September 11, 2014 - Lonn Taylor

  • 09/11/2014

President Obama declares military action against ISIS, global warming threatens birds, and Lonn Taylor discusses "The Star-Spangled Banner: The Making of an American Icon."

>> STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

>> Stephen: WELCOME TO THEREPORT.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US,CITIZENS.

SIT DOWN!

PLEASE!

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, LADIES ANDGENTLEMEN, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MEMBERS OF THENATION, CITIZENS ASSEMBLED

DIGNITARIES.

SMOKE 'EM IF YOU'VE GOT THEM.

METAPHORICALLY, OF COURSE.

NEW YORK STATE LAW DOES NOTALLOW TO YOU SMOKE INDOORS.

AND WE'RE GOING TO NEED ALL OFOUR FIGHTING-AGE MEN AND WOMEN

HEALTHY AND STRAPPING BECAUSE ATEXACTLY-- OOOOH.

I FORGOT TO WIND MY WATCH LASTNIGHT--

WHATEVER TIME IT IS, THE UNITEDSTATES OF AMERICA HAS HEARD

THE CALL OF BATTLE ONCE AGAIN.

THIS GREAT NATION

IS

AT

WAR.

SORRY FOR THE QUESTION MARK.

I JUST HAD TO SLAP THAT ONBECAUSE I COULDN'T QUITE TELL

FROM OBAMA'S SPEECH LAST NIGHTEXACTLY--

( LAUGHTER )YOU KNOW, UH, THIS, WHAT-- WHAT

ARE WE DOING AGAIN?

>> MY FELLOW AMERICANS,FOLLOWING CONSULTATIONS WITH

ALLIES ABROAD AND CONGRESS ATHOME, I CAN ANNOUNCE THAT

AMERICA WILL LEAD A BROADCOALITION TO ROLL BACK THIS

TERRORIST THREAT.

OUR OBJECTIVE IS CLEAR-- WE WILLDEGRADE AND ULTIMATELY DESTROY

ISIL THROUGH A COMPREHENSIVE ANDSUSTAINED COUNTER-TERRORISM

STRATEGY.

>> Stephen: GOT IT.

THIS GREAT NATION IS.

AT.

COMPREHENSIVE AND SUSTAINEDCOUNTER-TERRORISM STRATEGY.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

THE POINT IS, THE POINT IS,LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE'RE

GOING BACK TO IT IRAQ SO WE CANFINALLY COMPLETE THE TRILOGY.

AND THEN THROW THE FEDERALBUDGET INTO MOUNT DOOM.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WHAT WHILEI UNQUESTIONABLY SUPPORT OUR

COMMANDER IN CHIEF, I DO HAVESOME QUESTIONS.

( LAUGHTER )

SIR, WE'RE FIGHTING ISIS.

WHY CAN'T YOU GET THEIR NAMERIGHT?

>> THE TERRORIST GROUP KNOWN ASISIL.

ISIL.

ISIL.

ISIL.

>> Stephen: NOW, I AGREETHEY'RE ACTING LIKE A BUNCH OF

ISILs.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

BUT, SIR, TECHNICALLY,TECHNICALLY, IT'S ISIS.

IF YOU JUST SLAM AN "L" ON THEEND OF WORDS WILLY-NILLY

WHENEVER YOU WANT, YOU'RE GOINGTO MAKE MISTAKES. I, MEAN.

YOU'LL THINK YOU'RE BOMBINGSYRIA, AND INSTID END UP BOMBING

CEREAL

WHICH-- WHICH I SUPPORT, BY THEWAY.

SUNNY CUCKOO IS A MAD MAN WHOMUST BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )AND IT'S NOT--

AND IT'S NOT JUST THEIR NAME HEGOT WRONG.

HE DOESN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THENAME STANDS FOR.

>> ISIL IS NOT ISLAMIC.

NO RELIGION CONDONES THE KILLINGOF INNOCENTS.

>> WHY WON'T HE CALL ISIS WHATTHEY REALLY ARE--

SLAMIC EXTREMISTS.

>> HE SAID THE ISLAMIC STATE INTHE LEVANT IS NOT ISLAMIC.

HELLO?

HOW-- HOW DO YOU PARSE THATADJECTIVE OR NOUN OR VERB.

IF AN ISLAMIST IS NOT ANISLAMIST, DOES THE BIRD TWEET IN

THE TREE?

( LAUGHTER )

Stephen: IT'S A SIMPLE QUESTION,SIR.

DOES OR DOES NOT THE BIRD TWEETIN THE TREE?

IF SOMETHING CALLS ITSELFSOMETHING, IT IS THAT THING,

JUST LIKE ALL ENGLISH MUFFINSARE BAKED IN ENGLAND.

AND CANADIAN BACON IS MADE FROMCANADIANS.

THEY'RE A WELL-MARBLED PEOPLE.

BUT, FOLKS, I-- IT'S NOT JUST"ISLAMIC" HE WOULDN'T SAY.

BRITT HUME NOTICED THAT THEREARE OTHER WORDS THAT DID NOT

APPEAR IN THE SPEECH.

>> IT SEEMS THAT ONE WOULD DOWHATEVER IT TAKES TO ELIMINATE

THE THREAT.

HE DIDN'T QUITE GO THAT FAR.

HE SAID WE'D DO WHAT IT TAKES.

HE DIDN'T SAY WE'D DO WHATEVERIT TAKES.

>> Stephen: HE DIDN'T SAY THEWORD "WHATEVER."

I MEAN, AT LEAST HE COULD HAVETODAY WE'RE GOING TO KILL

ISIS OR WHATEVS.

WORDS MATTER, SIR.

WORDS MATTER.

OR, WHATEVER, WHATEVER,MR. PRESIDENT.

THEN, MY FRIEND BRITT HEREPERFECTLY SUMMED UP WHAT FELT SO

WRONG ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'STONE.

>> THERE IS A CERTAIN UN-- WHATI MIGHT CALL A CERTAIN

UNCERTAINTY IN ALL OF THIS INTHE SOUND OF THE TRUMPET HE IS

BLOWING.

WHEN YOU BLOW AN UNCERTAINTRUMPET AND COMMIT TO DOING LESS

THAN YOU COULD AND-- AND-- AND--

>> Stephen: AND, AND HAMANAHAMANA HAMANA HAMANA.

YES, OBAMA IS BLOWING ANUNCERTAIN TRUMPET.

WELL SAID, BRITT, SPOKEN BY AMAN WHO KNOWS HOW TO BLOW A

RUSTY TROMBONE.

BUT PERHAPS--( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

YES -- OH, YES.

AND YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE THEFEEL WHEN HE BLOWS IT.

( LAUGHTER )BUT PERHAPS, PERHAPS THE

PRESIDENT'S FIERCEST CRITIC WASJOHN McCAIN, WHO WAS

EVERYWHERE LAST NIGHT.

HE WAS A GUEST ON CNN.

HE WAS A GUEST ON MSNBC.

HE WAS A GUEST ON FOX NEWS.

HE WAS A SECRET INGREDIENT ON"CHOPPED."

I THOUGHT IT WAS SO INVENTIVE TOPAN FRY HIM WITH A CORN FLAKE

CRUST.

( LAUGHTER )AND McCAIN'S MESSAGE WAS AS

CLEAR AS IT WASSELF-CONGRATULATORY.

>> THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITEDSTATES IS NOW FORCED TO LISTEN

TO WHAT, FRANKLY, LINDSEY GRAHAMAND I HAVE BEEN ARGUING FOR.

OUR WITHDRAWAL FROM ALL OF OURTROOPS FROM IRAQ, WAS A MAJOR

CONTRIBUTOR TO THE SITUATIONTHAT WE'RE IN TODAY.

IF WE HAD LEFT A RESIDUAL FORCE,THE SITUATION WOULD NOT BE WHAT

IT IS TODAY.

WE HAD IT WON, THANKS TO THESURGE.

IT WAS WON.

>> Stephen: YES, IT WAS WON.

ALL WE HAD TO DO WAS KEEP ARESIDUAL FORCE IN IRAQ FOR--

LET'S SAY, EVER.

( LAUGHTER )THEN, TODAY, WE WOULDN'T HAVE

ANY TERRORISM THERE EXCEPT FORTHE TERRORISM WE HAD WHEN WE

WERE THERE.

( LAUGHTER )PROBLEM-- SAMED.

AND JOHN McCAIN WAS NOT THEONLY ONE THAT BARACK OBAMA

FORGOT TO THANK LAST NIGHT.

THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL"JOURNALED THE REAL MESSAGE OF

OBAMA'S SPEECH SHOULD HAVE BEENDICK CHENEY WAS RIGHT ALL ALONG.

SEEING THOSE WORDS IN PRINT MUSTMELT WHATEVER IS IN PLACE OF HIS

HEART.

I'M GOING TO SAY AN EGG TIMERDUCT TAPED TO A FITBIT.

AND, FOLKS, AND, FOLKS, I GOTTASAY--

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

HUGE, HUGE CHENEY FANS HERETONIGHT.

( LAUGHTER )AND IF DICK CHENEY GOT IT RIGHT,

SO DID HIS LITTLEBUDDY-IN-CHIEF --

WHO GOT IT RIGHT BEFORE THESURGE IN 2007.

>> PRESIDENT BUSH ISSUED THISFRIGHTENINGLY ACCURATE, AS IT

TURNS OUT, ASSESSMENT OF WHATWOULD HAPPEN.

>> WE BEGIN WITHDRAWING BEFOREOUR COMMANDERS TELL US WE ARE

READY WOULD BE DANGEROUS FORIRAQ, FOR THE REGION, AND FOR

THE UNITED STATES.

IT WOULD MEAN SURRENDERING THEFUTURE OF AL-- OF IRAQ TO

AL QAEDA.

IT WOULD MEAN THAT WE'D BERISKING MASS KILLINGS ON A

HORRIFIC SCALE.

IT WOULD MEAN INCREASING THEPROBABILITY THAT AMERICAN TROOPS

WOULD HAVE TO RETURN AT SOMELATERIDATE DATE TO CONFRONT AN

ENEMY THAT IS EVEN MOREDANGEROUS.

>> HOW EERIE.

>> Stephen: YES.

HOW EERIE.

IT'S LIKE HE'S SOME KIND OFPROPHET.

WHAT'S THAT GUY'S NAME.

NOSTRA-DUMBASS.

YEAH, YEAH.

THAT'S IT.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

HE SAW IS COMING.

BECAUSE IT REALLY EYE GOTTA SAY,LISTENING TO THAT, IT REALLY

SEEMS AS IF BUSH COULD SEE THEFUTURE IN 2007.

IF ONLY HE COULD HAVE SEEN IT IN2003.

OH, MY GOD!

OH, MY GOD, FOLKS!

IF HIS PREDICTIONS WERE RIGHTABOUT THIS, THAT MEANS HIS

PREDICTIONS WERE RIGHT ABOUTEVERYTHING.

>> I ASK YOU TO PASS LEGISLATIONTO PROHIBIT THE MOST EGREGIOUS

ABUSES OF MEDICAL RESEARCH,CREATING HUMAN-ANIMAL HYBRIDS.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Stephen: FOLKS, FOLKS, DOYOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS?

I AM NOW PREDICTING THAT AFTERTHIS WAR, THE NEW PRIME MINISTER

OF IRAQ WILL BE A PRIMEMINITTOR.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

FOLKS, YOU KNOW --

I KNOW THE WORLD'S A COMPLICATEDPLACE AND I'M NO SCIENTIST, BUT

I HAVE NEVER BOUGHT INTO ALL THEALARMISM ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE.

WHY FEAR CHANGE?

MAYBE EARTH IS JUST GOINGTHROUGH PUBERTY.

OUR GLACIERS ARE DROPPING.

JUNGLES CROPPING UP IN STRANGEPLACES AND SHE SOMETIMES WE WAKE

UP AND FIND OUR STREETS ALL WET.

IT'S NATURAL.

BUT IT TURNS OUT-- AND I DIDN'TKNOW THIS-- HUMANS AREN'T THE

ONLY CREATURES ON THE PLANET.

>> CLIMATE CHANGE WILL AFFECTNORTH AMERICAN BIRDS.

THE NATIONAL AUDOBON SOCIETYSAID HALF OF OUR CONTINENT'S 650

SPECIES WILL BE FORCED TO FINDNEW PLACES TO LIVE, FEED, AND

BREED OVER THE NEXT 65 YEARS.

>> Stephen: FOLKS, THESE ARETHE SCARE TACTICS FROM THE

LOON-LOVING LOONS FROM THEAUDOBON SOCIETY.

THE STUDY'S AUTHOR ACTUALLYNAMES ONE BIRD THAT WILL THRIVE

AS THE EARTH WARMS, QUOTE --

"YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT CLIMATECHANGE SOUNDS LIKE?

IT'S THE SOUNDAVE MOURNINGDOVE."

YES.

THE HAUNTING CALL OF THEMOURNING DOVE REMINDS US OF ALL

WE'VE LOST.

LET ME GUESS.

THE OTHER SURVIVING SPECIES WILLBE THE NORTHERN GUILT-TRIP

SPARROW.

AND THE I TOLD YOU SONGBIRD.

>> I TOLD YOU SO.

I TOLD YOU SO.

>> Stephen: BUT SADLY,OFFICIAL STATE BIRDS LIKE

LOUISIANA BROWN PELICAN,VERMONT'S HERMIT THRUSH, AND NEW

HAMPSHIRE'S PURPLE FINCH WILL BEPUSHED OUT OF THEIR STATES

COMPLETELY.

SUDDENLY THE HUNDREDS OF HOURS ISPENT MEMORIZING STATE TRIVIA

SEEMS LIKE A TOTAL WASTE OFTIME.

BY THE WAY-- A TOTAL WASTE OFTIME?

THE OFFICIAL STATE MOTTO OFDELAWARE.

STILL GOT IT.

( APPLAUSE )AND WORSE, AND WORSE THE STUDY

SAYS THAT THE STATE BIRD OFAMERICA, THE BALD EAGLE, MIGHT

HAVE ITS HABITAT DECREASED 75%BY 2080.

HOW CAN THAT BE?

I THOUGHT ITS NATIVE TERRITORYWAS DISCOUNT PATRIOTIC T-SHIRTS.

AND BASED ON THE SIZE WHAT I'VESEEN AT WAL-MART, THAT TERRITORY

IS EXPANDING.

FOLKS, THE INI HAVE ROW-NUTSDEMAND ENERGY SOURCES TO SAVE

THE BIRDS, NEW SOURCES.

BUT WHO'S GOING TO SAVE THEBIRDS FROM OUR NEW ENERGY

SOURCES?

WOULD THE AUDOBON VOT PREFERWIND POWER.

>> WIND FARMS I CAN MORE THAN100,000 BIRDS EACH YEAR.

>> IT'S PITTING GLOBAL WARMINGENVIRONMENTALISTS AGAINST THE

BIRD LOVERS AND WILDFIRECONSERVATION.

WHY?

BECAUSE WIND FARMS ARE KILLINGMORE THAN 1,000 BIRDS A DAY.

MANY ARE PROTECTED OR MIGRATORYSPECIES.

>> Stephen: THAT'S RIGHT,YOUR BELOVED WIND FARMS ARE JUST

HIGH-RISE CUISINARTS.

OH, OH, AND WHAT ABOUT YOURSPRESHES SOLAR ENERGY?

>> A NEW CONTROVERSY OVER SOLARPOWER IS LITEREALLY FLARING UP.

BIRDS ARE GETTING IGNITED INMIDFLIGHT AND FALLING FROM THE

SKY.

>> THE HEATING PRODUCES UP TO900 DEGREES IS CHARRING THE

FEATHERS OF BIRDS FLYINGTHROUGH, OFTEN CAUSING THEM TO

CRASH AND DIE.

>> Stephen: HERE'S AN IDEA--PUT THE SOLAR PANELS NEXT TO THE

WIND TURBINES AND LET IT RAINSPARROW McNUGGETS.

JUST HAVE A POND FULL OF HONEMUSTARD FOR THEM TO FALL INTO.

WILL THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY?

I'M SORRY, BIRD LOVERS AT THISPOINT IT LOOKS LIKE AMERICA HAS

TO CHOOSE BETWEEN HAVING BIRDSAND LIGHTBULBS.

I'M SORRY, I CHOOSE LIGHTBULBSBECAUSE I NEED THEM TO READ MY

AUDOBON GUIDE.

THE BIRDS ARE SO PRETTY.

BUT I WILL SAY ONE THING-- ASOUR PLANET WARMS, AMERICA WILL

NEED A NEW NATIONAL BIRD.

SO I HEREBY NOMINATE THEMAJESTIC, FRIDGIDARE 12000

B.T.U. WINDO AIR CONDITIONER,WITH TEMPERATURE-SENTENCING

REMOTE CONTROL.

BEHOLD HER GLORIOUS PLUMAGE ANDTHREE FAN SPEEDS.

AND LO DOTH SHE SOAR WHEN NOTPROPERLY SECURED WITH THE

INCLUDED WINDOW MOUNTING KIT.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS FORMERSMITHSONIAN HISTORIAN AND AUTHOR

OF THE "THE STAR SPANGLEDBANNER: THE MAKING OF AN

AMERICAN ICON."

SO IT'S A BOOK ABOUT A SONGABOUT A FLAG.

I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE.

PLEASE WELCOME LONN TAYLOR!

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

MR. TARYLOR -- DON'T GET UP,SIR.

THANK YOU.

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

THANKS FOR COMING ON.

>> IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE HERE.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT, SIR,YOU ARE A FORMER HISTORIAN AT

THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUMOF NATURAL HISTORY, AND YOU

WORKED ON THE STAR SPANGLEBANNER RESTORATION PROJECT.

>> THAT'S RIGHT CORRECT.

>> Stephen: LET'S SHOW THEFOLKS WHAT THE ACTUAL STAR

SPANGLED BANNER IS.

JIM, THROW THAT UP THERE.

NOW WERE IS THIS FLAG FROM? WHATIS IS THE HISTORY OF THIS FLAG?

>> NOW, HIS FLAG IS NOW AT THEMUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY.

IT CAME THERE IN 1907.

BUT BEFORE THAT IT WAS KEPT FORNEARLY 100 YEARS IN AN ATTIC IN

BALTIMORE.

BECAUSE AFTER THE BATTLE OF FORTMcHENRY, THE COMMANDER OF THE

FORT, MAJOR GEORGE ARMSTEAD,ESSENTIALLY TOOK IT HOME AS A

PERSONAL SOUVENIR.

>> Stephen: WOW.

>> EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A VERYEXPENSIVE PIECE OF GOVERNMENT

PROPERTY.

IT COST 400 BUCKS.

>> Stephen: THE BATTLE OFFORT McHENRY WHICH WAS 200

YEARS AGO...?

>> TOMORROW.

>> Stephen: OK, AND THAT IS THEBATTLE FRANCIS SCOTT KEY IS

DESCRIBING IN THE STAR SPANGLEDBANNER.

>> EXACTLY.

FRANCIS SCOTT KEY WAS OUT IN THEMIDDLE OF THE PATAPSCO RIVER ON

A FLAG-OF-TRUCE SHIP AND HEWATCHED THE BRITISH FLEET

BOMBARD FORT McHENRY FOR 27HOURS.

>> Stephen: AND THIS WAS THEFLAG OVER FORT McHENRY.

>> THIS WAS THE FLAG RAISED ATTHE END OF THE BATTLE.

>> Stephen: OK, S TO CELEBRATEAND TO COMMEMORATE THE 200th

ANNIVERSARY OF THAT BATTLE ANDTOMORROW HIS WRITING OF THE

NATIONAL ANTHEM, YOU HAVE A NEWBOOK CALLED "THE STAR SPANGLED

BANNER: THE MAKING OF ANAMERICAN ICON."

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Stephen: THIS IS REALLYABOUT THE SONG, ISN'T IT?

>> THIS IS ABOUT THE FLAG, THESONG, THE BATTLE, THE WHOLE NINE

YARDS.

>> Stephen: OKAY THE DIETBOOK.

>> EXACTLY.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> Stephen: HOW -- WAS THE STARSPANGLED BANNER, THE SONG

ITSELF, WAS THAT EMBRACED BYPEOPLE RIGHT AWAY?

>> IT WAS NOT IMMEDIATELYPOPULAR.

IT-- IT GREW SLOWLY INPOPULARITY.

>> Stephen: WHAT WAS OURNATIONAL ANTHEM BEFORE THE STAR

SPANGLED BANNER.

>> WE HAD RATHER PATRIOTICSONGS.

"YANKEE DOODLE," "HAILCOLUMBIA."

AS A MATTER OF FACT, THE BAND ATFORT McHENRY PLAYED "YAKEE

DOODLE" AT THE END OF THE BATTLEWHEN THEY RAISED THE FLAG.

>> Stephen: REALLY.

THEY PLAYED "YANKEE DOODLE WENTTO TOWN?"

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: THAT'S LIKEENDING A BATTLE AND GOING

BA-DA-DA-DUM.

>> WELL, THE STAR SPANGLEDBANNER REALLY BECAME POPULAR AS

A PATRIOTIC SONG DURING THECIVIL WAR BECAUSE IT WAS ABOUT

THE FLAG.

THE FLAG WAS A SYMBOL OF LOYALTYDURING THE CIVIL WAR.

>> Stephen: SO HOW DID KEYCOME UP WITH THIS?

I MEAN, HE LITERALLY JUST WROTEIT DURING THE BATTLE?

>> KEY WAS AN AMATEUR POET.

HE HAD WRITTEN A LOT OF POETRYBEFORE THE BATTLE.

SO HE'S OUT ON THIS SHIPWATCHING THE FORT BEING

BOMBARDED -->> Stephen: WHY WASN'T HE

FIGHTING?

WHY WAS HE WRITING POETRYINSTEAD OF FIGHTING?

>> HE WAS A LAWYER!

>> Stephen: HE WAS A LAWYER,OKAY.

>> HE WAS A VERY PROMINENTWASHINGTON D.C. LAWYER.

AND HE HAD GONE OUT TO THEBRITISH FLEET TO TRY TO SPRING

AN AMERICAN PRISONER, ADR. BEANS WHO HAD BEEN ARRESTED

BY THE BRITISH AND TAKEN OUTON BOARD THE BRITISH FLAGSHIP

>> Stephen: SO DR. BEANS WASOUT ON THE BRITISH FLAGSHIP.

>> DR. BEANS.

>> Stephen: AND DID THEY GETHIM BACK?

>> HE DID.

>> Stephen: I THOUGHT THEYWOULD'VE SAID NO BEANS.

HOW DID KEY MANAGE TO WRITE THESTAR SPANGLED BANNER WHEN YOU

KNOW HE HAD HIS HAND OVER HISHEART THE ENTIRE TIME.

WHEN DID THAT START?

DO YOU KNOW WHEN HE PUT OUR HANDOVER OUR HEART, TAKE OUR HATS

OFF, STAND UP, THAT KIND OFSTUFF.

>> WELL, BELEIVE IT OR NOT, WEUSED TO PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE

FLAG GOING LIKE THIS.

>> Stephen: WOW.

WHY ON EARTH DID THAT STOP?

>> IT WAS THE LIKE A ROLLINGSALUTE, YOU KNOW.

THE HAND OVER THE HEART, WHENTHE SONG WAS SUNG, REALLY BEGAN

DURING WORD WAR ONE.

>> Stephen: DO YOU HAVE AFAVORITE VERSION?

BECAUSE THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OFCONTROVERSIAL VERSIONS OF THE

STAR SPANGLED BANNER.

ROSANNE BAR, JIMI HENDRIX OFWOODSTOCK PLAYED IT.

>> YUP, YUP.

>> Stephen: DO YOU HAVE AVERSION YOU PARTICULARLY LOVE?

>> YOU KNOW, THERE'S NO OFFICIALVERSION.

ANY WAY THEY PLAY IT AND SING ITIS ALREADY LRT WITH ME.

IT CAN BE SUNG IN SPANISH.

IT CAN BE SUNG IN POLISH.

>> Stephen: DON'T YOU DARE!

YOU TAKE THAT BACK.

YOU TAKE THAT BACK, SIR.

>> LIVE WHERE SPANISH IS ASECOND LANGUAGE.

Stephen: WHERE, EVERYWHEREIN AMERICA?

>> TEXAS. ABOUT 60 MILES FROMTHE BORDER.

>> Stephen: DO YOU HAVE TOSING THE OFFICIAL TUNE OR CAN

YOU CHANGE THE TUNE?

>> NO, THE TUNE IS SET BYCONGRESS.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: I DIDN'T REALIZETHEY WERE SO MUSICALLY GIFTED.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> THAT WAS THE RESULT OF A VERYINTENSE LOBBYING EFFORT BY A

BALTIMORE LADY AND THECONGRESSMAN FROM BALTIMORE.

THEY LOBBYED FOR 20 YEARS TO GETCONGRESS TO MAKE THE STAR

SPANGLED BANNER OUR NATIONALANTHEM.

>> Stephen: AND WHAT WERETHEIR NAMES?

>> I KNEW YOU'D ASK.

MRS. HOLLOWAY.

AND CONGRESSMAN CHARLESLUNTHECOM.

>> Stephen: WELL DONE.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: YOU SHOULD WRITEA BOOK ABOUT THIS.

>> I'M A HISTORIAN.

WE KNOW STUFF LIKE THAT.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU SO MUCHFOR JOINING ME.

>> THANK YOU, STEPHEN.

>> Stephen: LONN TAYLOR.

NO, YOU STAY THERE.

YOU STAY THERE.

THE BOOK IS "THE STAR SPANGLEDBANNER."

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

THANK YOU.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) ♪ ♪

>> Stephen: LADIES ANDGENTLEMEN, PLEASE RISE FOR OUR

NATIONAL ANTHEM.

AS SUNG BY THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS OFFICIAL NATIONAL ANTHEM

SINGER, JIM CORNELISON.

O SAY CAN YOU SEEBY THE DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT.

♪ WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILEDAT THE TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING.

♪ WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHTSTARS.

♪ THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHTO'ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCHED.

♪ WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING.

♪ AND THE ROCKET' RED GLARETHE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR.

♪ GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHTTHAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE.

♪ O SAY DOES THAT STAR SPANGLEDBANNER YET WAVE.

♪ O SAY DOES THAT STAR SPANGLEDBANNER YET WAVE.

( CHEERS ).

♪ O'ER THE LAND OF THE FREE ANDTHE HOME OF THE BRAVE ♪♪

♪ O'ER THE LAND OF THE FREE ANDTHE HOME OF THE BRAVE ♪♪

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: JIM CORNELISON,EVERYBODY!

GOOD NIGHT!

THANK YOU, JIM.