Nightly News   |  October 22, 2013

Scaffolding to cover Capitol dome

The Capitol dome is undergoing an extensive renovation to fix hundreds of cracks in its surface. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> here's a metaphor alert. the capitol in washington has cracks in it. something like 1,300 cracks in the capitol dome , and they need to be fixed. in november, scaffolding will go up. it will stay up for two years. it will mean, among other things, that the washington monument and the capitol dome , the two most dramatic and visible structures in our capital city , will both be covered up at the same time. last time it was fixed during ike's presidency back in 1959 . and, of course, it goes way back. there it is, visible in the background, under construction, during abe lincoln 's first inaugural.