To Serve the President: Continuity and Innovation in the White House Staff

To Serve the President: Continuity and Innovation in the White House Staff

by Bradley H. Patterson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0815705115

ISBN-13: 9780815705116

Pub. Date: 07/28/2010

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

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

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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.

Patterson describes what he considers to be the whole White House staff, a larger and more inclusive picture than the one painted by most analysts. In addition to nearly one hundred policy offices, he draws the curtain back from less visible components such as the Executive Residence staff, Air Force One and Marine One, the First Lady's staff, Camp David, and many others —135 separate offices in all, pulling together under often stressful and intense conditions.

This authoritative and readable account lays out the organizational structure of the full White House and fills it out the outline with details both large and small. Who are these people? What exactly do they do? And what role do they play in running the nation? Another exciting feature of To Serve the President is Patterson's revelation of the total size and total cost of the contemporary White House —information that simply is not available anywhere else.

This is not a kiss-and-tell tale or an incendiary exposé. Brad Patterson is an accomplished public administrator with an intimate knowledge of how the White House really works, and he brings to this book a refreshingly positive view of government and public service not currently in vogue. The U.S. government is not a monolith, or a machine, or a shadowy cabal; above all, it is people, human beings doing the best they can, under challenging conditions, to produce a better life for their fellow citizens. While there are bad apples in every bunch, the vast majority of these people ply their trades honestly and earnestly, often in complete anonymity and for modest compensation. This book illuminates their roles, celebrates their service, and paints an eye-opening picture of how things really work on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815705116
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
07/28/2010
Pages:
450
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Part 1 The White House Overall

1 The Contemporary White House Staff 13

2 The Cost of the Whole White House 25

Part 2 The Top Crosscutting Leadership

3 Javelin-Catcher: The Chief of Staff 37

4 The Coordination Center: The Staff Secretary 49

5 The National Security Adviser 56

6 The "Just-Us" Department: The Counsel to the President 66

7 The Office of Legislative Affairs 82

8 Control All the Way Down: The Presidential Personnel Office 93

Part 3 The Policy Bloc

9 Policymaking at the White House: Domestic and Economic Affairs 109

10 The Homeland Security Council 120

11 Helping Religion to Do Good: The Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives 131

12 Volunteerism and Community Service: The USA Freedom Corps Office 142

13 The Cabinet Liaison Office 150

Part 4 The Strategic Initiatives and External Affairs Bloc

14 "Strategery": The White House Political Affairs Office 159

15 Partnership in Our Federal System: The Office of Intergovernmental Affairs 170

16 Working with Coalitions to Push the President's Agenda: The Office of Public Liaison 177

Part 5 The Communications Bloc

17 "Lipstick on a Pig"? The Office of Communications 189

18 The Cyber White House: Bush Innovations in Electronic Communications 199

19 Caught in the Crossfire: The Press Secretary 207

20 The Speechwriting Office 220

Part 6 Special Counselors to the President

21 First Special Counselor: The Vice President 227

22 Second Special Counselor: The President's Spouse 241

23 Loyal Shadow: The Presidential Aide 260

Part 7 The Operations Bloc

24 Management and Administration 265

25 The Executive Clerk 272

26 Records Management 279

27 The Correspondence Office 285

28 Paving the Way: The Advance Office 294

29 Achievements versus Activities: The Office of Appointments and Scheduling 309

30 The White House Military Office 314

31 The United States Secret Service 327

32 The President's Commission on White House Fellowships 338

Part 8 The Physical White House and its Environment

33 The Executive Residence 343

34 The President's Park and the White House Visitor Center 354

35 The White House Historical Association: A Private, Independent Organization 361

Part 9 Looking to the Future

36 Major Long-Term Innovations by the Bush Administration 367

37 The Essence of White House Service 381

Appendix: Component Offices of the Contemporary White House Staff 393

Notes 399

Index 425

Organizational Charts

Overall Organization of the White House 12

The National Security Council 57

Policy Bloc 108

Homeland Security Council Staff 121

External Affairs Bloc 158

Communications Bloc 188

Office of the Vice President 228

Office of the President's Spouse 242

Operations Bloc 264

The Residence and Its Environment 342

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