Under This Roof: The White House and the Presidency--21 Presidents, 21 Rooms, 21 Inside Stories

By Paul Brandus

“Like taking a travel of the White condominium with a talented storyteller at your side!”

  1. Why, within the mins before John F. Kennedy was once murdered, was once a blood-red carpet put in within the Oval workplace?
  2. If Abraham Lincoln by no means slept within the Lincoln bed room, the place did he sleep?
  3. Why used to be one president approximately killed within the White condo on inauguration day—and one other secretly sworn in?
  4. What really occurred within the state of affairs Room on September eleven, 2001?


History leaps off the web page during this “riveting,” “fast-moving” and “highly pleasing” ebook at the presidency and White condo in Under This Roof, from award-winning White House-based journalist Paul Brandus. Reporting from the West Wing briefing room in view that 2008, Brandus—the such a lot White condo journalist on Twitter (@WestWingReport)—weaves jointly tales of the presidents, their households, the occasions in their time—and an oft-ignored significant personality, the White residence itself.

From George Washington—who chosen the successful layout for the White House—to the present occupant, Barack Obama—the tale of the White home is the tale of the USA itself, Brandus writes. You’ll:

  1. Walk with John Adams in the course of the still-unfinished mansion, and watch Thomas Jefferson plot to shop for the Louisiana Territory
  2. Feel the phobia and panic as British invaders procedure the mansion in 1814—and Dolley Madison frantically saves a portray of Washington
  3. Gaze out the window with Abraham Lincoln as accomplice flags flutter within the breeze at the different aspect of the Potomac
  4. Be within the room as one president is secretly sworn in, and one other gambles away the White apartment china in a card game
  5. Stand by way of the presidential mattress as one First Lady—covering up her husband’s ailment from the nation—secretly makes judgements on his behalf
  6. Learn how phones, videos, radio, television replaced the presidency—and the kingdom itself


Through triumph and tragedy, increase and bust, secrets and techniques and scandals,
Brandus takes you to the presidential bed room, movie show, scenario Room, Oval place of work and extra. Under This Roof is a “sensuous account of the background of either the house of the President, and the lads and ladies who designed, inhabited, and adorned it. Paul Brandus captivates with magnificent, gloriously uncooked observations.”

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Wilson would go away the White apartment reduced in physique, yet no longer in spirit. within the fall of 1920, he realized that he were provided the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts on behalf of the League of countries. His futile crusade for it approximately expense him his lifestyles, yet a minimum of he had a few kind of validation for his efforts. He wouldn't attend the rite in Oslo that December, however the US ambassador to Norway learn a telegram. It reads, partially: Mankind has now not but been learn of the unspeakable horror of warfare. i'm confident that our new release has, regardless of its wounds, made extraordinary growth. however it is the higher a part of knowledge to contemplate our paintings as one all started. it is going to be a continuous exertions. within the indefinite process the years earlier than us there'll be considerable chance for others to differentiate themselves within the campaign opposed to hate and worry and battle . . . no matter what has been complete some time past is petty in comparison to the dignity and promise of the long run. fifty four bankruptcy FOURTEEN Warren G. Harding: Scandals Galore The Yellow Oval Room HE was once A GAMBLER IN each experience OF THE notice: girls, recognition, marriage—and finally, his position within the historical past books. He placed all of it at the line to meet his probably never-ending wish for kicks, for lust, for a fast greenback. at the present time, it might be nearly most unlikely for any presidential candidate to win with that sort of luggage. yet Warren Gamaliel Harding did—and through a landslide. in truth, his profitable percent within the 1920 election, 60. three percentage of the preferred vote, used to be higher than someone who preceded him, and has for the reason that been crowned by way of merely 3 others: Franklin Roosevelt in 1936, Lyndon Johnson in 1964, and Richard Nixon in 1972. If not anything else, the large successful margin simply established the reckless lifestyles he had led as much as that time. Harding introduced it with him into the White condominium, the place a few of its so much august surroundings—including the Oval place of work itself—became his own playground. even though short-lived—just and a part years—his management has without end been outlined via a number of the greatest political scandals in American historical past. He died by surprise in 1923, hugely well known and broadly mourned. This was once a mirrored image of the truth that the scandals, the non-public failings, the sleaziness, have been little identified through the general public until eventually lengthy after his passing. there has been the longtime mistress he usually snuck into the West Wing, simply past the gaze of his suspicious spouse. there have been payoffs, occasionally by way of him, frequently by means of others, to maintain the ladies quiet. in the course of one in all his ordinary Oval Room nights of poker and consuming (he hypocritically supported Prohibition in public), Harding as soon as gambled away a case of fancy White apartment china. The playing, the booze, the pursuit of flesh: All have been fueled through a feeling of entitlement that mirrored either Harding’s conceitedness and emotions of inadequacy. “I am no longer healthy for this place of work, and not must have been here,” he as soon as confided. 1 because the state entered what might develop into often called the Roaring Twenties, Harding gave the look of simply the precise guy to guide the US.

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