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101 Things To Do Before You Die by Celestine Chua

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She asked. "Yes, Barbara," I fibbed. " She knew me better. " I do not drink coffee or tea; in the mornings I find a nice, hearty cup of hot water soothing and stimulative of the digestive functions. I sat down for the first time in my new office. I had asked August Hardesty, the White House curator, to do it over in the style of the administration of Rutherford Hayes, one of my favorite Presidents. [Some found my admiration of a Republican inconsistent with service in a Democratic administration.

They seem to spend as much time conniving and plotting against each other as they do in running the country. This is sad, but a fact of White House life. I did my best to keep the tensions among the domestic, press, foreign-policy, and other shops to a minimum. In some ways that was a thankless task. I was surprised at the lengths—or depths—to which some would go. m. The voice identified itself as that of the duty officer in the Situation Room, and said the President had instructed senior staff to assemble immediately in the Situation Room at the White House.

The Secret Service kept them well back. We could hear the shouts, however: "Where's the President!? " The President-elect merely waved at them, despite his well-known propensity for marching over to the roped-in area and taking any question put to him—an unfortunate tendency, in my opinion, and one which had led to some of the more spontaneous, troublesome moments of the campaign. Feeley and I rushed to join the President-elect as he was hustled through the marble corridors of the Capitol. Feeley handed him a sheet of legal paper.

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