Alyssa Mastromonaco - "Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House"
This is a warts-and-all account of Alyssa’s time at the White House, putting out fires, meeting with world leaders and occasionally winning elections. Less political diatribe than a gossip session—Mastromonaco delves into funny stories that never saw the light of day, including meeting the Queen of England in jeans, tussling with President Karzai's guards, and having a bad case of IBS while visiting the Holy See at the Vatican. WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA? is an intimate and admiring portrait of President Obama, a relatable book of advice for young women, and a witty look back at one of the most historic presidencies in American history.
Alyssa Mastromonaco is Chief Operating Office at VICE Media in Williamsburg, NY. Previously she served as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the White House from 2011-2014 and as Assistant to the President and Director of Scheduling and Advance at the White House from 2009-2011 worked for Senator Obama on his campaign and in his Senate Office and PAC since 2005. Earlier in her career she was Director of Scheduling for Senator John Kerry's presidential campaign in 2004 and before that was Press Secretary for Congressman Rick Boucher. Mastromonaco serves on the Board of Trustees for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She also serves on the Board of Director for HeadCount.org, Board of Visitors for the University of Wisconsin Political Science Department and the board of the University of Vermont Honors College. She is also a contributing editor at Marie Claire. Ms. Mastromonaco received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1998.
She is also a Rhinebeck native!
"WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA? is everything we've come to know and love about Alyssa over the decade we worked with her: brilliant, funny, grounded, and inspiring. Anyone who's interested in politics - especially young people - should read this book."―Dan Pfeiffer and Jon Favreau, former communications director and speechwriter for President Barack Obama