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"Too Big To Fail"
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James Richard Wilkinson is a former U.S. government employee who works in the field of public relations (PR). Wilkinson, a Republican, began his government career under former Texas congressman Dick Armey. Before joining the George W. Bush administration, Wilkinson helped sell the idea that Al Gore claimed to have "invented the internet".
While part of the Bush administration, he worked to help convince the U.S. public to support the Iraq War, was involved in the handling of the Jessica Lynch story, and bolstered Condoleezza Rice's image. Overall, Wilkinson was a "well-traveled utility man for the Bush administration's PR team".
While Chief of Staff in the U.S. Treasury department, Wilkinson worked under Hank Paulson. A Wilkinson September 2008 email regarding the government's approach to Lehman Brothers appeared in a 2010 Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission document. Wilkinson emailed "can’t stomach us bailing out lehman. Will be horrible in the press." Wilkinson declined to comment on his emails.