TODAY broadcast live from the White House Tuesday — the same day President Obama prepared to deliver his final State of the Union address to the nation. Catch up on the event, which included interviews with President Obama and Vice President Biden.
9:00 a.m.: Carson Daly revealed he took a White House cocktail napkin on his way out the door. "The only thing I stole," he wrote on Instagram.
Likely story, Carson. Likely story...
8:48 a.m.: "Twinkle" returned to the White House! Jenna Bush Hager, who is both the daughter and granddaughter of two former presidents, joined the White House tour.
“It feels like old times. I always love coming back here,” she said, getting emotional as she spoke about her reunion with White House staff members. Among them, long-time White House butler, Von Everett, whom she first met when she was a 7-year-old.
“When people ask us, ‘What is it like to live in this magical place?’ It’s the people who make it a home. I can’t stress that enough,” she said. “We miss them.”
8:40 a.m.: White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford prepared a snack for Matt and Savannah, while describing what it’s like to prepare meals for the president and his family.
“We try to make predominantly healthy foods for the Obamas,” she said. It helps that the first lady’s garden is just steps away. “As a chef it’s a great luxury for me to just be able to go outside and grab the food.”
8:18 a.m: In the second part of his interview with TODAY’s Matt Lauer, Obama offered what advice he'd give himself if given the chance to go back in time.
“The most important thing I’d say to an earlier version of myself is to communicate constantly and with confidence to the American people because this place has a tendency to isolate you," he said.
He also admitted he was surprised at how emotional he got during last week's news conference on his plans to implement by executive authority tighter gun controls. Had that happened earlier in his terms, “I might have clamped it down,” he said of the tears he shed. “There’s no doubt that I am looser now.”
8:12 a.m.: You can follow the president's last-minute updates to tonight's address via Facebook. We had the news this morning.
8:05 a.m.: The tour to end all tours.
Our trip around the building also included this moment...
...as well as this.
8:07 a.m.: Bo and Sunny! We spent some time with the first pets, Bo and Sunny! Bo, the first and older of the pair, was a gift of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. He also was the reward Obama promised his daughters for enduring his initial presidential campaign. “I think we’re more excited about this moment than anything else,” Matt said while petting the dogs.
7:44 a.m.: Vice President Biden said he and President Obama have "become very close personal friends" during their two terms together. He described the relationship that the president's daughters have had with Biden’s family, including his grandchildren.
“He’s become family," Biden said of Obama. "I think there are no vice president-presidents on a personal basis closer than he and I have been."
7:40 a.m.: Biden says Donald Trump's "divisive" campaign is "not healthy" for the country.
"We always do best when we act as one America," he said.
Biden admitted “it’s possible” that Trump could be elected. “If that were to occur — I hope it doesn’t because I have fundamentally different views than he does — I hope that he gets a lot more serious about the issues, a lot more serious about gaining knowledge about how this nation functions in foreign policy and domestic policy."
But the vice president said it’s “premature” to make predictions this early in the presidential race.
7:32 a.m.: Vice President Joe Biden told Savannah Guthrie his favorite place in the White House is the Oval Office.
"No matter what, every time you walk into the White House, you can feel the majesty of the Oval Office," he said. Biden spends several hours in that room every day, working with the president. "It just makes you feel privileged to be here."
Biden, who was 29 when he first was elected to Washington, said he hasn't spent much time thinking about life after he leaves office. "I’ve started to think about how can I continue to do what I’m doing now in private," he said. "But I’ve just begun to think about that."
7:30 a.m.: Looks comfy, Al!
And hello, Carson!
7:19 a.m.: Dr. Jill Biden stopped by to chat with Matt, reflecting on her family's time in Washington. She expressed disappointment that her husband decided against running for the White House because "I've always said Joe would make a great president." But she also said he made the right decision.
"It just wasn’t our time."
7:18 a.m.: Coffee: A morning show (and White House) must!
7:05 a.m.: President Obama, on the eve of his final State of the Union address, rejected the message Donald Trump has capitalized on in his presidential campaign.
"The message that Donald Trump's putting out has had adherence a lot of times during the course of our history. You know, talk to me if he wins."
"But I'm pretty confident that the overwhelming majority of Americans are looking for the kind of politics that does feed our hopes and not our fears, that does work together and doesn't try to divide, that isn't looking for simplistic solutions and scapegoating but looks for us buckling down and figuring out, 'How do we make things work for the next generation,'" Obama explained.
7 a.m.: We're live!