Please join us at Roosevelt House as welcome Chris Whipple, author of The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency, who will be in conversation about his new book with Tom Brokaw.
Whipple, multiple Peabody and Emmy Award-winning producer at 60 Minutes and Primetime, has written the first in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the White House Chiefs of Staff, whose actions — and inactions —have defined the course of our country. Polarizing and disparate men have held this key job, from Dick Cheney to Rahm Emanuel. Chiefs of Staff wield tremendous power in Washington and beyond. They decide who is allowed to see the president, negotiate with Congress, and, most crucially, enjoy unparalleled access to the leader of the free world. Whipple and Brokaw will discuss the ways in which the Chief of Staff may make or break an administration, and explore what each president reveals about himself by the chief he picks.
Whipple interviewed all seventeen living chiefs and two former presidents, and will talk about how focusing on the role of the chief of staff revises our understanding of presidential history.