Michael Gerson Obituary, Death – Michael Gerson, a Washington Post columnist died on November 17th, 2022. He was President George W. Bush’s speechwriter. He was born on May 15, 1964. Michael has previously worked as an editorial columnist for The Washington Post, as a Policy Fellow for One Campaign, as a visiting associate for the Center for Public Justice, and as a senior fellow for the Council on Foreign Relations. He was President George W. Bush’s top speechwriter from 2001 to June 2006. He worked as a senior policy advisor for the White House and was a member of the White House Iraq Group from 2000 to 2006.
He helped write George W. Bush’s second inaugural address, in which he advocated for neoconservative intervention and nation-building around the world to help promote democracy to third-world countries. The speech was given at Bush’s second inauguration. Michael and analyst Amy Holmes co-hosted the politically conservative television debate show In Principle in 2018, which aired on PBS for eight episodes. The show ran for a full year. Michael was raised in an evangelical Christian family in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Westminster Christian Academy throughout his high school years. On his father’s side, his grandfather was Jewish. After a year at Georgetown University, where he got his bachelor’s degree in 1986, he transferred to Wheaton College in Illinois.
He was a senior policy advisor at The Heritage Foundation, a conservative public policy think tank, before joining the Bush administration. Before briefly leaving politics to work as a journalist for US News & World Report, he was an aide to Indiana Senator Dan Coats and a speechwriter for Bob Dole’s Presidential campaign. He worked as a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign on several occasions. Michael also worked as a ghostwriter for Charles Colson at one point in his career. Karl Rove recruited Gerson for the Bush campaign at the start of 1999. Time magazine named Gerson one of “America’s 25 Most Influential Evangelicals.” In the edition published on February 7, 2005, Gerson was voted the eighth most important evangelical.