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Topic - Michael Gerson
His aides wanted to delete it from his speech, and President George W. Bush was mocked by ESPN and Meryl Streep for it afterward. But when he used his 2004 State of the Union address to raise the issue of steroids in baseball, it boosted the issue to the top levels of politics.
At a White House ceremony Monday, President Obama announced a Task Force on Expanding National Service.
Former White House speechwriter Michael Gerson has been accused of self-aggrandizement and taking credit for speeches he did not fully write, stealing the lines of others and making them his own. The accusations come from his former speechwriting colleague, Matthew Scully, in the September issue of the Atlantic magazine.
"I was very skeptical (along with others) about including the steroids section. I thought it would cause some confused head shaking — and it did," Michael Gerson, who was Mr. Bush's chief speechwriter, said in an email to The Washington Times.
"And now he looks pretty good," Mr. Gerson added.