*Hey Gladiators, by now you may have heard that Shonda Rhimes‘ hit, “Scandal,” was inspired by the real life story of a Washington “Fixer” named Judy Smith and her “Leader of the free world client.” You might even know that the client was former president, George H. W. Bush.
But did you know that when it was clear that the show was going to be green-lit, and Smith placed a call to give Bush a heads up, about a new show that was going to premiere based on their business relationship; but the creator of the show had decided to throw in a new twist, Mr. Bush wasn’t completely turned off by the idea. In fact, he quite liked it.
As you know, Olivia Pope played by Kerry Washington is involved in a complicated and steamy love affair with President Fitzgerald Grant III played by Tony Goldwyn.
Smith is a real-life crisis management expert, who is also a co-executive producer on “Scandal.” Her title during the Bush administration was special assistant and deputy press secretary to Bush. The “Scandal” plot is loosely based on the many aspects of her biography — but the affair is purely fictional.
Last week at a conference in Nantucket, Smith recalled that she had contacted Bush’s office and insisted on speaking with him “one on one.”
When the president called her back, she was busy and could not pick up the phone. So he left her a message: “Love you. Want you. You left me! And by the way, this is the former leader of the free world. Call me.”
“So I called him back and said, ‘See, this is why I’m calling you now. You need some talking points. You need to stay on message,'” Smith recounted.
“I’m going to confirm the affair,” Bush replied, according to Smith. “I have young people working in my office now. They said I need to stay relevant. It’s good for my reputation.”
Maybe he should’ve stuck with that line of reasoning, yes?
Thanks to Huffington Post for information used in this story.