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Mr. President, Mr. President! My 50 Years of Covering the White House

McClendon, Sarah, with Minton, Jules

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ISBN 10: 1575440059 / ISBN 13: 9781575440057
Published by General Pub. Group, Los Angeles, Calif, 1996
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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24 cm, 288, illus. pages., index, front DJ flap price clipped, some soiling to DJ. Intro by Sam Donaldson. Inscribed by the author (McClendon). Sarah Newcomb McClendon (July 8, 1910 - January 8, 2003) was a long-time White House reporter who covered presidential politics for a half-century. McClendon founded her own freelance news service as a single mother in the post-World War II era, and became known as a model for women in the press and as a vocal advocate of various causes, particularly those of United States military veterans. McClendon was best known, however, for posing sharp, blunt questions at United States presidential press conferences. In June 1944, after McClendon's discharge from the Women's Army Corps, famed newspaperman Bascom N. Timmons hired McClendon as a Washington, D.C. correspondent for the Philadelphia Daily News. In 1946, when Timmons discharged McClendon to make room for reporters returning from service in World War II, McClendon started her own service, the McClendon News Service, which provided Washington dispatches and columns to member newspapers and personal subscribers. For the next several decades, McClendon attended White House press conferences on behalf of the McClendon News Service. Foreword by Larry King. Includes over 30 pages of photographs. The personal story of Sarah McClendon, reporter and journalist on the White House through the second half of the 20th century. It is more an overview of her years in Washington. At the time of the publishing of this book --1996. Ms McClendon had covered the administrations of 11 presidents. From FDR to Clinton. She tells more of the background of some stories and events she covered over the years. She was more intimidated by FDR as she was a new reporter at the time. She had been friends of LBJ but he was angry with her and had her banned from coverage of his administration. According to her, LBJ had a tight control of the press which at one point she circumvented. Jules Minton was a screenwriter, film critic, game and talk show produced and the former head writer of JEOPARDY!. Bookseller Inventory # 72516

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Title: Mr. President, Mr. President! My 50 Years of...

Publisher: General Pub. Group, Los Angeles, Calif

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Printing [stated].

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The author recounts her life and career, and shares her impressions of presidents from Roosevelt to Clinton

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Beginning with the Roosevelt administration, reporter McClendon and her hard-hitting questions have been a regular feature of presidential press conferences. In these memoirs, McClendon intersperses brief vignettes from her personal life with her recollections and assessment of each of the presidents she has covered. Seeing herself as an advocate for "little people," she became widely known for asking difficult and disconcerting questions. Her discussion of Lyndon Johnson, a fellow Texan, reveals how she advised him when rivals were attempting to redirect government projects away from Texas. A Washington press corps institution, McClendon also relates her struggle as a woman journalist in a male-dominated field. This book belongs in journalism collections and in libraries where biographies of journalists are in demand.
Judy Solberg, George Washington Univ. Libs., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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