Memorable White House moments

Despite serving different administrations, former chiefs of staff have similar experiences and qualities.

Thomas “Mack” McLarty, III and Reince Priebus can both vividly recall the moment they realized their careers had taken on a new level of meaning.

Both men served as White House Chief of Staff—McLarty for President Bill Clinton and Priebus for President for Donald Trump—and both were present for the presidents’ first days in office. The moments had a lasting impression.

McLarty and Priebus will share the stage Wed., March 2, for a conversation with CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle at the 2022 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C.

McLarty recalls the night before the inauguration in 1993 when President Clinton received the security briefing, nuclear codes, and protocol for responding to a nuclear threat from then-Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin Powell.

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