Greetings from the Lincoln Bedroom

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Welcome to Arianna's excellent adventure: on the heels of a small donation made to the Democratic National Committee - the result of a lost bet - she's invited to spend three days, with access as full as an intern's, in the infamous Lincoln Bedroom. Like Alice's exploits through the looking glass, Arianna's weekend in the White House wonderland is increasingly surreal, constantly titillating, and brutally funny as she encounters a parade of curiouser and curiouser surprises. Of course the star of this backstage ...
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Overview

Welcome to Arianna's excellent adventure: on the heels of a small donation made to the Democratic National Committee - the result of a lost bet - she's invited to spend three days, with access as full as an intern's, in the infamous Lincoln Bedroom. Like Alice's exploits through the looking glass, Arianna's weekend in the White House wonderland is increasingly surreal, constantly titillating, and brutally funny as she encounters a parade of curiouser and curiouser surprises. Of course the star of this backstage tour is Bill Clinton himself. He and his sometime sidekick and best supporting actor Newt Gingrich reach an epoch-making bipartisan consensus that oral sex is not adultery. The President is found horsetrading in a hot tub, soul-searching during a midnight raid of the snack pantry, and otherwise devising new ways to feed his financial, carnal, and altogether insatiable appetites. And as a reminder of just how far politics and leadership have strayed, there's even a visit from the remarkably well-preserved Abraham Lincoln himself.
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Library Journal
Mocking the current political scene.
Andrea Higbie
Huffington finds conditions at the Clinton White House deplorable and funny.... [Her] premise is that she is an Alice in a bizarre White House Wonderland. -- Andrea Higbie, The New York Times Book Review
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First fiction from Huffington (The Fourth Instinct, 1994, etc.), the frisky doyenne of the political right, who now offers her wacky take on one-night rentals of the Lincoln Bedroom. Huffington hails from the Adriatic cradle of democracy, but beware of Greeks bearing gripes. The author plays rough. In her imaginary weekend in the Executive Mansion, she meets and dumps on every player in the Democrats' campaign-contribution fiasco, from the Clintons and the Veep (in the guise of an immovable mannequin) to Carville and the many Chinese Contributors. There are strange appearances by Don Fowler, Mark Russell, and, as if for the sake of thoroughness, Bill Gates and Maya Angelou. Huffington mocks the physical statures of Stephanopoulos and Shalala, Reich and Reno. (There's no mention of the bulk of Limbaugh; well, that's been done.) Speaker Newt, to be fair, gets his due in the testy farrago. Corporate bigwigs, too, are treated harshly (for supporting the wrong party?). The author gleefully drops names, only to stomp on them. The one truly sapient creature in the White House is First Cat Socks, who acts as chorus to the madness. There are, to be sure, some palpable hitsþas in the observation that Clinton is really "two very specific people: Nixon and Elvis"þbut these are like raisins in the mush of Huffington's animus. Appended descriptions of some of the principal players and assorted folk who have been reported actually to have sojourned in the White House are, being rooted in reality, of some interest. The text itself is fancifully patterned after the works of Lewis Carrollþwith pen-and-ink illustrations giving us Arianna-Alice as if dressed by Sir John Tenniel. Morewicked than jolly, here's a faux-savvy political attackþwith a blunderbussþon a sitting lame duck.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780609802694
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/9/1999
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Arianna Huffington is a nationally syndicated columnist, an Emmy nominee for comedy writing, and the author of seven books, including the New York Times best-sellers Picasso, Maria Callas, and The Female Woman. She lives in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.
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