FLIPPING THE WHITE HOUSE

Karl Rove

The last couple months I have been working as director of photography on a Discovery Channel special about White House transitions, called “Flipping the White House“. You know, finding out just what goes down when one administration exits and another one enters (such as the story about the “W” keys being removed from keyboards by outgoing Clinton staffers).

But my favorite interview so far has to be with the White House pastry chef, who had the pleasure of serving every president from Carter to George W. Bush. In each of those administrations he never served the same dessert twice.

We’ve had the opportunity to interview several people from previous administrations, which today included Karl Rove (a very funny and affable guy). We also toured the facility where all the inauguration floats are made. It’s run by Mr. Hargrove who has been at it since the Truman Administration. His warehouse of White House artifacts resembles that of the last scene in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (we saw the giant cowboy boot used in H.W.’s inauguration, and the crates storing the White House Christmas tree train).

 

But my favorite interview so far has to be with the White House pastry chef, who had the pleasure of serving every president from Carter to George W. Bush. In each of those administrations he never served the same dessert twice. “They can’t go out like you or I,” he said in his thick French accent. “So you have to keep them in-ter-ested.”

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