McClellan's a Day Late and a Dollar Short

Scott McClellan

Do you remember Scott McClellan? He was former President George Bush’s second White House Press Secretary. He’s the one who had the tearful goodbye in the rose garden. He was one of those that had been with President George W. Bush since he was a governor. Well, McClellan wrote a book and it looks like he gives us the straight scoop instead of that slop that he serve up during those press conferences. It will be interesting to see what new information he is presenting, or is he just verifying what we already know.


From the Washington Post:

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan writes in a new memoir that the Iraq war was sold to the American people with a sophisticated “political propaganda campaign” led by President Bush and aimed at “manipulating sources of public opinion” and “downplaying the major reason for going to war.”

McClellan includes the charges in a 341-page book, “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception,” that delivers a harsh look at the White House and the man he served for close to a decade. He describes Bush as demonstrating a “lack of inquisitiveness,” says the White House operated in “permanent campaign” mode, and admits to having been deceived by some in the president’s inner circle about the leak of a CIA operative’s name. (more…)


2 Responses

  1. Sorry for the cynicism but do you think that the former bushies are all turning on him to cash in. I mean how else can you get rich except to turn and sell books to the left…I’m just sayin!


  2. Scott –

    There is no way to know. This is a guy who was with Bush since Austin. This is someone who truly believed in the Bush agenda.

    All I can tell you is if you talk to reporters in Austin who have covered Bush for 15 years, they will tell you that he changed in the White House and that he is not the same guy. Did Bush change or were they all wrong? I don’t know. What I do know is that we have a consistent message of the mistakes and selective cherry-picking of information.

    Thanks for your comments.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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