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.
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."
May 13, 2002 |
It was Karen Hughes who--shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack--wrote into President Bush's address to a shaken nation that Americans should "live your lives and hug your children." But when the most powerful woman to have worked in the White House announced recently that she wanted to do just that--live her life, hug her kid more--it set off a cacophony of interpretation and reinterpretation.
January 16, 2000 |
It's that time of year. Smiling at you from your local bookstore, wearing the power tie, the dark navy suit, looking rugged but not too rugged, trim, confident, saying to you from that picture on the cover, "Vote for Me." It's election time, and the campaign books are here. The question is why. Why in a television and Internet age do politicians still bother to publish campaign books?
September 30, 2005
Re "Women in Turkey Assail U.S. Envoy," Sept. 29 In Ankara, Turkey, Undersecretary of State Karen Hughes stated to a group of Turkish women: "You're concerned about war, and no one likes war." But, she said, "to preserve the peace, sometimes my country believes war is necessary." I beg to differ. The Bush administration believes war is necessary, but not all U.S. citizens. We, like the women in Ankara, know that war is not necessary for peace, nor can it ever achieve peace after destroying the citizens and the culture of a country.