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"Hi Everyone Alison Michael's here and this week on. Can he do that. We're doing something a little different as you probably know by now how. President trump is just the third president in American history to be impeached and the forced to face impeachment proceedings. And my colleague Lilian Cunningham knows all about out those three other presidents. She created the posts presidential podcast which spent almost a year going back through American history to examine the life and legacy of each and every American president. That of course includes presidents Andrew Johnson Johnson Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton this week. We're going to share those original presidential episodes about the only three other presidents to fees impeachment proceedings. But I I wanted to talk to lily about the president or podcast Lily welcomed. Can he do that. Thanks longtime listener first-time guests on under show. It's true longtime colleague. I guess so. You may the presidential podcast back in two thousand sixteen for our listeners. Who aren't familiar with it? Tell us about that project. Sure so presidential. Was this big audio project that I did. In the most recent presidential election year and and the idea I had was to chronicle the Ark of American presidential history by going through and doing an episode on each each American President one a week starting in January twenty sixteen all the way up through election day so easy ever right forty four episodes forty four for weeks forty four presidents and to create those episodes I interviewed a historians and journalists biographers and the result was is this massive group of forty four episodes that look into each of the president's lives and then their legacies while they were in the Oval Office. And of course you know I created created this back in two thousand sixteen but the episodes are kind of timeless and we've been finding people are still discovering them and using them as resource to to better understand. US presidential history so the episode. We're going to play for. Can he do listeners. Today is about President Andrew Johnson right so Johnson Johnson was of course the first American President who was impeached and that was back in eighteen sixty eight so he was. Abraham Lincoln's Vice President End Lincoln was assassinated Andrew. Johnson took office and only a few years into being president himself faced impeachment by Congress. I think it's so interesting to hear. The story of WHO this man was how he became president and then of course what caused congress alternately. Think for the first time in history that we might need to remove if this man from office. We're GONNA play the whole Johnson episode here now but where can listeners. Find all of your other presidential episodes they can find them on any of the A podcast platforms apple goal stitcher spotify or they can go to the Washington Post site go to Washington Post Dot com slash presidential. And you'll find all forty four. The episodes all right here from Lily's presidential podcast is the story of Andrew. Johnson's life. Welcome Tierney the Andrew Johnson episode of presidential. If you listen to the previous episode about Lincoln you'll remember how one of the things we talked about the power and beauty of Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address the one that goes with malice toward none with charity for all. It's one of the most famous speeches in American history. So you might have been sitting there listening to the episode and thinking you know. What would it have been like to witness that Momentus? Second inauguration of Lincoln's in eighteen sixty five well Would have been interesting because right before. Lincoln gave that speech his new Vice President Andrew Johnson gave his own address and he was absolutely absolutely horrendously drunk so Johnson Johnson gets up for his swearing in for his speech. And it's kind of embarrassing at one point. He's he's talking to the various cabinet members and he points to seward and Stanton and he looks at Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles and he can't remember his name him and he talks says now. WHO's the secretary of the navy? Oh yeah you and you know. It's just it's not. It's not an auspicious start for for for Johnson. It's an as vice president. A senator from Michigan. He he writes to his wife and he says something to the effect of you know if there had been a whole nearby would have crawled into six weeks later. Johnson is suddenly and surprisingly the actual president of the United States. I am William Cunningham with the Washington Post and this is the seventeenth episode of presidential."