NEW Episode: The White House 1600 Sessions Podcast “At the Helm with John H. Dalton”


May 26, 2023 (Washington, D.C.) – The White House Historical Association released a new episode of The White House 1600 Sessions podcast today featuring a conversation with the former Secretary of the Navy, John H. Dalton, about his new memoir, "At the Helm: My Journey with Family, Faith, and Friends to Calm the Storms of Life.” In the episode, Stewart McLaurin, president of the Association, talks with Dalton about his journey from attending the United States Naval Academy to working for President Jimmy Carter and serving as the 70th Secretary of the Navy under President Bill Clinton.

“So many people deal with challenges and failure, and they think that's the period on their life's journey. And John’s story demonstrates that it's not. Instead, it might be a comma,” said McLaurin.

The road to public service was not easy, but for Dalton there was no greater calling than serving his country. This service extends to his current role as an emeritus member of the White House Historical Association's Board of Directors.

“The worst case of my life was when I lost the Savings and Loan Association in San Antonio,” said Dalton. “Less than five years later, I was raising my right hand to become Secretary of the Navy. Nearly having to declare bankruptcy, and then becoming secretary of the Navy is a true miracle.”

The White House 1600 Sessions is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.

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The White House 1600 Sessions

White House Historical Association President Stewart McLaurin is the host of “The White House 1600 Sessions,” the Association’s official audio and video podcast devoted to exploring the history, cultural impact, untold stories, and personal accounts of America’s most iconic residence and highest office.

About The White House Historical Association

The White House Historical Association was founded in 1961 by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy to support her vision to restore and preserve the Executive Mansion and its legacy for generations to come. Mrs. Kennedy sought to inspire Americans, especially children, to explore and engage with American history and its presidents. Supported entirely by private resources, the Association is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has contributed more than $100 million to the White House in fulfillment of its mission. To learn more about the White House Historical Association, please visit

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