My First Ladies
Twenty-Five Years As the White House Chief Floral Designer
Nancy Clarke & Christie Matheson
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
In this book Nancy Clarke reveals the touching, funny, and illuminating story of what it was like to serve under six administrations and to help each first lady find her own personal style when it came to planning flower designs, state dinners, and holiday festivities in the White House. You'll learn how Nancy gave comfort to Nancy Reagan when she discovered she had cancer and how she helped Laura Bush to gain the confidence to select bright, bold flower arrangements over the more conservative palettes she had used in her first years as first lady. You'll see the deep bond that developed between Nancy Clarke and Barbara Bush and you'll feel what it was like to be standing in a bunker right next to President Bush in the days following 9/11. Only Nancy Clarke can reveal the inside story of what it was like to work for more than 30 years in the White House she called her second home.
From Publishers Weekly
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I was moved to tears
I have always had a fascination with the White House, I mean really, how many people get to call it home or work there on a dial basis, not many!
However, in Nancy's book you are lent a upfront and personal view of what daily life in that house is like, with all the glamour, dedication and sometimes hard work (and even harder political events) that go with the huge responsibility to our country and it's people. I must say she brings to light a whole other side many people do not think of.
And if you're familiar with HGTV's Christmas Specials abut the White House and it's decorations then you are already familiar with Nancy and the incredible work that goes in to making it such a fantasy! I only wish I too could thank her for all her dedication and talent as I always looked forward to seeing what she would create. Best wishes Nancy you deserve all the happiness and joy that you brought to others through your imagination and dedication to the White House!