LAST CALL: Fleischer's big news gets little play

A presidential press secretary lives and dies by what he says, but Ari Fleischer has made a point of never saying certain things. When asked about his love life, the 41-year-old native New Yorker has referred interviewers to his golden rule of life in Washington: Never discuss how much you can bench press or who you're dating.

A presidential press secretary lives and dies by what he says, but Ari Fleischer has made a point of never saying certain things. When asked about his love life, the 41-year-old native New Yorker has referred interviewers to his golden rule of life in Washington: Never discuss how much you can bench press or who you're dating.

Which might explain the strange circumstances surrounding his recent marriage announcement. Fleischer, who will wed 26-year-old Rebecca Davis, chose to break the news to the public on the very day counselor to the President Karen Hughes announced she was leaving the White House - the first such departure of any high-ranking Bush staffer and a surefire headline-grabber.

So we have to ask, did Fleischer intentionally break the news on the one day it was guaranteed to get buried (which it did)?

Only Fleischer knows for certain - for now. But pay attention, and his M.O. may reveal itself. Sooner or later, another Presidential confidant will depart. If on that day, Fleischer off-handedly remarks during the briefing how much he can dead lift...

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