October 22, 2005 |
Karen P. Hughes, President Bush's public relations envoy, came here Friday to promote the United States but instead found herself facing a skeptical audience and tough questions. Meeting with students at Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic University, the undersecretary of State for public diplomacy sought to explain the invasion of Iraq and the U.S. push for democracy around the world. But while Hughes focused on changing America's image among Muslims, the students sought to change America's policies.
April 1, 2001 |
When George W. Bush was preparing to make the most important speech of his young presidency, Karen Hughes took a knife to the work of the White House wordsmiths. Hughes, the ultimate arbiter of this president's public persona, turned the speech to Congress upside-down so that Bush first proposed some new programs--and then got to his controversial tax cuts.
March 13, 2005 |
President Bush will nominate one of his closest longtime advisors to a key State Department post to try to repair the United States' image abroad, especially in the Arab world, a senior U.S. official said. The administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the announcement that Bush had selected Karen Hughes, 48, to be undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, would be made this week. The position requires Senate confirmation.
March 29, 2004 |
President Bush's confidant Karen P. Hughes returned to the public stage Sunday with plans to weave her combative defense of the White House into a six-week book tour, then go on the campaign payroll in mid-August. Prominent Republicans outside the White House have been lamenting for months the absence of her political acumen to assist a campaign and administration that have suffered repeated public relations setbacks.
April 12, 2004 |
Karen Hughes is talking about her "Thelma and Louise" adventure again. An uprising is spreading across Iraq, and Hughes has been fiercely defending the Bush administration in back-to-back television interviews. But in a private moment, she relishes the memory of traveling state to state with her buddy Mary Matalin during the 2002 midterm elections, "helping candidates who were running against women or who wanted to reach out to women."
March 15, 2005 |
Karen P. Hughes, one of President Bush's closest advisors, was nominated Monday to take charge of the struggling State Department effort to improve America's image abroad, especially in the Islamic world. "Clearly, in the world after Sept. 11, we must do a better job of engaging with the Muslim world," said Hughes, who appeared before reporters with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. "If the United States does not act aggressively to define itself, the extremists will gladly do the job for us."