Talk:White House Press Secretary

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Boss ?[edit]

To whom does the press secretary report to ? Director of communications ? Chief of staff ?


Is this list complete? accurate? for instance, was George Stephanopoulos White House Press Secretary, as some sources mention? he is not in the list of this article. olivier 02:55, May 11, 2004 (UTC)

From what I've read it appears that Stephanopoulos wasn't actually the official WH Press Secretary. I guess there could be some unofficial nod towards the fact that he did the job for more than half a year, but he was never appointed to the position. To me it seems like he is more of a footnote in WHPS History. CRobey 23:27, 26 April 2006 (UTC)
Yes, at no point was Mr. Stephanopoulos the WHPS but essentially usurped the duties of WHPS while remaining officially the WH Communications Director. Carter kalchik 03:57, 17 May 2007 (UTC)


Why does the generic term "Press Secretary" redirect to the specific position of White House Press Secretary? Isn't this a job title that occurs in more than one organisation?--Victim Of Fate 11:04, 29 December 2005 (UTC)

That's very true. I don't think there are many press secretary positions in the US Govt (DHS is the only one that comes to mind) as most Departments head position is secretary and that would lead to some confusion. I guess it's just a matter of someone wanting to create the general Press Secretary article. While the current redirect is kind of USGovt-centric, I don't know that removing it is a great idea unless there was another page put in its place. CRobey 23:27, 26 April 2006 (UTC)

Tony Snow Selection[edit]

At this point, my concerns are likely of little impact, however I think it is important to bring up. While numerous media sources have cited President Bush has picked Tony Snow, there has yet to be an official announcement and he has not assumed the role of Press Secretary. I only wonder if he was prematurely listed as Press Secretary. As I said this is likely to be moot as an announcement is expected today, but I just thought it was important to note.

Article on white house press corps[edit]

I sought but did not find an article on the white house press corps. Mathiastck 18:45, 14 June 2006 (UTC)

Salary info?[edit]

Should we list the salary for this post? We do so for President of the United States and Chief Justice of the United States, for example. We have a 2004 source for Mr Fleischer's salary from the Washington Post here; as the President's salary hasn't changed since then I guess the whole scale is stuck at those levels too. -- Finlay McWalter | Talk 22:59, 16 August 2007 (UTC)

Flak jacket?[edit]

Should a section be included ("Trivia" ?) to mention the ceremonial flak jacket that is passed from one Press Secretary to their successor, with little notes in the pockets with words of advice? Google has lots of info, and it's verified at: Yo 11:27, 1 October 2007 (UTC)


this probably isn't worth adding, but i thought it was interesting when read that dana perino got a black eye when bush got the shoes thrown at him...the article said 'who thought be press secretary was this dangerous?' and i thought james brady anyone? anyways...later homiez Dc2011 (talk) 18:56, 16 December 2008 (UTC)


{{Infobox US Cabinet | post = White House Press Secretary | insignia =US-WhiteHouse-Logo.svg | insigniasize =175px | insigniacaption = | department = Office of the Press Secretary | image = Gibby.jpg | incumbent = Robert L. Gibbs | incumbentsince = 20 January 2009 | first before the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room underwent renovation: Joe Lockhart, Dee Dee Myers, Marlin Fitzwater, Tony Snow, Ron Nessen, and James Brady with his wife Sarah Brady.]]

This is not linking correctly. I've removed it until someone can get it working.

J. Leonard Reinsch[edit]

J. Leonard Reinsch was never Truman's press secretary. Truman Library - J. Leonard Reinsch interview (Sections 47-53). If there are no objections, I will begin removing references of his placement as Press secretary in a few days.Ljmajer (talk) 21:04, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

Apostrophes in info box[edit]

For some reason there are some random apostrophes found in the press secretary info box. One can be found below the press secretary logo and the "Office of the Press Secretary" quote. The second can be found right after the name. Looking through the code I can't find where the apostrophes are coming from. In the info box the apostrophes are used for bold or italic text or bold text but that's not the cause. Can anyone identify the cause?

--Triesault (talk) 04:18, 13 December 2009 (UTC)

Press Secretary's role[edit]

Hey, I'm curious about this sentence: "The White House Press Secretary is a senior White House official whose primary responsibility is to act as spokesperson for the government administration." Do they have the authority to speak on behalf of the legislative and judicial branches, or is it just the executive branch? (talk) 09:48, 30 August 2011 (UTC)

Patrick Ventrell[edit]

How can it be that he isn't mentioned anywhere here? He gives today's press briefings and is the "official" spokesperson of the cabinet.. Looks like it's a bit outdated. Bataaf van Oranje (talk) 20:47, 13 July 2015 (UTC)