Utahn Steve Studdert, the executive director of George Bush's inauguration committee, finally confirmed Tuesday that Bush is indeed talking to him about a White House appointment as an image maker for the president-elect.
Studdert's statement came during a taping of KUED Channel 7's "Inside Washington," which is scheduled to air at 7:30 p.m.However, Studdert would not say directly whether he would accept the discussed job, or exactly what it would entail.
When Studdert was first asked on the program about rumors that he would become a White House image maker for Bush, he replied that he is currently too busy planning inauguration details to think about anything else. His only plans beyondinauguration are to take his family back to Utah someday.
But when asked about a recent Deseret News story quoting him saying that he didn't plan to move back until "after the Bush administration" - hinting a White House job was possible - he said, "You've boxed me in. George Bush has talked tome" about the job.
But he said no decision about the job will be made until after the inauguration.
Studdert, a former advance man for president Ford and a former Bountiful citycouncilman and Brigham City police chief, traveled daily with Bush after the Republican National Convention. He described his job then as ensuring that the image of Bush presented by the media each day matched the way Bush really is.
Studdert said themes of the inauguration are also designed to create an imageof the type of man and leader that Bush is. He said basic themes will be faith,family and making the United States a "kinder, gentler nation."