West Wing Week: 10/19/12 or "The Power of We"

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Narrator: Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's
happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
This week, the President reflected on the state of the
American auto industry; the White House opened its doors to
the public for the Annual Fall Garden Tours;
honored Blog Action Day; while Bill Allman spoke on the history
of the Presidential Seal.
That's October 12th to October 18th or "The Power of We."
On Friday, the President sat down for the Weekly Address
where he talked about his commitment to American jobs and
the American auto industry.
The President: More than a million jobs across the country were on the line.
And not just auto jobs, but the jobs of teachers,
small business owners and everyone in communities that
depend on this great American industry.
But we refused to throw in the towel and do nothing.
We refused to let Detroit go bankrupt.
I bet on American workers and American ingenuity and three
years later, that bet is paying off in a big way.
Narrator: On a resplendent Autumn Saturday,
the White House once again opened its gardens and grounds
to visitors from across the country,
continuing First Lady Michelle Obama's commitment to opening up
the White House to more Americans.
Use #WHGarden to get instant updates and to see visitors'
photos of the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden,
and of course, the White House Kitchen Garden --
the first vegetable garden planted at the White House since
Eleanor Roosevelt's Victory Garden.
And don't forget to tune in this Friday for the Garden
Tour Tweet-Up.
Monday was Blog Action Day at the White House,
so we stopped by the Office of Digital Strategy to get some
more information on it.
Erin Lindsay: Blog Action Day was started in 2007 and it brings together
thousands of bloggers from over 100 countries around the globe
to blog about one important topic on the same day.
This year's theme was "The Power of We."
Here at the White House, we honored the day by reflecting on
moments over the past year where Americans joined together to
demonstrate "The Power of We," including the payroll tax cut
debate when thousands of Americans shared their stories
about what losing $40 a paycheck would mean for them and
their families.
To when thousands of students told Congress,
"Don't Double My Rate!" and made their voices heard on student
loan interest rates.
And, of course, who could forget "We, the People" where over
three million users to date have found a simple and clear way to
petition the Obama Administration.
Narrator: On Tuesday, we went to White House Curator Bill Allman for
the latest installment of "Catching Up With the Curator."
Take it away, Bill!
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Bill Allman: We're standing outside the Blue Room in the cross-hall on the
State Floor of the White House.
The Blue Room is a main receiving room for the house and
often the place where the President might stand and greet
key guests before coming through the door behind me and turning
to go down to the East Room for a major speech or an awards
ceremony or a bill-signing.
When he comes through that doorway he passes under the
modern version of the Seal of the President of the United
States, which was officially defined by President Harry
Truman in 1945 to include the Coat of Arms of the President,
which is the eagle based on the Great Seal of the United States.
It has a ring of stars around it.
And then it has the words "Seal of the President of the
"United States."
That makes it officially "the seal."
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Now, the eagle was changed at that time to not face the arrows
that represented war but to face the olive branches in the
opposite talon of the eagle which represents peace at a time
when they were creating the Defense Department to replace
the former War Department and Navy Departments as official
cabinet offices.
We have an earlier version of the Presidential Seal above the
door to the Diplomatic Reception Room made in bronze.
It was originally embedded in the floor in the entrance hall
and then it was moved during the Truman renovation of 1948 to '52
and placed here in the wall.
And you can see with this particular seal the eagle faces
the Arrows of War in its proper left talon and that was what was
changed in 1945.
This is the same version of the seal that one would see on the
famous Resolute desk that the President is using in the
Oval Office.
A desk that was given to President Hayes by Queen
Victoria in 1880 and then Franklin Roosevelt requested a
panel be inserted in the knee hole to cover the fact that
he was sitting at the desk in a wheelchair.
And so it has this pre-1945 version of the Presidential seal
with the eagle facing towards the arrows rather than towards
the olive branches.
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Narrator: To find out more information on any of these topics or to see
complete videos of these events, go to WhiteHouse.gov.
And thanks again for checking out your West Wing Week.
And now, a gem from the archive.
Student: I feel like I was as powerful as Martin Luther King, Jr.,
and I feel amazed.
Teacher: Why do you feel so amazed?
Student: Because I feel like this whole thing is just a dream.
But it's not.
Children: -- "that my four little children will one day live in a nation
where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by
the content of their character."
The President: You guys, you make me so proud.
You guys were so good!