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Posts Tagged ‘Judy Smith’

George H. W. Bush Jokes with Former Adviser Turned Inspiration for ‘Scandal’s’ Olivia Pope

Judy Smith, co-executive producer of ”Scandal” and a former deputy press secretary to President George H. W. Bush, recalled a conversation she had with 41 before the show’s premiere at last week’s Nantucket Project when she called to give him a heads up on the storyline. The character of Olivia Pope, inspired by Smith, engages in an affair with the show’s president, a made-for-TV and fictional twist from the real life relationship between Bush and Smith.

Bush returned Smith’s call, only to reach her voicemail, and in one, said, “Love you. Want you. You left me! And by the way, this is the former leader of the free world. Call me.”

When Smith finally reached the former president, in true Olivia Pope-fashion, she recalled telling him, “You need some talking points. You need to stay on message.” But to Smith’s surprise, Bush told her he was going to “confirm the affair.”

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Petraeus Sex Scandal Becomes Scandal

The sex scandal centered on Gen. David Petraeus added another juicy layer of “Scandal” yesterday. D.C.-based crisis manager Judy Smith, the woman who inspired ABC’s political drama Scandal, is now involved.

So far, not much is known about what Smith is doing in the case. USA Today reported that her service was retained by Jill Kelley, a Florida socialite who is said to have received threatening emails from Petraeus’ side piece Paula Broadwell. Kelley also reportedly exchanged sexy time emails with top commander in Afghanistan General John Allen. But if Smith’s role in this real life scandal is anything like it is portrayed by actress Kerry Washington on ABC’s Scandal, she’s pulling some serious strings behind the scenes.

Here’s how things would go down if this whole cheating mess were a Scandal plot… Read more