President Obama

October 1, 2013

PR Winners And Losers In The Government Shutdown

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

  From a public relations, communications, or any other point of view, it’s hard to find much positive in the Congressional wrangling that devolved into a government shutdown last night. A quick overview of traditional media showed plenty of “he-said, she-said” punditry, message-point-stuffed interviews with elected officials, and a few polls showing that the American…
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September 7, 2012

How To Give A Killer Speech: Lessons From The 2012 Political Conventions

by: in: communications, Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Most of the time, a political convention combines the best of public relations strategy, messaging, marketing, and theater. But good or bad, there are always learnings that PR pros and our clients can take to any public speaking opportunity. Here are some from my convention-watching over the past two weeks. Match the room. Politicians and…
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August 17, 2011

Are Executive Vacations Bad PR?

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, leadership, public relations

  As President Obama parks his sleek tour bus (dubbed “Bus Force One”) and travels to Martha’s Vineyard for a little R&R this week, the predictable criticism has followed. Some question whether our chief executive should be taking time off amidst stock market volatility, a “crisis” economy, and dropping poll numbers. Chief among the President’s critics,…
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October 23, 2009

White House vs. Fox News: Who’s Winning the PR War?

by: in: communications, Crenshaw Communications, public relations

As the adage goes, you should never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel. So, what’s behind the White House’s PR offensive against Fox News? When Obama communications director Anita Dunn first referred to Fox as not a news organization, but, rather as an arm of the Republican party, I was surprised. It seemed to…
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September 11, 2009

In Defense of The 9/11 Anniversary

by: in: Crenshaw Communications

It’s hard to forget what day it is, and not just because I’m writing this while waiting to board a plane. Occasionally I’ll glance up at a CNN monitor and catch video of President and Mrs. Obama observing the moments of silence earlier today, or glimpse the rain-drenched ceremony down at the World Trade Center…
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