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National Archives Unveils Second Page of ConstitutionAired September 15, 2000 - 8:59 a.m. ET
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CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: Right now we are going to go to Washington, D.C., though, at the National Archives, for the unveiling of this new page of the Constitution, page two.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We are ready for the unveiling itself. The new encasement you're about to see is the first of six that we will eventually install, here in the Rotunda, to display all pages of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights.
The encasement is made of pure titanium, high strength glass, and specially treated aluminum. To incapsule these aging fragile documents in argon, and an inert gas for their long-term preservation on display.
And the re-encased documents will be displayed in a way that makes them more easily viewable by persons of less than average height, or who might be in a wheelchair.
This encasement and the others to come are made possible by partners to whom the American people, as well as we at NARA (ph), owe gratitude. You will find the names of these partners on your programs for this event, and also on these special charts that we placed beside the encasement.
We want to make sure that each and every one knows we appreciate what you have contributed to make this possible.
In addition to representatives of all these organizations, including members of the Senate or House of Representatives, we are favored here today with some great friends of this institution and of the preservation of our nation's history.
First, the chairman of our House Appropriations Subcommittee, the Subcommittee of the Treasury, Postal Service, and General Government, the Honorable Jim Kolbe -- congressman.
And for those of you who might be wondering about the coat not being there. He worked so hard yesterday on our appropriations that we said he could come casual today.
I would also like to introduce the chairman of our House Oversight Committee, the Subcommittee on Government Management Information and Technology, the honorable Steve Horn and Mrs. Horn. To you two gentleman and to any other members of Congress and staff who are here, we would like Congressman Horn and Congressman Kolbe, along with Michael, to come up now at this point, and we will get the job done.
Now remember, gentlemen, this is for pictures. Now, you politicians, I shouldn't have to tell you this. Michael, you get behind Kolbe, and I will stand over here. I always like to check and make sure the photographers are ready. Give them the green light signal. We are going to pull it back, and I will let Michael and the two congressmen do the heavy lifting, and then we will sort of assist them as it comes back. So let's proceed.
LIN: There it is. Page two of the Constitution, Article II, detailing the powers of the presidency, seen by the public for the first time in 12 years in a special high-tech encasement.
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