Thursday, June 15, 2006

Michael Gerson Gets Pulitzer as He Leaves White House

(AP) President Bush’s longtime chief speechwriter is leaving, the latest in high profile retirements within the White House. Michael Gerson’s contributions included fusing spiritual language into the President’s speeches. Michael was promoted from speechwriter to senior advisor in Bush’s second term. He is leaving to pursue other writing and policy work.

Mr. Gerson’s timing is impeccable as he just won a Pulitzer Prize for his broad and deep fiction compilation, crafted in his term at the White House. From “first dollar health care coverage” to “no senior will have to choose between medicines and food, rent, and electrical bills”, President Bush delivered Michael’s fine fictional prose.

The award should increase Mr. Gerson’s employability on K Street. Numerous business and trade groups would love to hire an insider with such storytelling capalities. Might the Carlyle Group hire him? They need someone to explain why their subsidiary, LifeCare Hospitals’ 24 patient deaths post Hurricane Katrina were completely omitted from the White House’s Lessons Learned Report. Do Michael Gerson’s skills also include editing? If so, Carlyle owes him a favor, and a cush job might be a nice way to pay the accomplished author back!

P.S. The AP at the beginning of the post is the author’s initials and this post is fiction except for the parts about Mr. Gerson leaving and the Lesson’s Learned report omitting the LifeCare deaths. Those are true!

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