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Beck Dorey-Stein was 25 years old and working five part-time jobs when she serendipitously answered an ad on Craigslist for a stenographer.
Two interviews later, she was offered a job in Barack Obama’s White House in 2012.
The article goes on to state the following:
Her assignment – with mic in hand – was to record everything the president said, type it up, and release the transcript to the press office and presidential archive.
She also made copious notes on the details of her personal life while traveling to more than 60 countries over five years on Air Force One, and witnessing Obama’s life in midair.
‘Traveling with the president is like summer camp on steroids – a week on the road is like a year at home’, Dorey-Stein writes in her new memoir, From the Corner of the Oval, published by Spiegel & Grau on July 10, 2018.
Her new job would give her insight into the obscure party culture within the press pool, a glimpse of the president’s personal life, and would even land her in a love affair with a White House staffer.
She worked out on a treadmill next to the president, who often ‘trash-talked’ her, goaded her to run faster, and taught her to be optimistic.
Beck saw how Obama coped with stress and grief over 60 foreign trips, cracked his Nicorette gum to keep from smoking, and on one occasion told stories about how he met Michelle and how she tried to pass him off to one of her friends.
Other excerpts from the report include the following:
Her first overseas trips on Air Force One took her to Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia where Obama requested an unscheduled stop at the Shwedagon Pagoda, the oldest Buddhist stupa in the world. Looking out of the plane’s window while flying into Myanmar, Obama saw the glare of the 451 diamonds encrusting the top of the Buddha and requested a stop.
On international trips, media chipped in and chartered a private plane dubbed the ‘party plane.’ Neither POTUS or senior White House staff traveled on it and the president stayed at a different hotel.
She describes experiencing ‘the best sleepover party ever’ where everyone took their drug of choice on long flights – Sonata, Xanax or Ambien – which made any ‘awkward intimacy with colleagues suddenly just funny and bizarre,’ she writes.
The Daily Mail concludes their exclusive report with the following:
The author stayed on with the Trump administration – or what she describes as the ‘insane clown posse’ – and the White House executive parking lot now filled with Porsches and Maseratis’s instead of Priuses and Chevys.
What was once joy has become ‘a waking nightmare. I’m now a stenographer in the Trump administration’.
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@Beck Dorey-Stein If you don’t like working for the Greatest President Donald J. Trump no one is asking you to stay. Get the heck out and let someone who deserves to work for him in your stead. No one is forcing you. Buh Bye
— I’mJustaGirl (@DottieBoyes) June 13, 2018
— LibraryThing.com (@LibraryThing) June 6, 2018
What if you lived out the drama of your 20s from aboard Air Force One? Beck Dorey-Stein’s FROM THE CORNER OF THE OVAL takes readers inside the Obama White House as she learns the ropes, falls in love, and tries to find her place in the world.
— Random House (@randomhouse) May 15, 2018
In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein was scraping by in Washington DC when a post on Craigslist landed her, improbably, in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama’s stenographers. A compulsively readable, behind-the-scenes memoir that takes readers inside the Obama White House. Out 12th July pic.twitter.com/KshPcnInVK
— WaterstonesPicc (@WaterstonesPicc) May 12, 2018
Back at my desk after a mega week away, and look at this in real life! @CaroSanderson’s amazing interview with Beck Dorey-Stein of #FromtheCorneroftheOvalOffice. We’ve run out of proofs, so printing more! In soon, publishing JULY pic.twitter.com/fNPEreXjnT
— Sophie Christopher (@sophiechristoph) April 30, 2018
— John Fish (@Thelastword1962) April 29, 2018