White House staffers dish on private lives of presidents in new book

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White House Staffers Talk About Private Lives of Presidents in New Book


When Lyndon Johnson was president, he apparently demanded the White House staff install a specialized shower that had the strength of a fire hydrant and nozzles pointed directly at his, well, manhood.

That's one of the more bizarre stories profiled in "The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House" which hit shelves Tuesday.

Author Kate Andersen Brower spent four years covering the Obama administration for Bloomberg before writing the book.

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WASHINGTON, : US President Bill Clinton waves as he walks with First Lady Hillary Clinton across the South Lawn at the White House, 30 December 1994, to a waiting helicopter for a flight to Camp David, Maryland. The Clintons are scheduled to spend the New Year in Hilton Head, South Carolina. (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: US President Bill Clinton (R) and First Lady Hillary Clinton (L) talk to chidren dressed as elves 11 December on their way to their seats for the taping of the thirteenth annual 'Christmas in Washington' television special held at the National Building Museum. The event is a benefit for the Children's National Medical Center. (COLOR KEY: Mrs. Clinton wears red.) (Photo credit should read ROBERT GIROUX/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Bill Clinton (C), First Lady Hillary (R), and daughter Chelsea leave church after Christmas morning services, 25 December 1994, in Washington. (Photo credit should read PAMELA PRICE/AFP/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 10: (L-R) Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, their daughter Chealsea Clinton and Huma Abedin leave the official memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium December 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Over 60 heads of state have travelled to South Africa to attend a week of events commemorating the life of former South African President Nelson Mandela. Mr Mandela passed away on the evening of December 5, 2013 at his home in Houghton at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in jail for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, : US President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary wave to reporters as they leave United Foundry Methodist Church 12 June 1994. Clinton is due to receive Japanese Emperor Akihito 13 June at the White House. (Photo credit should read JOSHUA ROBERTS/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Bill Clinton (l) in a picture taken 12 July 1994 in Berlin, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Hannelore Kohl and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl stroll from the Reichstag (Parliament) the Brandenburg Gate, during the Clinton's two-day official visit to Germany. (Photo credit should read LUKE FRAZZA/AFP/Getty Images)
EDISON, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: U.S. President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton confer before the President delivered a speech on health care 16 Februay 1994 in Edison, NJ to members of the American Association of Retired Persons at Middlesex County College. (Photo credit should read TIMOPHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
US President George W. Bush (L) and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smile during a welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington 07 May 2007. The monarch and her husband, Prince Philip, were greeted at the presidential mansion in brilliant sunshine by about 7,000 guests, including members of Congress, Bush cabinet officials and British diplomats. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
SLUG: PH-QUEEN2 DATE: May 7, 2007 CREDIT: Susan Biddle / TWP. Washington, DC EDITOR: Jill President and Mrs. Bush hosted a state dinner for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at the White House. Here the Queen and Prince Philip have just arrived at north portico. (Photo by Susan Biddle/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
Washington, UNITED STATES: US President George W. Bush (R) listens to a performance by violinist Itzhak Perlman with US First Lady Laura Bush (C) and Queen Elizabeth II (L) in the East Room after a State Dinner at the White House in Washington, DC, 07 May 2007. The British monarch and the US president solemnly toasted the tight bonds between their countries, in the grandest White House dinner of Bush's administration. AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Washington, UNITED STATES: US President George W. Bush escorts Queen Elizabeth II after a performance by violinist Itzhak Perlman in the East Room following a State Dinner at the White House in Washington, DC, 07 May 2007. The British monarch and the US president solemnly toasted the tight bonds between their countries, in the grandest White House dinner of Bush's administration. AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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As part of her research, she conducted more than 100 interviews with current and former White House employees who revealed what they witnessed while serving America's first families.

This book is different from most of its kind in that the staffers spilling the stories are actually named.

"With bosses who live and work, employees who work in the executive mansion staff, quickly become members of the family. Bowling with president Nixon. Playing horseshoes with the first president Bush," an NBC reporter said.

The portions of the book likely to get the most attention are those that detail spats between Hillary and Bill Clinton.

"One of the staffers was called up to their bedroom, and there was blood on the bed and everyone on the staff. It was rumored that this was because she hit him, that she clocked him with the book," Brower said on Fox and Friends.

The book is full of other juicy claims, but the following might be our favorite.

When Queen Elizabeth visited 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., she apparently asked for a special chair be installed over her toilet seat -- "almost like a throne."

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