To Serve the President

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  • Copyright: 2010-07-28
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Nobody knows more about the duties, the difficulties, and the strategies of staffing and working in the White House than Brad Patterson. In To Serve the President, Patterson combines insider access, decades of Washington experience, and an inimitable style to open a window onto closely guarded Oval Office turf. The fascinating and entertaining result is the most complete look ever at the White House and the people that make it work.Praise for the hardcover edition of To Serve the President"Patterson is the single best source for understanding and explaining the changes in staffing brought about by the consequential and controversial presidency of George W. Bush.... This masterful work will serve as a valuable resource... and should be widelyread by those interested in the art and craft of governing. Highly recommended. All readership levels." --Choice"[Patterson] provides detailed and accessible insight into the George W. Bush White House." --Library Journal"An excellent portrait of the White House staff, including the important changes implemented during the George W. Bush administration. The book will be an important source of information... for those who study the presidency." --Martha Joynt Kumar, author of Managing the President's Message, winner of the 2008 Richard E. Neustadt Award"The most thorough analysis available of how the White House operates from the perspective of those who work there." --James Pfiffner, George Mason University, author of Power Play: The Bush Presidency and the Constitution

Author Biography

Bradley H. Patterson has lived and worked in Washington for over six decades, including fourteen years on the White House staffs of Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford. A past president of the American Society for Public Administration and a senior fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, he has also worked in the State and Treasury departments and the Peace Corps. He is the author of The White House Staff: Inside the West Wing and Beyond (Brookings, 2000) and The Ring of Power (Basic Books, 1988).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The White House Overall
The Contemporary White House Staffp. 13
The Cost of the Whole White Housep. 25
The Top Crosscutting Leadership
Javelin-Catcher: The Chief of Staffp. 37
The Coordination Center: The Staff Secretaryp. 49
The National Security Adviserp. 56
The "Just-Us" Department: The Counsel to the Presidentp. 66
The Office of Legislative Affairsp. 82
Control All the Way Down: The Presidential Personnel Officep. 93
The Policy Bloc
Policymaking at the White House: Domestic and Economic Affairsp. 109
The Homeland Security Councilp. 120
Helping Religion to Do Good: The Office of Faith-Based Community Initiativesp. 131
Volunteerism and Community Service: The USA Freedom Corps Officep. 142
The Cabinet Liaison Officep. 150
The Strategic Initiatives and External Affairs Bloc
"Strategery": The White House Political Affairs Officep. 159
Partnership in Our Federal System: The Office of Intergovernmental Affairsp. 170
Working with Coalitions to Push the President's Agenda: The Office of Public Liaisonp. 177
The Communications Bloc
"Lipstick on a Pig"? The Office of Communicationsp. 189
The Cyber White House: Bush Innovations in Electronic Communicationsp. 199
Caught in the Crossfire: The Press Secretaryp. 207
The Speechwriting Officep. 220
Special Counselors to the President
First Special Counselor: The Vice Presidentp. 227
Second Special Counselor: The President's Spousep. 241
Loyal Shadow: The Presidential Aidep. 260
The Operations Bloc
Management and Administrationp. 265
The Executive Clerkp. 272
Records Managementp. 279
The Correspondence Officep. 285
Paving the Way: The Advance Officep. 294
Achievements versus Activities: The Office of Appointments and Schedulingp. 309
The White House Military Officep. 314
The United States Secret Servicep. 327
The President's Commission on White House Fellowshipsp. 338
The Physical White House and its Environment
The Executive Residencep. 343
The President's Park and the White House Visitor Centerp. 354
The White House Historical Association: A Private, Independent Organizationp. 361
Looking to the Future
Major Long-Term Innovations by the Bush Administrationp. 367
The Essence of White House Servicep. 381
Appendix: Component Offices of the Contemporary White House Staffp. 393
Notesp. 399
Indexp. 425
Organizational Charts
Overall Organization of the White Housep. 12
The National Security Councilp. 57
Policy Blocp. 108
Homeland Security Council Staffp. 121
External Affairs Blocp. 158
Communications Blocp. 188
Office of the Vice Presidentp. 228
Office of the President's Spousep. 242
Operations Blocp. 264
The Residence and Its Environmentp. 342
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