Wednesday, May 28, 2008
With friends like this who needs enemies?
Does anyone besides Michael Moore and CNN buy "tell all" books by former Bush staffers? The latest Bush back-stabber is former press secretary Scott McClellan. "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception" chronicles his time as Press Secretary and based on the attention-grabbing title apparently spends time blasting Bush as well as his various advisers. Great guy, that Scott McClellan.
Perhaps George Bush is responsible for a "culture of deception" in the White House, I don't really know. I do know this- if such a culture and practice existed during the two plus years McClellan served as Press Secretary, he was part of the culture, not some unwitting victim of Karl Rove and Dick Cheney. Give me a break Scott. I love this telling quote from the book-
“The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he lost amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. So I stood at the White house briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the senior-most aides in the White House: Karl Rove and Scooter Libby. There was one problem. It was not true. I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice President, the President's chief of staff, and the president himself."
I am supposed to believe poor little Scott "unknowingly" passed along information? Come on. I feel fool enough for thinking Roger Clemens might have been telling the truth, I'm not falling for this one.
McClellan worked closely with Bush since the 2000 presidential campaign, served as deputy press secretary for a time, and finally press secretary. It took him 6 years to note the dishonesty of his superiors before finally getting fired. That's right, he was fired. He didn't resign. This sounds a whole lot like a disgruntled employee trying to make a buck more than a morally convicted public servant who longed for the purification of leadership in America.
I'm glad the Bush era is passing for a number of reasons. If there was deceit and dishonesty going on, McClellan was no doubt part of it.