bison was a much more symbol of and the eagle is over here. that was the first change. fdr actually had this described here on the mantle will be called the white house blessing. >> this mantelpiece in the state of iowa -- it was unfinished and cold and drafty when adams moved in and she was trying to convince his wife to move here from massachusetts so this was a great place and so he ended up writing to her that he bestowed the blessing on this house and may they be honest and wise and
fdr like it so much he had inscribed on the mantle. then there is the renovation where they numbered and labeled them to take it off-site to bring them back after the renovation was over. when missus kennedy moved in they highlighted american techniques for inventories and to thought this was in here and it was just plain so she ended up finding it in the truman family home. she asked for back and they declined. he sent a sculpture in a huge block of marble down to that house to have a replica made which is what you see here tod today. brian: fascinating. we talked about past president in the history of this beautiful building. the one in the oval office, president donald j tom, when we come back i asked him that and does he need four more years to
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brian: talked about the history of the white house so what do you think when you walk into the colonnade here? >> it's got a great history and in all my life i seen presidents and leaders of other countries and dictators, prime ministers, presidents to kings and queens walking along this colonnade. you see this as a ramp. this was built for fdr. this was a newer service when he became president because of his wheelchair situation. so, it goes here in town and it's at a bit of an angle this is a very soft angle. brian: do you remember a moment, you know the campaign, you know the play-by-play but you remember the moment when this became your office? when this became the place you lived? >> i remember the first night when i walked up and the lincoln
bedroom is right next to where i stay and you think of the history and you say it's my first night at the white house. you really have to say because you go up with the white house, the president, the white house and all of a sudden it's your first night in we have an election coming up but at that time it sounded and seemed so far away. brian: they burned this to the ground in 1814. they built it up again and then -. president trump: they had to fix it but the interior was burned pretty well down. brian: can you imagine what washington was thinking when he picked this out and it was a swamp and it was a comfort my location? b6 i think they had it better than they did nowadays but he picked the right to spot. if you look at it from the
single you can see it's a great shot. no one sees that. this is the rose garden. i think it's a great shot. if you look at the detail around the windows and it's an incredibly beautiful place. brian: mr. president, it is hard to believe up until the civil war you could walk up and knocked on the door and have a meeting with the president. president trump: so, andrew jackson had a party for america in the white house. thousands of people poured into the building. it was different. it was different. you know andrew jackson well, you wrote a good piece on him. but they had a big party and it was a different time. everybody had certain difficulties. they had difficulties. brian: when you go through your legacy, for years, you go through it, when you look at those portraits on the wall and
when no one is around what matters to you? president trump: the president has the right to choose where -- he or she should be, and i have not thought about portraits yet. i think that's a good sign because if i'm thinking about portraits but they say what's going on so i have not thought about it yet. but i think we will have a very -- i think history will judge us has as has done a good job. ♪ president trump: do you want to go in? brian: here's the oval office. you are unique in that truman wasn't out of reach god, lincoln was not a rich guy, but this is a this is not an upgrade for your lifestyle. president trump: but there is something special about this.
it's like air force one, you get on it and you say whose plane is nicer but when you say it's air force one, air force one is air force one. this is the white house. i find it to be a magnificent building. when i look at that building and i look at it even from that angle because you're talking about the rose garden and how many people get to see the rose garden? it's one of those oedipal pieces. brian: every president chooses what to put around him but you chose lincoln as a bust and as a picture. andrew jackson and is that teddy roosevelt? b6 yes we wonder why? president trump: were taking down the statue of teddy roosevelt, explained that one. benjamin franklin. thomas jefferson. go to washington over here. brian: people say jackson and he
took his case to the people which is similar to your run so he had one wild, in fact, -. president trump: until mine they say that was the most incredible election. you talked about it and wrote about it. andrew jackson was a pretty wild guy but now -. brian: wally had this conversation where we are in history, they want to take jackson's statue -. president trump: i don't like it at all. i don't anything that's going on. i'm topped federal. the states are, states are weak. a lot of people are weak and allowing it to happen. it's going over a little around the world even. they want to remove the statue of gandhi. they wanted to take down .-ellipsis ask grant. he stopped the confederates. he was a great general.
brian: do you understand how you get thomas jefferson, james madison, one thing had his they were brilliant and they all had slaves. how do we grow as a country cannot forget our past? president trump: you have to understand history and the culture. so many other aspects of our country and people can study that and hated unless all he did but you can't take that and take down george washington statue. half of our country is named after washington. we have to remember the heritage and the culture of our country. you know, this is less important but very important, some of the things that they are trying to destroy our magnificent pieces of art. have you ever seen an area where statue was removed and then you look at the area and they put asphalt over the top and that is the end?
it was the center of a town north of village and now the statue is gone and the whole village is like a different place. here is the other problem i have. a lot of these people don't even know what they are taking down. i see what's happening on television and they are ripping down things they have no idea what they are ripping down but they started off with the confederates and now go to ulysses grant so what is that all about? and then you knock down lincoln but they've not figured why yet but george washington, thomas jefferson, i stopped them twice now from destroying the jefferson memorial. it will not happen. brian: francis scott key, the very latest. president trump: he wrote the national anthem. brian: since you've had a lot, what is your message to the african american community when their ancestors were enslaved?
president trump: my message is, we are a great country, greatest country on earth, we have a heritage and the history and we should learn from the history and if you don't understand your history go back to it again. you have to learn. think of it, you take away that whole era and you go back to it sometime. people won't know about it. they will forget. it's okay. what i do like, i like the idea of building new statues for people. great people. people who have done something. i think that's okay. you don't want to take away our heritage and history and the beauty, in many cases, the artistic beauty, some of the sculptures and this work is so many great -- go to france or anywhere in the world and you will never see warm magnificent hey, can i... hold on one second... sure. okay... okay! safe drivers save 40%!!! guys! guys! check it out. safe drivers save 40%!!!
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♪ brian: your office, give us an idea of what it was like being here knowing there were pictures of kennedy. president trump: this is the resolute desk which is very famous. i could show you the picture of john-john with the panel right here. it used to not have a panel but when fdr sat on the desk he wanted a panel. this is an original photo. you can see it. it's right there. that opens up and it's john kennedy, john-john. brian: .
president trump: he was a great guy and a friend of mine and he would have been tough to beat. lots of things going including the look. were not supposed to talk about look anymore but he had the lo look. brian: do you remember the first time you were in the white house? president trump: i was here a long time ago for a fundraiser for ronald reagan when i was young. i was very young. to think here we are in the oval office which i would say is the most powerful, most important in the world. a friend committed, people coming on, business people, heads of countries and they sit back and they say this is the oval office. it's amazing. brian: are you amazed by their reaction? president trump: i have had hardened business people come into this office and start to cry. i don't think they cried even when they were babies and i've had people come in to this
office, study it, look around just for a second and they start to cry. i have never seen anything like that. brian: do you ever think -. president trump: was he tested? is like 2 feet away. you know what they will do, they will blame me and say he did not stay 6 feet away and it's his fault. brian: i got tested ten minutes ago. last thing, you are a part of history. have you thought of that? president trump: i think about it all the time. i want to do the best i can. again, nobody has done so much. one after another and after another and page after page of what they have done. brian: question is, can i come anytime? [laughter] president trump: anytime. brian: thank you for your time. president trump: i have a lot to do. get out of here, brian. enqueue.
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♪ brian: tim, you showed me what it was like for you and i and we walk in but for the first family it's a different front door. the diplomatic room. >> it is. brian: before we enter this room you want me to look up. >> what you are seeing there is one of the few places in the white house where the original seal of the presidency still exist. you know that because the head of the eagle is facing [inaudible] as to the olive branch. truman switched it around. they felt that it was time that the countries focused on peace versus war. brian: the subtlety you never pick up unless you visit with tim. [laughter] brian: this is the diplomatic room. >> it is. brian: what is the function
here? >> this is the first impression that foreign heads of state will have when they entered the white house with the president. brian: who is here to bring us back snack john. brian: nice to see you. what should our eyes be attracted to? >> first and foremost, this beautiful wallpaper you see around the room. the wallpaper was by a french artist. it was this is jacqueline kennedy when she was first lady found in an abandoned house and it would be destroyed and she recognized the wallpaper because this is called scenes from north america. brian: she salvage this. >> she did. brian: incredible. >> who was brought to her attention as you can imagine it was installed into this oval space so it was a huge undertaking but it depicts any famous scenes in american history. boston harbor, niagara falls from the american side and we have west point and parts of
virginia as well. very historic and scenic. this rug is special. every so many years we asked the first lady to come up with a new design. this is the proper formal entrance and exit for the first family and president every day. it takes a lot of wear and tear and missus trump has been wonderful to design a new rug. what is special is it represents all the 50 states. ♪ >> the white house has always evolved over the years. when you look at early years and look at today that evolution is the story of the evolution of this country. brian: fast-forward, the white house stays in teddy roosevelt gets elected. why is he important to the evolving white house? >> peter roosevelt moves in, he has a huge large family needed
more space for his young family. petitioned congress to tear down some greenhouses that were adjacent. brian: we get this thing called running water, plumbing, and the stuff called electricity and we have an air conditioning and it goes into the white house. what's the problem? >> the problem is the white house was a house of wood. it was an old, old house. there were stories of president truman's daughters piano falling to the floor of the old family dining room. they talk to present truman and it was plaster from an old building falling on their shoulders. they realized it was time and something serious needed to happen. brian: truman goes away and comes back and says to me a favor, check this out and they don't want to let them back in. they say this thing is about to fall down and about to collapse. >> absolutely. she was well known for hosting parties on the second room in the yellow room and the
inspection they told him you can have more than 15 people because it's that unsafe. brian: when it comes to rebuilding this house how much did they rebuild? >> everything. if you can imagine, they took the interior structure of the house and completely demolished it. after saving the historical pieces and what you see today is this steel, concrete structure built within the original stone edifice. brian: some of the mysteries are how did the birds speak so loudly? but number two, one of the mysteries is are there ghosts in here? >> there are a lot of stories about ghosts in the white house but i have not personally seen one myself. brian: harry truman said there were ghosts in the white house. [laughter] >> that's true. you never know. brian: if there was any president looking over us, i hope it would be him.
something else changed with the 20th century. no more knocking at the door to speak to the president. >> correct. it was up until fdr, if you can imagine, that citizens could walk through and occasionally come through the south lawn here to. brian: now there are fences and security. >> we are still one of the few countries where members of the can my side be firm? and my side super soft? yes, with the sleep number 360 smart bed on sale now, you can both adjust your comfort with your sleep number setting. come on pup, time to go. can it help me fall asleep faster? yes, by gently warming your feet. but can it help keep me asleep? absolutely, it intelligently senses your movements and automatically adjusts to keep you both comfortable. so you can really promise better sleep? not promise. prove. it's our weekend special, the queen sleep number 360 c4 smart bed
>> i don't think that's a good idea, nelson like you want to think about it. >> no, in fact, show this on the way out. what made america great. i'll see you next time. ♪ ♪ ♪ chris: i'm chris wallace. coronavirus cases surge across the country reflecting a dangerous new phase of the pandemic. ♪ >> what we are dealing with right now is community spread, the people are getting infected, do not know they are infected. chris: as the virus spikes in sunbelt states, texas and florida close bars and restrict restaurant dine to go -- dining to stop the surge. we will discuss pause reopenings with former cdc director tom frieden. then growing calls to remove statutes and monuments but many say celebrate