What could bring Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Dick Cheney, Nancy Pelosi, Sean Hannity, Anderson Cooper, The Rock, and more together? The documents that shaped American history.
Filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi assembled big names from both Hollywood and Washington for HBO’s The Words That Built America, which aired last night on the 4th of July.
Stars like Meryl Streep and Morgan Freeman came together with politicians like the Clintons, George W. Bush, John Lewis, and Paul Ryan to read from the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
There’s also a nice moment at the end regarding who they got to recite the Bill of Rights.
President Trump read this from Article II of the Constitution:
The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows:
Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.
During an interview on MSNBC this past weekend, Pelosi shared some behind-the-scenes information about the making of this documentary, including this little tidbit:
“I let the Presidents choose what they would read. And so President Trump wanted to read about the Electoral College. And everybody had their reasons for picking what they picked.”
You can watch the complete film above, via HBO.
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