This was an interesting and enjoyable read. This provided an insiders look at the personalities and styles of the first ladies and their famous husbands. At times intimate and humorous, it was never trite or gossipy. Mr. West was a gentleman and also a supportive friend as he carried out his demanding role. An amazing amount of activity goes on behind the scenes as the President and his family carry out their social and diplomatic obligations. Adjusting to different occupants, sometimes with a short turn around time, redecorating and moving furniture and pictures, incorporating varied food and entertaining preferences, and housing a steady flow of visitors from family members to royalty kept the staff hopping. It was especially good to read in the middle of an election year and to speculate about who might be the next residents.