Nicolle Wallace

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Nicolle Wallace
White House Director of Communications
In office
January 2005 – July 2006
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Dan Bartlett
Succeeded by Kevin Sullivan
Personal details
Born Nicole Devenish
(1972-02-04) February 4, 1972 (age 42)
Orange County, California
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mark Wallace
Children 1
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley (B.A.)
Northwestern University (M.S.)

Nicolle Wallace (née Devenish; February 4, 1972) is an American best-selling author and political commentator. She previously served as communications chief during the presidency of George W. Bush and in his 2004 re-election campaign. In 2008, Wallace also served as a senior advisor for the McCain–Palin campaign.

Political career[edit]

Briefly an on-air reporter in California, Wallace started her political career working in California state politics.[1]

In 1999, she moved to Florida to serve as Governor Jeb Bush’s press secretary and then became the Communications Director for the Florida State Technology Office in 2000.[2] Wallace worked on the 2000 Florida election recount.[3]

White House and Bush–Cheney '04[edit]

Wallace joined the White House staff during President George W. Bush’s first term, serving as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Media Affairs at the White House where she oversaw regional press strategy and outreach.[4]

In 2003, Wallace joined the Bush–Cheney ’04 campaign as the Communications Director, where according to The New York Times, “she delivered her political attacks without snarling.”[5]

On January 5, 2005, Bush named Wallace White House Communications Director.[4] The New York Times story announcing her presidential appointment carried the headline: “New Aide Aims to Defrost the Press Room,” and described Wallace’s intentions “to improve the contentious relationship between a secretive White House and the press.”[5] According to The Washington Post, Wallace served as “a voice for more openness with reporters”, and former colleagues describe Wallace as having been “very persuasive in the halls of the West Wing.”[3]

Her White House colleague, presidential political advisor Mark McKinnon, called her a "rare talent in politics."[6]

McCain–Palin campaign[edit]

Wallace also served as a senior advisor for the McCain-Palin campaign in 2008. She appeared frequently on network and cable news programs as the campaign’s top spokesperson and defender.[7]

In late October, campaign aides criticized Palin. One unnamed McCain aide said Palin had "gone rogue", placing her own future political interests ahead of the McCain/Palin ticket, directly contradicting her running mate's positions and disobeying directions from campaign managers.[8][9] In response to reports of dissension within the McCain-Palin campaign, Wallace issued a statement to both Politico and CNN saying: "If people want to throw me under the bus, my personal belief is that the most honorable thing to do is to lie there."[10][11]

Wallace was portrayed by Sarah Paulson in the 2012 film Game Change.[12] Wallace described the film as highly credible, saying the film "captured the spirit and emotion of the campaign." Wallace also told ABC News Chief Political Correspondent George Stephanopoulos that the film was "true enough to make me squirm."[13]

Recent work[edit]

Wallace is a political commentator regularly featured on television news programs.[6]

In February 2013, Wallace publicly supported legal recognition for same-sex marriage in an amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court.[14]

White House novel series[edit]

She is the author of the 2010 novel Eighteen Acres (a reference to the 18 acres on which the White House complex sits),[15] a fictional narrative about three powerful women at the top of their careers – the first female U.S. President, her chief of staff and a White House correspondent. Wallace said, “It’s my best attempt at a story that I hope people will pick up and read and enjoy and maybe feel like they’re getting to see what it’s really like in the White House in this entirely fictional story.”[16]

Eighteen Acres received praise from several sources and across the political spectrum. The Washington Post book reviewer wrote: "To say that Nicolle Wallace's 'Eighteen Acres' is one of the best novels I've read about life in the White House may be faint praise -- there haven't been many good ones -- but her book is both an enjoyable read and a serious look at what high-level political pressures do to people."[17] USA Today said "Nicolle Wallace actually knows what she's talking about"[18] and The New York Times called the book "an engaging, easy read."[19] TV personalities such as George Stephanopoulos,[20] Rachel Maddow,[21] John King,[22] and Andrea Mitchell[23] also praised Eighteen Acres.

In September 2011, Wallace published the sequel to Eighteen Acres, It's Classified, about a fictional presidential campaign troubled by a mentally-ill vice presidential candidate.[24] Wallace said the premise was inspired by her experience as a Senior Adviser to the McCain/Palin campaign.[25]

The View[edit]

On September 3, 2014, ABC announced Wallace would join The View as a new co-host alongside newcomer Rosie Perez.[26] The new season will air on September 15, 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Wallace was born in Orange County, California[27] and grew up in Orinda, California, a town across the bay from San Francisco. Her mother was a third-grade teacher assistant in the public schools and her father was an antiques dealer.[28] Her grandfather Thomas Devenish was a Manhattan antiques dealer "Devenish and Company".[29] Wallace, a 1990 graduate of Miramonte High School, received a B.A. in Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley and a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.[2] She lives in New York City and Connecticut with her husband, Mark Wallace.[6] Wallace was a Bush-appointed U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; in 2014 he was CEO of both the Tigris Financial Group and the nonpartisan United Against Nuclear Iran. They have a son named Liam who was born in 2012.

Wallace is close friends with Katie Couric and CNN's Dana Bush.[30][31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Note". ABC News. May 30, 2003. 
  2. ^ a b Eric M. Appleman (March 25, 2006). "President George W. Bush-Campaign Organization". Democracy in Action. George Washington University. Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Michael Abramowitz (June 28, 2006). "White House to Lose a Top Mouthpiece". the Washington Post. 
  4. ^ a b "Personnel Announcement". Office of the Press Secretary. White House. January 5, 2005. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Elisabeth Bumiller (January 10, 2005). "New Aide Aims to Defrost the Press Room". The New York Times. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c "Novel Approach". California Magazine. Cal Alumni Association. September 26, 2011. 
  7. ^ Ana Marie Cox (October 28, 2008). "A Q and A With Nicolle Wallace, Palin's Chaperone". The Daily Beast. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  8. ^ From Dana Bash, Peter Hamby and John King CNN (October 26, 2008). "Palin's 'going rogue,' McCain aide says - CNN.com". Cnn.com. Retrieved January 1, 2009. 
  9. ^ Agrell, Siri. "globeandmail.com: International". Toronto: Theglobeandmail.com. Retrieved January 1, 2009. [dead link]
  10. ^ Ben Smith (October 25, 2008). "Palin allies report rising camp tension". Politico. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Palin's 'going rogue,' McCain aide says". CNN. October 25, 2008. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  12. ^ Hall, Katy (March 12, 2012). "Former McCain-Palin Aide: 'Game Change' Was 'True Enough To Make Me Squirm'". Huffington Post. 
  13. ^ George Stephanopoulos (March 11, 2012). "Former Sarah Palin Adviser Says ‘Game Change’ Was ‘True Enough to Make Me Squirm’". ABC News. Retrieved March 11, 2012. 
  14. ^ Avlon, John. "The Pro-Freedom Republicans Are Coming: 131 Sign Gay-Marriage Brief". The Daily Beast. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  15. ^ David Jackson (February 4, 2010). "Ex-White House staffer pens book -- fiction, about a female president". USA Today. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  16. ^ Steve Holland (August 9, 2010). "Nicolle Wallace’s novel about White House: Eighteen Acres". Reuters. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  17. ^ Patrick Anderson (October 18, 2010). "Review of 'Eighteen Acres,' a political thriller by Nicolle Wallace". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  18. ^ Craig Wilson (October 18, 2010). "Washington's inner workings revealed in 'Eighteen Acres'". USA Today. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  19. ^ Ashley Parker (October 24, 2010). "What Change Could Look Like". The New York Times. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  20. ^ George Stephanopoulos[ (October 19, 2010). "Inside the 'Eighteen Acres'". ABC News. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  21. ^ Rachel Maddow. "The Interview". MSNBC. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  22. ^ John King (October 21, 2010). "GOP insider's novel approach". CNN. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  23. ^ Andrea Mitchell. "Andrea Mitchell Reports". MSNBC. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  24. ^ "It's Classified". Simon & Schuster. September 26, 2011. 
  25. ^ Oct 2011 - Palin ‘Incredibly Withdrawn’ as VP Candidate; Sparked Talk of Removal from Ticket
  26. ^ "Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace Join The View as Co-hosts". ABC. September 3, 2014. 
  27. ^ http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/39461?c=search&first=Nicolle&last=Devenish
  28. ^ ELISABETH BUMILLER (January 10, 2005). "New Aide Aims to Defrost the Press Room". The New York Times. 
  29. ^ "Deaths DEVENISH, THOMAS". The New York Times. November 3, 2002. 
  30. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/wp/2014/09/04/meet-nicolle-wallace-the-new-co-host-of-abcs-the-view/
  31. ^ "Friendship: Katie Couric & Nicolle Wallace". More Magazine. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Bartlett
White House Communications Director
January 2005 – July 2006
Succeeded by
Kevin Sullivan