Place of birth: New Jersey
Citizenship: United States
Michael Gerson (Michael J. Gerson) was born in 1965 in New Jersey. His father was engaged in research work in the dairy industry, his mother was an artist. Michael grew up in St. Louis. Secondary education in evangelical Westminster Academy in St. Louis.
After studying for a year at Georgetown University, in 1983, transferred to a small college in Wheaton, near Chicago. He studied theology, received his Bachelor of Arts. During his studies, in 1985, he published in the edition of the college a note about the activities of Mother Teresa. Gerson product into the hands of Charles Colson (Charles Colson), a former convict in the case of "Watergate" and head of the organization Prison Fellowship Ministries, has been organizing religious services in prisons. Immediately after graduating from college in 1985, Gerson was offered a teaching position in interfaith Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena (California), but rather the work of a graduate theologian proposed Colson, and was the author of texts for his organization.
Then Gerson started his career in politics. He became director of the political direction in the apparatus Republican senator and the future of the US ambassador to Germany, Daniel Coates (Daniel R. Coats). In this position, he established himself as a supporter of the so-called "compassionate conservatism" (compassionate conservatism), essentially pursuing the liberal goal through conservative means. Working at Coates, Gerson tried his hand in the election campaigns. In 1996 he wrote a speech for one of the contenders for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party - Stevenson Forbes (Malcolm Stevenson Forbes Jr.). Then he became a political adviser to the vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp (Jack F. Kemp) and a speechwriter for presidential candidate Sen. Bob Dole (Robert J. Dole). In addition, Gerson took part in the work of the conservative "think tank" Heritage Foundation, held in it the post of political adviser. Within two years, he engaged in journalistic work in the US News & World Report, in the center of his attention is charity and social protection issues.
For the campaign of the governor of Texas, George W. Bush Gerson joined at its early stage - in 1999. Bush held a brief, 45-minute long conversation with Gerson and immediately took it to work. Gerson was engaged in the campaign headquarters of domestic policy issues, in particular issues related to the education system. It Gerson preparing the first Bush`s inaugural speech, which was greeted with a variety of approving responses.
In the presidential Bush administration Gerson held from January 2001 to July 2002 as Deputy Assistant to the President and chief speechwriter, then got a promotion, became a political adviser and assistant to Bush for the preparation of presentations. President awards Gerson nickname "Gramotey" (Scribe).
Later, February 8, 2005 Gerson was appointed assistant to the president for policy and strategic planning. The official statement on the appointment of Gerson, President stated: "Mike Gerson performed an outstanding job as my chief speechwriter from 1999 I relied on his good advice and sound judgment he plays a very important role in my administration, and I look forward to continue his service.. in his new capacity. "
Starting work in the administration speechwriter, concentrating efforts on the domestic front, after the attacks of September 11, 2001, he was the main author of the Bush vneshnepoliticheskoyritoriki. The best works of Gerson called the two President`s speech in September 2001 - an appeal to the Congress and the speech made at the Washington National Cathedral. It Gerson credited with introducing into circulation the term "axis of evil" with regard to Iraq, Iran and North Korea. In addition, Gerson worked on Bush`s speeches, containing allegations against the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein.
Journalists argue that Gerson is the author or co-author of Bush`s speeches since taking the last in the race in 1999. A characteristic feature of the style that is used Gerson, is the abundance of terms used and reminiscences from the Bible. "We tried to use the language of religion as a way to bring people together - said Gerson, -. Martin Luther King constantly resorted to this technique in the fight for civil rights he acted within the framework of a long tradition, going back to the Old Testament prophets, according to which God is an active participant person in history and, ultimately, it is on the side of justice. " Gerson himself religious, he belonged to the Evangelical Episcopal Church. February 1, 2005, Time magazine awarded Gerson ninth place in the list of 25 most influential evangelical Christians in America.
In addition to religious coloration, style Gerson characterized by emotional (as models for his speech served as John and Robert Kennedy), saturated decorative quotes and use of vivid, memorable phrases, a source = 4503>. Gerson himself described his work as follows:. "In normal times, and under normal circumstances you write for tomorrow`s headlines At some points you are writing for the American history And then the time may come when once or twice you write for the angels.. For some of the great and fateful moment. "
Gerson called the "mystery" - he combined a conservative religious and ideological loyalty to the President with a totally uncharacteristic for the Conservative views on some issues. The specifics of the situation Gerson was the fact that he was involved not only in the preparation of texts, but also directly affect the policy. He defended the importance of promoting democracy as a fundamental foreign policy goal. In the spirit of "compassionate conservatism", Bush`s chief speechwriter advocated investment in the fight against AIDS, malaria and poverty around the world for their active participation in the administration of the conflict in Darfur. Researchers Gerson called the most influential presidential speechwriter Theodore Sorensen after (Theodore C. Sorensen), who worked with John Kennedy (John F. Kennedy).
In mid-June 2006 Gerson announced his imminent departure. Care Gerson followed the personnel changes in the Bush administration. However, according to the new head of the White House Joshua Bolten and of Gerson, the resignation of chief speechwriter other permutations related it was not. "He`s one of the few essential people", - said Bolten. Gerson said that he had originally planned at the time of his departure after Bush`s re-election in 2004 and the long discussed it with the president, but then decided to wait for a stabilization of the situation. The Gerson plans after the resignation was part of literary work, public speaking, cooperation with American "think tanks".
Michael Gerson is married, and his wife, a Korean-born, American-adopted daughter, he met in St. Louis, where they attended the service in the same church. In Gerson`s two sons.