Rich Galen has been described as "what you get when you cross a political hack with a philosopher." Rich Galen's career includes work in and out of politics, in and out of the United States. Rich Galen did a tour of duty in Iraq where he went at the request of the White House. The assignment - which was to have lasted about eight weeks, stretched into six months. While there, Rich Galen was responsible for bringing the message of the positive aspects of what the coalition was doing in Iraq back to Middle America.
Rich Galen has been press secretary to Dan Quayle, when the former Vice President was a Congressman and a U.S. Senator; and to Newt Gingrich when Gingrich was House Republican Whip and, in 1996 became the communications director of the political office of Speaker Gingrich. Rich Galen also has extensive non-US experience. At the time of the dissolution of the Communist governments in Eastern Europe, Rich Galen was one of a select number of Americans sent over to help build a democratic political infrastructure. He spent a significant amount of time in Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, and what was then Czechoslovakia.
Rich Galen is a senior advisor to the world-wide public relations firm, Manning, Selvage & Lee in Washington, DC. Mr. Galen has been married for over 30 years. He and his wife, Susan, live in Virginia. They have one son, Reed, who is 29 years old.
We've heard all the chatter about the chances of the GOP taking control of the U.S. Senate in the midterm elections a week from Tuesday.
The growing concern over the possible spread of Ebola in the United States is Barack Obama's equivalent of George W. Bush's Katrina problems.
Now that we are within three weeks of the long-awaited mid-term elections, official Washington is focused on two things: (1) Not catching Ebola and, (2) trying to determine if the GOP will take control of the U.S. Senate sometime before the 114th Congress convenes on or about January 3, 2015.
I have no interest in adding to the rising level of fear-mongering and finger-pointing that we're reading, hearing, and seeing about Ebola.
The American oil and gas industry has saved our collective bacon.
The United States Secret Service (USSS) is in a slump.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is the phrase in general use to describe the psychological issues that often - not always, but certainly not never - appear after military service in a war zone.
On Oct. 2, 2002, Senator Barack Obama said in a major speech in Chicago that "I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars." By definition, then, this must be a "smart war."
President Barack Obama spoke about the Ebola outbreak in west Africa during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week:
First things first. I was on CNN the other day with Donna Brazil and Prof. Larry Sabato. The host wanted to start a fight about whether President Barack Obama had flip-flopped on his committing U.S. military forces in Iraq.
I know there is a lot going on in the world, but I want to spend today on the concept known as Net Neutrality.
Mr. Obama got himself into the position of having to make a major speech by losing focus during a press conference about three weeks ago. While trying to say that the cable news professional commentariat were getting way ahead of where he was prepared to take the country in the fight against ISIS, he inartfully said that he had "no strategy" at that point to chase them into Syria.
President Barack Obama had another very bad week. It was only because former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was convicted on eleven of fourteen counts of corruption that Mr. Obama didn't walk away with the Worst Week honors.
You know that I've sailed through pretty rough public relations seas with some high profile figures over my career.
The children of America have gone back to school. And, in nearly every household, there is at least one person who is standing over the kitchen sink in tears, wondering where the years have gone.
The Washington Post runs a little item every Friday entitled: "Who Had the Worst Week in Washington?"
I never crossed paths with James Foley. I regret not having met him. A freelance reporter of great skill and courage, Foley was murdered, on camera, by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq by cutting off his head.
Let us stipulate that none of us know what happened between Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown. We can also stipulate that the members of the Ferguson Police Department might need some additional training.
Let's hug it out.