Prisoners of the White House looks at the isolation experienced by presidents of the United States in the White House, a habitat almost guaranteed to keep America's commander in chief far removed from everyday life. The authors look at how this is emerging as one of the most serious dilemmas facing the American presidency. As presidents have become more isolated, the role of the presidential pollster has grown. Ken Walsh has been given exclusive access to the polls and confidential memos received by presidents over the years, and has interviewed presidential pollsters directly to gain their unique perspective. Prisoners of the White House gets inside the bubble and punctures the mythology surrounding the presidency.
Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1 Trapped in "the Bubble" PART I Four Who Lost the People Chapter 2 Lyndon B. Johnson: From Outreach to Isolation Chapter 3 Richard Nixon: In the Bunker Chapter 4 Jimmy Carter: Good Intentions, Bad Outcomes Chapter 5 George H. W. Bush: Missing the Obvious PART II Two Defiant Princes Chapter 6 John F. Kennedy and George W. Bush: Strange Bedfellows PART III Five Who Stayed Connected Chapter 7 Franklin Roosevelt: Reading the Nation's Pulse with Eleanor Chapter 8 Harry Truman: Connected to Everyman Chapter 9 Ronald Reagan: Middle-Class Roots Chapter 10 Bill Clinton: Escapes from Disaster Chapter 11 Barack Obama: Beyond the Beltway PART IV From Wizards to Chicken Peddlers Chapter 12 The Wizards of the White House Chapter 13 Breaking Out of the Bubble Notes Bibliography Index About the Author