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George W. Bush Wants to Help Convert All the Jews

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Say you’re an organization with a mission that might strike some (note that we said “some”) as…unusual. Provocative. Offensive, even. Who do you choose as a respectable public figure to help you raise money and get your message out there?

For the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, that person is former President George W. Bush. Keep in mind: the purpose of this organization is, in its own words, to “[help] educate Christians in their role to provoke the Jewish people to jealousy and thus save some of them.”

That’s an unusually blunt SOP, no?

It should be pretty obvious how this story relates to PR, and we’re far less interested in the politics than the optics and the underlying strategy.

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Bono, Obama, Bush Drive Awareness of World AIDS Day

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Today is World AIDS Day, but Bono made an appearance yesterday on The Daily Show to begin the commemoration. During his interview, he teased a big announcement that would likely come from President Obama today during an event in honor of the special day.

You can also find Bono and his fashion-statement-making sunglasses on the TIME website (and in the magazine) and with an op-ed in today’s New York Times. In that article, he talks about the hopelessness that greeted an HIV-positive diagnosis a decade ago. “Yet today, here we are, talking seriously about the ‘end’ of this global epidemic,” he writes. Wow.

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Roll Call: True Religion, Dewey Square, R/GA, and More

Denim company True Religion Apparel has a new VP of brand strategy, marketing, and PR. Jordan Daly has joined the company, and will be managing brand positioning, campaigns, special events, and other areas of the marcomms effort on a global scale. Previously, Daly was the VP of PR in the Americas for Burberry.

Joe Eyer has been named director of The Dewey Square Group‘s new director of grassroots. Eyer has been with the firm for six years and was previously a principal in the group. The division also has two new principals. Tracey Lewis was the New Hampshire field director for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her 2008 presidential run and the general election director for President Obama’s New Hampshire campaign. And Jonathan Drobis, who has worked on a number of political campaigns, including President Obama’s and AG Jack Conway‘s campaign for Senate in Kentucky.

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Mixed Opinions About Impact of Bin Laden News on Obama’s Public Perception

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Journalists are taking a look at the Osama bin Laden news and trying to determine the benefits to President Obama as we head into the next election.

So soon after rejoicing crowds have taken to the streets in New York and Washington D.C., high favor for Obama is coming from all directions.

“[Obama's] world view is often challenged by his Republican rivals, who seek to portray him as a weak leader. That line of attack will almost certainly be more difficult to use as he begins running for a second term,” writes The New York Times.

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George W. Bush: ‘The Truth of the Matter Is, I am Shamelessly Marketing’

In a sit-down with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg that aired on Facebook Live yesterday, former President George W. Bush talked up his new memoir Decision Points, which currently occupies the number one spot on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list.

“The truth of the matter is, I am shamelessly marketing,” Bush said. “You got a lot of people paying attention to us, and I’m trying to sell books.” Stay classy.

The FoxNews.com political blog covers the conversation, which is archived on Facebook Live and available after the jump.

Bush also offered some advice to Zuckerberg: “It’s important not to be book smart and sidewalk stupid. In other words, you get so caught up in kind of intellectual airiness that you can’t be a commonsensical person. And I’ve always remembered that for some reason.”

Maybe that will come in handy during the Groupon talks.

Burson Execs Delivering Keynote at BlogWorld Conference

As reported by PRNewser’s colleagues at WebNewser, two Burson-Marsteller execs will be delivering the keynote speech at the BlogWorld & New Media Expo 2010: Mark Penn, CEO of B-M and Penn Schoen Berland; and Karen Hughes, worldwide vice chairman for B-M (and former counselor to President George W. Bush). They will discuss the results of a recent study about the use of social media during the mid-term election races. The speech will take place Friday, October 15.

Karen Hughes: Organizers Should Locate Ground Zero Islamic Center “Elsewhere”

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Karen Hughes, the President George W. Bush administration official once tasked with running a massive public relations campaign to develop more positive public sentiment of Americans in Middle-Eastern countries, said in a Washington Post op-ed this weekend that the the Islamic Cultural center currently being planned for two blocks from Ground Zero should be moved “elsewhere.”

…I believe it is so important that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and his congregation make what I fully understand would be a very difficult choice: to locate their mosque elsewhere. Putting the mosque at a different site would demonstrate the uncommon courtesy sometimes required for us to get along in our free and diverse society.

Hughes, who served as undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs from 2005 to 2007 for President Bush, is now global vice chair at Burson-Marsteller.

Meanwhile, he debate of the community center continues full force, with rallies this weekend attracting media attention.

MSNBC’s O’Donnell Show Adds Former George W. Bush Press Secretary as Producer

Via Politico’s Playbook:

PAM STEVENS will be Senior Planning/Editorial Producer for MSNBC’s new Lawrence O’Donnell show, launching Sept. 27. Pam is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at State, and Assistant Press Secretary and Director of TV for President George W. Bush. She also worked in the Reagan White House and for 10 years at CNN for Larry King, Wolf Blitzer and Bob Novak.

Longtime PR and Lobbying Exec. Ed Gillespie Among Leaders of New GOP “Network”

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The Republican party is in the midst of building a “massive fundraising, organizing and advertising machine based on the model assembled by Democrats early in the decade, and with the same ambitious goal – to recapture Congress and the White House,” Politico reports.

One of the leaders of the network is Ed Gillespie, who has held numerous communications roles for the GOP, including senior communications advisor for the presidential campaign of George W. Bush, and Director of Communications and Congressional Affairs for the Republican National Committee.

Gillespie left Quinn, Gillespie & Associates, the lobbying and PR firm he co-founded with Jack Quinn, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore, in 2007 to join the Bush administration full time, where he was involved with communications strategy.

“Where they [Democrats] have a chess piece on the board, we need a chess piece on the board,” Gillespie told Politico, as to the group’s motivations.

Asked about the new network, Gillespie directed us to Jim Dyke, founder of strategic communications firm Jim Dyke & Associates, who said, “The group or network is actually inaccurate. These are separate organizations that have a variety of missions and each will have its own PR or communications strategy.”

However, there are common goals between the organizations. “Understanding and utilizing new media, paid media and traditional media in concert to inform, motivate and activate voters on behalf of Republican candidates is critical to our success,” said Dyke.

Dyke has held communications roles with the Republican National Committee, the Rudy Giuliani Presidential campaign, President George W. Bush and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

Gillespie is involved in all five groups that make up the network: The Republican State Leadership Committee, Resurgent Republic, American Action Forum, American Action Network and American Crossroads.

Massey Energy Hires Public Strategies In Wake of Mine Tragedy

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WPP-owned Public Strategies has been hired by Massey Energy Co. following an incident in which 29 miners died at one of the company’s coal mines in West Virginia earlier this month.

Public Strategies is staffed by political heavyweights including former George W. Bush staffers Dan Bartlett and Mark McKinnon, as well as Jeff Eller, a former White House aide to then-President Bill Clinton.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the news and has some background on the connections between the two companies:

Public Strategies also has ties to Massey’s lead outside director, retired Navy Admiral Bobby Inman, a longtime professor at the University of Texas’ Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, which is supported by the LBJ Foundation; Public Strategies’ chairman Jack Martin – a longtime Democratic Party hand – is a foundation board member, and McKinnon is a lecturer at the LBJ School.

Goldman Sachs is also working with Public Strategies. Newsweek correspondent and MSNBC analyst Richard Wolffe briefly worked for the firm this past fall.

RELATED: What if Only PR Pros From Massey Energy Were ‘Reporting’ On the W.V. Mining Disaster?

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