Chiefs of Staff

Given all the news about chiefs of staff at the national level, and even regarding the appointment of a chief of staff for the president of Saint Anselm College, we have been reading a timely book at table, Chris Whipple’s The Gatekeepers:  How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency.  The time frame is contemporary, beginning with H.R. Haldeman and through the end of Obama’s presidency.  The format is excellent for table-reading, and on occasion provides amusing advice for would be chiefs of staff.  “Never hang up on the first lady” [Don Regan apparently did this to Nancy Reagan] and “If people don’t like you – and love your boss – then you’ve done your job.”  [John Sununu on being George H.W. Bush’s chief of staff]

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