A Playful Love In The White House

       Journalists often try to look for a wedge between the first couple. The president was known for calling out, “Where’s my supermodel?” Was this demeaning? Melania was once asked.       She only smiled. “It’s his sense of humor.”        Other members of the Trump family insisted that the two,Continue reading “A Playful Love In The White House”

Exclusive Excerpt – Inside Trump’s White House: The Real Story Of His Presidency

As a candidate, Trump’s frequent refrain was “America First.” We should take care of our own problems, he said, before meddling in the business of other nations. But the words “America First” were also a reminder that other countries were competing for our attention and our resources. One reason Trump had entered politics was hisContinue reading “Exclusive Excerpt – Inside Trump’s White House: The Real Story Of His Presidency”

Michael Jackson’s White House visit

Sometimes what seems important isn’t.  And what seems so ordinary is really special. In 1990, I was serving as a special assistant to the president in the George H. W. Bush White House.  One day a staffer named Joe Watkins brought Michael Jackson in for a visit.  Joe was a floater who reported to severalContinue reading “Michael Jackson’s White House visit”

Christmas in the White House

History has no holiday.  What are the holidays like in the White House? Well, it depends on the presidency but usually they are an exaggerated version of our own holidays.  One of the presidents’ kids described it to me as “bedlam,” family and friends flown in from all over.  Pure joy.  And also stressful.  ButContinue reading “Christmas in the White House”

Passing of a Giant

The passing of Gordon B. Hinckley marks the end of the greatest era of expansion and acceptance for the Church of Latter Day Saints and much of what he accomplished was underestimated because of the long shadow of his predecessor. When I moved into my White House office in 1989, I brought with me aContinue reading “Passing of a Giant”

Tim Goeglein Did Something Right

Well, Tim Goeglein, Special Assistant to the President, must have done something right.  He survived seven years in a stressful job where the average length of stay is a year and a half. And his boss was Karl Rove who, we are told, can be a little demanding as in “perfectionist.”  So, I for one,Continue reading “Tim Goeglein Did Something Right”