The White House Mess

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 2, 2011 - Fiction - 224 pages
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With a pajama-clad President Reagan refusing to leave the White House on his successor’s Inauguration Day, Buckley has given this farce of Oval Office politics a nearly perfect beginning. Parodying the familiar form of the White House memoir, Buckley recounts the turbulent years of the Democratic Tucker administration, as told by loyalist Herbert Wadlough. Through this former accountant’s eyes, we see the infighting that plagues the White House, the President’s faltering marriage to a former starlet, and his ongoing crises.
 

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User Review  - ohsillytwigg - LibraryThing

Not even close to Buckley's best book, but still a great read. Read full review

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User Review  - ryvre - LibraryThing

The White House Mess is witty, but not nearly as witty as Little Green Men or Thank You For Smoking. It's slow moving, and it feels longer than it is. Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
BOOK ONEHONEYMOON
1IN THE OVAL
2THE STAFF
3FIRST FAMILY
4OPEN DOOR
5CITADEL
BOOK TWOFIRST FLUSH OF POWER
18PEACE BREAKS OUT
19CAKEWALK
20EDWARD VIII
21TREASURE HUNT
22THE HUNT FOR THEODORE
23TAKEDOWN
24STRATEGIC APPEARANCE LIMITATION TALKS
BOOK FIVEPITFALLS

HAVANA
7LESLIE
824 NORTH 82 WEST HIKE
BOOK THREEMIDTERM BLUES
9MORNINGS AFTER
10THE MUFFIN INCIDENT
11LOST ACCESS
12IN THE PITS OF POWER
13DAYS OF RAGE
14FLOTUS BLOSSOM
15FIRST FRIENDS
BOOK FOURDISARRAY
16PEACOCK AND PETUNIA
17SLINGS AND ARROWS
25INJURY
26REST AND RESPITE
27SAMARITAN
BOOK SIXCRISIS
28WE HAVE A SITUATION
29GB322
30ESTIMATIONS OF MORTALITY
31DESPERATE MOLAR
32URGENT LAUNDRY
33AMERICA GOES TO WAR
EPILOGUE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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About the author (2011)

Christopher Buckley is the pen name of Christopher Buckley. He divides his time between the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and the koi pond, which serves as a sushi bar for the benefit of herons. When not cursing herons, he plants expensive bulbs for the winter nourishment of the abundant local squirrel population. His next book is "Game of Drones", a candid and sure-to-be-controversial account of his experiences deploying miniature unmanned aerial vehicles in his yard "for purposes of deterrence and, to be honest, revenge.

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