WHITE HOUSE USHER: Stories from the Inside

byChristopher B. EmeryForeword byBarbara Bush

Paperback | October 15, 2017

WHITE HOUSE USHER: Stories from the Inside by Christopher B. Emery
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Foreword by Barbara Bush.

From January 1986 until March 1994, Chris Emery was part of one of the most unique services in the U.S. government—an usher in the White House.

For more than 200 years, a small office has operated on the State Floor of the White House Executive Residence. Known as the Usher's Office, whose mission is to accommodate the personal needs of the first family, and to make the White House feel like a home. The Usher's Office is the managing office of the Executive Residence and its staff of 90-plus. The staff consists of butlers, carpenters, grounds personnel, electricians, painters, plumbers, florists, maids, housemen, cooks, chefs, storekeepers, curators, calligraphers, doormen, and administrative support.

Ushers work closely with the first family, senior staff, Social Office, Press Office, Secret Service Agency, and military leaders to carry out White House functions: luncheons, dinners, teas, receptions, meetings, conferences, and more. 

Chris Emery was only the 18th White House Usher since 1891, and had the honor and privilege to serve presidential families for three years during the Reagan administration, four years for President H. W. Bush, and 14 months under President Clinton. His vignettes recreate intimate White House happenings from an insider’s viewpoint. 

Chris Emery was the only White House Usher to be terminated in the 20th century. Turn the pages to find out which first lady fired him...

“With his book, White House Usher: Stories from the Inside, former usher Chris Emery gives his readers a peek inside what happens upstairs at the White House. Chris’ anecdotes tell a rich story of how America’s house really is the First Families’ home. I loved my trip down memory lane.”

- Former First Lady Barbara Bush (October 2017)

Title:WHITE HOUSE USHER: Stories from the InsideFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:242 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.55 inShipping dimensions:242 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.55 inPublished:October 15, 2017Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1634926560

ISBN - 13:9781634926560

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Barbara Bush
Preface
Introduction
The Ushers Office
White House Executive Residence
Richard M. Nixon
Learning the Ropes
The Soviets
Close Call
Press Conference and Head of State Visits
Is That All There Is?
Fall 1988
The Legend of Hang Dog
Portrait Unveiling
A New White House Family
Bulletin for President Bush
Mr. Smooth
From Colombia to the Hunt for Red October
Precarious Times
Gawking!
Operation Desert Storm
Baseball’s Greatest
Timberwolf
The “FDR” Challenge
Vietnam Memorial
Autumn Change
New Energy
Early Mornings – Late Nights
Press Conference
Tragic Death
Dog Days of Summer
Fall Events
A Clinton Christmas
A New Year Dawns
Exiled
The Press Onslaught that Followed
Epilogue
Index

Editorial Reviews

“With his book, White House Usher: Stories from the Inside, former usher Chris Emery gives his readers a peek inside what happens upstairs at the White House. Chris’ anecdotes tell a rich story of how America’s house really is the First Families’ home. I loved my trip down memory lane.”

- Former First Lady Barbara Bush (October 2017)