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the end so that you can't quite see it, but it's going to be handed to him, but it's a -- to me, it's a very emotional picture. it's a terrific, terrific place. >> you know, for all of time, until the mid 20th century, families lived in multigenerational houses or compounds and, again, this goes back to caveman times when families were structured -- >> sure. >> -- so that grandmothers were an integral -- and grandfathers -- were an integral part of families and definitely lived together and it's only in recent times with mobility and the urbanization really that we have broken that up. one of the things i say in the book is that it's unnatural. and there is a huge trend today -- enormous trend of grandparents when they retire selling the house they've lived in for 50 years and moving near their grandchildren. and more and more the children
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are accepting it because they want the help. they need the help. and the idea that the daughter-in-law and mother-in-law clash is as old as humanity. that's also built into our bones and our genes because the younger woman wants her husband to turn to her nest and break it, you know, break the connection with the mother. that went on even when they were all living in the same household. >> sure. just because you were the one that brought up that, there is a nice irony. at the end of her life, mrs. roosevelt shared a house with the doctor whom i mentioned before. and the lady who married the doctor, it was a friend, a lovely lady, recounts being in her bedroom with her new husband
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and mrs. roosevelt appearing in the doorway to say good morning, which is -- it's sort of irony there somewhere. >> definitely. well, i can see that we could go on and on and on asking fabulous questions about franklin delano roosevelt, but i see someone with a hook. >> yes. and i have tons of questions, myself, but someday we'll continue this. lesley stahl and geoffrey ward, thank you so much. this was a different morning. >> it truly was fun. >> really good. >> let's do it again. >> yeah, we're going to do it again. >> they will both be at the book signing table, so stay, pick up a book or two or three or four and you can continue the conversation outside. thank you, all, so much for coming this morning.
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thursday marks the 100th anniversary of the national park service. tomorrow night we bring you a number of national park service tours from our american artifacts and real america programs. some of the sites include congress hall in philadelphia. the minakasy battlefield in frederick, maryland. that starts at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span3's american history tv. while congress is on break this month, we're showing american history tv programs. normally seen only on the weekend here on c-span3. coming up, programs from our presidency series which looks at the politics, policies and legacies of america's presidents and first ladies. up next, two historians on the process of writing presidential biographies. that's followed by a look at the books collected and readily
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george washington throughout his life. later a discussion about franklin roosevelt's mother, sara, and her relationship with members of her family. ♪ 100 years ago, president woodrow wilson signed the bill creating the national park service and thursday we look back at the past century of these caretakers of america's natural and historic treasures. beginning at 10:00 eastern and throughout the day, we take you to national park service sites across the country as recorded by c-span. at 7:00 p.m. eastern, we're live from the national park service's most visited historic home, arlington house, the robert e. lee memorial at arlington national cemetery. join us with your phone calls as we talk with robert stanton, former national parks service director, and brandon, the former arlington house site
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manager who will oversee the upcoming year-long restoration of the mansion, slave quarters and grounds. thursday, the 100th anniversary of the national parks service. live from arlington house at 7:00 p.m. eastern on american history tv on c-span3. up next on "the presidency" historians john meacham talks about the president of writing a presidential biography. they've written about presidents george washington, thomas jefferson, andrew jackson, ulysses s. grant, franklin d. roosevelt and george h.w. bush. this even was part of a pulitzer prize centennial symposium hosted by the george w. bush center. it's just over an hour. >> thank you. okay. that's enough. laura and i want to welcome you.
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ken, and wife, julie, who's the new president and ceo of the bush center and all of us who work here are thrilled you're here. i must confess, i've got mixed emotions. one, i'm thrilled to be a part of this. two, i'm very disapointed that you're not here to give me a pulitzer for the book i wrote. by the way, every good organization needs a pulitzer prize recipient on their staff. and here at the bush center, we have one in bill mackenzie and we're fortunate that bill is a part of our team. kevin, ann, thank withdryou ver for convincing us to join you in hosting this. it's very exciting for the bush center that you're here and all the members of the pulitzer prize board as well as the representatives from 41's library and i forgot lbj's number. anyway, looking forward to the
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performances that will take place here in a little bit, and as a history buff, i'm thrilled that annette gordon reid, ron chernow and ron meacham are here to be interviewed by mark upterboro. at any rate, in order to get my book reconsidered, i thought i would sharone an anecdote with you. so i was tasked to -- it didn't require much tasking, by the way, to talk to vladimir putin about the necessities to have a free press in order for the society to be a wholesome and vibrant society. he had just suspended the independent press and this was in slovakia. i couldn't identify it during the debates. anyway -- [ laughter ]
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so i said, vladimir, really important that if you want to join those of us who realize the benefits of a free society that you have a vibrant press. and he looked at me and said, you're a hypocrite, you fired the famous newsman. kind of took me aback. i said, what the hell are you talking about, man? he said, you know what i'm talking about. you fired the newsman. is he talking about dan rather? he said, yeah. i said, well, you don't understand, vladimir, is that in our society, the press is ind t independent from the politicians as it should be. the job of the press in a free society is to hold people who've got power to account. and you're going to need that if you're going to have a vibrant society. i said, whatever you do at the press conference that we're about to have, make sure you
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don't say that. that i fired the famous newsman because the people in our country are going to think you're ignorant, that you don't know what you're talking about. so sure enough we have the press conference first question, "moscow times." mr. president putin, did president bush talk to you about a free press in russia? and if so, did you bring up the fact that he fired the famous newsman? at any rate, i want to thank the press for what you do, and my relationship with the press was cordial because i understand the symbiotic relationship. you need me and i needed you. and it was a -- you know, i really don't miss much about washington, but i will tell you that the intellectual stimulation from dealing with a vibrant and free press was a very important part of the job. at any rate, thank you for
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coming, and i hope you enjoy the evening. >> now, in a moment i'm going to ask all the pulitzer prize winners with us tonight to stand and be recognized for their great work. but first, i'd like to recognize one winner in particular whose work has special relevance to the theme of this two-day marquee, the people, the presidency, and the press. think back to 1963 and a remarkably composed photograph that crystalized a historic moment. actually, there were two remarkable photos. the one by "dallas times herald" photographer bob jackson was snapped a fraction of a second later than the one by the "dallas morning news" photographer, and as a result, it captured the grimace on lee harvey oswald's face as the bullet from jack ruby's gun
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penetrated oswald's gut. to quote the "denver post" in a story about the prize winning photograph, jackson's photo maintained the command photojournalism always had and still does, the capability of telling a full story by freezing time. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome pulitzer prize winning photographer bob jackson who flew in from his home in colorado to be with us here tonight. and now i'd like to ask all the pulitzer prize winners who are with us here tonight to stand and be recognized for their great work.
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steve benson, please remain standing for a moment. steve is a prize winning editorial cartoonist for the "arizona republic" in phoenix and a witty and prolific spot cartoonist who will be covering these events over the next couple of days and some of you as well. little known fact about steve, he's a graduate of richardson high school right here in north texas. so please take an opportunity to introduce yourself to steve during the intermissions tonight and tomorrow and at lunch tomorrow and take a look at the cache of sketches that he will be developing throughout the program.
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and now it's my pleasure to invite the president and ceo of the george w. bush presidential center to the podium to introduce our first panel discussion. mr. ken hersh. >> thank you very much, keven. this, the performance from the dallas theater center, i want to thank joel farrell who is the associate artistic director of the center, all the great performers for that treat. i also have to thank the beautiful board chair, julie hersh, who's also here tonight who had nothing to do with the performance but we absolutely have to recognize her for her attendance this evening. i was born at night but not last night. so the bush center is a special place.
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this is my first week on the job so it's a little bit humbling to present tonight a very, very humbling panel. but before i do i want to thank even more than the pulitzer prize or as much as the pulitzer prize winners who are with us tonight the absolute wonderful public servants who have helped and served this country in so many different capacities. i want to welcome and thank for being here haley barbour, the former governor of mississippi, general michael hayden, the former director of the nsa and cia under president bush, secretary leon panetta, former director of the cia and secretary of defense and ambassador mark langdale who is also on the board of the bush presidential center. thank you for being here tonight and thank you for your service. through this event, the pulitzer prizes mark historical significant work and recognize great contributions that helped tell the past and shape the
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future. here at the bush center we think about that every day. the mission is the motivate, develop leaders, foster policy and take action and we do that around key areas like economic growth, education reform, human freedom and democracy, women's empowerment, military service and wellness and transition and understand that what our job here is to use the power of this platform to convene, to amplify and make an impact on very, very important issues of the day. and it served that purpose and my role is to help build connections between that mission and the broader communities. the communities of dallas, of smu, of texas, of the united states and the world. it is a humbling task but in the first week it's an absolutely fantastic one so thank you all for helping me start this journey. of course, when we study the
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past, the presidents have a lot to do with it, and we're honored today have to some of the most esteemed voices join in telling and describing the history of what the presidency and the press are all about. and as president bush said, the strong press is not -- and a free press is not something that we talk about only in emerging economies. it's something that's very, very vital to the very foundation of our democracy. so to have this great panel is a real, real pleasure and i'd invite them out on the stage now as i introduce them. ron chernow is one of the most distinguished commentators of history, politics, business, and finance in america today. his book "washington, a life" won the pulitzer prize in biography in 2011. in 2009, mr. chernow's work with lin-manuel miranda on the pulitzer prize winning broadway musical "hamilton" which was inspired by his biography of alexander hamilton.
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annette gordon reed is the charles warren professor of american legal history at harvard law school and a professor of history in the faculty of arts and sciences at harvard university. she won the pulitzer prize in history in 2009 for "the hemings of monticello, an american family." her forthcoming book, "the most blessed of patriarch, thomas jefferson" we all look forward to. jon meacham is a presidential historian, contributing editor at "time" and executive vice president and executive editor at random house. his book "american lion, andrew jackson and the white house" won the pulitzer prize in biography in 2009. most significant to this audience may be his just published book, "destiny in power: the american odyssey of george herbert walker bush." and our moderator is the director of the lbj presidential library in austin and author of four books on the presidency.
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he's an analyst for abc news on matters relating to politics and the presidency and he's written for countless publications. thanks to each of you in attendance for making this a very, very special evening and a special event today and tomorrow and please welcome our panelists to discuss presidential biographies, the challenges then and now. thank you. captioning performed by vitac captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2008
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