The Man in the Middle

The Man in the Middle

An Inside Account of Faith and Politics in the George W. Bush Era

By Timothy S. Goeglein; Karl Rove (Foreword by)

B&H Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9781433672880, 272pp.

Publication Date: September 15, 2011

Description
Timothy Goeglein spent nearly eight years in the White House as President George W. Bush's key point of contact to American conservatives and the faith-based world and was frequently profiled in the national news media. But when a plagiarism scandal prompted his resignation, Goeglein chose not to dodge it but confront it, and was shown remarkable grace by the president. In fact, Bush showed more concern for Goeglein and his family than any personal political standing.
So begins "The Man in the Middle," Goeglein's unique insider account of why he believes most of the 43rd president's in-office decisions were made for the greater good, and how many of those decisions could serve as a blueprint for the emergence of a thoughtful, confident conservatism. From a fresh perspective, Goeglein gives behind-the-scenes accounts of key events during that historic two-term administration, reflecting on what was right and best about the Bush years. He was in Florida for the 2000 election recount, at the White House on 9/11, and watched Bush become a reluctant but effective wartime president.
Goeglein, now the vice president with Focus on the Family, also looks back at how Bush handled matters like stem cell research, faith-based initiatives, the emergence of the Values Voters, the nominations of both Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito-in which Goeglein had a direct role-and debates over the definition of marriage.
In all, "The Man in the Middle" backs historians who view the legacy of President George W. Bush in a favorable light, recognizing his conservative ideas worth upholding in order to better shape our nation and change the world.


About the Author
Timothy S. Goeglein is vice president of External Relations for Focus on the Family, lobbying for the Colorado-based organization's pro-family causes in Washington, D.C. He served as deputy director of the White House Office of Public Liaison under President George W. Bush for nearly eight years. Goeglein and his wife have two sons.

Karl Rove served as Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000 2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004 2007. He now writes a weekly op-ed for "The Wall Street Journal" and is a Fox News contributor. Before he became known as The Architect of President Bush s 2000 and 2004 campaigns, Rove was president of Karl Rove + Company, an Austin-based public affairs firm that was involved in over seventy-five campaigns for Republican candidates for president, governor and senator, as well as handling non-partisan causes and non-profit groups.