Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Gatekeepers

The gatekeepers: How the White House chiefs of staff define every presidency / Chris Whipple, 365 pgs.

A fascinating look at chiefs of staff from H. R. Haldeman (Nixon) to Denis McDonough (Obama).  It is very interesting to read about the role of the chief of staff...perhaps the most powerful person next to the President and who are not elected and not confirmed by the senate.  The best parts, of course, are the honest stories about mistakes made and personalities of the various men (yes, all men so far) who have held the job.  Don Regan (Reagan) was kind of a jack ass but sealed his exit when he hung up on the first lady.  Great for political junkies.

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