SACRAMENTO – Former Presidential advisers Paul Begala and Ari Fleischer will share the same stage on Monday, April 16 in Sacramento, discussing their insights as California moves toward its June presidential primary and the 2012 presidential election.

The engaging team of Fleischer and Begala will appear at the Scottish Rite Temple in Sacramento for the 90-minute event that starts at 8 p.m. Tickets to attend the lecture are $55 for adults and $25 for students (ID required). Prior to the speaking engagement, the public can attend a meet-and-greet dinner with Begala and Fleischer at the Scottish Rite Temple, 6151 H Street. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. and costs $125 per person, which includes premium seating.

To purchase tickets for the event or for more information, visit or call 916 988-4100. Tickets will be available at the door.

Fleischer and Begala are the latest installment in the “Cultural Series,” organized by Temple Or Rishon in Orangevale. The Series has previously featured appearances by Lois Lowry, a preeminent voice in contemporary children’s literature, and Dennis Prager, one of the nation’s foremost radio talk show hosts and political commentators.

An evening with Fleischer and Begala will include compelling and humorous anecdotes from their past as Presidential confidants, an examination of the current American political scene, and analysis of the Presidential campaign that will highlight the key issues that determine who will be the next President of the United States.

“Our audience will be treated to an engaging evening by two Washington insiders who both experienced many memorable historical moments in this country’s history,” said Cheryll Goldscheid, one of the organizers of the Cultural Series. “Ari Fleischer and Paul Begala are tremendously provocative speakers who obviously come from divergent political pasts as advisors to President Bush and President Clinton. It will be wonderful treat to hear their many insights regarding this year’s Presidential campaign.”

Begala’s most prominent political role was as a counselor to President Bill Clinton in the White House. Begala helped define and defend the Administration’s agenda, from the State of the Union Address to the economic, domestic and international issues the White House faced each day.

With his partner James Carville, Begala was a senior strategist for the Clinton-Gore Presidential Campaign in 1992, and he helped direct the political strategy of numerous other campaigns across the country and around the world, including advising politicians in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.

Clinton describes his longtime friend and former aide as, “a witty dynamo from Sugar Land, Texas … who brought energy, focus and credibility to our efforts.”

A Democratic strategist, Begala currently serves as a political analyst for CNN, where he is part of the political team that won an Emmy for its coverage of the 2006 elections and a Peabody Award for its coverage of the 2008 Presidential election. He was formerly co-host of “Crossfire,” CNN’s political debate program.

Begala is an affiliated professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University and in 2007 was named the prestigious Carl Sanders Distinguished Scholar in Political Leadership at the University of Georgia School of Law.

He is the author of several best-selling books, including “The Case Against George W. Bush” and “It’s Still the Economy, Stupid.”

Fleischer also serves as a CNN political analyst and has considerable ties to the Oval Office. He is the former White House press secretary and was the primary spokesperson for President George W. Bush when he delivered the daily White House briefings from 2001 to 2003.

He served as the senior communications advisor and spokesman for the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign. In his almost four years working for George W. Bush, Fleischer was spokesman during the historic presidential recount, the tragic-laden September 11, 2001, two wars, and the anthrax attack.

Before joining Governor Bush’s campaign, Fleischer was the national spokesman and communications director for Elizabeth Dole’s presidential campaign. In November 1994, he was hired as communications director by the House Committee on Ways and Means after Republicans took control of the Congress.

Now president of his own firm – Ari Fleischer Communications Inc. – he offers advice to clients in the corporate and sports world on how to handle the press.
Fleischer has provided counsel to clients such as Major League Baseball, the Women’s Tennis Association, the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, and has conducted media training with seven National Football League teams, all the NFL head coaches, as well as media training to NASCAR.

Fleischer’s bestselling book – “Taking Heat” – details his years in the White House and reached No. 7 on The New York Times bestseller list.