The president’s airplane used to be kind of like Las Vegas: What happens on board Air Force One stays on Air Force One.
For instance, did you ever hear the story about two well-known and prominent White House reporters having sex under a blanket in an empty row of seats aboard the press plane on an international presidential trip? No (but I was aboard that plane and saw it happen).
But all that’s changed. With social media and the bloodsport that is now modern politics, nothing is ever “off the record.”
Enter Beck Dorey-Stein, a White House stenographer during Barack Obama’s presidency. She’s written a new tell-all book detailing all kinds of things, including what goes on aboard Air Force One.
“In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein is working five part-time jobs and just scraping by when a posting on Craigslist lands her, improbably, in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama’s stenographers,” says the Amazon blurb on her new book, “From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir.”
“The ultimate D.C. outsider, she joins the elite team who accompany the president wherever he goes, recorder and mic in hand. On whirlwind trips across time zones, Beck forges friendships with a dynamic group of fellow travelers — young men and women who, like her, leave their real lives behind to hop aboard Air Force One in service of the president.”
The New York Post writes that in the book, Dorey-Stein “dishes of jetting to more than 60 countries with a pool of 13 reporters.”
On long flights, everyone took whatever worked to get some shuteye, including Sonata, Xanax and Ambien.
The drugs made “awkward intimacy with colleagues suddenly just funny and bizarre,” Dorey-Stein writes, according to the Daily Mail.
Said the Mail:
Beck intended to only live in D.C. for the duration of the job – three months … “because who wants to live in DC? – A one trick political pony town,” she writes.
“My job in the spring of 2011 was to help those hormonally-charged stressballs chill the f**k out,” Beck writes while casting an eye to what looked like “human Ken dolls in a short-sleeved button-down”.
Read the rest at: Sex & Drugs