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Dana Perino + Dog + Runway = Glam

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Former White House press secretary to George W. Bush, and current Burson-Marsteller consultant Dana Perino strutted her stuff on the runway with her pup Henry at the Fashion for Paws event in Washington, D.C. this past Saturday.

Ari Fleischer No Longer Working For Tiger Woods

That was quick. Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary to President George W. Bush, is no longer working with Tiger Woods, a representative from his agency confirmed to PRNewser today. Mr. Fleisher also acknowledged in an email to the Associated Press that he is no longer working with Woods.

News of Fleischer working with Woods first surfaced only 11 days ago. No reason was given for the split.

Also, it should be noted that Woods’ interviews with ESPN and The Golf Channel last night were timed perfectly with the health care reform vote, which took place the same time. Whether the timing was intentional or not, it certainly took a bit of attention away from Woods.

Dana Perino: I Don’t Understand Why Obama Went On Fox News

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Dana Perino, former White House press secretary to President George W. Bush, did some Monday morning PR quarterbacking of President Obama’s sit down last night with Fox News’ Brett Baier on Fox and Friends today. “What I don’t understand, from a communications standpoint, is why the White House did the interview in the first place,” said Perino.

She said the administration should have held a press conference instead, which Fox would have covered anyway, and in which they may have had more control or could have selected the questions in advance.

In February, we noted how the Obama administration prefers sit down interviews as opposed to press conferences.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration has already moved on to today’s news from the Congressional Budget Office. A report from that office said the health-care bill will reduce the federal deficit by $138 billion over the next 10 years and by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years after that.

Also: Perino will guest host Fox and Friends tomorrow.

Tiger Woods Hires Ari Fleischer

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First it was college football’s Bowl Championship Series. Then it was baseball slugger Mark McGwire during his steroid admission use tour.

Now, Ari Fleischer is handling the most high profile sports scandal of the past year, and maybe even the decade: Tiger Woods.

The former White House Press Secretary to George W. Bush was hired by Woods, the The NY Post reports, citing “two sources in the golf community.”

PRNewser was not able to confirm if Tiger had hired PR help before his recent press conference. However, with an upcoming appearance on March 25th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Woods clearly needs to be thinking about his public image.

One PR agency head we spoke with who has handled many high profile clients in situations similar to Woods told PRNewser today, “it’s about time they hired somebody, what were they waiting for?”

“Unlike his press conference he’s going to have to answer questions,” the agency head said.

Fleischer recently told ABC News that sports PR is “more relaxing” than politics. Will he think the same after his work with Woods?

Interview: Danielle Brigida, Social Media Outreach Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation

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“You can look at traffic numbers and followers, but what it really comes down to is relationships,” says Danielle Brigida, Social Media Outreach Coordinator at the National Wildlife Federation, in regards to the organization’s attempts to measure its online communications efforts.

In an interview with PRNewser, Brigida tells us about the NWF’s social media strategies, how they measure and evaluate them, and whether or not having a Democrat in the White House has effected environmental communications.

Oh, and a heads up to all social media service providers. “We’re actually investigating vendors right now,” says Brigida.

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Goldman Sachs Hires PR Firm Public Strategies

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At one point in time, it seemed as if every PR firm was jockeying to score what could be the biggest financial services account in all of the land: Goldman Sachs.

Today we learn that at least one firm is benefiting from Goldman’s image troubles. WPP-owned Public Stategies — led by Dan Bartlett, former counselor to President George W. Bush — has been hired by the firm, reports the New York Post.

The news likely could have leaked because Public Strategies issued a survey to Goldman clients and analysts who cover the company, asking them what they think of the firm.

The Post reports Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein [pictured] is upset that the company’s well-compensated PR head, Lucas Van Praag, has been the center of criticism as of late.

Moves such as lowering employee bonuses this year and donating $500 million to U.S. small business have done nothing to improve the firm’s reputation.

Goldman’s website lists a number of agencies for global PR support — including Manning, Selvage & Lee and Ogilvy PR — however, no outside firms for North America are listed.

Public Strategies was unavailable for comment as of the time of this post.

RELATED: Richard Wolffe Leaving Public Strategies To Write Obama Book

Ari Fleischer: Sports PR ‘Definitely More Relaxing’ Than Politics

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Former George W. Bush Press Secretary Ari Fleischer has stayed busy by moving into the sports PR world after his stint in politics.

Along the way, he’s picked up high profile clients such as NCAA Football’s Bowl Championship Series and former baseball star Mark McGwire during his current steroid use admission process.

Despite the high profile sports clients – it’s definitely easier on him than politics, he said.

“When I left the White House I said I was going to do something more relaxing like dismantling live nuclear weapons…This is definitely more relaxing. The fact is I love them both – I loved the intensity and pressure of the White House, I loved being there, but I love this too,” he told ABC News in a profile published this week.

Less Laughter in White House Press Room

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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs cracked a joke about Sarah Palin during his daily press briefing this past Tuesday. Former George W. Bush Press Secretary Dana Perino didn’t think it was funny.

Now, Politico reports that the media may be tiring of Gibbs’ shtick. Reports Politico’s Patrick Gavin:

Back in May, Politico analyzed the press briefings and found that the instances of laughter – as indicated by “(Laughter)” being noted in the official transcript – occurred more than 10 times per day during press secretary Robert Gibbs‘s briefings.

But the laughter has been reduced by half in recent months: In the first six months of the Obama administration, briefings produced an average of 179 laughs per month. Over the past six months, the average has dropped down to 89.

This could be due to the fact that Gibbs has had to address a number of serious issues in the last few months, including health-care reform stalling, Scott Brown winning Ted Kennedy‘s Senate seat in Massachusetts and continued concern about job growth and the economy.

Toyota Adds To PR Agency Roster in D.C.

Toyota has added two D.C.-based PR agencies to its roster of consultants as the company manages through a massive product recall, PRWeek reports.

Glover Park Group and Quinn Gillespie & Associates were hired by the car-maker. The agencies will work alongside existing Toyota agencies Powell Tate and Golin Harris.

Both Glover Park and Quinn Gillespie are high-powered and well-connected D.C. firms. Glover Park recently employed former Hillary Clinton 2008 presidential campaign communications director Howard Wolfson, before he left to take a full time role with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s administration.

Quin Gillespie is run by Jack Quinn, former White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton and Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore. Ed Gillespie left the firm in 2007 to serve as counselor to President George W. Bush and has since worked on various Republic campaigns.

UPDATE: Jack Quinn tells PRNewser via email, “Yes, we are retained by Toyota. We were hired to provide general representation, but, at the moment, we are assisting on issues regarding the recall matters.” The agency is acting as high-level general counsel and in a government relations capacity – not media relations.

RELATED: FishbowlDC Co-Editor Matt Dornic Joins Quinn Gillespie & Associates

President Obama Unexpectedly Appears at White House Press Briefing

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President Obama appeared at today’s White House press briefing and took questions from the media, beginning with Fox News’ Major Garrett.

Many members of the media have complained in recent weeks that the administration is attempting to bypass press conferences, in favor of releasing information via one-on-one interviews and social media channels.

This the President’s first press conference since July. As Fox News’ Garrett notes, Obama has held 27 total press conferences in his first year in office, compared to 19 for George W. Bush and 45 for Bill Clinton.

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