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Bit Player: My Life with Presidents and Ideas
  • Date: Tuesday, December 04, 2018
  • Time: 12:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

Award-winning author Stephen Hess, as a 25-year-old, recently-discharged Army private in the 1950s, suddenly found himself as a part of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s speechwriting team. Over the following decades, Hess played bit roles in aiding other Presidents from both parties. Bit Player is an insightful and often humorous look at how Washington works—or doesn’t. Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s Meet the Press will moderate this discussion. 

A book signing will follow the program. Purchase this book on the day of the event from the National Archives Store and receive a 15% discount (members get 20% off).

All public programs at the National Archives are free and streamed live online via the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Click here for more information on getting to the National Archives and parking.

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