Herbert Hoover 1929-1933
Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933-1945
As the Hoover administration comes to an end, Maggie collapses from exhaustion, but she refuses to follow doctor's orders to rest. The White House moves from gloom to gaiety as the vibrant and optimistic Franklin D. Roosevelt (John Anderson) and his wife, Eleanor (Eileen Heckart), settle in. FDR and Lillian, both victims of polio, establish a close bond. The friendly atmosphere encouraged by the Roosevelts is shattered by the attack on Pearl Harbor. As the U.S. enters World War II, the White House becomes a fortress with armed soldiers stationed throughout.