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

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