A remarkable history with elements of In the President’s Secret Service and The Butler, The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of
the White House, from the Kennedys to the Obamas.
America’s first families are unknowable in many
ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve
their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns
dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The
Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived
through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers,
and others who tend to the needs of the president and the first family.
These dedicated professionals maintain the six-floor
mansion’s 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, 3 elevators, and 8
staircases, and prepare everything from hors d’oeuvres for intimate gatherings
to meals served at elaborate state dinners. Over the course of the day, they
gather in the lower level’s basement kitchen to share stories, trade secrets,
forge lifelong friendships, and sometimes even fall in love.
Combining incredible first-person anecdotes from
extensive interviews with scores of White House staff members—many speaking for
the first time—with archival research, Kate Andersen Brower tells their story.
She reveals the intimacy between the first family and the people who serve
them, as well as tension that has shaken the staff over the decades. From the
housekeeper and engineer who fell in love while serving President Reagan to
Jackie Kennedy’s private moment of grief with a beloved staffer after her
husband’s assassination to the tumultuous days surrounding President Nixon’s
resignation and President Clinton’s impeachment battle, The Residence is full of surprising and moving details that
illuminate day-to-day life at the White House. Download and start listening now!