The White House Press Secretary is a very important position in the administration of the United States of America, as the person is responsible for interfacing between the government and the public by acting as the spokesperson of the President. From 2001 to 2003, Ari Fleischer had the opportunity to work in this role; he held the position during the George W. Bush administration. After his time at the White House, he has worked in various capacity in the media.
As one would expect of famous people, there are many questions that have been asked about this media personality, below are answers to some of them.
Ari Fleischer Bio (Age)
Lawrence Ari Fleischer was born in 1960 on the 13th of October and in New York to Jewish parents, Martha and Alan Fleischer. Martha migrated from Hungary during the Second World War and held a job as a database coordinator. Alan, on the other hand, owned a recruiting company. Not much is known about how his childhood was spent, all that is known is that he spent all of it in New York, he also has a brother called Michael.
Ari attended Fox Lane High school in the town of Bedford and bagged a degree from Middlebury College. His first experience as press secretary, a job he got right after graduating from Middlebury in 1983, was for Jon S. Fossel. Fossel was trying to win a seat in the New York Congress and, the work Ari Fleischer did while on his team was what introduced him to a career in politics. He subsequently worked as the Press Secretary for Norman Lent and Pete Domenici.
In addition to that, Ari Fleischer worked for George W. H. Bush and George W. Bush, serving as the deputy communications director for the former and as a Press Secretary for the latter.
His work with W. Bush began when Elizabeth Dole, whom he had been working for as communications director dropped out of the presidential election. He retained the position with Bush and after he won the election, Ari was made Press Secretary. Ari Fleischer was the person who coined the phrase homicide bombing to explain the concept of suicide bombing, it was while he was Press Secretary that the most tragic terrorist activity in America’s history occurred, the 9/11 bombings.
In 2003, he resigned from his job as Press Secretary on grounds of dedicating more time to his wife whom he got married to the year before. Very few people have managed to spend time in politics without a scandal to their name; Fleischer is not one of such people. He was part of a CIA leak scandal in 2003.
His Stint with CNN and Fox News
After resigning from the White House, Ari Fleischer worked to rectify the public image of some sports stars such as Mark McGwire and Tiger Woods. But the work he is known for the most outside his career in politics is as a contributor to CNN and Fox News. He joined CNN right after leaving the White House and only recently joined Fox News. Ari Fleischer is also a consultant for the NFL in the media department.
What’s His Net Worth?
Ari Fleischer’s net worth is not known to the public. It has, however, been estimated that the total value of his wealth is around $5 million. Also, it is believed that he earned a major bulk of this wealth not only from his job as a Press Secretary but also from his time as a contributor to CNN and Fox News. Additionally, the man has been earning big from his public relations career and his company, Ari Fleischer Communications.
Ari Fleischer’s Wife – Rebecca Davis
Ari Fleischer is married to a woman called Rebecca Davis, the two met while he was working in the White House. She worked in the Office of Management and Budget. Amazingly, it was for her sake that he decided to quit his job in the Bush administration. The union has produced two children, a boy and a girl who are being raised Jewish although Davis is Catholic.
Fleischer’s 2005 memoir, Taking Heat: The President, the Press and My Years in the White House has been bashed by critics for its lack of novelty with some calling it bland, predictable, and a litany of praise for Bush.