In a Jan. 24 article in the New York Times, President Mark D. Gearan and White House Staffers of three administrations reflect on the first 100 days of the American presidency.
The article, “Grand Plans vs. Reality: White House Veterans Recall Their First 100 Days,” features Gearan and his colleagues in the Clinton administration as well as high-ranking staffers in the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The article gives an overview of “setbacks and triumphs as they discovered that they were better off leaving their briefing books at home.”
“Everything is a case of first impression,” Gearan tells the Times. “In our case, it had been how many years since Democrats were in the executive branch? Our people had been governors and on the Hill. But in terms of the executive branch, the experience was very limited. So everything was through that freshness of the moment.”
During the Clinton administration, Gearan served in the White House as Assistant to the President and Director of Communications, as well as Deputy Chief of Staff, before being appointed by President Clinton to direct the Peace Corps.