The Packers have turned to the Bush administration for communications advice. I’m serious.
From Mike McCarthy’s press conference this afternoon:
(Did you ask Ari Fleischer for advice on what you’re going through now?)
Definitely, we talked about a number of things. It really wasn’t more of his opinion; it was really mindset, thought process. Once again, I thought he was very insightful. Just the way he would process the information and how he would explain his message. He had his chain of command in order and stayed true to that and never wavered from that. It was just all good organizational policies and principles that you read about, and ours are being tested at this time. He really kind of reinforced a lot of the things that we have been doing.
(So he reinforced looking at the big picture …)
Just like I just answered the question before, I think t it was very encouraging, Ari’s words as far as how we are handling it as opposed to what his philosophy is. Definitely I think we are going about it the right way. For as popular or unpopular it is, for as difficult as it is, I think the organization has stood strong. They have been decisive, and they are continuing to work through this. Everybody wants this resolved; don’t get me wrong. No one thought it would get to this point, but this is where we are.
In other developments, Ted Thompson has secured a loan for the $25 million bribe personal services contract between the Packers and Brett Favre. A spokesman for Fannie Mae called the loan a “good risk” and noted that the Packers had agreed to pay a one-time fee of $10 million into the retirement account of the institution’s former CEO, Jim Johnson…