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WHITE HOUSE USHER: Stories from the Inside by Christopher B. Emery, Forward by Barbara Bush

WHITE HOUSE USHER: Stories from the Inside

by Christopher B. Emery, Forward by Barbara Bush

242 pages
From January 1986 until March 1994, Chris Emery held one of the most unique positions in the U.S. government-an usher in the White House. His stories recreate intimate White House happenings from an insider's perspective. Emery was the only White House Usher to be terminated in the 20th century. Turn the pages to learn which first lady fired him.

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About the Book
Foreword by Barbara Bush.

From January 1986 until March 1994, Chris Emery was part of one of the most unique services in the U.S. government—an usher in the White House.

For more than 200 years, a small office has operated on the State Floor of the White House Executive Residence. Known as the Usher's Office, whose mission is to accommodate the personal needs of the first family, and to make the White House feel like a home. The Usher's Office is the managing office of the Executive Residence and its staff of 90-plus. The staff consists of butlers, carpenters, grounds personnel, electricians, painters, plumbers, florists, maids, housemen, cooks, chefs, storekeepers, curators, calligraphers, doormen, and administrative support.

Ushers work closely with the first family, senior staff, Social Office, Press Office, Secret Service Agency, and military leaders to carry out White House functions: luncheons, dinners, teas, receptions, meetings, conferences, and more.

Chris Emery was only the 18th White House Usher since 1891, and had the honor and privilege to serve presidential families for three years during the Reagan administration, four years for President H. W. Bush, and 14 months under President Clinton. His vignettes recreate intimate White House happenings from an insider,s viewpoint.

Chris Emery was the only White House Usher to be terminated in the 20th century. Turn the pages to find out which first lady fired him...

"With his book, White House Usher: Stories from the Inside, former usher Chris Emery gives his readers a peek inside what happens upstairs at the White House. Chris' anecdotes tell a rich story of how America's house really is the First Families, home. I loved my trip down memory lane."

- Former First Lady Barbara Bush (October 2017)

 

Reviews
In this autobiographical account of life inside the White House, Christopher Emery gives an honest and accurate account of life and the workings of the White House and brings warmth and humour that will bring reassurance to the reader that despite being the pinnacle of power, the White House is also very much a family home.
- Scott Paton

 

 

About the Author
Christopher B. Emery, Forward by Barbara Bush Chris Emery grew up on a farm in central Maryland; he earned his Bachelor's degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland. Chris has more than 40 years of information technology experience, including 25 years with the federal government. He has been the head of software applications development, a Chief Enterprise Architect, and a Chief Information Officer. Chris, Federal government career began with the Reagan White House, Office of Administration in January 1986. After eight-plus years at the White House, he returned to the private sector then later rejoined the federal government in senior information technology management positions, working for the US Congress, Departments of Treasury, Homeland Security, and Justice. Chris lives in Washington DC.

 

 

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