Bush names Fleischer press secretary

WASHINGTON: It's been called the second toughest job in the White House, and on December 28, George W. Bush handed it to Ari Fleischer, a born and bred New Yorker raised by democrats.

WASHINGTON: It's been called the second toughest job in the White House, and on December 28, George W. Bush handed it to Ari Fleischer, a born and bred New Yorker raised by democrats.

WASHINGTON: It's been called the second toughest job in the White House, and on December 28, George W. Bush handed it to Ari Fleischer, a born and bred New Yorker raised by democrats.

Many had expected the job of press secretary to go to Karen Hughes, Bush's communications director and confidant during his campaign.

Fleischer's appointment (predicted by PRWeek, December 4) will place him on the front line of the White House communications team. He will serve as the primary mouthpiece for the administration, conducting the daily press briefings and generally maintaining the thin line between the Oval Office and the media.

According to Fleischer, Hughes, who will serve as White House counsel, told him of the arrangement long ago. 'The day before Election Day, Karen told me this was how it was going to happen, which probably jinxed it,' he joked, referring to the post-election drama in Florida.

Fleischer served as Elizabeth Dole's communications director for most of her presidential campaign, and has previously held communications posts for the House Committee on Ways and Means, as well as for the Republican National Committee and several congressmen.



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