WOW – wrote this post earlier this week not realizing how timely it was going to be and that I would need to do a last minute edit before it went out this morning.
Chris Whipple’s book about the role and power of the chiefs of staff for presidents Nixon through Obama, is a great read. Highly recommend – especially for my political junkie friends – and really who isn’t into politics these days?
- Whipple interviewed all seventeen chiefs of staff who remain alive today.
- He was privy to all the juicy details on how each president’s White House functioned.
- The management style of each president is crucial in determining what kind of chief of staff he wants (which is often very different from what he needs).
- The Gatekeepers delves into the details of how each president’s chief of staff ended up defining the presidency he served.
What I found most intriguing were the similarities in how many of the presidents functioned (or not) within the White House.
- The amount of chaos and hubris and vicious feuding that goes on in almost all administrations is mind-boggling.
- What was even more lamentable was how similar the issues were in so many of the administrations – from Carter to Clinton to Bush (the Decider).
- Very different presidents, but once they got into office, the hubris took over and they acted very similarly in many situations.
Read on below for which administration reminded me the most of Trump’s.