As you may know, my coauthor Lisa McCubbin and I are on a book tour across the U.S. for our latest collaboration, FIVE PRESIDENTS: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford. We have been having a fantastic time meeting people and catching up with friends along the way. Here’s a glimpse into our travels so far.
In New York City, it was a whirlwind of media, and a book signing at Barnes & Noble, but we also managed to have some fun. We met up with our team at Simon and Schuster to celebrate the launch of our third book together with editor Mitchell Ivers, and had a fantastic meal at Oceana restaurant. Chef Ben Pollinger prepared us an exquisite meal that ranked among the best I’ve ever eaten.
We took in a Broadway play — “Beautiful” — it was superb, I highly recommend it!
And we had the opportunity to share Secret Service stories with two former SAIC’s of the New York Field Office, Brian Parr and Steve Hughes – a fun evening and another great meal at Del Frisco’s.
From New York, it was on to Washington DC for a brief stop to do an interview with Chris Matthews on Hardball, and then on to Charlottesville, Virginia for a talk at the University of Virginia Center for Politics. We had lunch with a group of students who asked some great questions, around a unique table filled with bumper stickers of candidates past and present.
Then it was back to Washington DC for a talk and book signing at the Newseum. The Q&A sessions are always interesting and always include a few people who want to debate me on conspiracy theories.
In Dallas, we were welcomed back to the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza–our fourth appearance there–with a lovely VIP reception preceding our presentation of Five Presidents.
The next day we were in Fort Worth for a private speaking engagement at the Stayton.
Then it was on to Atlanta for a return visit to the Carter Center at the Jimmy Carter Library. Another great crowd that included Tom Johnson, my longtime friend who started his career as a White House fellow in the LBJ White House.
And now, we are in Buffalo, New York — arrived yesterday and had a fantastic evening at the Larkin Square Author Series. It was a beautiful spring evening so they held the event outside. Another great crowd that included more than a few people who had traveled across the border from Canada, as well as some who came from Rochester and Syracuse. Lisa and I are truly overwhelmed by the affection and so thrilled that people are enjoying our latest collaboration about my Secret Service career, Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.
Tomorrow we will be at commencement exercises at Niagara University where I am deeply honored to accept an honorary doctorate.