Madam President: A Novel
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With Madam President, current cohost of The View and former White House Communications Director Nicolle Wallace returns with an electrifying portrait of three powerful women on a day that will change the country forever.
Charlotte Kramer, the forty-fifth President of the United States, has done the unprecedented in allowing a network news team to document a day in her life—and that of her most senior staff. But while twenty news cameras are embedded with the president, the unthinkable happens: five major attacks are leveled on US soil. Her secretary of defense, Melanie, and her press secretary, Dale, must instantly jump to action in supporting the president and reassuring the country that the safety they treasure is in capable hands.
But secrets have always thrived in President Kramer’s White House. With all eyes on them and America’s stability on the line, all three women are hiding personal and professional secrets that could rock the West Wing to its very foundations…and change the lives of the people they love most.
With an insider’s sharp eye and her trademark winning prose, Nicolle Wallace delivers a timely novel of domestic and political intrigue that is impossible to put down.
These were the silly mother-daughter moments she felt she’d missed out on. As superficial and materialistic as trying on her dresses might be, it gave her an outsized amount of pleasure. Penny had started talking to her—really talking—after she’d traveled to California three weeks after the attacks to tell the twins that she and Peter had split for good. They went to lunch in Tiburon, and Charlotte told Penny and Harry all the things that parents think they are supposed to tell children when
Charlotte had agreed to participate in the “Day in the Life” and that she’d done so with minimal prodding. The network had assigned camera crews to all of the senior staff and the president and vice president. The idea was for the crews to follow each of them through an “ordinary” day in the West Wing. Crews would also be stationed in the president’s private kitchen, in the White House Mess where the senior staff ate most of their meals, and at all of the executive assistants’ desks to get a
also noticed that her Secret Service agents had started to move onto the stage. Charlotte forced her eyes to focus on the piece of paper. “There’s been an attack in New York City. We need to get back to the White House.” That was clear enough, but there were no instructions about what she was supposed to say to the audience. Her staff picked one hell of a time for her to start ad-libbing. She was temporarily frozen in place, uncertain what she should say to the crowd and cognizant that the
Carmichaels.” CHAPTER FORTY-FOUR Dale Marguerite!” Dale called from her office. Marguerite appeared in her doorway. “Where are Lucy and Richard?” “They were broadcasting from the North Lawn about forty-five minutes ago.” Dale flipped through all of the stations to make sure she hadn’t missed them. “They’re not there now.” Dale and Marguerite stood together and watched the CBS White House correspondent deliver a live report about the small group of aides who had been tapped to draft the
anchor was saying about him. It was something about how he was one of President Kramer’s most trusted advisors and also a personal friend. Dale wondered if perhaps they were reading the statement from the president. She couldn’t focus for long enough to make out the words. She wondered what he and Charlotte had been talking about at the instant the photo was snapped. Was she suggesting a new campaign message or soliciting his feedback on her stump speech? Dale started to feel a sense of panic