Charlie Brotman has what is arguably the most unique and coveted job in public announcing. He’s a veteran PR executive who has been the President’s Announcer for 63 years.
Charlie has been behind the microphone for every inaugural parade in Washington, DC, since 1957, when Dwight D. Eisenhower was sworn in for his second term. He’s announced the Inauguration parades for presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Regan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama.
Obama’s second Inauguration was the 16th time he sat in the announcer’s chair for an Inauguration.
And it’s a job he does for free.
He shares stories from his historic career and the one inaugural parade he hopes to announce during his lifetime. Plus, what’s the one incident that left him shook up — and scolded by the Secret Service? He tells all!