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Former Political Aide, Current Author and Playwright, Also to Speak at Private Bush Foundation Donor Appreciation Event Tuesday, September 17th
COLLEGE STATION, TX – The George & Barbara Bush Foundation this Monday night will welcome back the only man in U.S. political history appointed by two Presidents to serve as press secretary, Marlin Fitzwater, to discuss his just-released book Calm Before the Storm in Hagler Auditorium starting at 6pm. The event is open press and also will be livestreamed on the Bush Foundation’s YouTube page. Mr. Fitzwater, 76, will also participate in a private, invitation-only Bush Foundation donor appreciation event the following day.
Fitzwater’s new book was released earlier this month from Sea Hill Press. In it, the author recounts his private discussions and observations while serving those two Presidents. The bulk of the book focuses on White House deliberations and planning after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in August 1990 – after which Fitzwater started keeping a diary. Fitzwater also shares anecdotes and insights from his Kansas upbringing.
The memoir is dedicated to the memory of George and Barbara Bush, whom Mr. Fitzwater served both as Vice President and President.
“We could not be happier to welcome the Bushes’ close friend, Marlin, back to the Bush Center to discuss his thoroughly engaging and important book looking at a key part of President Bush’s foreign policy legacy,” said David Jones, CEO of the George & Barbara Bush Foundation. “This is a fantastic way to kick off our 2019 fall events season bringing our members and supporters unparalleled access to the events and the people that have shaped our history.”
On Tuesday, Mr. Fitzwater will also participate in a private, invitation-only donor appreciation luncheon for the Bush Foundation’s key members and supporters.
A proud native of Dickinson County, Kansas, Mr. Fitzwater first arrived in Washington, DC in 1965, and rose through the federal government ranks to arrive at the White House in 1983. He was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal in 1992, and a decade later he founded the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. He has authored three other books, and a play “Empires Fall” centering on the fall of the Soviet Union.