Who Speaks for the President?: The White House Press Secretary from Cleveland to Clinton

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How has the role of the White House press secretary changed over the years? We see these spokespeople at White House briefings, hear them quoted by reporters - but what do they really do? Whom do they really serve: the president, or the press? In his latest book, former Associated Press journalist and White House reporter W. Dale Nelson provides an insightful look at what has gone on behind the scenes of the White House press podium from the 1890s to the present-day Clinton administration. Nelson draws on interviews with former press secretaries, press office records, and his own experience as a White House reporter to trace the history of the position, from its early, informal days to its present, seminal role in the Clinton administration.

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YA?In 1893, at the beginning of Grover Cleveland's second, nonconsecutive, administration, George Cortelyou was appointed his confidential stenographer. Cortelyou served Cleveland faithfully, and when McKinley succeeded as the nation's chief executive, he became the new president's private secretary. Thus began the century-long evolution of the link between the White House and the American public. This fascinating and readable account of the individuals who acted as intermediaries in passing on the day-to-day plans, decisions, and news of the president is full of personal anecdotes associated with the momentous events in our history of the last 100 years. It is interesting to see that the press secretary's contact with the media has evolved from informal chats with a handful of reporters to full-blown television extravaganzas. Riffling through the pages of this interesting volume can give inquisitive students a clear picture of the ways in which modern presidents communicate with the electorate. It should be of special interest to young people contemplating careers in journalism, radio, television newscasting, or public relations. Copious notes, a comprehensive bibliography, and an excellent index add greatly to the value of this book.?Peggy Mooney, Pohick Public Library, Burke, VA
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In The President Is at Camp David (1995), longtime White House correspondent Nelson examined the evolution of Camp David from the secret hideaway FDR established to the familiar dateline this retreat in Maryland's Catoctin Hills has become. Nelson's new book comes closer to the center of presidential power, exploring the changing role of presidential press secretaries over the past century plus. George Bruce Cortelyou began as a "confidential stenographer" and served as press liaison for Presidents Cleveland, McKinley, and Theodore Roosevelt on a White House staff so small that his other responsibilities included supervision of the White House stables. The role of press secretary grew in the Wilson and Hoover administrations, and Nelson devotes a full chapter to the press liaison(s) in each administration since that of FDR. With public attitudes about the media and government particularly polarized in early 1998, this lively survey of the history of the presidents' relationships with those who report on them lends illuminating context and background to current conflict. Mary Carroll

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