The Presidents’ Gatekeepers (2013)


presidents gatekeepers“Presidents gotta make lonely decisions” – Leon Panetta

 Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 May 2015)

Brief Synopsis – An intimate view of how one of the most influential men in the world advises the President of the US.

My Take on it – Having always been fascinated by the Presidency and its history, I knew I had to see this as soon as I heard about it.

This documentary interviews all 20 living presidential chiefs of staff and gives us an insider’s perspective on many of the pivotal presidential decisions and events over the past 50 years.

This movie clocks in at close to 3 hours and despite it telling us so much about the events depicted, it is still clear that they dont even scratch the surface of the position of the president’s right hand man.

For any fan of US history and the Presidency, there are so many interesting facts of the behind the scenes action in some of the most pivotal events facing the Presidency since the 1960’s.

Bottom Line – Amazing movie that chronicles some of the most powerful events in US history over the last 50 years. Despite its length, it doesn’t even come close to being as comprehensive as it could be. Has some great behind the scenes information about the Presidency and its decisions over the years. Highly recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Persuading all 20 chiefs to agree to interviews took more than a year; but when it came to talking about their job–perhaps the toughest in Washington–the fiercely partisan chiefs left their differences at the door. When Democrat Bill Daley was appointed as Barack Obama’s chief of staff, the first thing he did was call Republican James Baker for advice. “Congratulations,” said Baker, “you’ve got the worst —-ing job in government.” Explains Baker: “The White House chief of staff walks around with a target painted on his back and on his front. Your job is to catch the javelins that are aimed at the old man.” (From Discovery Channel)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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