From the Corner of the Oval Office: One Woman’s True Story of Her Accidental Career in the Obama White House
The compulsively readable, behind-the-scenes memoir that takes readers inside the Obama White House, through the eyes of a young staffer learning the ropes, falling in love and finding her place in the world.
'Who knew the West Wing could be so sexy? Beck’s unparalleled access is obvious on every page, along with her knife-sharp humour... Lots of books claim to give...more
Most convincingly, Dan got remarried in November 2016 (same as Jason) to another White House staffer. Jason seemed to be involved with a few WH employees after (while?) dating Stein. He doesn't appear in the book, while Marvin Nicholson appears a few times and is described as "goofy." (less)
Beck Dorey-Stein was a twenty-something former teacher unsure of not only what she wanted to do with her future, but whether she'd even be able to find a job to sustain her until she figured out her life. Living in Washington, DC to be closer to her boyfriend, she cobbles together a number of part-time jobs to make ends meet, but she's envious of those who know what they want.
When she answers a Craigslist posting for a job, she figures it won't amount to anything. She's more than ...more
It may well be my age, or experience level, but I read it as a personal struggle for emotional and professional maturity more than a political memoir. And, after wading through her rather repetitive series of disappointing relationships with lovers, she didn't grow emotionally, so ...more
About 80% of the book is the life-story of Beck who acts like a teenager throughout: she’s constantly drunk, she cheats on her boyfriend wh ...more
The author's job as a stenographer is ordinary, but the setting is extraordinary. She is open-hearted and funny and allows us glimpses of the Oval Office and Air Force One. From her "corner," she is privy to an extraordinary view of Obama, whom she adores. ...more
In 2012, Beck Dorey-Steinback was just scraping by in DC, when a posting on Craigslist landed her, most improbably, in the oval office as one of Barack Obama stenographers. She joined the elite team who accompanied the President wherever he went and recorded and transcribed all of his talks. She traveled across time zones, and forge friendships with a group of fellow travelers-young men and women who, like her herse ...more
While it began strongly, Beck gets caught up in the trap of drinking with and sleeping with her co-workers. I’m not sure how she got anything done as drunk as she always is and not really picky about who she is sleeping with.
We got a few interesting glimpses of Obama and other staff members, but it was all overshadowed by her almost teen-aged angst and sleeping with men already in ...more
Do you remember when you would write in your diary or journal, and then ten years, two years, six months later, you would read what you wrote and think my God, what an idiot I was!?! I seriously believe Dorey-Stein is somewhere, already cringing... at least I hope. She may not be self-aware enough.
Things I hate about this memoir so far: Beck's terrible boyfriend Sam. Sam calls her "cookie" affectionately ...more
Non fiction is not a genre that I read a whole lot of. Non fiction—especially biographies etc—aren’t not my thing, but ever once in a while a non fiction book comes up that captures my eye and this was one of those books.
The summary promised the most random story—a woman lands a job at the White House via Craig’s List.
Yes you read that right. Craig’s List. The White House. Stenographer for the President. Yes—THE POTUS. What the actual *&%????? Sol ...more
It's not so much about the inn ...more
I found this book to be in turns engrossing and frustrating.
First, I picked this book up solely because I saw the author was a stenographer. For about seven years, I assisted in the training of realtime machine stenographers at the now-defunct AIB College of Business in Des Moines, Iowa. I was the department dictator, helping instructors read court transcripts out loud to the students, usually taking the part of the witness in the testimony selections. ( ...more
5 Stars !
As a writer, Ms. Dorey-Stein commits the unforgivable sin: She made me not care a whit about her or her White House experience.
Dorey-Stein in her book seems fundamentally the same as Dorey-Stein in person. Of course, it’s still just a glancing knowledge, but she’s remarkably candid in both settings. She had be ...more