Running the White House
Peter Baker and Susan Glasser, Eric Edelman, Chris Lu, David Marchick, Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, William Antholis (moderator), Mary Kate Cary (moderator)
4:00PM - 6:00PM (EST)
This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the George and Judy Marcus Democracy Praxis Fund
Two panels explore how the people who run Washington, D.C., make it happen—and how they transition from one administration to the next.
Panel 1: Staffing a new White House: Personnel is power
Chris Lu, Miller Center/Obama administration
David Marchick, Center for Presidential Transition, Partnership for Public Service
Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, Miller Center/Brookings Institution
William Antholis, Miller Center (moderator)
Presidents-elect have important decisions to make during the transition period, one of the most consequential being decisions about their staff. This conversation will consider three dimensions of the Biden transition: a comparative assessment of how the transition has been conducted and what it might mean for the early months of the Biden administration, analyzing early appointments, and the perspective of former WH staff members who started on day one.
Panel 2: The Man Who Ran Washington, a book talk with Peter Baker and Susan Glasser
Peter Baker, The New York Times
Susan Glasser, The New Yorker
Mary Kate Cary, Miller Center (moderator)
From two of America's most revered political journalists comes the definitive biography of legendary White House chief of staff and secretary of state James A. Baker III: the man who ran Washington when Washington ran the world.
For a quarter-century, from the end of Watergate to the aftermath of the Cold War, no Republican won the presidency without his help or ran the White House without his advice. James Addison Baker III was the indispensable man for four presidents because he understood better than anyone how to make Washington work at a time when America was shaping events around the world. The Man Who Ran Washington is a page-turning portrait of a power broker who influenced America's destiny for generations.
4:00PM - 6:00PM (EST)
Peter Baker and Susan Glasser
Kathryn Dunn Tenpas
William Antholis (moderator)
Mary Kate Cary (moderator)