We often read about unprecedented levels of infighting and strife in the White House, but are these incidents really so momentous? In Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump, presidential historian and former White House aide Tevi Troy provides a tempered, sometimes comical, historical perspective on political discord and leadership at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. He reminds us that conflicts always run high inside the White House, and offers suggestions for how to handle them. Join CEI for a look at what we might expect from the White House in January with Fight House author Dr. Tevi Troy, in conversation with Kent Lassman. Dr. Troy will discuss the regulatory and policy implications of White House staff disputes, now and in the future.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT
Tevi Troy, Author, Fight House
Kent Lassman, President, Competitive Enterprise Institute
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Tevi Troy is a best-selling presidential historian and former White House aide and Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services. He is the author of five books including, most recently, Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump.
After receiving his Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Texas, Dr. Troy dedicated a dozen years to public service, working at senior levels in the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, executive agencies, and the White House, and as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS). Before HHS, Dr. Troy served as Deputy Assistant to the President for domestic policy. After leaving government service, Dr. Troy became a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute, where he remains an Adjunct Fellow.
Dr. Troy’s writings include Shall We Wake the President? Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office (Lyons, 2016); What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House (Regnery, 2013); and Intellectuals and the American Presidency: Philosophers, Jesters, or Technicians (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002). He is also the author of over 250 published articles, in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, and many other publications.
Kent Lassman is President and CEO of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He oversees strategy for the organization, including management of a team of policy, communications, and fundraising staff. Prior to joining CEI, Lassman spent eight years as vice president at a public affairs firm in Washington, D.C., counseling clients on campaign approaches to issues ranging from telecommunications to privacy to biotechnology and state licensing.