A exceptional historical past with components of each In the President’s Mystery Service and The Butler, The Residence gives an intimate account of the carrier personnel of the White Area, from the Kennedys to the Obamas.
America’s First Households are unknowable in some ways. No person has perception into their real personality just like the individuals who serve their foods and make their beds on a daily basis. Filled with tales and main points by means of turns dramatic, funny, and heartwarming, The Residence finds day by day existence within the White Area as it’s truly lived in the course of the voices of the maids, butlers, chefs, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who generally tend to the desires of the President and First Circle of relatives.
These devoted execs take care of the six-ground mansion’s 132 rooms, 35 toilets, 28 fireplaces, 3 elevators, and 8 staircases, and get ready the whole lot from hors d’oeuvres for intimate gatherings to foods served at problematic state dinners. Over the process the day, they accumulate within the decrease stage’s basement kitchen to percentage tales, business secrets and techniques, forge lifelong friendships, and every so often even fall in love.
Combining unbelievable first-individual anecdotes from intensive interviews with rankings of White Area personnel participants—many talking for the primary time—with archival analysis, Kate Andersen Brower tells their tale. She finds the intimacy among the First Circle of relatives and the individuals who serve them, in addition to stress that has shaken the personnel over the many years. From the housekeeper and engineer who fell in love whilst serving President Reagan to Jackie Kennedy’s non-public second of grief with a liked staffer after her husband’s assassination to the tumultuous days surrounding President Nixon’s resignation and President Clinton’s impeachment struggle, The Residence is stuffed with sudden and shifting main points that light up day by day existence on the White Area.