Synopsis by Hal Erickson
In this special episode of the A&E Network documentary series Biography, the advantages and disadvantages of being children of the President of United States are disseminated in a frank and entertaining fashion. Beginning with the troublesome stepson of George Washington, the special goes on to analyze the lives and accomplishments (or, in some sad cases, the lack of same), of such high-profile progeny as Tad Lincoln, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Luci and Linda Johnson, Steven Ford, Amy Carter, Patti Davis and Chelsea Clinton. In some cases, tragedy struck the presidential families through their offspring, as witness the lingering death of little Willie Lincoln and the unexpected demise of Calvin Coolidge Jr. after sustaining a foot blister while playing tennis. Also grist for the mill are the two sons of presidents who went on to become chief executives themselves: John Quincy Adams and George W. Bush. Many presidential children are interviewed, parsing no words as they recall the trials and tribulations of living in the shadow of the most important political figure of the free world. Also on hand is the Associated Press' White House correspondent, Helen Thomas, defending the media's sometimes incessant, often obsessive coverage of the children of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.