I have never been a fan of Scott McClellan's. Before he was even out the door I was celebrating his departure and ecstatic about the possibility of Tony Snow being his replacement. He always looked like a deer in the headlights and I think Bush was way too kind by letting him stick around as long as he did. Now, I really wish Bush had kicked his butt to the curb much earlier. Not only did he do a lot of damage badly representing Bush for all those years but now he has the audacity to kiss up to the liberal media who treated him like dirt all those years by agreeing with them???
I really can't fathom why he's doing this except he must want the approval of the Washington elite. He wants to have his 5 minutes of fame and thinks he can accomplish that by trashing a President who has a 30% approval rating. I'm really impressed by someone who kicks another man while he's down. Whatever little respect I had for McClellan is now gone.
I hope he enjoys his brief time in the spotlight because when history looks much more favorably on Bush than it does now no one will remember the press secretary who was a miserable failure and then wrote a hit piece masquerading as a book.
Many of those who worked with McClellan at the White House are speaking out and saying that while others who had disagreements spoke out, McClellan never did. He also didn't have near the access to some of the events that he claims to have. Dan Bartlett was very vocal about his thoughts on what McClellan had to say in a phone interview. Here is an excerpt of some of what he had to say:
Former White House counselor Dan Bartlett lashed out at Scott McClellan in a telephone interview Wednesday, saying the allegations that the media was soft on the White House are "total crap," adding that advisers of President Bush are "bewildered and puzzled" by the allegations in McClellan's new book.Robin says it well in her post entitled, NOW McClellan Decides to Grow a Spine. My sentiments exactly!!!
"It's almost like we're witnessing an out-of-body experience," Bartlett said of McClellan. "We're hearing from a completely different person we didn't have any insight into."
Bartlett added that intimates of the President feel McClellan has violated his trust. "Part of the role of being a trusted adviser is to honor that trust," said Bartlett. "It's not your place now to go out" and criticize the President like this.
"What did he really believe when he was serving as press secretary?" Bartlett asked.
While he said McClellan himself has to "answer as to motive" for writing the book now, Bartlett said, "I do question his judgment."
Bartlett said the bewilderment stems from "Scott's decision to publicly air these deep misgivings he's never shared privately or publicly" with fellow Bush insiders. "To do it now, through a book, is a mistake," he added.
Bartlett asserted that McClellan did not play a major role in key events, noting that the former aide was serving as deputy press secretary for domestic issues during the run-up to the war in Iraq, raising questions about how McClellan could claim the President used "propaganda" to sell the war.
"I don't think he was in a position to know this," Bartlett said flatly. He said it's "troubling" that McClellan is now "gives credibility to every left-wing attack" on anecdotes that are "either thinly-sourced or not witnessed by him" in the White House.
The bottom line is either he lied to the American people for 3 years or he's lying now. My odds are on the fact that he's lying now to be in the spotlight and sell books but either one is completely despicable!!
It turns out the financial backer of the book is none other than George Soros, shocker!! Hat tip to Flopping Aces where Curt has done an excellent, extensive post on all of this.
Wordsmith then latched on to 2 unbelievable quotes that McClellan himself said about others who wrote tell all books about Bush. Look at what he says, the exact same things could now be said about him:
"Well, why, all of a sudden, if he had all these grave concerns, did he not raise these sooner? This is one-and-a-half years after he left the administration. And now, all of a sudden, he’s raising these grave concerns that he claims he had. And I think you have to look at some of the facts. One, he is bringing this up in the heat of a presidential campaign. He has written a book and he certainly wants to go out there and promote that book.As Wordsmith titled his post, "What You Say Can (and Will!) Come Back to Bite You in the A$$". I hate it when that happens ;-)!!
…When someone uses such charged rhetoric that is just not matched by the facts, it's important that we set the record straight. And that's what we're doing. If you look back at his past comments and his past actions, they contradict his current rhetoric. I talked to you all a little bit about that earlier today. Go back and look at exactly what he has said in the past and compare that with what he is saying today."