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>>Sent: Jul 31, 2006 10:46 AM
>>Subject: CFR Release: Michael Gerson, Former Bush Speechwriter, Joins Council
>>News Release
>>Tel 212 434 9888  Fax 212 434 9832  Website
>>Michael J. Gerson, Former Top Bush Aide, Joins Council
>>Contact: Lisa Shields, Communications, 212-434-9888, [EMAIL PROTECTED]
>>July 31, 2006? Michael J. Gerson, President George W. Bush?s longtime 
>>speechwriter and adviser, will join the Council on Foreign Relations as 
>>senior fellow on July 31. He will author a book on the future of 
>>conservatism, and speak and write on issues such as global health and 
>>development, religion and foreign policy, and the democracy agenda. 
>>?I am thrilled to welcome Mike to the Council,? said President Richard N. 
>>Haass. ?It is not just that he is one of the country?s great writers, 
>>which he most certainly is.  It is also that he is one of this country?s 
>>most important thinkers?someone in a position to have a significant impact 
>>on the debate about this country?s purpose in the world.?
>>Gerson was named assistant to the president for policy and strategic 
>>planning by President Bush in February 2005.  He previously had served as 
>>assistant to the president for speechwriting and policy adviser since July 
>>2002.  He served as deputy assistant to the president and director of 
>>presidential speechwriting from January 2001 to July 2002.
>>Prior to joining the administration, Gerson was chief speechwriter and 
>>senior policy adviser for the Bush for President Campaign. Earlier in his 
>>career, he was the senior editor covering politics at U.S. News & World 
>>Report. He was also the speechwriter and policy adviser for Congressman 
>>Jack Kemp, speechwriter for Senator Bob Dole during the 1996 presidential 
>>campaign, and policy director for Senator Dan Coats. 
>>Gerson received his bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in Illinois.
>>Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, 
>>national membership organization and a nonpartisan center for scholars 
>>dedicated to producing and disseminating ideas so that individual and 
>>corporate members, as well as policymakers, journalists, students, and 
>>interested citizens in the United States and other countries, can better 
>>understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United 
>>States and other governments. For more information visit 

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