As the administrations change in the White House, the jobs inside the executive mansion attract the public’s attention more than usual. Their moves make headlines, as new names are put forward, departing advisors might kiss and tell, and even the executive chef will be getting new marching orders.
White House jobs in the Trump administration, perhaps more than others in recent history, have made news—especially for the astounding turnover rate that topped 92% by the waning days of the term. The first resignation had come within a month of Trump’s inauguration with the forced departure of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, and, with four chiefs of staff, turnover in just 32 months outpaced that of the five preceding presidents’ first full terms.
Looking back, other White House jobs became household words during the Watergate scandal of the 1970s that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Caught up in the political treachery were Chuck Colson, special advisor to the president; John Ehrlichman, advisor for domestic affairs; White House counsel John Dean; chief of staff H.R. Haldeman; and communications adviser Jeb Magruder—all of whom went to prison.
On a gentler, albeit fictional note, many people know, and love, White House staffers from the popular television drama “The West Wing,” from heartthrob speechwriter Sam Seaborn played by Rob Lowe and gruff communications director Toby Ziegler played by Richard Schiff to the workaholic chief of staff Leo McGarry played by John Spencer and the brilliant press secretary C.J. Cregg portrayed by Allison Janney.
In real life, Stacker compiled a list of 25 jobs in the White House, taking a look at their responsibilities and history, by consulting official White House and government websites, news reports and interviews, historical accounts, and academic sources.
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