Call The Briefing
Mr. Fitzwater uses his experiences within the White House fishbowl to put today’s media events into perspective. After working for or against all of Washington’s players, and a decade defending and explaining the miniscule movements and the grandiose initiatives of the White House, Marlin Fitzwater is an expert commentator on the World of Washington.
Reflections of Ronald Reagan: A Warm Hearted Man
Marlin Fitzwater served as one of Ronald Reagan's personal aides, a press spokesman, for nearly six years in the White House. He paints a sympathetic portrait of a warm, and even romantic, man who believed in the goodness of the American people, but who stood firm for Democracy against all challengers. Hurt personally by Irancontra revelations, he still summoned the courage for a final assault against communism, and won. Yet, Fitzwater says, he was first and last a small town American who believed in basic values.
In the historical context of our nation's public communication, Marlin Fitzwater stands alone. He spent a decade in the front row of history, as press secretary to Presidents Reagan and Bush. From l983 to l992, his voice reassured the world in times of turmoil and change. Today he is an author and lecturer whose presidential anecdotes, political analysis, and television commentary have received worldwide attention.
As the only press secretary in history to be appointed by two Presidents, Fitzwater became known to millions of Americans as the voice of the 26-nation coalition in the Persian Gulf War. Often wearing a wide brim hat and an open smile, Fitzwater stood next to two Presidents during cold war summits, economic downturns, and eight military conflicts. He gave over 850 press briefings in six years, winning praise from the news media and the public for his honesty and good humor.
He was named an Outstanding Civil Servant in government in l980; received the nation's second highest civilian award, the Presidential Citizens Medal, from President Bush in l992; served on the Board of the Woodrow Wilson School for International Scholars, and has received numerous other awards and honorary doctorate degrees.
His book, Call The Briefing, is a bestselling memoir of ten years in the White House. His second book, Esther’s Pillow, is a novel based on the true story of a small town in Kansas. In 2011, Mr. Fitzwater published a second novel, Death in the Polka Dot Shoes, and a stage play, Empires Fall, which was presented at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. The play is about the relationship of President George H.W. Bush and USSR General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in the two years between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Mr. Fitzwater also spent two seasons as a consultant to the NBC television drama, The West Wing.
He has been a member of the Franklin Pierce University Board of Trustees since 1999, and he additionally serves as a Member of the Advisory Board of the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication.