|White House Press Secretary|
After a short lived career as a high school gymnast, Ari Fleischer now walks the tightrope between the press and George W. Bush's White House.
Considering a career as a press secretary...
you were a teen what did you want to be?
you weren't press secretary, do you think you would have followed a
career in law?
about the experience made you change your mind about law school?
extracurricular activities did you participate in high school?
public speaking or debate courses help for a career as a press secretary?
was your first job as a press secretary?
skills make for a good press secretary?
your typical day...
Then I go to senior staff meeting at 7:30 and have a couple of more staff meetings to help me prepare for the gaggle. And then I do the gaggle.
The gaggle is I do two briefings a day, interestingly the gaggle is the first one; it's at 9:45 in the morning, and it's on the record. But it's off-camera and not allowed on radio. But it counts. It's a regular briefing for 15 minutes. And it's my way to describe to reporters what the president is doing that day and a way for reporters to start asking questions to start their day and to provide helpful intelligence for the White House about what issues the president is working on.
Then I go from the gaggle into preparing for the briefing, attending many meetings, often with the president, because the best way to speak for the president is to listen to him. And then I do a lot of reading, and that's how I prepare for the briefing. And I spend most of the afternoons returning reporters' phone calls and checking e-mails.
do you decide what to say and not to say?
In general, the type of information that you leave behind in the Oval Office is information about policies that are not decided yet, so that when the president has the advice of his staff and some staff says we recommend (a), some staff says we recommend (b), that serves the president very well by totally vetting the issues, but no decision is made, and so that's the type of information I'll leave behind until the president has made a decision, and then I'll share it. So that's an example.
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