West Winging It: An Un-Presidential Memoir

Pat Cunnane (Author)

Product Details

Gallery Books
Publish Date
April 17, 2018
6.1 X 1.3 X 9.1 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

Pat Cunnane was President Barack Obama's senior writer and deputy director of messaging at the White House where he worked for six years in many roles, responsible for everything from traveling with the President across the country and around the world on Air Force One to writing statements, jokes, op-eds, and more in the President's voice. Pat conceptualized, managed, and cowrote the President's appearance on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld, which quickly shattered the series' viewership records and garnered an Emmy nomination. Pat graduated from the University of Miami Honors School where he studied political science, journalism, and screenwriting. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, where he now works as a writer on the TV series Designated Survivor, starring Kiefer Sutherland. He has written for the New Yorker.


"Of all of President Obama's staffers, Pat Cunnane was definitely one of them."----Dan Pfeiffer, cohost of Pod Save America and former senior advisor
..".But seriously, Pat tells a funny, moving story about working in the White House that is a must read for anyone who misses having Barack Obama as President."----Dan Pfeiffer
"As the only human who has worked with Pat in a real White House and now a fake one, I have the authority to tell you to read this book. It's good. And inspiring. And funny."----Kal Penn, star of Designated Survivor
"Sharp, funny, and true, West Winging It is a super fun journey for any reader--and for me, a wonderful trip down Memory Lane."----Alyssa Mastromonaco, New York Times bestselling author of Who Thought This Was a Good Idea and former deputy chief of staff
"Pat Cunnane captures the feeling that anyone with the opportunity to occupy a desk in the West Wing should have: astonishment at their improbable good fortune, and awe at the responsibility that comes with it. West Winging It is a fun, poignant reminder that the best part about working in the Obama White House was the people working with you, and knowing that everyone was there for the right reason: to try to do as much good, for as many people, as we possibly could."----Jay Carney, former press secretary
"West Winging It is the compelling true story of Pat Cunnane, who proves a talented, funny tour guide from his desk outside the Press Secretary's office. Pat reminds us that the responsibility and privilege of a job in the West Wing should be fun, even if it's not nearly as glamorous as it looks on TV."----Josh Earnest, former Press Secretary
"With all that's going on in Washington these days, it's refreshing to read about the lighter moments inside a somewhat more normal White House."----Rob Reiner, actor and director
"[A] fitfully funny, often earnest insider's look at the Obama era... a warm and observant portrait of what it's like to work for the White House...When he's truly candid, Cunnane nails it."----Kirkus
"A fond look back...has the snappy, sunny vibe of a period that ended less than two years ago but seems like another century."----USA Today