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New Tell-All Book Details Life Inside the White House

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Apr 2015 09:23 AM

The White House help has spoken, and the picture they paint in a gossipy new tell-all book often isn't a flattering one for many of the past and present occupants of the White House.

The new book, "The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House" and its anecdotes lacks in "nutritious content," says Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker, but is "absolutely delicious" all the same.

The book, released Tuesday, was written by political journalist Kate Andersen Brower, who based its stories on interviews with the maids, cooks, florists and others who are employed to meet the first family's needs.

According to the Post, Parker conducted more than 100 interviews with current and former White House employees who mostly stayed on the record when telling their stories. 

However, three former first ladies — Laura Bush, Barbara Bush and Rosalynn Carter — along with first children, also gave Parker interviews.

Perhaps some of the more eye-opening highlights had to do with former first lady Hillary Clinton and her reaction to her husband's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

The White House staff also claimed they knew about the affair "for years" before the news broke, even though in reality, Lewinsky only worked at the mansion for about nine months before she was sent to the Pentagon to work.

"But then, memories play tricks and details are often hard to recall," Parker said in her Post op-ed piece. "Sometimes what you remember is an impression of things. Or you remember the episode — a shouting match, a thrown lamp, without the context of the human-ness of the beings involved, their frailties, sorrows and personal challenges."

The anecdotes are not all dirty laundry, though, as one staffer reports he was taken by surprise when he found President Barack Obama and wife Michelle dancing on their first night in the White House to Mary J. Blige's "Real Love."

But then there are other non-flattering reports, such as a story about Nancy Reagan becoming upset when some of her personal items were broken. A former staffer felt that story was offensive, given the former first lady had difficulties of her own that included breast cancer.

"I understand that to those much is given, much is expected," the staffer told Parker. "But for the love of God! Are there no limits?"

And no White House tell-all would be complete without salacious stories about the late President John F. Kennedy, reports The Daily Mail. A former worker told Parker that once, when Jackie Kennedy was away, he found her husband skinny-dipping in the mansion's pool with several White House secretaries.

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