tv State of the Union With Jake Tapper CNN January 1, 2017 6:00am-7:01am PST
new year, new president. >> you'll be so proud of your president. you'll be so proud. >> with just days until his inauguration what do we know about how trump will run the country? plus advise and consent. what capitol hill will and will not work on with trump. >> speaker paul ryan, he's been terrific. if he ever goes against me i'm not going say that. >> top members of congress will be here with insights on 2017 agenda. and moving day. >> michele and i only get an
eight year lease on the white house. we rent we don't own. >> a revealing look on what happens inside the white house as the obamas pack up and the trumps move in. hello i'm jake tapper in washington with the state of our union is hung over. not just because of last night's revelry but because of the intense year we just finished but hardly seems time to unbuckle your seat belts. the new year could be just as wild a ride. in just two days the new congress will be sworn in and donald trump's inauguration will soon follow. but while the house, senate and white house will all be run by republicans in 2017, president-elect trump has already clashed with his own party on some issues and gotten some unlikely support from democrats on others. could the new year bring an upending of the partisan gridlock that has paralyzed washington for so long and what does president-elect trump really have in store for the
country? let's ask some of the people in power, four members of the 115th congress are with me here. charlie crist, marsha blackburn, darrell issa and lisa rochester of delaware. thanks for being here and congratulations on your elections and congratulations on your candidate winning the white house. you told me so and you were right. let's start with what president-elect trump has been talking about in terms of keeping jobs in the united states. obviously, one of the major issues that helped get him elected. he's promising to pass a new 35% anti-out sourcing tax. take a listen. >> we're going to impose a 35% tax on those products coming into our country and you know what? they are not going move to. they are not going to move. we'll write up that legislation very soon. >> are you ready to pass that tax? >> like many things that the president-elect has said, i think the spirit of it is
important. we're going to change and i think we're going to work very closely together changing how we treat businesses. we're going to lower regulation. and we're going to look at trade agreements that are hurting america. my former company, you know, when we get product from canada they take a gst, of more than 16%. when we ship product in they add it. there are things within the president's awareness and his new cabinet where we'll have real reason to work together to even the playing field. >> i've heard democrats talking more enthusiastically about these penalties if you will for jobs going overseas than republicans. >> i ran on a platform of strengthening our economy and creating jobs. former secretary of labor in the state of delaware. definitely important. the devil is always in the details, particularly when you live in a global economy. so, for me i look at things such
as and many of you know, steny hoyer had already make it in america strategy where 17 pieces of legislation have been passed and i think when you couple that with where we talk about going as a country i think then we'll see what comes out of -- what kind of proposals come out. i'm excited about jobs. >> i want to ask you, when i asked speaker ryan about this he kind of pushed back a little bit. he said that his answer is not tariffs, not trade wars but tax reform as you heard congressman issa suggest. >> what you'll see a more holistic approach and looking at creating the environment for jobs growth to take place. and that's going to mean working and pulling back, pulling back some of these rules and regulations that lead to our products being anti-competitive. and so as you look at the entire agenda on jobs and jobs growth,
jobs retention and bringing jobs back and manufacturing back it's going to be more holistic, less regulation, less taxation, leslie ti investigation, and that will lead you to innovation and job creation. it's a simple approach but it works and donald trump will take it. >> what i'm hearing here is that the republicans here are talk about an overall change in the tax code to make things more hospitable but not embracing this 35% tax. what about you? >> the concept is a good one. i think the spirit is on the mark. i think what's most important, however, is that, you know, we got two republicans and two democrats here and i think the most important thing at least that i heard in saint petersburg and clearwater, florida you guys have to work together. they've had it up to here with
the divisiveness and arguing. whatever we can do to help the middle class in our country we need to do it together and do it in a spirit of cooperation. i think -- >> is it fair to say and obviously as the congresswoman said the devil is in the details is it fair to say that like senator mansion are open to hearing about keeping jobs in the united states? >> it's all about jobs and make being sure we have american jobs protected. give them an opportunity to provide for their families, give them a college education. we have to be open minded to an idea. because the messenger is somebody in a different party is no reason to cast it out. >> jake, if you think about it. if you take the message as we're going to stop the exporting of american jobs and you put it in a package it's more than just
tax. president-elect trump has made it very clear he wants to do immigration reform so we bring to america the best and the brightest. he told the tech communities a couple of weeks ago that hb 1 reform and things they desperately wanted and have not gotten for the last eight years are at the top of his agenda so that they can prosper by bringing high paid, high skilled people here which stops the outsourcing to countries that of end where we go get them. >> that's all part of this creating the right environment. so taxation, yes. regulation, yes. getting in and getting rid of some of these things that caused us not to be competitive. how many times have we been in our district or our colleague's district and we hear story after story how federal agencies have been less than helpful and many times manufacturing plants have closed their doors and those jobs have gone away. we saw this play out with what was transpiring around carrier.
>> we also know there are unintended consequences sometimes like higher prices on consumers. when we look at this, we thoofb comprehensive about it. also looking at our workers and our workforce and making sure that skills gap is closed as well because we're talking about an economy not just of today but of the future. >> let me bring up a subject that i heard some democrats talk about interest which has to do with ivanka trump, the president's daughter, president-elect's did your talking about trying to push child care tax credits and paid leave. she's started to make phone calls to members of congress. she obviously talked about this at the republican convention. take a listen. >> as president, my father will change the labor laws that were put in place at a time when women were not a significant portion of the workforce. and he will focus on making quality child care affordable and accessible for all. >> i heard republicans say that that speech sound like could it have been given at the democratic national convention.
is that something you are interested in hearing more about. >> i'm very interested in hearing about. as a matter of fact, we actually during the campaign had a platform on women and families and their economics and so when you start talking about child care these are not democratic or republican ideas to me. these are american ideals and if you want a strong workforce we have to have those investments there. >> have you talked to ivanka about this? >> i have. i'm delighted to see we're look at openings for tax credits, tax incentives, ways for moms and dads to be able to write off this child care cost. one of the things that is most troubling as a mom in the workforce is finding child care and being certain that children are safe and well cared for and not feeling like they are going miss out on things. because you put yourself on the guilt bus. and what you want to do is allow those options and it was so very
difficult -- it's one of the things i struggled with as my children were growing up. they are adults now and i have grandchildren. i got to tell you -- >> you don't. >> yes, i do. i have two precious grandchildren. here's the thing on that. you want to go to your work and you want to give your best and you want to know children are well cared for. and there ought to be a way to have a savings account that you can start saving for from day one to help with those costs because you know it's important to your life work balance and the life of your family. so, yes -- >> looks like we're getting swoerk done here. we'll take a quick break. coming up could one of president-elect trump's most ambitious plans see support from an unlikely source democrats. is there more room for common ground? that's next. good. and much like this hero, courtyard is all about the game.
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is president-elect trump going to face problems if he allows the dreamers, these kids who were brought here as undocumented immigrants through no fault of their tone stay here? >> i think president-elect trump is going to do his best to work this out before we get into any kind of committee debate or floor debate and i think that those on judiciary committee will probably be hearing very soon about what his approach is going to be on this. the program was done through an executive order. should that executive order come back, probably so. things should to be done more legislatively and less through executive orders. does the office of refugee receipt which hr resettlement need a good house cleaning? they do. they need report abuse on children and what's going on in that department. >> i think it's important we appreciate what the president-elect has said on this
issue. and it's not a softening of the heart, it's showing your heart. my grandfather was a dreamer. my grandfather immigrated in 1914 when he was 12 and when he got here he fairly soon joined the army and he fought in world war i. he was honorably discharged. because of that he was able to gain his citizenship. that's a modern day dreamer. being a nation of immigrants it's important we embrace that kind of hope, give people that kind of opportunity. that's what we've stood for as a country. so i would say to the president-elect, i appreciate you showing your heart the. and if it's a little softer what's wrong with that. god would be pleased. >> on the judiciary committee we've looked at this multiple times and it always comes down to and you said devil in the details. if you define dreamers people will, people who were very young who came here through no fault of their own, brought in as
infants there's very little debate we ought to try to figure out a way of accommodation. as part of a more comprehensive reform one that prevents this from happening again and again, people believe we should be able to do this. you have to look at the front door, the front door is about 1.2 million people get typical grate here legally every year. changing that to a system that includes a conversion from a broken system to a system that works, when you have 11 million people here illegal will take some time and there has to be tradeoffs. you have people who want to come here and people who are already here and we have to be fair in this process. so do i want to work with president-elect? absolutely. can we do eric cantor had said the same thing when he was leader we can deal with true dreamer but we have to do it as part of a process that says we'll define that not as everyone who just a summer ago came over the border as quote new dreamers.
it really does have to be those who were victims of wrongdoing and a broken system. >> you say that about eric cantor but then he lost his primary, he lost his congressional seat partly because he was viewed by conservatives as being too soft on the issue of immigration. >> jake, real conservatives find solutions. real conservatives make the kinds of compromises to get to a goal that aren't always popular with some people who want to be be a so lutist. 16 years in congress i learned that. you get a little to get where you want to go. before the break we talked about, basically the extension of welfare reform. back in the class of 1994 they came in and worked with bill clinton on welfare reform. welfare to work it was known. dealing with the child care problem, the deductibility is part of people being able to go network and not have the arithmetic i would be better to stay home than to go to work and pay the child care and not be
able to essentially net anything, so i think this is part of an extension of things we've been doing on a bipartisan basis under multiple presidents. we just had an eight year hiatus in which we didn't get much done. >> let me turn to obamacare. i was interviewing one of your fellow delawareans the other day, vice president joe biden, and he said very clearly he doesn't think it will be as easy as republicans think it will be to repeal obamacare. take a listen. >> i love these guys. ranting against affordable care act, how terrible it is, premiums went up, we'll repeal it. go ahead repeal it. repeal it now. see what happens. >> this is going to be a big fight, i suspect for you and your fellow democrats. >> you know, for me, first of all, passing that -- i mean i'm 54. i'll be 55 soon. some might think i'm really young and some might think --
>> you are. >> i appreciate that. in my 54 years i think that was a landmark that i will always remember. it's sort of like seeing fdr thing in my own lifetime. and so for me coming in to congress, i talk to a lot of people up and down in my state whether it was business owners, individuals, insurers, and everybody agreed that no law is perfect. but to the extent that we touched every single american, everything from dealing with pre-existing conditions to discriminating against women for your coverage, to your children who are 26 years or under being able to be covered, there are so many good things and what i would hope is that we would come together and says okay, what are the things we can agree on. there are parts to this that you can't just pull apart and just say okay. it's not that simple. my hope is that in this new congress we will come together and figure out the best ways to really make sure that we keep
having that coverage, that quality, but also deal with the costs. >> let me ask you, congressman, nobody disagrees with the idea that obamacare needs at the very least some major changes and tweaks. but the idea of people who now have medicaid through the medicaid expansion, being taken off that, what happens to them? can you repeal obamacare without a replacement right there and ready to go? >> what you will do is approach as a phase in, phase out. and that way you won't have people falling through the gap. the goal is to make certain that everyone has access to affordable health care. and then as you phase out, let's say the insurance component, title i of the obamacare bill and set that up to phase out. you get rid of the mandate. you get rid of the exsize tax. you allow portable and pass my
legislation of across state line insurance and open up the insurance market place. people have a way to move forward. >> health care is incredibly important. i come from florida. we have a significant senior population in my state and in my district and people who don't have health coverage worry and they shouldn't have to worry. so it's incumbent upon all of us to work together to make sure we're doing what's right for them and not what's politically exped alienate for all of us. >> one thing we can agree on is the things that were announced as going to reduce the cost of health care, universal coverage and so on didn't. i think we need to deal with insurance company, marsha has a good proposal. we need to look at the federal subsidy and whether it needs to be changed, reduced or eliminated. the most important thing for us to do on a bipartisan basis is look at the cost drivers. senator feinstein, the senior senator from my state has for a long time championed versus forms of tort reform. this is a democrat. tort reform that will help stop
the kind of excess medicine that drives up the cost of health care. that's one component we should all work towards because we really want to have affordable medicine that we then figure out who pays for. >> best of luck to the 115th congress. >> i just want to say that i hope we'll come up with the solutions before we try to get rid of something that will impact all americans. that's my last thing. i think it would be mall practice, pun intend. >> last thing, my friend, joe biden, needs to stay engaged. he's going to leave the office but he says he's going to stay engaged, driver his corvette, but be engaged and i look forward him to. he's been a deal doer for a long time. he's freed up now as senior statesman to be involved with us. >> best wishes -- >> happy new year. >> happy new year torch. thank you one and all for being
trump but president-elect trump also seems to be saying i got to be me. how will he change washington's ways? here with me cnn white house correspondent jim acosta, a reporter for the "washington examiner," abby philip, and cnn senior washington correspondent. so you have traveled the country with donald trump. do you think that there's going to be any pivoting at all, or is campaign trump going to be president trump? >> i think campaign trump will be president trump. every time we get skbd a pivot, a pivot doesn't happen. i think back stuff to those thank you rallies he was having towards the end of the year and you would ask the people who worked for donald trump, is he going to stick to the script, should we hear some other things we're not expecting. no he'll stick to the script but you never know with donald trump. even after win election and in this transition process his folks still consider him to be
unpredictable. >> one of the things that was noted is that the new way of reporting on cabinet appointments is along the lines of there's always a caveat that president-elect trump has been known to change his mind at the last minute and this could all change. that said we think so-and-so will be named to this agency. >> right. that's his style. anybody ever read his book "art of the deal" everything he did in this entire election in 2016 was right from that playbook. he has no problem changing his mind. in fact he feels very comfortable and feels like it's his obligation to relook at things and, you know, do something different if either he's given the information or the whim takes him to go in another direction. >> could that be dangerous, do you think? >> sure circumstances change. the presidency changes everyone, regardless of that. but i think jim is right. he's not changed as
president-elect. at those thank you rallies in des moines, iowa late in the year. crowd was the same. he was the same. the thing i'm watching for is to see how his supporters react to him becoming president because there are some things that's changed. he's no longer talking about building the wall. no longer at the top of the list. the chance of lock her up has gone away. the voters i talk to these americans judging his presidency will be wondering is he going to be another old politician or he is going to be same old donald trump. i think the challenge for him is to keep it real, obviously. but he's going to disappoint some people. so far up until now running for president the last year and a half he's not disappointed anyone because he's had all these promises. the minute you become president you have a record and that's his challenge, to you know, keep his record square with his base and keep them excited. >> one thing he's not changed obviously is his use of twitter.
he has talked about, let the chinese keep that drone. he has sent some stocks into tail spins. going after boeing, lockheed martin. i'm sure there are advisers around donald trump who want to change his password without his knowing. obviously twitter did be an effective tool but can also be destructive. >> there are some trump supporters would like see him reign that in a little bit. talking to some voters in the last week, many recognize his use of twitter in the campaign served a particular purpose but that it actually kind of is unbecoming of someone in the presidential office. and they recognize that because they understand there are consequences to what you do when you're president. this is the one thing that for donald trump once he becomes president will change. whether he likes it or not. when you're in the that office, when you do something there's a reaction to it. he has to deal with that for the first time since he jumped into this fray. that will change his decision
make. he'll no longer have free reign to throw things up against a wall because there are potential global consequence, economic consequences the things do you and things you say when you're in that office. >> he's obviously talking about doing things within the white house differently than they've been done before. take a listen to reince priebus. >> traditions while some of them are great i think it's time to revisit a lot of these things that have been done in the white house and i can assure you that change is going to happen. >> one of the things that reince priebus pointed out might change is the daily white house briefing, that they might do away with that. >> i don't think that's a very good idea. that's a very important part -- not only for the voters, for the american people to hear what's going on within the white house, but also a great way for the white house to communicate what they are doing, what they are working on, what they are
thinking about things. i think it's a bad decision. i hope it's something that they change their mind about. >> when i was white house correspondent in the obama white house in the first term i always thought it as a way told them accountable on issues that they don't want to talk about, what this incident that just happened, what's your response. >> it absolutely is the way to keep the white house accountable but i don't think donald trump wants to play by that rule book. as we saw throughout the campaign he referred to the news media as the dishonest news media called us crooks and thieves. why would he want to throw his spokesman out there every day and hold a briefing with reporters he holds in such low regard. we'll see fewer briefings. they talked about having facebook live chats with people and sort of democraticizing this. he didn't hold a news conference after being elected president
the way president obama did three days after he was elected .think that donald trump has sent all the signals we need that this is not going to be same kind of presidency. >> he's gone after you by name on twitter. what was that experience like. >> sure. it's like he was talking about the fact woe have won the popular vote but not for millions of fraud lentz voters and we were asking to show us those fraudulent voters. look, it's something that we are just going to do our jobs. that's the one thing reporters can do. one thing that's expected of us. look a lot of his supporters also went after us, after me. i'm not alone. happens torch. jim experienced this firsthand. people yelling at him at rallies. that's beside point to. he does carry this -- people believe him and will walk to the end of the earth with him. but what question is when he becomes president will that, will he be able to keep everyone like that happy? i'm not sure. >> my new year's resolution for
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welcome back to "state of the union". i'm jake tapper. democrats are still licking their wounds after a brutal election that gave republicans control of the senate, congress and white house. president obama offered a little advice on how they can make a come back. >> democrats are characterized as coastal liberal latte
sipping, you know, politically correct out of touch folks. we have to be in those communities. i became a u.s. senator not just because i had a strong base in chicago but because i was driving around down state illinois and going to fish fries and sitting in vfw halls and talking to farmers. >> is the president right? we brought together top democrats to forecast the party's future and talk about what the democrats need to do. we have with us the former governor of montana, former clinton campaign advicer and van jones. this has bean criticism and i want to get a response to this off the bat because former pennsylvania governor ed rendell suggested the clinton campaign
didn't go after white working class voters enough. take a listen. >> if i was in charge of the clinton campaign i would have sent hillary in those white areas in michigan and pence. you have to relate to people and ask people for their votes. >> a couple of thoughts. there are any number of things that you could point to the say it was a mistake that we made that probably has some merit to it because as a perfect storm of a lot of different things. one thing that's important as we think about going forward i don't think this is an issue of where there's a magic bullet. we should do this one thing and that will fix all of our problems particularly when you look at the fact in those rust belt states at this point hillary essentially that gap is about 70,000 votes that we're talking about the. a majority of people agree with her on the economy, thought she would be better on the economy and won 1.28 million more in the popular vote. challenge and problem is deeper
than sort of one single thing but i do think that what the president is saying is right. the democratic party and this is something we tried do under chairman dean so really have a 50 state strategy, to really be in communities, to build our party from the ground up. i think that's going forward what we need to do. we need to learn southeast lessons coming out of this election. no question in terms of how we talk to working families, whether they are black, white, brown and where those families remember located. how we talk to them about the issues they care about. there's some things, some lessons we can learn but i don't think this is an example of there was one or two things that just flip the switch and everything will be perfect. >> governor, as you know, in 2008 montana was close for a presidential election. president obama then senator obama was trying to win montana. what did doe. he did not. but it was still close. what did doe that you did not hear in 2016?
>> maybe the governor that was running for re-election got 66% of the vote. maybe. >> but there was an economic message. >> what he understands and just said i say in a different way. when you go fishing you don't just fish next to the boat u-got stand up in that boat and kacht as far as that line will go. because if you're just going to drop the line next to the boat you can get all the hyphenated americans, you get the black vote, hispanic vote, urban vote, you win. no you have to throw that line out there and get working class people in some of those states where you haven't been winning. when you start winning those legislative battles and those governor races it helps you win a presidential race. what we have is a washington, d.c. that says we got all the smartest guys in the world, we have the data, we know where the votes are coming from, we need to collect them. donald trump stood up in the boat and threw the line a long ways away.
he said things be republican politicians hated to hear but americans liked hearing what he said. >> up said there was not enough economic message for working americans. hillary clinton did win working class americans of color but not white working class americans. what's the economic message that needs the democratic message going forward? >> i think it's a couple of things. first of all, i think there were a bunch of democrats who really believed this was going to be a referendum on a certain kind of bigotry and intolerance in the republican party but for those 70,000 voters or 80,000 voters that jumped the fence in the rust belt it was a referendum on a certain kind of elitism in the democratic party that did not reach out. now people have the wrong view. they say well you shouldn't have been going after those
hyphenated americans. you shouldn't have been going after those people of color. you should have gone for the white folks. i'm saying that's wrong too. democrats should be more pluralistic. we should be for underdogs in red and blue states. right now you have coal miners being told they will get their jobs back at the same time trump says he'll frack every where. you have people in red states being tricked, people in blue states being targeted. when we're the party for the underdog we win. when we listen to data people who have no soul, no heart, they don't under we're not just dealing with numbers, you're dealing with people, they want to talk about their list, i want to talk about the people on the list that's when we lose not just white working class folk but black and brown folk didn't come out because they didn't feel moved. >> there was a fact pointed to which is an ugly fact democrats
are in a bad place right now compared to where you were in 2009. take a look at this graph in 2009, there were 257 house democrats, now that you have 70 fewer. in 2009 there were 57 senate democrats now 11 fewer. in 2009 you had 28 democratic governors now you have 10 fewer. democratic party -- >> when we say hope and change we didn't want that change. >> what happened? >> policy matters. it was democrats who passed nafta. it was democrats who supported cafta and a lot of democrats supporti in ing shafta. whether it was trade deals that caused job less or computerization or robots or whatever they needed somebody to blame. democrats supported some of these trade deals that were good for corporate america and really
bad for work people. we passed the affordable care act which was the republican version of enriching the insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies and a republican idea passed by democrats. these folks living in the heartland looking at this saying democrats are not our friends. look what they did. >> what's future of the democratic party. who do you want to see become leaders of the party going forward? you'll have a presidential race and probably start in just a couple more years. >> couple of months. look i'm hoping that we, in february, when democrats elect the next chair of the party that we have somebody who is a full time chair, who really understands grassroots organizing and building at the grassroots and by that i don't just mean -- there's a lot of talent out there from young people who worked on these elections, who now have expertise about,000 win in these states. they lived in these states. let's bring those people into out party so we're refreshing the party, so we're building our bench much talent not just people running for office but people who know how to run in
these states and connected to states. >> i think you'll be surprised at some of the people who become stars quickly. you have harris from california. she is unreal. brand new senator. she's going to be out there defending those dreamer kids, because they are big part of her constituency but she's got african-american roots, asian roots, she's female, she's tough, she's smart, she will become a big deal. i think a keith ellison is vr important because he represents the progressive part of the party. when hillary clinton had a chance to make a vp pick she didn't pick someone from the progressive part. keith ellison represents that wing very well. you also have to remember that sanders and elizabeth warren will thereabout on the senate floor every day. that's going to be an important part. you have to under, i think, that the clinton days are over.
this idea that we're going to be this moderate party moving in this direction, is going to throw blacks under the bus for criminal justice reform and for prison expansion, throw workers under the bus for nafta, those days are over. you can't run and hide. you have to be an authentic person from the beginning. you'll be based on your authentic commitment. if you didn't do that you can't win. >> you win elections because values unite people. issues divide. so when you talk about things, talk about how it affects somebody's family. talk about lessons you learned from grandparents. same issues. but it's values the way you frame it. and too much of the time the democratic candidate acts like he or she is the smartest person in the room. you're damn right i want them to be the smartest person in the room but i don't want them talking like they are the smartest person in the room. coming up moving day at the white house. we go inside 1600 pennsylvania avenue as the staff says
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welcome back. you know, it has been said that moving can be more stressful than even divorce. imagine having all of your worldly possessions packed up on the very day that you're leaving the most important job that you'll ever have. that's exactly what is going to happen on january 20th. while you'll be watching the inauguration ceremonies on cnn, the white house staff will be working to move the obama family out of the white house and get the trump family in. we got an inside look at moving day at the white house. at 10:30 on the morning of inauguration day, president
obama will say good-bye to 1600 pennsylvania avenue. >> they literally move all of your stuff out in one day. you are living there and then suddenly it's not all out on the side lawn. i mean, they pack it up. >> president-elect trump and obama will meet again before heading to the inaugural ceremony. as soon as they walk out the door, the white house chief usher and almost 100 staffers will swing into action. >> it's more like organized chaos. we have one truck on the south lawn that belongs to the outgoing president and first family facing south and the incoming truck facing north toward the white house on the east side of the south grounds. >> rear admiral steven roshawn was the first white house chief usher in charge of the white house move from president george w. bush to barack obama. he remembers asking incoming first lady michelle obama how she wanted the house decorated.
>> in the case of the obamas, they had two precious girls that wanted a girly-type room. anything can be changed on the second and third floor, which are the private floors for the first family. >> reporter: it requires all hands on deck to race against the clock. they have only six hours to transform the 132-room mansion into the new first family's home. movers carry furniture in and out of the white house. personal items are carefully organized from the moving truck. the dining rooms are decorated and set up and the kitchen staff sets up an inaugural snack, something to help the first family get through all of those late-night calls. of course, the oval office gets a sprucing up as well. new painting on the wall, the carpet and desks are cleaned. new technology is installed. no detail is ever too small. >> one thing that we were very aware of is the new president
wanted a special showerhead and so we had to scramble to make sure we had the perfect rain showerhead for president obama. >> reporter: we do not know yet what changes the trump family is questioning but a family that is used to the finer things in life, we can only expect an open pew lent makeover. >> i just want a very special place. i'm going to be working. i'm not going to be decorated. >> reporter: the departing first family may be leaving but the staff stays on. >> i was even in tears. because you really do grow to love the family that you're with. >> i find myself choking up because we have raised our kids in the white house. we have had so many amazing experiences. we have a phenomenal staff.
we live in a house with people who love us and care about us and we're going to be walking away from all of that. >> while it might be hard for the obamas to say good-bye to the white house, they will have memories from behind the historic walls to last a lifetime. thanks for spending this first day of the new year with us. we hope it's a beginning of a year of peace and joy for you and for your families. go to cnn.com/sotu for extras from the show. i'm jake tapper. fareed zakaria is next.
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this is a special edition of "gps: the global public square." welcome to you in the united states and around the world. happy new year. over the last few months, we have had extraordinary access to the white house to officials, current and former, all for a documentary about president obama's legacy. you might have seen it last week in this slot or previously and we will start with the president himself on himself. his habits and his