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Authors Group Presents Chris Whipple
Wed, April 12, 2017, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM CDT
What do Dick Cheney and Rahm Emanuel have in common? Aside from polarizing personalities, both served as chief of staff to the president of the United States—as did Donald Rumsfeld, Leon Panetta, and a relative handful of others. The chiefs of staff, often referred to as "the gatekeepers," wield tremendous power in Washington and beyond; they decide who is allowed to see the president, negotiate with Congress to push POTUS's agenda, and—most crucially—enjoy unparalleled access to the leader of the free world. Each chief can make or break an administration, and each president reveals himself by the chief he picks.
Through extensive, intimate interviews with all seventeen living chiefs and two former presidents, award-winning journalist and producer Chris Whipple pulls back the curtain on this unique fraternity. In doing so, he revises our understanding of presidential history, showing us how James Baker’s expert managing of the White House, the press, and Capitol Hill paved the way for the Reagan Revolution—and, conversely, how Watergate, the Iraq War, and even the bungled Obamacare rollout might have been prevented by a more effective chief.
Chris Whipple is a multiple Peabody and Emmy Award-winning producer at CBS News 60 Minutes and ABC News PrimeTime. He is the writer and executive producer of The Spymasters, a documentary on the CIA, airing on Showtime. Whipple’s previous film, The Presidents’ Gatekeepers, aired to critical acclaim on the Discovery Channel in 2013 as a two-part, four-hour television event.
Mr. Whipple will be joined in conversation by former White House Chiefs of Staff, Bill Daley and Sam Skinner. The discussion will be moderated by Chris Bury, former ABC News national correspondent and current senior journalist in residence at DePaul University.
Please note that the Club has a business casual dress code; denim and athletic wear are not permitted.
The event begins with an 11:30 a.m. reception followed by lunch and the program at noon. Books for autographing will be available for purchase at the event from The Book Stall. If you or your guests have any dietary restrictions (i.e. vegetarian, food allergies, and gluten free) please contact Club Services at the Union League Club of Chicago at (800) 443-0578 or ClubServices@ulcc.org. Attire is business casual, no denim allowed.