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White House Doctor: Behind the Scenes with the Clinton and Bush Families

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  248 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
A riveting look into the personal lives of our presidents through the eyes of their White House doctor

Dr. Connie Mariano served 9 years at the White House under Presidents George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. She participated in world headline-making news events and traveled all over the world. She cared for visiting dignitaries and was charged with
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2010)
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Tara Chevrestt
First, thumbs up to Dr. Connie Mariano for being only the second female white house phsycian in American history and the FIRST Filipino American White House Doctor AND becoming the first Filipino American Admiral in the US Navy. That's all quite an accomplishment.

Now, about the book.. It was a very eye opening read about life in the white house and following the president around for 9 years. Dr. M, a Navy doctor, first steps into the position as a white house doctor thinking it will be a two ye
Alyce (At Home With Books)
As memoirs go The White House Doctor was both fun and informative. I like both political and medical memoirs, so this book was one that I gravitated toward naturally.

I hadn’t realized prior to reading this book that the White House had its own medical team that travels everywhere with the president, but it does make sense if you think about it. I had been hoping for the inside scoop on the lives of the presidents and their families, but realized that there is doctor-patient confidentiality, so I
Dec 02, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Only read half way through and was through.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pros: Interesting look at the White House through the eyes of the military doctor that served Bush (#43) briefly and then Clinton.

Cons: I really did not like the author. She is a rich Asian doctor whose patients are American Presidents, but she constantly acts like a whiny victim. She is in the military, but gets personally offended anytime she is tested (or looked at funny) by new teammates. She repeatedly claims the title "person of color" and associates herself with the suffering of her "sist
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prior to reading this book, I never gave much thought to the fact that the U.S. President has his own personal physician, who is unlikely to be the physician he had prior to taking office. Mariano served as the President's physician at the end of the George H.W. Bush presidency and the entire Clinton presidency, taking care of things as minor as the former's blister from a new set of golf shoes, to getting the latter to the hospital ASAP after he severely injured his leg after a mis-step on a se ...more
Mar 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The White House Doctor, CONNIE MARIANO is the first female director of the white house medical unit and the first Filipino-American to become a navy rear admiral. She served and cared George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton for nine years in Washington. She born in 1955 as the daughter of a U.S. Navy steward in the Philippines, she was appointed a White House physician by the navy in 1992, and her mettle was thoroughly tested during medical emergencies—and political storms. Whether helping to treat Bu ...more
2.5 Stars
This autobiography of Connie Mariano is very interesting story of the behind the scenes workings of protecting the first families. The White House doctor is a crucial role in the team of folks that are ALWAYS with the president and as such, develop close relationships. Connie serves under Bush, Sr and then all 8 years of the Clinton administration. During this time, she gets promoted to rear admiral, becomes director of the white house medical unit, and travels quite extensively. Unfort
Jul 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Connie Mariano is only the second female doctor -- and first Filipina -- to be the President's physician and to head the White House Medical Unit. In this memoir, Dr. Connie, a Navy officer, recounts stories of preparing for the worst-case-scenario (assassination) to digging for a BandAid in her medical bag on a golf course for President George H. Bush to forming lasting bonds with Filipino cooks who served in the kitchen like her father before them.

Dr. Connie served the last year of George H.
Sep 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like behind the scenes books, there is always so much more going on that we never hear about. Dr. Mariano became the White House doctor near the end of George Bush's (sr) term of office and continued throughout the Clinton era. Taking her job very seriously she always referred to the president as "my patient." His safely and health was always formost in her mind, unfortunately above that of her own family. I learned a bit such as the president never travels without the doctor trailing along, b ...more
A fascinating behind-the-scenes account of the work of the White House medical team and in particular, Dr. Mariano, physician to presidents H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. It never occurred to me that the president would have a medical team but it does make sense for doctors to trail the leader of the free world on every excursion. Dr. Mariano's overhaul of the White House medical system and her sheer determination to prove herself as a woman of color make for inspiring reading. The main dark cloud ...more
Oct 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rear Admiral Connie Mariano was only the second woman to serve as the President's primary physician and she was the first Filipina officer to become an Admiral. Pretty impressive. An interesting look at the responsibilities of medical personnel who serve in the White House. Dr. Mariano served there for 9 years--a year with George and Barbara Bush and 8 years with the Clintons. This book would have been vastly improved with the assistance of an experienced editor. As it is, it rambles and retells ...more
May 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Interesting "behind the scenes" look at the White House Medical Unit. Dr. Marino was certainly an overachiever, but, as you'll see, at the expense of her family. maybe that's the real story here (Tip for Rahm Emanuel - read this book!). Otherwise, a somewhat overdramatic chronology of the unit's work during the Cinton Administration. Somewhat rambling toward the end, as if her editor said that she needed to fill x number of pages, but really didn't have anything else to say. None theless, nod a ...more
Jun 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Although I am not at all interested in politics, I chose to read this book because it includes several pages about two friends of mine. It did give me quite a bit of insight into what goes on behind the scenes in the White House and into how expensive it is to protect the first family, both in the US and abroad. Mariano shared some tidbits of personalities of those people she was physician for in the White House without sounding like she was presenting a "tell all" gossip tabloid. I liked her st ...more
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bios-memoirs, medical
Connie Mariano's book "The White House Doctor" is really a memoir, which includes many stories about her upbringing as well as her time spent as a White Doctor during the Bush and Clinton administrations. It is more about the workings of the White House than a story of a medical doctor, as she is lucky to have few emergencies on her watch. It is a fast, easy read and it is told with humor and grace, I recommend it. I appreciated the fact that in the last chapter, she updated the reader on her li ...more
Karen Rovner
Honestly written, an inspirational story.
When one writes so openly about their personal family situation it 19s hard not to believe what she wrote about the Presidents, specifically President Clinton and Hilliary.
Throughout the book I had often wondered and worried about her husband and two boys 13 how were they doing with Dr Connie being GONE for so much of their lives?
But Dr. Connie confesses to the hard truth about what she had to give up to serve the President and First Family. Interesting r
Bob Duncomb
Dr. Connie Mariano was the doctor for all eight of Bill & Hillary's years in the White House. She takes you inside the White House and across the world travelling with the always charming Bill Clinton. The pressures of having to tell the first patient, "you need to stay off your feet" or "you need to let your voice rest" or tell Hillary that she really needs to go to Bethesda NOW for that blood clot. But the sadder part of the story is that her "dream job" cost her her marriage and her famil ...more
Eva Nickelson
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Oct 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this. However, I also thought that the author was a bit dramatic in her presentation of her time in the White House. While many historic events took place, she didn't have much to do with them and seems to force herself into them. (She did have to do the blood draw that was used to provide Clinton's DNA in the Lewinsky investigation. Interesting.) Most of the stories are tame and any points of interest come from the daily details describing life in the White House.
Oct 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was good, definitely not great. She tries to organize it by topics, rather than chronologically. That made things confusing at times, but I really enjoyed the anecdotes about the presidents and their families. I'd liked the "insider info". She was rather redundant at times and made way too many references to overcoming her Philippine ancestry. Ultimately, though, I found it interesting and enjoyed it.
Jul 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is interesting and the style engaging, but I found myself skimming through the last third or so of the book. Each chapter just started to seem like more of the same. Also, the author skips around a lot chronologically, and this was very confusing and off-putting. It would have been better if it had been shorter and better-organized.
Jan 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In some ways, this was an interesting book because I knew nothing about presidential doctors. On the other hand, it wasn't a book I'd recommend others read! Dr. Mariano is to be respected for all that she achieved, although she lost her family in the process. It sure is hard to imagine working so closely with the president.
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly enjoyed this book. It is a great behind-the-scenes look into the life of the POTUS and his Dr. I enjoyed getting a grasp of the grueling schedule they maintain, day in and day out! I recommend this book if you have any interest in the medical profession.
Peggy Lo
Jul 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I saw her on the Daily Show and was pretty fascinated by the snippet she provided. I never thought that they would have a doctor who followed the president around, even though that makes sense. She provides a cool behind the scenes look about herself, her upbringing, and the job
Jul 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, this is a well-written anecdotal autobiography about her career as only the 2nd woman appointed Chief of the White House Medical Unit. It does meander a bit in the end, but this doesn't take away from it being an important must-read for Filipino Americans and/or U.S. history buffs.
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting to know how the president is escorted medically. Insight in to the senior Bush president and the Clinton presidency. Enjoyable memoir and interspersing information about White House medicine.
Lauren orso
Jul 07, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2010
she really could've halved the length by substituting an acronym for "first asian-american woman filipina doctor and admiral, daughter of a navy steward."

alas, i will read anything any doctor of bill clinton writes, and you heard that here first.
Mar 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this. It was a random pull off the library's "New" shelf, but it was well-written and an interesting look at one particular perspective on the presidency. Nothing earth-shattering, but worth the time to read.
Apr 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not terribly exciting, but did provide some nice detail about what is like behind the scenes at the White House.
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read. She had an unusual career.
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