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700 Club Interactive in Washington - June 11, 2014

700 Club Interactive visits our nation’s capital. Hear from a survivor who was inside the Pentagon on 9/11 – you won’t believe what he did after the plane hit! Plus – find out what’s being called the second-most difficult job in the ... Read Transcript


Gordon: COMING UP --

BOOM!

THE BUILDING SHOOK.

Gordon: -- A MAN WHO

ESCAPED THE PENTAGON ON

9/11.

IF I WAS NOT DEAD, I

OUGHT TO BE DOING

SOMETHING.

Gordon: HE WEP WENT

BACK INSIDE.

I HEARD BODIES SLAM INTO

THE WALLS.

Gordon: ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"

WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY

FOR EACH OTHER AND EXPLORE

TOPICS THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

Gordon: WELL, HELLO,

AND WELCOME TO "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

TODAY, AND THROUGHOUT THE

REST OF THIS WEEK, WE ARE

GOING TO BE IN WASHINGTON,

D.C.

WE ARE JUST DOWN THE STREET

FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, THE

CAPITOL BUILDING, AND THE

PENTAGON.

TONY ROSE USED TO WORK

THERE, AND HE STILL

REMEMBERS THE DAY HE WENT

INTO THE OFFICE 13 YEARS

AGO, ON SEPTEMBER 11TH.

AFTER SEEING THE SECOND

PLANE HIT, YOU JUST KNEW

THAT IT WAS NOT AN AIR

TRAFFIC CONTROLLER ISSUE, IT

WAS NOT AN ACCIDENT.

SOMEBODY WAS ATTACKING OUR

COUNTRY.

Reporter: TONY ROSE

WATCHED THE WORLD TRADE

CENTER ATTACKS FROM A TV IN

HIS OFFICE.

AS A SERGEANT MAJOR IN THE

ARMY, HE KNEW TO IMMEDIATELY

SECURE IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS.

WHAT HE DIDN'T KNOW WAS THAT

HIS WING OF THE PENTAGON WAS

THE TERRORISTS' NEXT

TARGET.

BOOM!

THE BUILDING SHOOK.

IT WAS ALMOST AS THOUGH THAT

BUILDING WAS ON AN

EARTHQUAKE LINE.

IT LITERALLY SHOOK.

PEOPLE WERE DOWN.

PEOPLE WERE SCREAMING.

PEOPLE WERE HURT.

IF YOU WERE STANDING UP IN

THAT FIREBALL, YOU DIED.

PEOPLE WOULD JUST DECINDER

DISINTEGRATE.

Reporter: JUST ABOVE

HIS HEAD, THE FIRE BURNED AT

2300 DEGREES.

WHATEVER THAT TOUCHED, IT

WOULD I INSINI GRATE.

I HIT THE WALLS SO HARD

IT WAS LIKE A BODY SLAM.

I COULDN'T BREEN BREATHE IN

OR BREATHE OUT.

TIME HELD STILL.

I WAS SCARED TO DEATH.

Reporter: BUT TONY SAYS

HE KNEW HE WAS STILL ALIVE

FOR A REASON.

THE LORD ALREADY KNEW THE

NUMBER OF MY DAYS.

IF I WAS MEANT TO BE DEAD

RIGHT NOW, I WOULD BE DEAD.

BUT IF I WAS NOT DEAD, THEN

I OUGHT TO BE DOING

SOMETHING.

AND SLOWLY SOUNDS STARTED

COMING BACK.

AT THAT POINT, I GOT TO MY

KNEE AND STARTED WAVING

PEOPLE PAST ME, TO ESCORT

PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF THE

BUILDING.

AND WE CLEARED PEOPLE AS

QUICKLY AS WE COULD WITH ALL

OF THE SMOKE.

AND AFTER THAT, WHEN NO ONE

ELSE WAS MOVING, WE WENT

INTO THE SMOKE AND FLAME TO

FIND THE PEOPLE THAT WE KNEW

HAD NOT COME OUT.

Reporter: TONY WENT

BACK INTO THE BURNING

BUILDING FIVE TIMES, WORKING

HIS WAY DEEPER INTO THE

INTENSE HEAT AND SMOKE,

PULLING OUT SURVIVORS.

EVERYTHING WAS HOT.

THE CLOSER THAT WE WORKED IN

TO THE BUILDING, TO TRY TO

FIND PEOPLE, OF COURSE, THE

HOTTER IT WAS.

THE REAL ISSUE ABOUT GOING

BACK IN THAT DAY WAS WHAT I

LEARNED AT THE KNEES OF MY

MOM AND SUNDAY SCHOOL

TEACHERS, AND THE ELDERS AT

THE CHURCH.

BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT GAVE ME

A HEART FOR OTHER PEOPLE.

BUT THERE WAS STILL

ASSURANCE THAT I WAS RIGHT

THERE AT THAT TIME FOR THAT

REASON, TO DO WHATEVER IT

WAS I COULD TO HELP THAT

DAY.

PEOPLE NEEDED HELP.

Reporter: THE REALITY

OF THE ATTACK DIDN'T SET IN

UNTIL LATER, WHEN TONY FOUND

PIECES OF A JET AND A HAND

FROM A CHILD PASSENGER.

I GOT SO ANGRY, TERRIBLY

ANGRY, BECAUSE I REALIZED

THAT SOMEBODY LITERAL HAD

COME HOME TO MY HOME AND

ATTACKED MY COUNTRY,

ATTACKED MY FAMILY, ATTACKED

MY FLAG.

AND, YOU KNOW, WHY DID THIS

KID HAVE TO DIE.

WHY DID THIS LITTLE KID HAVE

TO DIE.

ALL THESE PEOPLE HAD

PERSONALITIES.

ALL OF THESE PEOPLE HAD A

FAMILY.

AND THEY HAD A CONTRIBUTION

AS PART OF OUR COUNTRY.

I DON'T WANT THEM TO BE

FORGOTTEN, NOT JUST FOR

THEMSELVES, BUT IF WE FORGET

THEM, WE FORGET THE FACT

THAT THERE IS SOMEONE OUT

THERE THAT DOES NOT LIKE OUR

FLAG, THAT DOES NOT LIKE OUR

COUNTRY.

I DON'T WANT AMERICA TO

FORGET THAT WE REALLY ARE IN

A WAR.

THE WAR IS NOT JUST IN SOME

DISTANT LAND.

IT IS RIGHT HERE IN THIS

COUNTRY.

IT IS RIGHT NOW.

AND ALL OF US HAVE A PART IN

THAT.

THE ONLY WAY THEY'RE GOING

TO KNOW IS IF WE REMEMBER

THEM.

Reporter: THAT NIGHT,

AS THE ADRENALIN WORE OFF,

TONY REALIZED HE WAS

WOUNDED.

I THOUGHT ANY BLOOD I HAD

ON MY UNIFORM WAS FROM

PEOPLE WE PULLED OUT, NOT

FROM ME.

AND WHEN I PULLED OFF MY

SHIRT, I FOUND PIECES OF

STEEL IN MY ABDOMEN.

AND THAT'S WHEN I NOTICED

THE BURNS AND THE CUTS AND

THE PIECES OF GLASS.

Reporter: HIS INJURIES

HEALED QUICKLY.

THE EMOTIONAL WOUNDS HAVE

TAKEN LONGER.

TONY RETIRED FROM THE

MILITARY A YEAR AFTER THE

ATTACKS.

HE BECAME A LICENSED

THERAPIST, HELPING OTHERS

AND HIMSELF FIND HOPE IN THE

MIDST OF TRAGEDY.

I KNOW IF I'M GOING TO DO

WHAT I WAS MEANT TO DO ON

THIS EARTH, I NEED TO STAND

TALL AND BE A CHRISTIAN

SOLDIER.

AND THAT'S BY SHARING THE

WORD OF GOD WITH OTHER

PEOPLE.

THAT'S WHAT I BELIEVE.

THAT'S MY COMMISSION FROM

GOD.

JESUS SAID DO IT.

AND THAT'S WHAT I NEED TO

DO.

THE BIGGEST THING THAT I

HAVE PRAYED FOR SINCE 9/11

HAS BEEN FOR THE GOOD LORD

TO ALLOW ME TO SEE PEOPLE AS

ETERNAL SOULS.

NO MATTER WHAT THEY LOOK

LIKE.

AND THEN MAYBE I WILL BE

ABLE TO SEE THIS PERSON

WITHOUT BIAS, WITHOUT

PRE-CONCEIVED NOTIONS AND

PREJUDICES.

AND THEN MAYBE I CAN REALLY

HEAR WHAT THIS PERSON HAS TO

SAY, OR SAY SOMETHING TO

THEM THAT THEY NEED TO

HEAR.

THERE IS HOPE THAT IS COMING

OUT OF 9/11, AND THAT'S WHAT

PEOPLE NEED TO HEAR.

IF YOU'VE GOT THAT HOPE,

YOU'VE GOT A CONFIDENCE AND

ENGINEERING TO BE ABLE TO GO

OUT AND DO WHAT YOU NEED TO

DO.

AND FOR ME, MY HOPE, THAT'S

JESUS.

Gordon: AND HE CAN BE

YOUR HOPE, TOO.

SO OFTEN WHEN DISASTERS

STRIKE, WE ASK QUESTIONS

LIKE, WHERE WAS GOD?

OR WHY DID GOD ALLOW THIS TO

HAPPEN?

AND INSTEAD OF LOOKING AT

THE VERY PROXIMATE CAUSE OF

IT, WE WANT TO BLAME GOD.

HERE IS SOMETHING FOR YOU.

JESUS ASKS US TO PRAY

SOMETHING VERY SPECIFIC.

AND WE CALL IT "THE LORD'S

PRAYER."

A LOT OF US HAVE MEMORIZED

IT AND WE CAN SAY IT REALLY

FAST.

BUT WHY IN THE LORD'S PRAYER

WOULD JESUS SAY FOR US TO

PRAY THIS, THAT "GOD'S WILL

WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT

IS IN HEAVEN."

WHY WOULD HE ASK US TO PRAY

THAT IF GOD'S WILL WERE

BEING DONE ON EARTH.

IT IS QUITE CLEAR IT IS NOT

BEING DONE.

THINK ABOUT HEAVEN FOR A

MINUTE.

IS ANYBODY SUFFERING FROM A

TERRORIST ATTACK IN HEAVEN?

IS ANYBODY SICK?

IS ANYBODY HUNGRY?

IS ANYBODY LONELY?

WELL, WHEN YOU START

THINKING ABOUT HEAVEN, YOU

START THINKING ABOUT GOD'S

WILL.

AND JESUS WANTED YOU AND I

TO HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO

PRAY THAT GOD'S WILL WOULD

BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN

HEAVEN.

WE ARE THE AGENTS TO BRING

THAT TO PASS.

WE'RE THE ONES THAT ARE

SUPPOSED TO BRING HOPE IN

THE MIDDLE OF TRAGEDY.

IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THESE

DISASTERS, WE'RE TO BRING

THE HOPE.

NOW, WHY DID THESE BAD

THINGS HAPPEN?

BECAUSE GOD HAS GIVEN US THE

CHOICE.

AND YOU SEE IT REPEATEDLY IN

THE BIBLE.

THE ISRAELITES HAD A

CHOICE.

THEY COULD GO INTO THE

PROMISED LAND.

THEY COULD BELIEVE WHAT GOD

WAS TELLING THEM.

OR THEY COULD STAY IN THE

DESERT.

JOSHUA, AFTER THE PROMISED

LAND IS CONQUERED, HE SAYS,

"CHOOSE YOU THIS DAY WHO YOU

WILL SERVE.

BUT AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE,

WE WILL SERVE THE LORD."

WE ALL HAVE THIS CHOICE.

WE ALL HAVE FREE WILL.

SOME OF US TAKE THIS FREE

WILL AND TAKE THIS CHOICE TO

DO VERY OBVIOUS HARM TO

OTHER PEOPLE.

AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS, THE

ONES WHO HAVE HOPE, THE ONES

WHO KNOW JESUS, THOSE ARE

THE ONES THAT ARE SUPPOSED

TO STEP UP AND SAY, LET'S

PRAY TOGETHER, THAT GOD'S

WILL WOULD BE DONE ON EARTH

AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.

IF YOU'VE BEEN GOING THROUGH

TRAGEDY AND YOU NEED SOME

HOPE, WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.

AND WE'RE HERE FOR YOU 24

HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A

WEEK.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP THE TELEPHONE AND MAKE A

CALL.

THE NUMBER IS ON THE SCREEN,

1-888-777-1999.

THERE WILL BE A FRIEND ON

THE OTHER END OF THAT LINE

WHO IS WILLING TO PRAY WITH

YOU, WILLING TO COUNSEL YOU,

AND WILLING TO SHOW YOU HOW

YOU CAN FIND HOPE IN THE

MIDDLE OF ANY

CIRCUMSTANCES.

COMING UP, YOU MAY KNOW HIM

FROM SPECIAL REPORTS.

NOW FOX NEWS HOST BRETT BEHR

SHARES THE STORY CLOSEST TO

HIS HEART.

IT STILL HITS HOME THIS

MANY YEARS LATER.

I'VE BEEN THROUGH THIS MANY

SURGERIES.

Consuelo: BRETT

Gordon: BRETT OPENS UP

ABOUT HIS FAMILY'S JOURNEY

OF FAITH AND LOVE, UP NEXT.

Gordon: SEVEN YEARS

AGO, LIFE WAS GOOD FOR BRETT

BEHR, HE WERE A POPULAR FOX

NEWS ANCHOR, AND HIS WIFE

HAD JUST GIVEN BIRTH TO A

HEALTHY SON, AT LEAST THAT'S

WHAT THEY THOUGHT.

JENNIFER WISHON COMPLAINS.

EXPLAINS.

Reporter: PAUL LOOKS

AND ACTS LIKE A PRETTY

NORMAL BOY ABOUT TO TURN

SEVEN.

BUT SO MUCH ABOUT HIS YOUNG

LIFE IS SPECIAL.

YOU MAY RECOGNIZE PAUL'S

DAD, BRETT, AS THE ANCHOR OF

FOX NEWS CHANNEL'S SPECIAL

REPORT.

AFTER HIS WIFE, AMY'S NORMAL

PREGNANCY AND DELIVERY,

PAUL, THE COUPLE'S FIRST

BORN, APPEARED TO BE THE

PICTURE OF HEALTH.

BUT AS THEY WERE PREPARED TO

TAKE PAUL HOME, A NURSE,

WHOM THEY NOW CALL A

GUARDIAN ANGEL, NOTICED HIS

COLOR WAS OFF.

THEY LEARNED HE HAD FIVE CON

CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS.

IN ORDER TO SURVIVE, HE

NEEDED OPEN-HEART SURGERY.

NOW THREE HEART SURGERIES,

SEVEN ANGIOPLASTIES, AND ONE

UNRELATED STOMACH SURGERY

LATER, BRETT RELIVES THE

ADVENTURE IN HIS NEW BOOK,

"SPECIAL HEART, A JOURNEY OF

FAITH, HOPE, COURAGE AND

LOVE."

LOOKING BACK, IT WAS A

HARD TIME.

IT STILL HITS HOME THIS

MANY YEARS LATER.

WE'VE BEEN THROUGH THIS MANY

SURGERIES AND THIS MANY

ANGIOPLASTIES.

IT IS STILL EMOTIONAL.

IT IS HARD LOOKING BACK.

Reporter: SOON AFTER

AMY LEARNED THE NEWS, SHE

BRIEFLY BECAME THE OLDEST

PATIENT AT CHILDREN'S

NATIONAL MEDICAL CENTER.

I JUST COLLAPSED.

AND I THINK THE STRESS OF IT

ALL JUST -- I JUST -- MY

BODY EMOTIONALLY JUST SHUT

DOWN.

THAT'S WHERE WE MADE THAT

PACT, IN THAT EMERGENCY

ROOM, TREATING AMY, IS THAT

WE DECIDED THAT THAT WAS THE

MOMENT.

Reporter: A PACT TO

STOP THE SELF-PITY AND

DEVOTE ALL THEIR ENERGY TO

PAUL.

FROM THAT MOMENT, THE COUPLE

DECIDED BRETT, THE

JOURNALIST, WOULD TAKE CARE

OF THE MEDICAL DETAILS, AND

AMY WOULD FOCUS ON BEING A

LOVING MOTHER.

EACH NIGHT AS THEY LEFT THE

HOSPITAL, THEY AGREED TO

FOCUS ON BEING ONE DAY

CLOSER TO TAKING PAUL HOME

WITH THEM, A DAILY RIGHT

THEY MARKED WITH A

HIGH-FIVE.

THE BEHRS LATER LEARNED THAT

A CONGREGATION IN COLORADO

WAS PRAYING FOR THEM.

FOR THE FIRST TIME THE

COUPLE TRULY EXPERIENCED THE

POWER AND PRAYER, AND IT

WOULDN'T BE THE LAST.

THE DAY OF PAUL'S HEART

SURGERY, WE HAD A LOCAL

PRIEST COME AND PRAY WITH US

IN THE LITTLE HOSPITAL

CHAPEL.

AND AS WE WERE PRAYING, WE

WERE ALL HOLDING HANDS, AND

I HAD A VISION OF THESE

BEAMS OF LIGHT ALL AROUND

PAUL'S SURGICAL BED, AND I

KNEW IN MY HEART HE WAS

GOING TO BE OKAY.

Reporter: THEN BEFORE

PAUL'S SURGERY, THE COUPLE,

WHO ARE ROMAN CATHOLIC, MADE

ANOTHER DECISION FOR THEIR

SON.

PAUL WAS GOING INTO

SURGERY, AND WE REALIZED HE

WASN'T BAPTIZED.

AND THERE WERE RISKS GOING

INTO SURGERY, AND WE WANTED

TO MAKE SURE HE GOT ON GOD'S

SCOREBOARD BEFOREHAND.

THERE WAS SOMETHING FANCY

ABOUT IT.

IT WAS A CURTAIN AROUND A

BASSINET AND BEEPS AND

WIRES, BUT IT WAS ALL OF OUR

FAMILY.

AND THERE IS SOMETHING

BEAUTIFUL ABOUT HAVING

FAMILY MEMBERS ALL AROUND

PAUL.

AND WE WANTED TO SHARE THAT

WITH ALL OF OUR FAMILY

MEMBERS WHO MET PAUL.

Reporter: FAST FORWARD

SEVEN YEARS, AND YOUNG PAUL

IS DOING GREAT.

TO LOOK AT HIS CALENDAR,

FULL OF SOCCER, BASEBALL,

BASKETBALL AND GOLF LESSONS,

YOU WOULD NEVER KNOW HE HAD

A DEFECTIVE HEART.

I WAS JOKING WITH THE

SURGEON LAST WEEK, YOU KNOW

THAT LAST SURGERY, IF YOU

JUST TURNED IT DOWN.

BECAUSE WE HAVE TO RUN HIM

LIKE CRAZY TO GET HIM READY

TO SLEEP.

Reporter: AND AS A

VETERAN WITH THE SCARS TO

PROVE IT, HE OFFERS ADVICE.

DON'T BE SCARED.

PRAISE.

AND AT THE END YOU'RE GOING

TO GET A LOT OF SPECIAL

TREATMENT.

[LAUGHTER]

Reporter: WATCHING PAUL

GO THROUGH HIS LAST SURGERY

WAS TOUGH ON EVERYONE.

IT WAS REALLY HARD GOING

THROUGH THE SURGERY, BUT I'M

GLAD I MADE IT THROUGH.

Reporter: SO IS HIS

YOUNGER BROTHER, DANIEL.

I'M GLAD HE'S HOME.

Reporter: ALTHOUGH YOU

MAY NOT REALIZE IT, PAUL IS

NOT ALONE WHEN IT COMES TO

HIS ILLNESS.

THAT STAT IS STAGGERING,

ONE OUT OF 100 KIDS IS BORN

WITH A CONGENITAL HEART

DEFECT.

AND HALF OF THEM HAVE TO

HAVE SOME KIND OF SURGERY OR

PROCEDURE IN THE FIRST SIX

MONTHS OF THEIR LIFE.

Reporter: MANY KIDS GO

UNDIAGNOSED, A TRAGIC FACT

THE BEHRS WOULD LIKE TO HELP

CHANGE.

HE IS DONATING EVERY PENNY

HE MAKES ON THE BOOK TO

PEDIATRIC HEART GROUPS.

AND NOW BRETT AND AMY SEE

THEIR FAMILY'S CIRCUMSTANCE

AS A GIFT.

I FEEL LIKE GOD TAPPED US

FOR A REASON.

AND WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY

IN THAT.

WHATEVER OUR COURSE IS, I

FEEL LIKE WE'LL GET THROUGH

IT.

AND I THINK IT HAS

STRENGTHENED OUR MARRIAGE,

AND US AS PARENTS,

HOPEFULLY.

AND IT KIND OF PUT BLINDERS

ON US AS TO WHAT IS

IMPORTANT AND WE DON'T GET

DISTRACTED.

BUT GOD'S PLAN IS A BIG

PART OF IT.

AND YOU LOOK BACK AND YOU

THINK ALL THESE

COINCIDENCES -- WHEN YOU

THINK ABOUT IT, THERE IS

SOMETHING BIGGER HAPPENING.

BECAUSE A LOT OF OUR LIFE,

WE CAN LOOK BACK AT

DIFFERENT MOMENTS, WHERE WE

THINK THIS HAD TO BE A

BIGGER PLAN, A BLUEPRINT.

YEAH.

I AGREE.

AND I THINK WE'RE FORTUNATE

BECAUSE WE SHARE THOSE SAME

VALUES AND THOUGHTS.

AND TOGETHER I THINK WE MAKE

A GOOD TEAM.

WE DO.

ONE DAY CLOSER.

Reporter: JENNIFER

WISHON, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

Gordon: WELL, THEY MAKE

A GREAT TEAM.

IF YOU WANT TO FIND OUT MORE

ABOUT BRETT, AMY, PAUL, AND

DANIEL, THAT WONDERFUL TEAM,

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GO TO

CBNNEWS.COM.

COMING UP, IT'S BEEN CALLED

THE SECOND TOUGHEST JOB IN

THE WORLD.

HEAR THE SECRETS OF

AMERICA'S FIRST LADIES.

SHE USED TO GET HER HAIR

DONE EVERY OTHER DAY.

SO EVERY OTHER DAY IT LOOKED

GREAT.

ON THE DAYS IT DIDN'T LOOK

GREAT, I KID YOU NOT, WE

WOULD HEAR ABOUT IT.

WE WOULD GET THE PHONE

CALLS.

Gordon: HOW THE ROLE OF

THE FIRST "REAREAL FIRST

WIVES" HAS EVOLVED OVER THE

YEARS.

UP NEXT.

Gordon: WE KNOW A GREAT

DEAL ABOUT THE MEN WHO HAVE

SERVED IN THE WHITE HOUSE,

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE WOMEN

BEHIND THEM?

HERE IS JENNIFER WISHON WITH

A LOOK AT THEIR LEGACY.

*

Reporter: IT HAS BEEN

DESCRIBED AS THE SECOND

HARDEST JOB IN AMERICA.

AN AD FOR THE FIRST LADY

MIGHT READ SOMETHING LIKE

THIS: "WANTED, REMARKABLE

WOMAN, WILLING TO WORK

WITHOUT PAY.

MUST OFFER OPINIONS ON

SUBJECTS FROM FASHION TO

HUNGER TO PEACE IN THE

MIDDLE EAST.

THE BENEFITS INCLUDE TRAVEL

TO EXOTIC, WAR-TORN LOCALS,

AND ENDLESS PAPARAZZI.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.

PERFECTION PREFERRED."

THERE IS NO REAL JOB

DESCRIPTION FOR THE FIRST

LADY.

INSTEAD, THE POSITION IS

SHAPED BY THE WOMEN WHO HOLD

IT, AND ALL OF THE NATION'S

FIRST LADIES HAVE SERVED IN

THEIR OWN WAYS.

THE HUGELY POPULAR DOLL

DOLLY MADISON DID NOT ESCAPE

CENSOR FOR HER USE OF

MEDICATION, NOT TO MENTION

SPENDING $11,000 ON

REFURBISHING THE WHITE

HOUSE.

Reporter: THEY ARE

CRITICIZED FOR HOW THEY

DRESS, AND EVEN HOW THEY

STYLE THE WHITE HOUSE.

MRS. REAGAN USED TO GET

HER HAIR DONE EVERY OTHER

DAY.

SO EVERY OTHER DAY IT LOOKED

GREAT AND THE OTHER DAYS,

NOT SO GREAT.

ON THE DAYS IT DIDN'T LOOK

SO GREAT, I KID YOU NOT, WE

WOULD GET THE PHONE CALLS.

Reporter: HAIR AND

CLOTHING EXPENSES COME OUT

OF THEIR OWN POCKETS, JUST

LIKE AMERICA'S OTHER

LADIES.

THE LEVEL OF SCRUTINY IS

SUCH THAT THERE IS JUST NO

MARGIN FOR ERROR.

I THINK THAT IS SOMETHING

EVERY MODERN FIRST LADY

FACES.

I BELIEVE IT JUST GETS EVEN

MORE AND MORE SO JUST

BECAUSE OF CABLE TV AND THE

24/7 NEWS CYCLES.

Reporter: DESPITE THE

SCRUTINY, FIRST LADIES

INFLUENCE POLICY AND PLAY

IMPORTANT ROLES IN

DIPLOMACY.

THEIR STAFF SAY THEY HAVE

THE ABILITY TO DO THINGS

BEHIND THE SCENES IN WAY

OTHERS CAN'T.

FOR INSTANCE, FORMER

REAGAN'S SECRETARY SAYS

NANCY REAGAN OFTEN DIS

DISSLAYED ARROWS.

PEOPLE RECOGNIZE THERE IS

A PERSON THERE, A BRAIN

THERE.

Reporter: AND EACH

FIRST LADY CHAMPIONS THEIR

OWN CAUSE.

WHAT EVERY FIRST LADY

DISCOVERS EARLY ON,

SOMETIMES TO HER SURPRISE,

IS JUST WHAT A MARKABLE

PLATFORM SHE HAS BEEN GIVEN,

JUST HOW FAR HER VOICE CAN

CARRY.

AND THAT CAN BE USED FOR ALL

SORTS OF POSITIVE THINGS.

BUT IT IS ALSO SOMETIMES A

WARNING THAT IF HE SAYS

SOMETHING OFF-MESSAGE, OR

POLITICALLY CONTROVERSIAL,

THERE MAY BE A PRICE TO

PAY.

Reporter: LAURA BUSH

CHAMPIONED WOMEN'S RIGHTS IN

AFGHANISTAN, PUSHING FOR

PREVENTIVE MEDICINE AND

HEALTH CARE.

WHAT I LOVED ABOUT HER IS

SHE NEVER FORGOT ABOUT A

DETAIL.

SHE CONNECTED WITH PEOPLE

ALL OVER THE WORLD BECAUSE

SHE PAID ATTENTION TO WHO

THEY ARE AND WHAT THEIR

ENVIRONMENT WAS AND REALLY

CONNECTED.

Reporter: SUSAN SHERR,

LONG TIME FRIEND AND FORMER

CHIEF-OF-STAFF, SAYS

MRS. OBAMA DEVELOPED AN

INTEREST OF HELPING MILITARY

FAMILIES AFTER HEARING THEIR

STORIES ON THE CAMPAIGN

TRAIL WITH HER HUSBAND.

THAT LEFT AN IMPACT ON

HER.

SHE WAS VERY CLEAR FROM THE

BEGINNING SHE WANTED TO WORK

WITH MILITARY FAMILIES, TO

SEES THEIR BURDENS, IF THERE

WAS A WAY TO DO THAT.

Reporter: INTEREST IN

THE FIRST FAMILY IS PERHAPS

UNPRECEDENTED, BUT THE

OBAMAS AREN'T AFRAID TO

STEAL PRIVATE MOMENTS IN A

PUBLIC EVENT.

IT IS SOMETHING THAT I

THINK IS IMPORTANT TO THEM,

NO MATTER WHAT ELSE HAPPENS,

TO KEEP THE RELATIONSHIP

GOING.

Reporter: THOSE WHO

WORKED FOR FIRST LADIES SAY

THE THING AMERICANS OFTEN

FORGET IS THAT THE WOMEN

PLAYING AMERICA'S HOSTESS

ALSO HAVE TO FACE THE EVERY

DAY CHALLENGES OF LIFE.

MRS. REAGAN HAD BREAST

CANCER, THERE WAS AN

ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION ON

THE PRESIDENT, AND HER

MOTHER DIED WHILE THEY WERE

IN OFFICE.

THIS IS THE PERSON SHE

CARED MOST FOR IN HER LIFE,

THAT SHE LOVED SO DEEPLY

AMERICAN STOCK EXCHANGE

DEEPLY, AND YET DAY TO DAY

IT WAS BRUTAL, AND SHE WAS

ABLE TO CREATE THIS

SANCTUARY AROUND THEIR

FAMILY WAS WHERE THEY

DERIVED A GREAT DEAL OF

JOY.

Reporter: WHAT ABOUT

THE DAY WHEN AMERICA

WELCOMES THE FIRST FEMALE

PRESIDENT AND HER FIRST

GENTLEMEN TO THE WHITE

HOUSE?

I THINK IN OUR LIFETIME,

WE MAY VERY WELL SEE A WOMAN

PRESIDENT, AND PERHAPS THE

TITLE WILL BE RETIRED.

AND MORE IMPORTANT, MAYBE

THE DOUBLE STANDARD WILL BE

RETIRED.

BECAUSE I GUARANTEE YOU

PEOPLE WON'T PAY AS MUCH

ATTENTION AS TO WHAT THE

FIRST GENTLEMAN WEARS OR HOW

HE STYLES HIS HAIR.

AND MAYBE THAT WILL BE THE

ULTIMATE SUCCESS OF THE

MODERN WOMEN'S MOVEMENT,

THAT EVERYONE IS ASSESSED BY

THE SAME STANDARDS.

Reporter: UNTIL THEN,

AMERICA'S FIRST LADIES WILL

CONTINUE TO SHAPE THEIR

UNELECTED OFFICE AND LEAVE

THEIR MARKS ON AMERICAN

HISTORY.

JENNIFER WISHON, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

Gordon: THERE IS AN

INSIDE LOOK AT AMERICA'S

FIRST FAMILIES.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THE BIBLE

COMMANDS US -- IT'S NOT AN

OPTION -- COMMANDS US TO

PRAY FOR THOSE IN

LEADERSHIP.

I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU,

INCLUDE THEIR FAMILIES IN

THAT PRAYER.

THEY'RE LIVING IN A

FISHBOWL, AND THEY'VE GOT A

LOT OF PEOPLE THAT WANT TO

TAKE THEM OUT AND SCORE

POLITICAL POINTS.

SO PRAY FOR THEM.

AND PRAY FOR ALL LEADERS IN

OFFICE.

WE'VE GOT SOME TIME FOR SOME

QUESTIONS, SO LET'S GO TO

WES TO SEE WHAT IS IN THE IN

BOX.

ALONG THOSE LINES WE HAVE

SHELTIE WHO WANTS TO KNOW

WHAT IS THE RIGHT WAY TO

PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS.

THERE ARE SOME WHO ARE NOT

FOLLOWING A GODLY AGENDA.

SHOULD I PRAY FOR THEM TO

SEE THE ERROR OF THEIR WAYS,

OR SHOULD I PRAY TO SEE THEM

REMOVED FROM OFFICE?

Gordon: CHELSEA, I

BELIEVE IN HOLY SPIRIT-LED

PRAYER.

REALIZE THE PERSON YOU'RE

PRAYING FOR IS ALSO A CHILD

OF GOD, REGARDLESS OF THE

ERROR THEY MAY BE IN OR MAY

NOT BE IN.

SO REALIZE THE COMMANDMENT

IS TO PRAY FOR THEM.

IT IS VERY HARD TO PRAY

CURSES OVER PEOPLE.

I WOULD RATHER PRAY

BLESSINGS OVER THEM.

BECAUSE WHETHER YOU BELIEVE

IT OR NOT, THINGS COULD

ACTUALLY GET WORSE.

SO PRAY THAT THEY WOULD HAVE

WISDOM.

PRAY THAT THEY WOULD HAVE

GODLY COUNSEL.

BUT MOST OF ALL, PRAY WITH

THE INSPIRATION OF THE HOLY

SPIRIT.

LET GOD DIRECT YOUR

PRAYERS.

LET'S GO BACK TO WES FOR ONE

MORE QUESTION.

GORDON, HERE IS RAY, WHO

SAYS, "OUTSIDE OF PRAYER,

WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO?

I CAN'T RUN FOR OFFICE.

I WANT TO SEE OUR COUNTRY

CHANGE, BUT I'M AT A LOSS

FOR IDEAS."

Gordon: RAY, YOUR

YOU'RE A CITIZEN.

THAT MEANS YOU CAN RUN FOR

OFFICE.

YOU CAN GET INVOLVED AT THE

LOCAL LEVEL.

YOU CAN PICK A PARTY.

YOU CAN BE INVOLVED IN

THAT.

YOU CAN BE INVOLVED FAR

EARLIER IN THE PROCESS THAN

JUST PULLING A LEVER IN A

VOTING BOOTH.

I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO

THAT.

I WOULD ALSO ENCOURAGE YOU

TO GET INVOLVED IN YOUR

LOCAL COMMUNITY AND

SPECIFICALLY IN OUTREACH

EFFORTS IN YOUR LOCAL

COMMUNITY, TO HELP THE POOR,

HELP THE NEEDY.

IF YOU DO THAT, WE CAN ALL

MAKE A BETTER AMERICA.

THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE

FOR THIS PROGRAM.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM PSALM 22: "FOR

KINGSHIP BELONGS TO THE

LORD, AND HE RULES OVER THE

NATION."

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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