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 several […]

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.  But […]

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 a […]

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, […]