An Insider’s Look at the Obama Era
Brian Mosteller, former Special Assistant to the President, sat ten feet from the Oval Office and in the shadow of President Obama from January 20, 2009 through January 20, 2017. As the Director of the Oval Office, he coordinated a schedule, a staff and a menu of demands seen only in the highest levels of government and business.
A witness to history, Brian brings his audience inside the events of the White House. Mosteller's anecdotes and frank assessment of the inner sanctum weave humor with lessons in success and management - lessons sure to appeal to both college-age listeners trying to understand the world they're entering and to private-sector staff yearning for an inside view that doesn't exist in the countless polished books of politicos.
Mosteller's tales take audiences from Saudi palaces to eleventh-hour debt negotiation meetings to Supreme Court decisions to flying to Baghdad in the dark of night. These tales entertain while bringing deeper understanding of a country in transition.
Meet the man who can basically read President Obama’s mind
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Brian Mosteller served as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Oval Office Operations for the entire duration of President Obama’s administration. From his desk - a mere 10 feet from the Oval Office - he assisted the President on a daily basis and, on behalf of the President's immediate interests, oversaw the planning and implementation of White House functions, speeches, State Visits and meetings. Mr. Mosteller liaised daily with senior staff, other Executive Branch offices, the White House Military Office, the Secret Service, and the Private Residence staff.
Previously, Mr. Mosteller served in the Advance Office of President Obama's 2008 campaign, developing many of the event organizational practices and traveling procedures used around the country for the campaign.
Born in Akron, Ohio, he earned a degree in International Business and graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Ohio State University. While still finishing his coursework, he began working with White House Advance Office under the Clinton administration, traveling on behalf of President and the First Lady from 1998 through 2001.
After serving in the Clinton administration, Mr. Mosteller relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah to help organize the Bobsled, Luge and Ski Jumping Competitions at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. He spent the next five years coordinating large-scale international sporting events in Europe and Australia and at the 2004 Summer Olympic and 2006 Winter Olympic Games.