Alyssa Mastromonaco on her book Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

Alyssa Mastromonaco on How the White House Has Changed Since Obama Left

Alyssa Mastromonaco on How the White House Has Changed Since Obama Left

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
March 24 2017 7:51 PM

Feet off the Couch, Please

Alyssa Mastromonaco, who served as deputy chief of staff in Obama’s White House, on why mess ups like the Kellyanne Conway couch photo actually matter.

170324-thegist-alyssam
Alyssa Mastromonaco with President Barack Obama.

Twelve Books

Listen to Episode 707 of Slate’s The Gist:

gist_dailyemails
Advertisement

Alyssa Mastromonaco served as White House deputy chief of staff under Barack Obama. Her job was expansive—covering everything from interviewing James Comey to making sure the driveway of the Executive Office Building was repaved. Now, she’s written a memoir, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House.

In the Spiel, Republicans weren’t able to come up with a better plan than “Obamacare bad.” Failure was inevitable.

Today’s sponsors:

Green Mountain Coffee. Green Mountain Coffee is passionate about making a smoother-tasting cup. Try it today with $4 off when you buy two boxes of most Green Mountain Coffee K-Cup pods at Keurig.com with code TRYGMC.

Policy Genius. Shop and compare all the top-rated life insurance companies in one place. Go to PolicyGenius.com today to save more than 40 percent off other prices for life insurance.

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at Slate.com/gistplus.

Join the discussion of this episode on Facebook.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.