In a natural follow-up to her national bestseller Front Row at the White House, the dean of the White House press corps presents a vivid and personal presidential chronicle. Currently a columnist for Hearst and a former White House bureau chief for UPI, Helen Thomas has covered an unprecedented nine presidential administrations, endearing herself with her trademark "Thank you, Mr. President," at the conclusion of White House press conferences. Thomas has amassed many wonderful tales about her personal interactions with and observations of the presidents and their families that can all be found in Thanks for the Memories, Mr. President.
In nine riveting chapters -- one for each administration -- Thomas delights, informs, spins yarns, and offers opinions on the commanders in chief, from Kennedy through George W. Bush. In these accounts, Thomas reveals Kennedy's love of sparring with the press, the unique invitation LBJ extended to Hubert Humphrey to become his running mate, and Reagan's down-home ways of avoiding the press's tougher questions. This book is as entertaining and compelling as Helen Thomas herself.
Helen Thomas is the dean of the White House press corps. The recipient of more than forty honorary degrees, she was honored in 1998 with the inaugural Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award, established by the White House Correspondents' Association. The author of Thanks for the Memories, Mr. President; Front Row at the White House; and Dateline: White House, she lives in Washington, D.C., where she writes a syndicated column for Hearst.
The Associated Press An engaging reminder of the kind of history that seldom makes the front page, or any page, of the newspaper. [Thanks for the Memories, Mr. President] recalls moments that still manage to tell us a great deal about the president, his time, and ourselves.
Sam Donaldson ABC News No one knows the White House like Helen Thomas. She leads the press pack, and believe me, we fall in right behind her. Here's the inside story on how presidents try to get away with things, only to discover Helen won't let them. Presidents come and go, but Helen Thomas goes on forever.
Chicago Tribune A rich collection of lighthearted, nostalgic stories...an easy, entertaining read.
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