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Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 10/24/2012

Discovery to air ‘Flipping the White House’ special — has the network decided the outcome of the election?


President Barack Obama and his daughters watch on television as Michelle Obama delivers her speech at the DNC. (Pete Souza - THE WHITE HOUSE)
Has Discovery Channel decided how the presidential election is going to shake out?

The Silver Spring-based network announced Wednesday that it will premiere a documentary Sunday called “Flipping the White House,” in which former staffers discuss what it’s like to transform the White House when one president leaves and another moves in.

“When a U.S. President is sworn into office at high noon on inauguration day. . .[a] hand-picked and highly trained team is tasked with transitioning the old administration out as the new administration moves in — all in less than six hours,” Discovery said Wednesday.

“The outgoing president exits the home on inauguration day, and the incoming president enters the home complete with pictures on the walls, books on the shelves, and socks in the drawers just a few hours later,” Discovery added.

“Flipping the White House” will feature interviews with former Reagan chief of staff James Baker, former Clinton chief of staff “Mack” McLarty, former George W. Bush advisor Karen Hughes and former vice president Dan Quayle.

Also interviewed: former Obama social secretary Desiree Rogers and former George W. Bush senior adviser/deputy chief of staff Karl Rove.

Rove is better known these days as co-founder of American Crossroads. That super-PAC’s $12.6 million ad buy made it possible for those Clint Eastwood political ads — in which the actor/director indicts Obama’s presidency as a failure and urges people to vote the president out of the White House, warning: “There’s not much time left, and the future of our country is at stake” — to begin airing in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia.

In one of those happy concidences, the ad began running Wednesday, which is the same day that Discovery announced its White House flipping special about, Discovery said, “a race against time before the new President of the United States and family cross the threshold to begin a new page in history.”


Hillary Rodham Clinton and Gary Walters. (Discovery - WILLIAM J. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY)

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