Upstairs at the White House

Upstairs at the White House

My Life With the First Ladies

eBook - 2013
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In this New York Times bestseller, the White House chief usher for nearly three decades offers a behind-the-scenes look at America's first families. J. B. West, chief usher of the White House, directed the operations and maintenance of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue-and coordinated its daily life-at the request of the president and his family. He directed state functions; planned parties, weddings and funerals, gardens and playgrounds, and extensive renovations; and, with a large staff, supervised every activity in the presidential home. For twenty-eight years, first as assistant to the chief usher, then as chief usher, he witnessed national crises and triumphs, and interacted daily with six consecutive presidents and first ladies, as well as their parents, children and grandchildren, and houseguests-including friends, relatives, and heads of state. J. B. West, whom Jackie Kennedy called "one of the most extraordinary men I have ever met," provides an absorbing, one-of-a-kind history of life among the first ladies. Alive with anecdotes ranging from Eleanor Roosevelt's fascinating political strategies to Jackie Kennedy's tragic loss and the personal struggles of Pat Nixon, Upstairs at the White House is a rich account of a slice of American history that usually remains behind closed doors.
Publisher: New York :, Open Road Media,, 2013
ISBN: 9781480449381
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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LPL_BeckyB Mar 25, 2020

An inside peek into the personal lives of the Presidential families. Author J.B. West spent just under 3 decades in the White House, serving first as assistant to the chief usher, and then as chief usher himself for six Presidents, Even if you are not a history buff, it is intriguing knowing how the White House staff provides for every personal want and need for presidents and first ladies, including at state dinners, weddings, and funerals, and especially what goes on to move out one President and move the new one in all in the space of about four hours on inauguration day including redecorating the facilities for each family.

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