Behind the Scenes in the Obama (and Trump) White House with Beck Dorey-Stein (Politics Plus)

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(There was a very short period in Mike’s life where he thought he could handle his teaching job, write a book, host The Politics Guys, and start a new podcast – Politics Plus. It soon became evident to Mike how insane trying to do all this at once was, and so he quickly shut down Politics Plus. But before he did, he’d posted four interviews – all of which he thinks are pretty good and are worth sharing with you as Politics Guys bonus episodes.)

Mike talks with Beck Dorey-Stein, who worked as a White House stenographer from 2012 – 2017. She’s written about her experiences in the recently released book, From the Corner of the Oval. They discuss:

  • What White House stenographers do
  • How being in the White House changed how Beck felt about politics
  • If the White House is anything like the TV show The West Wing
  • The insane hours and workloads of White House staffers
  • What happens behind the scenes during crises
  • ‘Living the dream’ in the Obama administration
  • Her view of President Obama
  • What it was like to come to work the day after Donald Trump was elected
  • What it was like working in the Trump administration
  • And lots more

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