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The Bush legacy according to Scott McClellan

Politico': Scott McClellan Hits White House in New Book

NEW YORK Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan is re-emerging, at least, with a memoir due out next week, titled “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception”.

Mike Allen, with a preview copy, calls it, at Politico.com, a "surprisingly scathing memoir." He reveals: "A few reporters were offered advance copies of the book, with the restriction that their stories not appear until Sunday, the day before the official publication date. Politico declined and purchased 'What Happened' at a Washington bookstore."

Here is a sampling of the "explosive revelations" at described by Allen. (You might say that President Bush doesn't get off Scott-free.) The entire preview is at Politics, Political News, Campaign 2008 - Politico.com - Politico.com.

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

• He says the White House press corps was too easy on the administration during the run-up to the war....McClellan repeatedly embraces the rhetoric of Bush's liberal critics and even charges: “If anything, the national press corps was probably too deferential to the White House and to the administration in regard to the most important decision facing the nation during my years in Washington, the choice over whether to go to war in Iraq.

“The collapse of the administration’s rationales for war, which became apparent months after our invasion, should never have come as such a surprise. … In this case, the ‘liberal media’ didn’t live up to its reputation. If it had, the country would have been better served.”

• 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 all the facts.

• McClellan asserts that the aides — Karl Rove, the president’s senior adviser, and I. 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]fter Hurricane Katrina, the White House “spent most of the first week in a state of denial,” and he blames Rove for suggesting the photo of the president comfortably observing the disaster during an Air Force One flyover. McClellan says he and counselor to the president Dan Bartlett had opposed the idea and thought it had been scrapped.

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Is he going to admit WHY we went to war in Iraq?
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Read the book, cheapskate.

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Read the book, cheapskate.
If it's print I probably can get it as an academic book review so no need to pull cash from my g string
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Much like after Watergate the Midlevel Weenies from a failed Administration who still have a career to salvage will start their 12 Step program by clearing their conscience with nice tell all books.

Any hope that the Shrinking28 had that Bushie might salvage a legacy will forever be dashed as book after book shows a expandingly more inept President Bush and a Administration chocked full of unqualified appointees hopelessly failing the American people.

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The book apparently goes on to lambaste the Bush administration for its consistent policy of sacrificing truth toward the goal of political spin.

IMHO, Bush has never come across as a U.S. President. He has always seemed to present himself as the leader of the Republican party, rather than the President of the U.S. That in itself speaks to the failure of his administration as much as any specific incident.

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Bush was God's porte parole
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Threads like this remind me of a bunch of piss ants swarming when some idiot drops a spot of honey...

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McClellan is a kookberger!

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Threads like this remind me of a bunch of piss ants swarming when some idiot drops a spot of honey...
you won't be able to comfortably sleep in your ignorance anymore, will you?



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