Were past presidents smarter, more honest, and better behaved that those we elect today? Don’t bet on it! White House Confidential shows that commanders-in-chief have been lying, cheating, stealing, and womanizing from the days of the Founding Fathers. Focusing on the qualities that never made it into White House press releases, the authors look at their sexual misdeeds and strange family relationships, scandals that engulfed administrations, fights with enemies, and questionable money matters. Dip into these pages to find out:
Which president was famous for being the richest man alive because of all his brilliant real estate deals?
Which president was born in Canada, and was ineligible to hold the office of president?
Which president caused some problems by trying to grow strange herbs” in the White House garden?
Which president often ordered White House staff to rub Vaseline into his scalp while he ate breakfast in bed?
Which president often called his deputy chief of staff Turd Blossom”?
Updated with new material about many presidents including George W. Bush and Barack Obama, White House Confidential will have you laughing (and sometimes cursing!) as you take a second look at the next occupant of the Oval Office.
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About the Author
Austin Hill was the author of The Virtues of Capitalism: A Moral Case for Free Markets and a noted radio personality who appeared on some of America’s finest talk radio outlets including KFI in Los Angeles; WMAL in Washington DC and KFYI in Phoenix. He lived in Boise, Idaho, with his wife, Nell, and his son, Graham.
Will Durst is an Emmy-nominated political comedian who would call himself a satirist if it didn’t make people think he had goat legs. He is also a nationally syndicated columnist, author, actor, one-man show writer/performer, former margarine smuggler, and sworn enemy to all tyrants foreign and domestic. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Table of Contents
A Couple of Small Disclaimers xi
1 Weird Family Values! 1
2 Sex! 27
3 Scandal! 55
4 Impeachment! 79
5 Fights! 123
6 Money! 141
7 Prophecy! 167
8 Death! 193
9 Goofballs! 217
10 Veeps! 251
11 Executive Privilege(s)! 265
12 Take This Job and Shove It! 307
Appendix A What's in a Name? 317
Appendix B Presidential Firsts 321
Appendix C The George Washington Conspiracy 337
The authors ackniwledge that they have included rumors and innuendo which in this type of book can be entertaining. However there are numerous historical innacuracies presented as fact. There are a number of better written anecdotal histories of the American presidency that are both entertaining while not riddled with shoddy writing and innacurate recountings of American history.
Like a grade B movie