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By Paul Brandus

“Like taking a journey of the White condo with a talented storyteller at your side!”

  1. Why, within the mins before John F. Kennedy used to be murdered, was once a blood-red carpet put in within the Oval place of work?
  2. If Abraham Lincoln by no means slept within the Lincoln bed room, the place did he sleep?
  3. Why was once one president approximately killed within the White condo on inauguration day—and one other secretly sworn in?
  4. What really occurred within the state of affairs Room on September eleven, 2001?


History leaps off the web page during this “riveting,” “fast-moving” and “highly exciting” ebook at the presidency and White apartment in Under This Roof, from award-winning White House-based journalist Paul Brandus. Reporting from the West Wing briefing room given that 2008, Brandus—the so much White condo journalist on Twitter (@WestWingReport)—weaves jointly tales of the presidents, their households, the occasions in their time—and an oft-ignored significant personality, the White condominium itself.

From George Washington—who chosen the successful layout for the White House—to the present occupant, Barack Obama—the tale of the White home is the tale of the USA itself, Brandus writes. You’ll:

  1. Walk with John Adams during the still-unfinished mansion, and watch Thomas Jefferson plot to shop for the Louisiana Territory
  2. Feel the phobia and panic as British invaders procedure the mansion in 1814—and Dolley Madison frantically saves a portray of Washington
  3. Gaze out the window with Abraham Lincoln as accomplice flags flutter within the breeze at the different part of the Potomac
  4. Be within the room as one president is secretly sworn in, and one other gambles away the White condo china in a card game
  5. Stand via the presidential mattress as one First Lady—covering up her husband’s ailment from the nation—secretly makes judgements on his behalf
  6. Learn how phones, videos, radio, television replaced the presidency—and the state itself


Through triumph and tragedy, increase and bust, secrets and techniques and scandals,
Brandus takes you to the presidential bed room, movie show, scenario Room, Oval workplace and extra. Under This Roof is a “sensuous account of the heritage of either the house of the President, and the boys and girls who designed, inhabited, and adorned it. Paul Brandus captivates with wonderful, gloriously uncooked observations.”

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Like such a lot presidents within the tv age, their viewing conduct integrated the nightly community information declares. 20 however it was once video clips that the president and primary woman appeared to benefit from the such a lot. starting with the 1980 Jack Lemmon movie Tribute, which they watched 11 days after the president was once sworn in, to 1 of Reagan’s personal films—1954’s farm animals Queen of Montana—which they observed six days earlier than leaving the White apartment, they watched 362 movies jointly in 8 years. the majority of those have been screened on weekends at Camp David,21 together with the one motion picture they starred in jointly: Hellcats of the army, a 1957 motion picture approximately “the bold exploits of a submarine commander” and his onshore love curiosity. The Reagans’ tastes have been eclectic; the record of movies they watched integrated every thing from musicals and comedies to technology fiction and thrillers. Alfred Hitchcock videos looked to be a specific favorite—one of the few motion pictures they watched two times was once North by way of Northwest, the 1959 vintage during which Cary provide is wrong for a central authority agent. additionally they watched of Reagan’s best-known video clips. One used to be King’s Row (1942), which Reagan thought of his most sensible movie. Costar Bob Cummings was once so inspired with Reagan’s presence either off and on monitor that he made a slightly prescient prediction: “One day Ron, I’m going to vote for you for president. ”22 It isn’t recognized even if Cummings, who died in 1990, really did. the opposite renowned Reagan movie used to be Knute Rockne All American (1940), during which Reagan performed a Notre Dame soccer player—George Gipp—who used to be troubled with a deadly disorder. trainer Rockne, in an inspirational speech to the workforce, tells them “Let’s win one for the Gipper. ” Reagan usually rolled out the road in the course of his presidency to fireside up his supporters. The president additionally knew that as a cultural touchstone, video clips and the emotional, and infrequently patriotic, fervor they generally stirred up have been important in pushing his policies—particularly if the motion picture had a widely known line. “Go ahead—make my day,” Reagan quipped in a March thirteen, 1985, speech within which he threatened to veto laws elevating taxes. It was once a brief, basic, and simply understood line, one assured huge, immense play on television. He borrowed it from the preferred 1983 Clint Eastwood motion picture surprising impression (which the president it sounds as if had no longer truly seen). Like lots of his fellow electorate, the president sometimes came upon himself gazing a film whilst he must have been doing whatever else. at the eve of an financial summit with global leaders in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1983, Reagan’s leader of employees, James Baker, gave him a thick briefing publication to learn. the following day Baker was once surprised to profit that the president hadn’t even touched it. Baker requested why. “Well, Jim,” the president stated, “The Sound of tune was once on final evening. ”23 At Camp David a couple of weeks later, while he must have been analyzing records ready for him at the MX missile, he watched battle video games, during which a teenaged computing device whiz (Matthew Broderick) accesses a Pentagon laptop approach and approximately touches off global warfare III.

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