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From January 1986 until March 1994, Chris Emery was part of one of the most unique services in the U.S. government—an usher in the White House. For more than 200 years, a small office has operated on the State Floor of the White House Executive Residence. Known as the Usher's Office, whose mission is to accommodate the personal needs of the first family, and to make the W From January 1986 until March 1994, Chris Emery was part of one of the most unique services in the U.S. government—an usher in the White House. For more than 200 years, a small office has operated on the State Floor of the White House Executive Residence. Known as the Usher's Office, whose mission is to accommodate the personal needs of the first family, and to make the White House feel like a home. The Usher's Office is the managing office of the Executive Residence and its staff of 90-plus. The staff consists of butlers, carpenters, grounds personnel, electricians, painters, plumbers, florists, maids, housemen, cooks, chefs, storekeepers, curators, calligraphers, doormen, and administrative support. Ushers work closely with the first family, senior staff, Social Office, Press Office, Secret Service Agency, and military leaders to carry out White House functions: luncheons, dinners, teas, receptions, meetings, conferences, and more. Chris Emery was only the 18th White House Usher since 1891, and had the honor and privilege to serve presidential families for three years during the Reagan administration, four years for President H. W. Bush, and 14 months under President Clinton. His vignettes recreate intimate White House happenings from an insider’s viewpoint. Chris Emery was the only White House Usher to be terminated in the 20th century. Turn the pages to find out which first lady fired him... “With his book, White House Usher: Stories from the Inside, former usher Chris Emery gives his readers a peek inside what happens upstairs at the White House. Chris’ anecdotes tell a rich story of how America’s house really is the First Families’ home. I loved my trip down memory lane.” - Former First Lady Barbara Bush (October 2017)


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From January 1986 until March 1994, Chris Emery was part of one of the most unique services in the U.S. government—an usher in the White House. For more than 200 years, a small office has operated on the State Floor of the White House Executive Residence. Known as the Usher's Office, whose mission is to accommodate the personal needs of the first family, and to make the W From January 1986 until March 1994, Chris Emery was part of one of the most unique services in the U.S. government—an usher in the White House. For more than 200 years, a small office has operated on the State Floor of the White House Executive Residence. Known as the Usher's Office, whose mission is to accommodate the personal needs of the first family, and to make the White House feel like a home. The Usher's Office is the managing office of the Executive Residence and its staff of 90-plus. The staff consists of butlers, carpenters, grounds personnel, electricians, painters, plumbers, florists, maids, housemen, cooks, chefs, storekeepers, curators, calligraphers, doormen, and administrative support. Ushers work closely with the first family, senior staff, Social Office, Press Office, Secret Service Agency, and military leaders to carry out White House functions: luncheons, dinners, teas, receptions, meetings, conferences, and more. Chris Emery was only the 18th White House Usher since 1891, and had the honor and privilege to serve presidential families for three years during the Reagan administration, four years for President H. W. Bush, and 14 months under President Clinton. His vignettes recreate intimate White House happenings from an insider’s viewpoint. Chris Emery was the only White House Usher to be terminated in the 20th century. Turn the pages to find out which first lady fired him... “With his book, White House Usher: Stories from the Inside, former usher Chris Emery gives his readers a peek inside what happens upstairs at the White House. Chris’ anecdotes tell a rich story of how America’s house really is the First Families’ home. I loved my trip down memory lane.” - Former First Lady Barbara Bush (October 2017)

30 review for WHITE HOUSE USHER: Stories from the Inside

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn Stears

    Christopher Emery, Usher Interesting to see how the White House is run. How well it was functioning under the Bush administration and how poorly it was run and disorganized under the Clintons. The thoughtfulness and kindness of the Bush family and the rudeness and ego centered Hillary Clinton. Her arrogance stays with her still today. The White House staff must have been greatly relieved that Hillary would not be returning as President.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeannette Budowsky

    Very enjoyable reading Very well written and was hard to put down! Thank you! Very interesting about the temperament of the President and First Ladies!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susannah

    Informative This an easy and enjoyable read. It was also informative and no secrets were given about first families. Another form of history.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl L McCauley

    Great book. Interesting read

  5. 4 out of 5

    R

    A Good Read Thank you, Mr Emery, for an interesting book. I was particularly fond of reading about George H W Bush’s years in the White House. He was “my” president, too. I’m sorry Hillary made it impossible for you and a lot of other staff members to serve at the pleasure of George W Bush.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joey

    One Classy Guy I continue to be amazed by the stories I read of employees of the White House's Residential staff. Mr. Emery tells of his time working in the White House with respect and professionalism. One Classy Guy I continue to be amazed by the stories I read of employees of the White House's Residential staff. Mr. Emery tells of his time working in the White House with respect and professionalism.

  7. 4 out of 5

    steve piatt

    Hillary Clinton. Now I understand the problems of Hillary Clinton she has never been organized ..that's why her E_ mails were on her personal phone. Thinking no one would check on her. Thank God for helping I think to put Donald Trump in the presidents seat instead of her . Hillary Clinton. Now I understand the problems of Hillary Clinton she has never been organized ..that's why her E_ mails were on her personal phone. Thinking no one would check on her. Thank God for helping I think to put Donald Trump in the presidents seat instead of her .

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lorann

    The book was a collection of anecdotes blatantly attempting to portray this selfish man-child as an eventual innocent victim of the ‘evil’ Hillary and ‘hapless’ Bill Clinton. I am glad I didn’t have to work with this reckless prankster. Each section of the book was a lost opportunity to delve into life in the WH and instead became a humble brag about how the author knew the history of the whatever. How about you share the history of the whatever with your readers instead of telling us how smart The book was a collection of anecdotes blatantly attempting to portray this selfish man-child as an eventual innocent victim of the ‘evil’ Hillary and ‘hapless’ Bill Clinton. I am glad I didn’t have to work with this reckless prankster. Each section of the book was a lost opportunity to delve into life in the WH and instead became a humble brag about how the author knew the history of the whatever. How about you share the history of the whatever with your readers instead of telling us how smart you were?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Erin Flower

    Good read Very good. Not as good as the other usher books but still a great read. Would have loved more detail.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gregory Lawhorn

  11. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Hurt

  12. 4 out of 5

    marcia wallace

  13. 5 out of 5

    Fmazza

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lilliane Malvoso-Antonucci

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jane King

  16. 4 out of 5

    Richard G. Pepe

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Martin

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mary Beth Minor

  19. 4 out of 5

    chet brown

  20. 4 out of 5

    chad plantz

  21. 5 out of 5

    James Rentschler

  22. 4 out of 5

    wayne

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anne Morgan

  24. 4 out of 5

    Judy White

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Curless

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Bowman

  27. 5 out of 5

    b. suzanne klopfenstein

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jane Gwinn

  29. 5 out of 5

    kathy riggs

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carol

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