It seems to some people, even ardent supporters, that President Obama is getting way too much media coverage.

“You don’t have to be on television every minute of every day,” implored comedian/commentator Bill Maher on his HBO show last week. “You’re the President, not a re-run of “Law & Order.”

It may not seem like it, but there actually are days when Mr. Obama makes no public appearances, but they’re few and far between.

A check of my daily log of presidential activity shows that since taking office, there have been only 7 days on which Mr. Obama did not have a media appearance of some kind. All but one of those seven days were Sundays.

The one exception was last Wednesday. The president stayed cloistered behind the well-guarded doors of the Oval Office... +Continue Reading


Kevin Sullivan is the founder of Kevin Sullivan Communications, LLC. He was White House communications director under President George W. Bush, and before that was a communications executive with NBC Universal, NBC Sports and the Dallas Mavericks.

Michael Vick’s (notes) return to the NFL is inevitable. As long as there is demand for record-breaking, Pro Bowl QBs, there will be a team willing to bet that what he can contribute on the field will be worth the headaches and distractions off it.

Before Vick can put the pads back on, however, he must convince NFL commissioner Roger Goodell he is worthy... +Continue Reading


After reporting to Ross Perot Jr., Dick Ebersol and George W. Bush, Kevin Sullivan decided it was time to be the boss. He started Kevin Sullivan Communications to use what he learned as vice president of communications for the Dallas Mavericks, senior vice president of corporate communications for NBC Universal and communications director at the White House to help teams, leagues and brands more effectively tell their stories and reach their goals. Staff writer Theresa Manahan spoke with him recently.

Age: 50

New title: Founder of Kevin Sullivan... +Continue Reading


By and large, they personally forked out for his campaign, they voted for him, and they know he is capable of boosting TV ratings just by making an appearance.

But executives at the Big Four broadcast networks are seething behind the scenes that President Obama has cost them about $30 million in cumulative ad revenue this year with his three primetime news conference pre-emptions.

Now top network execs quietly are hoping that Fox’s well-publicized rejection of the president’s April 29 presser will serve as precedent for denying future White House requests for prime airtime.

“We will continue to make our decisions on White House requests on a case-by-case basis, but the Fox decision gives us cover to reject a request if we feel that there is no urgent breaking news... +Continue Reading


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Kevin Sullivan (a.k.a. Sully)

A few observations on the first hundreds days of the Obama administration, albeit without benefit of all the inside information I used to have:

– The White House began the big Day 100 with a successful town hall event in front of 1,100 supporters in suburban St. Louis. Going to Missouri, the only battleground state President Obama lost, was a smart call, but why do the town hall on the same day as the prime-time press conference? The WH team has done this campaign-style two-step before, holding a town hall in Elkhart, Ind. on the day of the first prime-time presser. Why cut short the shelf life of these compelling town hall events by stepping on them... +Continue Reading


Our pro teams fire so many head coaches and managers — nearly 40 in the past year alone — they really should be better at it. Take the Oklahoma City Thunder. Last November, the NBA team fired coach P.J. Carlesimo following an embarrassing 25-point home loss to the New Orleans Hornets that dropped the club to 1-12. Management made the announcement after midnight and after the team had left town for a rematch in New Orleans the next night.

I understand general manager Sam Presti’s frustration. It was another in a run of listless performances, this time in front of a Friday night sellout crowd and a national ESPN audience. And getting run out of the Ford Center with such a woeful effort had to hurt more at the hands of the Hornets, the sweethearts of Oklahoma City following... +Continue Reading


My favorite memory from the four Olympics I’ve attended wasn’t watching Michael Johnson win gold or Michael Phelps make history.  In fact, it’s not about an athlete at all.

The scene unfolded early one morning at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where I was working my first Olympics for NBC Sports. I had just passed through the metal detector on my way into the International Broadcast Center. As I gathered up my cell phone and bag, I was startled to hear an ovation ring out.

Olympians frequently came to the broadcast center after they were finished competing to do interviews with the media from their home countries. I thought maybe an Aussie hero had arrived, but I was wrong. It turns out the local security volunteers in Sydney had started a tradition. Whenever an... +Continue Reading


Kevin Sullivan, the last communications director in the Bush White House, has launched his own firm, Kevin Sullivan Communications.

He’ll also be affiliated with the public relations firm Weber Shandwick as executive vice president.
Sullivan was a spokesman at the Education Department, a senior vice president of corporate communications at NBC Universal and vice president of communications at NBC Sports. Earlier, he was named one of the NBA’s top PR guys while working for the Dallas Mavericks.

This “unique background,” from the NBA to the White House, will serve him well in counseling his clients, Sullivan told Suite Talk.

His new firm will be based in Washington, but there’s no new office. Sullivan says he’s borrowing some space at the Washington office of... +Continue Reading


Kevin Sullivan, former senior VP of corporate communications for NBC Universal and White House communications director under President George W. Bush, has hung out his own PR shingle.

He has launched Kevin Sullivan Communications, LLC, and will also be affiliated with PR firm Weber Shandwick as executive VP. He will be based in Washington.

Sullivan, whose resume also includes the Department of Education (where he was assistant secretary for communications before being tapped by the president for the White House post), NBC Sports and the Dallas Mavericks, will provide strategic advice on sports and entertainment, government and the non-profit sector.

Sullivan has also hit the road to speak about his journey from basketball to Washington, a trip that might well... +Continue Reading


NBC Universal alumnus and former White House Communications Director Kevin “Sully” Sullivan announced today he’s opening Kevin Sullivan Communicationsand also entering into an affiliation with Weber Shandwick as executive vice president. Sully sat down with Potomac Flacks last week in Washington and here’s what he had to say:

1. How is reentry into the private sector?

Reentry has been pretty smooth. It’s been nice to spend more time with my family and I am definitely enjoying the flexibility that comes with a less rigorous schedule. And sleeping later than 5 a.m. has been nice – although I hope to maintain some of the discipline that comes with the White House lifestyle.

2. Do you still talk to the President?

We’ve exchanged notes and the President has... +Continue Reading