The White House. It’s probably the most famous building in the world – a living symbol, an icon of democracy, and home to one of the most powerful people on Earth. It’s where the president of the United States of America charts the course for the country, and where the first family lives in the national spotlight. 

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The White House: Inside Story celebrates the 200-year history of the White House through the stories of the First Families who have called it home, and through the recollections of workers, historians and members of the press who have spent time within the illustrious building.

Join the chief usher as she oversees a staff of more than one hundred: butlers, groundskeepers, kitchen staff and florists who maintain the home and prepare it for hosting major events. Staff members reflect on the daily chaos – and the unmatched thrills – of working at the White House. Its collection of antiques and paintings makes it a showplace for American art and design. The White House curator shares the demands of maintaining a museum that is also a working office and a family home.

SCENE FROM THE FILM: Photos capture JFK playing with his children in the White House.

Weaving together original footage, archival film and photos and exclusive interviews with past and present residents - including the Obamas - The White House: Inside Story explores the history of the Executive Mansion through the eyes of the remarkable people who help make this institution live and breathe. Standing at the epicenter of global politics, in the heart of the nation’s capital, the story of the White House is the story of America itself.
 

Credits (Click to expand)

Producer and Director

PETER SCHNALL

Co-Producer

MARGARET MCEVOY

Editors

MARK FASON

OMRY MAOZ

Writers

JAIME BERNANKE

CHANA GAZIT

Coordinating Producer

WHITNEY JOHNSON

Associate Producers

EMILY HARROLD

THEA PILTZECKER

TRISTAN WALKER

Production Manager

JAMES BURKE

Story Development

DOUG SHULTZ

WILLIAM KERR

Additional Editors

ROB KUHNS

LUCAS GROTH

Researcher

SIRI HELLELOID

Camera

PETER SCHNALL

ANDREW BAKER

JIM BALL

AXEL BAUMANN

LARRY ENGEL

DAVE GOULDING

JERRY RISIUS

Sound

AARON WEBSTER

MICHAEL BOYLE

GREG BREAZEALE

MICHAEL HAINES

ADAM JONES

STEVE SAADA

ROBERT SILVERTHORNE

JAY P. TICER

Graphics/Animation

ANTHONY RHOADS

Online Editor/Colorist

BJORN BELLENBAUM

Sound Mixer/Designer

BRIAN BEATRICE

Assistant Editor

AMANDA KATZ

Narrator

DANIEL ORESKES

Additional Voices

MEGAN ABELL

ELIZABETH ARLEDGE

JAIME BERNANKE

DANIEL HERRERA

DAVID KENER

Music

RICHARD FIOCCA

JINGLE PUNKS

Production Assistants

ZARMEEN ALI

JENNIFER DE CADIA

KELSEY DOYLE

JAMAAL K. FELIX

GABRIELA FIGUEREDO

KAYLA HOOVER

DAN NATALE

LENA SCHNALL

HUITING ZHANG

ARCHIVAL MATERIALS

ABC News Videosource

Associated Press

AT&T Archives and History Center

The Bulletin, Bend, Oregon

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

George W Bush Presidential Library

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

CBS News

Clinton Presidential Library

The Conus Archive

Corbis

CriticalPast

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

DC Public Library, Washingtoniana Division

Dwight Eisenhower Library

The Estate of Eugene Allen

The Estate of Sylvia Jennings Alexander

Family of Alonzo Fields

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library

FOX Movietone

Getty Images

Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Center

Historic Films

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

ITN Source

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library

Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection

Motion Picture Collection, Library of Congress

Maryland Historical Society

McGregor Library, Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia    

NARA

NBC News Archive

National Geographic Creative

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

Lillian Rogers Parks Collection

Prints and Photographs Collection, Library of Congress

Ronald Reagan Library

Reuters

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University

Abbie Rowe Collection, National Parks Service

Shutterstock

Harry S. Truman Library

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Wazee Digital

WETA Washington, D.C.

White House Collection

White House Historical Association

SPECIAL THANKS

The Office of the First Lady

The White House Press Office

The White House Military Office

IN MEMORY OF

NELSON PIERCE

(1925-2014)

A PARTISAN PICTURES Production for PBS

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