Schlepper! A Mostly True Tale of Presidential Politics

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Schlepper! tells the story of Sadie Alsofrom, who longed to be in the White House, but had absolutely no political skills or experience. What she did have was far more important—a lifetime of living with a family that taught her determination, exuberance, and her most potent weapon: “chutzpah.” Throughout the book we follow this political novice through the many bumps and turns of a Presidential campaign as she adheres to the old lesson: when life throws you a lemon, make chicken soup. But will this recipe take ...

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Overview

Schlepper! tells the story of Sadie Alsofrom, who longed to be in the White House, but had absolutely no political skills or experience. What she did have was far more important—a lifetime of living with a family that taught her determination, exuberance, and her most potent weapon: “chutzpah.” Throughout the book we follow this political novice through the many bumps and turns of a Presidential campaign as she adheres to the old lesson: when life throws you a lemon, make chicken soup. But will this recipe take her to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? Will she learn about life and love midst the chaos of campaigning?  Guided always by the voice and often the presence of her large colorful Jewish family, Sadie’s true-to-life adventures take the reader into the fascinating world of Presidential politics.

schlepper  n: (yiddish) 1: one who carries heavy loads 2: A person who works

diligently to achieve a goal  3: often used as a term of endearment in Jewish

culture 4: Sadie Alsofrom

schlepper  adj: Someone who is tired or messy is schleppsic.  A person dragging too many campaign posters is schlepping.  Someone  who has been awake for 36 hours is shlepped-out.

In political campaigns everyone starts as a schlepper.  While their junior status is often an invitation to treat them with disdain,  for the political schlepper there is no task too small, no job too unimportant to accomplish without complaint. The wise political schlepper understands that they might be the driver in a motorcade one day and the Undersecretary of Defense the next.

Families of Jewish political schleppers will never understand why their children have chosen this career track and won’t be happy about it until they get VIP tickets for the Holocaust Museum.

 

About the Author:

With over thirty years in politics, government, academia and the private sector,  Iris Burnett played key roles in eight Presidential campaigns, has been political advisor to two Presidents, and communication strategist for many elected officials.  She remains the first and only woman to have ever directed Security for a National Political Convention.  Burnett is the co-founder of Count-Me In, the first on line micro-lending organization in the world.  She was Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, Government Affairs and Public Affairs for USA Network and the Sci-Fi channel. While Chief of Staff at United States Information Agency,  she served as primary communication channel to the White House, the Congress and other government Agencies.  In addition,she helped to create the White House Women’s Office and the President’s Interagency Council for Women.  She was a professor at American University’s School of Communication. Burnett is a Presidential appointee to the Board of Governors of the USO, on the Board of Directors of the Erase the Hate Foundation and Count Me In.  She lives in Arlington Virgina and New York City, is married to famed photojournalist David Burnett, is mother to two adults - Seth and Jordan, and has a wonderful large extended Jewish family.

Kathleen Johnson is a political strategist, writer, former television producer and scriptwriter whose works include projects on HBO, CBS, and Nickelodeon.

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What People Are Saying

David Fisher
The Nanny Diaries of Washington life.
New York Times bestselling author
Geraldine A. Ferraro
Now if only Sadie had been on my vice-presidential campaign in 1984! (Or was she and I just didn’t know?) Schlepper is fun and funny, a mostly true inside look at the ups and of life in a presidential campaign. Burnett’s Sadie is the type of person whose approach to life would be the envy of any candidate, or any staffer for that matter, in an election year.
Jack Germond
The story of Sadie Alsofrom's adventures in politics is often hilariious and sometimes touching. Most important, the description of life as a political operative has an authenticity that could only come from someone like Iris Burnett who has been there, done that.
Kitty Kelly
Schlepper is the ultimate fix for political junkies. Schlep this book out of the bookstore and find out what REALLY goes on in a presidential campaign.
Susan Ford Bales
"It brings back great memories of the campaign trail . - some good some bad. The fun we all had and the comradely of the teams working together. You have to be young and invincible to be a schlepper."
Former First Daughter
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413447996
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/7/2004
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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  • Posted June 19, 2010

    Vapid and Pointless, Dribble

    From a woman who knows very little and takes so much. She was always on the outside because her opinions were valued so little. When they needed a woman or someone of her professed 'faith' she was a handy round peg for a round hole.

    Ghastly, hair, too. Sclepper, indeed!

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