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How to Be President

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Congratulations! You've won the election and taken your oath. You wake up on your first day in the White House—now what do you do? Where's the bathroom? How do you get breakfast? What time is your first meeting? When can you use Air Force One? Can you order a pizza from the Oval Office? What line do you use for personal phone calls? This fully illustrated, how-to, hands-on ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Chronicle Books
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Scottsdale Public Library
Thinking of running for president? This fast, fun, and factual book has everything you need to know from day 1 about life in the White House. Who would do your laundry, what to do if the teleprompter fails, who has to pay for various events, and so much more!

-Lindsey D.-

Julian Dunn
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A quick read on the practices & customs of the White House. While the material is obviously from elsewhere (e.g. floor plans, history and so on) the choice of presentation format makes it really amusing. Maybe Trump should have this book... ...more
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, nonfiction
Fun, quick read simply crammed with details about everyday life in the White House, everything from who does the President's laundry (White House laundry staff), to known secret passages, presidential pets (John Quincy Adams had an alligator), and ghosts in the West Wing (there's a spirit of a black cat in the basement that is most often seen just before major disasters, such as assassinations or stock market crashes--the thing must be visible 24/7 lately). There's even a diagram of how many veh ...more
Apr 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved
I just read How to Be President: What to Do and Where to Go Once You're in Office by Stephen Williams. I think it was a really good book. It has lots of good information about the job of President and what it is like, and what it is like to work with and for the POTUS. You also learn about history and the nation's capital. I really liked how the author added humor in some places and just statistics and numbers in other places. I think that this book is really good and I would recommend it to any ...more
Aug 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who want to be the future president
When I first read this, I really did think I'd go to Harvard and be elected the first woman president of the U.S. Of course, I've grown up since then, but I still enjoy rereading this. From ordering breakfast in the White House to the architecture of the White House, this tells you everything you could ever need to know about being the president. Well, except for the actual political part. And along the way, there is actually some history tidbits thrown in. Enjoyable no matter how many times yo ...more
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in the details of a US president's typical day
Parts of this book are hiliarious.......does the president have to make his own bed in the morning? That's the level of detail we're talking about here. Stuff you'll never find anywhere else. Not at all dry.....I read this book in about 20 minutes. Found it on a point-of-sale rack at a Hallmark store and well worth $9.95.
Jul 13, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to learn about the U.S. President
I bought this one during my recent trip to the Clinton Presidential Library back in May, but did not get around to it until June.

See my note on the book at []
Greg Berghorn
Feb 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mike Karp
Shelves: the-deep-end
So now I know the answer to the age old question...does he really pay for his own dry cleaning? I'm not telling; you'll have to read the book.
Sierra Rush
Mar 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Interesting, I learned a lot about the white house and all the cool stuff the president gets.
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lovely, I now know what to do and all about my future office!
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Jun 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
A VERY quick read about the day-to-day business of being president. It's interesting and uncomplicated with some good basic information.
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Quick little read about the White House and what the President does all day. Should be especially interesting for kids, but adults will like it as well.
Jan 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Humorous and interesting look at how the White House and president really operate. Quick read, though. I finished it on a three-hour flight and wanted more!
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