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My First Ladies

Twenty-Five Years As the White House Chief Floral Designer

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

Oct 10, 2011 – In this light-hearted memoir, retired White House Chief Floral Designer Clarke shares her memories of working for first ladies from Rosalynn Carter to Michelle Obama. For 25 years, Clarke worked with the presidential spouses and their staffs on a daily basis, creating floral arrangements for everything from the president's private quarters, to elaborate state dinners fit for a queen. Clarke writes in glowing terms about all the first ladies, but she also paints an intimate portrait of each. Her success as chief floral designer depended on her being a careful student of their idiosyncratic tastes and temperaments. Readers may also be interested in learning how national events, such as the 2000 election uncertainty, the Clinton impeachment, and the terrifying events of 9/11, were experienced by the behind-the-scenes White House staff. There are no shocking revelations in these pages, but Clarke's memories will entertain those who would like a glimpse inside America's most famous house. 29 color photographs.

Customer Reviews

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!

My First Ladies
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  • $10.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Oct 25, 2011
  • Publisher: Sellers Publishing
  • Seller: Sellers Publishing, Inc.
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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