Listen: Pantsuit, Political Director And Fifteen Hour discussed on Thom Hartmann
"Pantsuit who worked as a bomb as regional political director in the office of political affairs I was the eyes and ears of the president of the United States in twelve northeastern states from Maryland to Maine. the political affairs wing has three offices in a corner on the first floor of the E. O. B. as in our executive office building is a beautiful historic building close to the white house's west wing the west wing is home to the office where the US president works the first time I flashed my security clearance bash the sharply dressed marine standing guard at the double door entrance and walk to the west wing I remember looking around and thinking this is so small it looks so much bigger on TV as a campaign operative for senator John Edwards in two thousand seven and eight I binge watch the N. B. C. nineteen ninety nine to two thousand six series starring Martin Sheen is a Finn fictional American president named Josiah Bartlet so it's hard not to be awed I also felt a constant sense of responsibility because I was a black woman working for the first black American president when you work in the White House whether it's for a Democrat or Republican you have to put in a twelve to fifteen hour work day or more there's a reason why most people don't last a full four year term and under president Donald Trump turnover among his staff has occurred and is starkly high rate is an absolute joy but it's also a heavy lift I like to get there between seven and seven thirty in the morning to repair for our first meeting at nine o'clock and I rarely left before nine PM I would go home to my furnished basement apartment in a semi sketchy part of town in northeast Washington I had taken a pay cut to work in the White House my place was cold dark injury but I knew I didn't need more than a place to crash a good night's sleep was never given there are plenty of times of my boss emailed me or one or two in the morning expecting me to get back to him a sap and I did in those days I walked around with the blackberry phone the preferred device for politicos for White House work in one hand and on the other hand another blackberry issued by the Democratic National Committee for political work taxpayers did not pay for president Obama do fundraisers or other political of and so having different phones for different purposes kept as honest not a trouble because I was so intent on doing things the right way I even carried a third phone a personal one in my pants. good for calls and emails with family and friends this is not a requirement I just wanted to be extra mindful the stakes were too big to make a mistake. pressure was high but I was proud of my rolling wouldn't hide it when phone number three it rang and I would tell the person on the other end I just gotten off airforce one of the president I was about to make a trip with vice president Joe Biden on airforce two they would say curry listen to you you don't even realize how cool your job is. getting"