2018 Press Secretaries
Presidential Press Secretaries
Meet the Participants
Presidential Press Secretary,
President George W. Bush
As former White House press secretary, Ari Fleischer was the primary spokesperson for President George W. Bush and delivered the daily White House briefings from 2001 to 2003. He previously served as the spokesperson for the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign. In his almost four years working for President Bush, he served as spokesperson during the historic presidential recount, September 11th, two wars, and the anthrax attack. His best-selling book, Taking Heat, details his years in the White House and reached #7 on The New York Times Best Sellers list.
Prior to joining the Bush campaign, Fleischer was the national spokesperson and communications director for Elizabeth Dole's presidential campaign. He has also worked on Capitol Hill as a press secretary to three Congressmen and one U.S. Senator.
Fleischer is a native of Pound Ridge, New York and a 1982 graduate of Vermont's Middlebury College. Now president of his own firm, Ari Fleischer Communications Inc., he offers advice to clients in the corporate and sports worlds on how to handle the press. He is also a Fox News contributor.
He resides in Westchester County, New York, with his wife, Becki, and their two children.
Presidential Press Secretary, President Clinton
Mike McCurry is a Distinguished Professor of Public Theology at the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC and partner at Public Strategies Washington, Inc., where he counsels corporate and non-profit clients on communications strategies.
McCurry is a veteran political strategist and spokesperson of nearly four decades. Best known as press secretary for President Bill Clinton (1995-1998), he served as spokesman for the U.S. Department of State and director of communications for the Democratic National Committee. He also served in national campaigns for the Democratic ticket from 1984 to 2004.
McCurry began his career on the staff of the United States Senate, working as press secretary to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources and to the committee's chairman, Senator Harrison A. Williams, Jr. (1976-1981). He also served as press secretary to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
McCurry serves on the boards for Share Our Strength, the Children’s Scholarship Fund, the White House Historical Association, the Executive Committee of the Global Health Initiative of the United Methodist Church, and on the Commission on Presidential Debates.
McCurry received his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in 1976, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University in 1985, and a Master of Arts from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2013.