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Exclusive: McClellan whacks Bush, White House
Politico ^ | may 27,2008 | MIKE ALLEN

Posted on 05/27/2008 3:46:19 PM PDT by byteback

ormer White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan writes in a surprisingly scathing memoir to be published next week that President Bush “veered terribly off course,” was not “open and forthright on Iraq,” and took a “permanent campaign approach” to governing at the expense of candor and competence.

Among the most explosive revelations in the 341-page book, titled “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception” (Public Affairs, $27.95):

—McClellan charges that Bush relied on “propaganda” to sell the war.

—He says the White House press corps went too easy on the administration.

—He admits that some of his own assertions from the briefing room podium turned out to be “badly misguided.”

—The longtime Bush loyalist also suggests that two top aides held a secret West Wing meeting to get their story straight about the CIA leak case at a time when federal prosecutors were after them – and McClellan was continuing to defend them despite mounting evidence they had not given him the full facts.

—McClellan asserts that the aides — Karl Rove, the president’s senior adviser, and Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the vice president’s chief of staff – “had at best misled” him about their role in the disclosure of former CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity.

A few reporters were offered advance copies of the book, with the restriction that their stories not appear until Sunday, the day before the publication date. Politico declined, and purchased “What Happened” at a Washington bookstore.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: anotherbushbash; bashbushthread; buymybook; itsalltherage; karlrove; mcclellan; presidentbush; propaganda; scottmcclellan; weasels
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1 posted on 05/27/2008 3:46:19 PM PDT by byteback
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To: byteback

The WORST Press Secy....EVER....EVER!! What an INCOMPETENT BOOB!! Hillary and Media Matters must have FLIPPED him!!


2 posted on 05/27/2008 3:48:24 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: byteback

Scott “Deer in the headlight” McClellan???


3 posted on 05/27/2008 3:48:56 PM PDT by BerniesFriend
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To: byteback
We knew Scott McClellan was a pussy.

Now we know he's a shameless opportunist.

4 posted on 05/27/2008 3:49:08 PM PDT by andyandval
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To: byteback

Scott you still suck.


5 posted on 05/27/2008 3:49:15 PM PDT by A message
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To: byteback

LOL, a press secretary for Clinton is now worried about other people’s honesty. Too funny.


6 posted on 05/27/2008 3:49:29 PM PDT by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: byteback

These kiss and tell books about an administration before it is over, don’t do us any service IMO. If we’re talking about criminality, that’s differenct, but if we’re talking about how a president chooses to conduct his policies, that’s up to him until he is out of office. Then tell all you want. And let the chips fall where they will.


7 posted on 05/27/2008 3:49:36 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (If you continue to hold your nose and vote, your nation will stink worse after every election.)
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To: byteback

I wish W had chosen Ann Coulter to be his press secretary.


8 posted on 05/27/2008 3:50:21 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (This tagline has been banned or suspended.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Yep GWB made some very bad choices for a number of positions, this prick McClellan, Rice, Tenant, Powell, etc...


9 posted on 05/27/2008 3:52:29 PM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: byteback
How many Republican Presidents have fired a guy named McClellan who later went looking for revenge?
10 posted on 05/27/2008 3:53:06 PM PDT by Perchant
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To: byteback

I blame Bush for hiring this guy. I read somewhere that the only reason he was hired was because his family had backed Bush and he had worked for him on one of the campaigns.
When you watched him, you could tell he was grossly incompetent. At times, the way he spoke and expressed himself made Bush look like Shakespeare.


11 posted on 05/27/2008 3:54:47 PM PDT by ruschpa
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To: byteback
—McClellan asserts that the aides — Karl Rove, the president’s senior adviser, and Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the vice president’s chief of staff – “had at best misled” him about their role in the disclosure of former CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity.

12 posted on 05/27/2008 3:55:20 PM PDT by Bratch ("The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." --- Edmund Burke)
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To: byteback

Another one of those selfless individuals who “retire” from public service and then try to make a buck on it. Thanks Scott, now hit the road, ya backstabbing bum!


13 posted on 05/27/2008 3:55:41 PM PDT by FMBass ("Now that I'm sober I watch a lot of news"- Garofalo from Coulter's "Treason")
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To: byteback

Leaving bogus claims in book aside (have not seen it), McClellan was a horrible press secretary. Every time he went in front of the press he looked like he was ready to cry. He could not think on his feet (not as clueless as Obama, but very close).

I would like to know who recommended this moron for the job in the first place.


14 posted on 05/27/2008 3:56:09 PM PDT by frankjr
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To: byteback

I hope that GWB has learned that loyalty to incompetent hacks like this isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Has GWB ever publicly humiliated or criticized anyone he has appointed, whether he asked them to resign or not? I can’t think of any examples, yet so many of these people who didn’t do a very good job for his administration end up trashing him.


15 posted on 05/27/2008 3:56:51 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: DoughtyOne

Exactly. McClellan is a little worm. If it weren’t for W and Karen Hughes giving him his shot at the big time he’d still be riding his mommy’s coat tails in Texas politics.


16 posted on 05/27/2008 3:57:18 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: iopscusa
Yep GWB made some very bad choices for a number of positions,

For a man who is reputed to value loyalty, he sure puts a lot of trust in his enemies, to the point of filling the White House with them.

17 posted on 05/27/2008 3:57:44 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (This tagline has been banned or suspended.)
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We knew this "book" was coming last November.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1928500/posts

18 posted on 05/27/2008 3:57:44 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: McLynnan

Thanks McLynnan. I agree with your comments.


19 posted on 05/27/2008 3:59:31 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (If you continue to hold your nose and vote, your nation will stink worse after every election.)
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To: frankjr

And let me add....if somebody wants to know what skills a great press secretary would possess...then take a look at Tony Snow.

I hope that after Bush leaves office that he writes a book and its only topic is what a complete idiot McClellan was (and is).


20 posted on 05/27/2008 4:00:27 PM PDT by frankjr
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To: byteback

These type of horses asses know that if they write a book praising Bush, it will not sell. So, they write this kind of crap and the left will help them sell it. It’s all about money these days. Loyalty disappeared when?


21 posted on 05/27/2008 4:01:32 PM PDT by fish hawk (Silence is often misinterpreted but never misquoted.)
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To: byteback

I never could understand how he got the job; he has such a flat affect; no personality.


22 posted on 05/27/2008 4:01:42 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert (Michael Steele for VP)
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To: DoughtyOne

You know what? The more I sit here and think about this, the angrier I am. What a back stabbing, lowlife, self promoting, sorry excuse for a human being. He’s certainly no gentleman. Grrrrrr.........


23 posted on 05/27/2008 4:02:39 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: byteback

Scotty was, and still is, a weasely, incompetent, a$$.


24 posted on 05/27/2008 4:03:25 PM PDT by gramho12
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To: byteback

A turd on a stick would have made a better spokesman.


25 posted on 05/27/2008 4:03:44 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: frankjr

I think Tony’s replacement, Dana is fabulous also!! Maybe better..


26 posted on 05/27/2008 4:03:57 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy

His mother is a lunatic!


27 posted on 05/27/2008 4:05:15 PM PDT by lonestar
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To: frankjr

The minute Ari Fleisher stepped down as Press Secretary, the Bush Administration started floundering. You could walk down to the local bar and find people who would have been a far more competent and effective Press Secretary than Scott McClellan. He was the worst, and one of the Bush Administration’s biggest failures was their inability to properly explain and defend their actions related to the war in Iraq. McClellan was the idiot who failed most miserably and timidly.


28 posted on 05/27/2008 4:05:17 PM PDT by raptor29
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To: Perchant

Nice catch.


29 posted on 05/27/2008 4:05:49 PM PDT by dighton
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To: byteback
Corrected version:

Former White House Press Secretary Scott Piñata McClellan
30 posted on 05/27/2008 4:06:18 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Jeff Chandler
I wish W had chosen Ann Coulter to be his press secretary.

Coulter would also have been uppity enough to tell Jorge when he first began to both blow and suck.

31 posted on 05/27/2008 4:08:53 PM PDT by E. Cartman (Better to have your enemy before you than beside you or behind you.)
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To: McLynnan

I think there is something to be said for recording history with a book, but I have to agree with you here. When an administration is ongoing, I don’t like seeing profiteers. If something needs to be said, write an article. Don’t profit off of it until after the end of the Presidents term(s) in office.


32 posted on 05/27/2008 4:09:51 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (If you continue to hold your nose and vote, your nation will stink worse after every election.)
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To: Cecily

Too little, too late. I wish GWB had learned that lesson as a child and then grown up to be like his VP. I love him but he has wrecked the party by not leading with conservative principles. I pray that he will have a long and a relaxing retirement.


33 posted on 05/27/2008 4:10:44 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Ann Archy
The WORST Press Secy

Agreed . Bill Moyers is now the second worst lying POS press secretary .

34 posted on 05/27/2008 4:11:21 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it , freedom has a flavor the protected will never know)
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To: raptor29

“The minute Ari Fleisher stepped down as Press Secretary, the Bush Administration started floundering. You could walk down to the local bar and find people who would have been a far more competent and effective Press Secretary than Scott McClellan. He was the worst, and one of the Bush Administration’s biggest failures was their inability to properly explain and defend their actions related to the war in Iraq. McClellan was the idiot who failed most miserably and timidly.”


Well said, unfortunately it took the White House 2+ years to figure this out...


35 posted on 05/27/2008 4:14:46 PM PDT by ruschpa
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To: Perchant
How many Republican Presidents have fired a guy named McClellan....

good point

36 posted on 05/27/2008 4:15:38 PM PDT by tbpiper
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To: lonestar

McClellans DAD was the one who said LBJ had JFK assassinated.....which I DO believe.


37 posted on 05/27/2008 4:16:52 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: DoughtyOne

McClellan was terrible in that position and he is mad about his sad reputation as an effective press secretary. His book will NOT be on my purchase list. Shame on Scotty. I hope he gets shunned by all republicans, as he deserves to be, IF these stories are true. You never know with the media anymore, if they are “reporting” fact or propaganda.


38 posted on 05/27/2008 4:16:57 PM PDT by Laverne
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To: byteback

I am not goint to attack McCllellan just because he is attacking President Bush.

Almost all the things that he is supposed to be saying here, have been said about Bush right here on FR. I only wonder if he goes and tackles any of the spending bill decisions in the book.

Perhaps people are satisfied with Katrina response and did not attack Bush here, but poor war planning, terrible execution, and frustatingly slow to adjusting to realities on ground are realities. Its foolish to deny that.

I however completely disagree with his accusation that Bush went into “permanent campaign mode”.

NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.

One reason W is in trouble and legacy is in jeapordy IS the fact that he DID NOT SELL HIS VIEWS ENOUGH. He didn’t remain in touch with the general public. He isolated himself and retreated to the Oval office and once that connection was broken between President and the people, and on the other hand media was barraging the people with ghastly images and statistics everyday, what other result can one expect?

W did not do a good job of educating people on the issues.

So McClellan is way off base if he is going to accuse Bush of just being a propoganda artist. Their are no facts to back that up. I have hoped and prayed that W would come out and address those issue everyday. He didn’t and he doesn’t.


39 posted on 05/27/2008 4:17:31 PM PDT by The_Republican (Ovaries of the World Unite! Rush, Laura, Ann, Greta - Time for the Ovulation!)
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To: DoughtyOne

I also don’t like innuendo. For instance, he implies Rove and Scooter Libby went behind closed doors to “collude”. He says “I have no idea what they discussed, but it seemed suspicious for these two, whom I had never noticed spending any one-on-one time together, to go behind closed doors and visit privately. …”. Gee Scott, maybe they discussed your incompetence in getting the message out. Maybe McClellan is a black helicopter kind of guy. McClellan has NO idea why they met but he knows it had to be nefarious.


40 posted on 05/27/2008 4:18:21 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: iopscusa
and not cleaning out the Clintonestas.
41 posted on 05/27/2008 4:19:22 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Will this thread be jacked by a Mormon?)
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To: E. Cartman

Love it.


42 posted on 05/27/2008 4:19:43 PM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Cousin, Mom and FRiend)
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What I find to be the most disturbing, if you read the entire article in Politico... all the phrases that Scott McClellan uses come straight out of the Democratic hand book. The way the sentences read and the verbage, lingo, etc...
If I didn’t know any better, he was a Democratic mole.


43 posted on 05/27/2008 4:20:21 PM PDT by ruschpa
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To: byteback
McCellan is aware about his inability, insecurity and limitation during and after leaving his job. Just like typical little kids (and liberals), he blames somebody else for it to cover his own insecurity.
44 posted on 05/27/2008 4:21:28 PM PDT by paudio (Like it or not, 'conservatism' is a word with many meanings. Hence the quotes.)
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To: The_Republican
So McClellan is way off base if he is going to accuse Bush of just being a propoganda artist.

McClellan wouldn't know a "propaganda artist" if it bit him on the ass.

Never has a President been served so poorly by a press aide.

45 posted on 05/27/2008 4:22:40 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: byteback

The biggest point on which to criticize the Bush WH in this area is that a pitiful boob like Scott McClellan was ever employed there in the first place. Yes, that was a misjudgment for which we are still paying the price.... and that SM epitomizes the half-hearted, mostly incompetent approach that the WH has too often displayed for getting out the real facts, countering leftist propaganda, etc. As for campaign mode and propaganda, good heavens, one of the biggest problems has been that the WH has so often allowed our enemies to shape the stories and dictate what’s important, how things are understood, etc.

SM has apparently written the nasty tell-all that will make him rich and please the enemies of America. Good job, Scottie!


46 posted on 05/27/2008 4:23:16 PM PDT by Enchante (Barack Chamberlain: My 1930s Appeasement Policy Goes Well With My 1960s Socialist Policies!)
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To: byteback

“This too, shall pass”


47 posted on 05/27/2008 4:24:47 PM PDT by CreviceTool
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To: Always Right

Scott McClellan was Bush’s pathetic press secretary, between two good ones, Ari Fleischer and Tony Snow. He was exactly the wrong person in the wrong job at the wrong time.


48 posted on 05/27/2008 4:25:57 PM PDT by EDINVA (Proud American for 23,062 days.... and counting!)
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To: byteback

>>>White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan writes in a surprisingly scathing memoir to be published next week

nothing surprising here....

McClellan is no different that any other (former) Washington poltical operative....

They’re all stinking whores....


49 posted on 05/27/2008 4:26:45 PM PDT by seanrobins (blog.seanrobins.com)
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To: byteback

FWIW, no one to blame but Bush for this one. It was obvious for almost the whole time that McClellan was press secretary that he was doing a lousy job. Yet he was kept on for month after month of screwups and incompetence.

Why did Bush put up with it for so long? Every president is going to make a few bad appointments, it’s inevitable. But then you correct them, before more damage is done.

And don’t tell me it’s loyalty to his subordinates. Why should a President be loyal to his failures but screw the subordinates who are trying to do a good job, like Scooter Libby, or the Haditha Marines, or Compean and Ramos?

So, now he gets his reward for keeping him on much longer than he should have done.


50 posted on 05/27/2008 4:29:45 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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