RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 40716021 LA English T1 Front row at the White House : my life and times A1 Thomas, Helen,, YR 1999 SN 0684849119 9780684849119 AB "From the woman who has reported on every president from Kennedy to Clinton for United Press International: a unique glimpse into the White House - and a telling record of the ever-changing relationship between the presidency and the press." "Assigned to the White House press corps in 1961, Thomas was the first woman to close a press conference with "Thank you, Mr. President," and has covered every administration since Kennedy's. Along the way, she was among the pioneers who broke down barriers against women in the national media, becoming the first female president of the White House Correspondents Association, the first female officer of the National Press Club and the first woman member, later president, of the Gridiron Club." "In this revealing memoir, which includes hundreds of anecdotes, insights, observations, and personal details, Thomas looks back at a career spent with presidents at home and abroad, on the ground and in the air. She evaluates the enormous changes that Watergate brought, including diminished press access to the Oval Office, and how they have affected every president since Nixon."--Jacket.