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From the Corner of the Oval



One Woman’s True Story of Her Accidental Career in the Obama White House





Beck Dorey-Stein



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Table of Contents





Foreword

Chapter One: Introducing From the Corner of the Oval

Chapter Two: Analysis & Review of From the Corner of the Oval

Chapter Three: The Impact of From the Corner of the Oval

Chapter Four: Let’s Meet Beck Dorey-Stein

Chapter Five: Making it Uniquely Yours

Chapter Six: Create Your Own Discussion Prompts

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Chapter One: Introducing From the Corner of the Oval



Dorey-Stein’s memoir From the Corner of the Oval Office: One Woman’s True Story of Her Accidental Career in the Obama White House has the White House as the backdrop of her story. Filled with drama, glamour, and intrigue, she shares how she got her heart broken, how she made unlikely friendships, how she learned what truly matters and eventually found her own voice.

Prior to becoming Obama's staff, Dorey-Stein was an ultimate DC outsider. Then with her job, she joined the elite presidential team who accompanied President Obama wherever he went. Armed with a recorder and a mic, she travels with the team across time zones. She forged lasting friendships with her fellow Air Force One travelers. They were young men and women who have just left their real lives behind to be aboard the prestigious aircraft. Together with these young staffers, she learned the ropes in the White House and the jargon that go with them. "The Pool" refers to 13 reporters and photographers who travel with the President. They were the White House press corps. They refer to President Barack Obama as "The President" or "POTUS, " never his last name. She recorded the interactions between Obama and the press. She records conversations with world leaders and other politicians. She traveled around the world with the President on board Air Force One. She roamed around the halls of the West Wing. In all these, she needs to wear one shiny red metal pin. This allows staffers to go wherever POTUS goes. Except of course, "secondary hold,’ which is code for the bathroom.” The staff aboard Air Force One need to make “bag calls.” This means that they were required to deposit their suitcase at a particular time in the morning so they won’t carry it around all day.

In her book, she tracks her romantic involvements throughout her six years of service in the White House. She pegs many of her life’s personal events to the same major moments that happened during the Obama administration. As she learned the ropes of protocol in the White House, she became romantically entangled with a fellow White House insider. During those six years, Dorey-Stein cheated on her boyfriend with this White House staff. He was charming, and Dorey-Stein was head over heels. Suddenly, Dorey-Stein can’t see the line that separates the political from the personal. She juggled this romantic affair while she was in a relationship with her boyfriend who was a campaign advisor.

Apart from her interactions with the men in her life, Dorey-Stein shares her friendships with other staffers. She also shares about her occasional encounters with the President at the gym. She said that the President first talked with her while she was on a treadmill. She first thought that it was a Secret Service agent talking, but it was the president. He said, ‘I thought you’d be faster than that.’ Dorey-Stein shared that the president had a great sense of humor and that he likes catching people on their heels. She felt the respect that Obama had for her. In her mind, Obama likes her; probably he was thinking, 'This girl is always in here, and it’s not because I’m in here.' They share a bond that athletes have. The last time she was on a treadmill beside him, Obama waved at him and wiggled her fingers. It was the way he waves at his daughters. Dorey-Stein said to herself, “I have made it. He likes me for sure."

Discussion Prompt 1: Dorey-Stein found herself in the Oval Office, in the White House. She worked under former President Barack Obama. What was Dorey-Stein’s job in the Oval Office?



Discussion Prompt 2: Prior to becoming Obama’s staff, Dorey-Stein was an ultimate DC outsider. Then with her job, she joined the elite presidential team. What was Dorey-Stein’s job prior to the White House?



Discussion Prompt 3: Armed with a recorder and a mic, Dorey-Stein traveled with the team across time zones. She forged friendships with her fellow Air Force One travelers. To what countries did she travel to aboard Air Force One?



Discussion Prompt 4: Together with her fellow young staffers, Dorey-Stein learned the ropes in the White House and the jargon that go with them. What are the White House jargons she learned?



Discussion Prompt 5: Dorey-Stein recorded the interactions between Obama and the press, with world leaders and other politicians. What jargon does the White House staff use to refer to the President?



Discussion Prompt 6: As Dorey-Stein learned the ropes in the White House, she became romantically entangled with a fellow White House insider. His real name was changed in the book. What was his name in the book?



Discussion Prompt 7: As she continued with her romantic affair with a fellow White House staffer, Dorey-Stein found that the line that separates the political from the personal blurred. How did this affect their affair?



Discussion Prompt 8: In the book, Dorey-Stein pegs many of her life’s personal events to the same major moments that happened during the Obama administration. What were major events during the Obama administration mentioned in the book?



Discussion Prompt 9: Dorey-Stein juggled this romantic affair while she was in a relationship with her boyfriend who was a campaign advisor. How did she hide her affair from her boyfriend?


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