White House Gets HD C-SPAN Close-Up

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The story goes that First Lady Laura Bush was so taken with C-SPAN’s original HD series, The Capitol, she readily agreed to have the public-affairs channel’s cameras in for an in-depth portrait of the White House.

The result — The White House: Inside America’s Most Famous Home — debuts on C-SPAN Sunday, Dec. 14, at 9 p.m., kicking off a week of pre-inauguration “White House Week” fare.

A 15-minute preview The Wire screened had some fascinating bits about Harry Truman adding a balcony onto the South Portico — outraging purists but delighting every White House resident since — and then basically rebuilding the structurally creaky residence. Also Laura Bush is a great tour guide, as Michelle Obama has learned.

The doc will be available to C-SPAN affiliates for on-demand (including HD VOD) offerings starting Jan. 1, via TVN Entertainment.

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