TODAY | September 27, 2013
>>> george washington is being honored today with a tribute that looks to both history and future. political director chuck todd is in mt. vernon , virginia to tell us about it. lucky guy today. good morning.
>> this building behind me 216 years in the making. george washington wanted to build a building to house his books and papers, otherwise known as the presidential library . well, today, he finally gets one. he is a bridge, a university, a city, even money. but while he is everywhere in our lives, many americans know very little about him.
>> we always talk about george washington cutting down the cherry tree .
>> of course the wooden teeth. the couldn't tell a lie. i think that was him, wasn't it.
>> house at mt. vernon .
>> now on the grounds of his home at mt. vernon , a place to fill in the blanks. our first president, the last to have a presidential library .
>> there was an inventory of his books, roughly 900 volumes. we today have 650 of the volumes and we're continuing to collect them.
>> but that wasn't clear to anyone.
>> the library director took me into the rare book vault which includes washington's personal copy of written in spanish.
>> he doesn't read spanish.
>> you won't find a wing for the first first lady because martha washington burned almost every letter she ever received from her husband though this library rescued a few.
>> i obtain an affection for you which neither time nor distance can change.
>> just a love letter written with better words than we might use.
>> that's right. i might copy that.
>> given that we're 14 miles from the capitol and all the craziness of the shutdown talk the theme today is going to be washington might not have let this happen.
>> another place to take the family for a holiday and a place to learn as well. thank you very much.