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.

Alyssa Mastromonaco with President Barack Obama.

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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.

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