National Parks Feed the American Soul, an essay by Ken Burns.
Just before our documentary film series on the history of our national parks was first broadcast on PBS in the fall of 2009, I had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to share scenes from the film with President Obama in a small screening room at the White House. It was a great honor.
My wife, three daughters and son-in-law were with me, as was the family of my co-producer and writer, Dayton Duncan. Only a handful of other folks were there, and I have to confess that they blurred into the background as we showed the president highlights from our six-part, 12-hour series.
It was a personal and intimate moment for the president, too, momentarily distracted from the cares of his office. After the screening, he spoke movingly about his own trips to our national parks.