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Thanks for the Memories, Mr. President : Wit and Wisdom from the Front Row at the White House

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  148 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
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 chronicle of the American presidency. Currently a columnist for Hearst and a former White House bureau chief for UPI, Helen Thomas has covered an astounding nine presidential administrations -- from Kennedy through George W. ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 6th 2003 by R J Stewart Books (first published May 17th 2002)
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Jan 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, memoirs
Much to my chagrin, most of the "memories" within the book are NOT those of Helen Thomas. She compiled various anecdotes from various members of the White House staff and the press corps and threw them together with no overall sense of cohesion (save the chapter division by president).

I have a beautifully autographed copy of the book and cherish it because I know Helen Thomas has been capable of a lot more "wit and wisdom" in her many years as a journalist than what this book reflects. If you ar
Sue J
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
An interesting look at the Presidents who had the "pleasure and/or pain to have been questioned by Helen Thomas during their administrations. The addition of other people's choice comments was also quite interesting!
Nov 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Helen Thomas has been part of the White House press corp since the Kennedy administration. In an earlier book, Front Row at the White House, she provided a serious memoir of her professional life. In this volume, she recalls the lighter moments, humorous anecdotes about the Presidents or their staffs.

There are some funny bits here. Recalling an attempt by some of Richard Nixon’s colleagues to dig up some roast-worthy stories on him, Thomas writes,

They called his secretary, Rosemary Woods, and to
Apr 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: never-finished, audio
This totally reads like the second book of someone who had the content for one good book. I'm sure the publisher convinced her to do another, so she had to stretch to fill the pages. As a result, some of the anecdotes are interesting, but many reach beyond the kind of detail that anyone wants to know about even a president. They're either boring or just don't make sense unless you were there or at least lived during that time. Someone like my dad, who lived through these presidencies and has rea ...more
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes political humor!
HILARIOUS. There were many, many points in this book where I chuckled and a handful where I laughed so hard I had to close the book and my husband asked what was so funny. I really enjoyed this glimpse in to the White House, the quips of several presidents, and the pretty hilarious moments the press was forced to endure. Helen Thomas didn't cloud this book with her personal opinions, but filled it with memories and quotes that showed just how down to earth the most powerful men on earth could be ...more
Sandra Strange
Knowing who Helen Thomas is, I expected a cool but heavy read about presidents and politics. Instead, this book is a chatty collection of amusing anecdotes about our last presidents from the 1950's on. One learns which presidents had senses of humor and how they evinced them. It was a fun and informative read. Warning: some of the presidential humor Thomas sites is adult PG13.
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I shouldn't be surprised at my need to analyze the field after so many years embroiled in the day-to-day operations. The surprose is how thoroughly Thomas rakes the current operation over the coals and with such solid foundation in the true meaning and use of the press. I plan to finiash reading all of her books this summer.
Apr 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
Enjoyable read the night before an election. Many humorous anecdotes, but this quote from JFK's Profile in Courage stood out. "At times, it feels as if American politics consists largely of candidates without ideals hiring consultants without conviction to stage campaigns without concern. Increasingly, the result is elections without voters." Fifty five years later......
Lucy Allen
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
Not very interesting... series of anecdotes about the press and the presidents of the last 50 years... most of this material was ho hum
Mar 29, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another perspective of women in politics
Nov 26, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: beach-read
Pretty funny, but not nearly as funny as you would hope.
Richard Jespers
Dec 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Light reading but insightful in regard to the last six presidents.
Oct 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
Not rolling in the aisles funny that I expected it to be.
a pleasant read from a press corps general.
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Helen Thomas was a noted news service reporter, a Hearst Newspapers columnist, and member of the White House Press Corps. She served for fifty-seven years as a correspondent and, later, White House bureau chief for United Press International (UPI). Thomas covered every president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama, was the first woman officer of the National Press Club, was the first woman member ...more
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“Early on in Carter's presidential bid, I tried to cover a Bible study class that he taught in Plains, Georgia. All of the male reporters were allowed in, but when I tried to enter, a man standing at the door blocked my way and told me ladies were not allowed in. 'I'm no lady, I'm a reporter,' I told him, and he stepped aside for me.” 5 likes
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