Book ‘Em, Scotty!!

From the Chicago Tribune:

WASHINGTON — The Bush White House, long accused by outside critics of misrepresenting the facts to make the case for war in Iraq and other matters, has launched a personal counterattack against harsh accusations of “deception” from a longtime insider who worked closely with the president.

White House aides past and present are strongly dismissing the words of Scott McClellan, who served as President George W. Bush’s press secretary and now has written a book accusing Bush of misleading the public about the war and more.

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With the discipline of a White House team that is nothing if not on-message during a crisis, Bush aides have stepped forward to say this isn’t the Scott McClellan they recall. In their full-bore, personal attack on the author, whom Bush once embraced as a valued friend, they are confronting potentially damaging new pages in another chapter of the soon-retiring president’s legacy.


“It is sad,” said current White House press secretary Dana Perino, dismissing McClellan on Wednesday as “disgruntled about his experience at the White House. … This is not the Scott we knew.”

The president was “surprised” by the book’s claims, Perino said.

“He is puzzled,” she said of Bush, “and he doesn’t recognize this as the Scott McClellan that he hired and confided in and worked with for so many years.”

“For him to do this now strikes me as self-serving, disingenuous and unprofessional,” Fran Townsend, former head of the White House-based counterterrorism office, told CNN.

Dan Bartlett, former counselor to the president, said in an interview on CNN: “There is an enormous amount of disappointment among those who are closest to Scott. This is not the Scott we knew.”


McClellan and others were quietly eased out during a second term housecleaning that ultimately removed all of the highest-profile Texans from the Bush administration—from Karl Rove, Harriet Miers and Dan Bartlett at the White House to Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales.

But McClellan maintains that he wrote the book—”What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception”—”not to settle scores or enhance my own role.” Rather, McClellan wrote, events at the White House, principally the leaking of a CIA operative’s identity and misleading information that the administration promoted as the rationale for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, prompted him to write the tell-all.

“I was caught up in the deception that followed,” he wrote of the White House’s denials about having any hand in the leaking of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity after her husband, Joseph Wilson, criticized the administration for allegedly manipulating prewar intelligence.


Ari Fleischer, who served as Bush’s first press secretary, echoed the White House’s suggestion that this is not the Scott McClellan he remembers. Yet in an interview with Fox News, Fleischer also voiced some sympathy for the task that McClellan faced.

“He got dealt a deck of cards that were very tough,” Fleischer said. “He was the press secretary at a time when the war in Iraq started to go very badly, he had issues inside with staffers who deceived him. There are some legit issues that Scott raises, but the point he makes about the president and the war in Iraq, that’s just the part I don’t understand.”


Perino said Bush would have no public comment about the book.

The book “has been described to the president,” she said. “I do not expect a comment from him on it—he has more pressing matters than to spend time commenting on books by former staffers.”

They had to describe the book to Chimpy!! What happened to the contest he was having with Karl Rove? He had plenty of time for reading back then! And he’s got all that golf time, too!


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10 responses to “Book ‘Em, Scotty!!

  1. Got a Grip

    nons, I think they had to describe the book to Chimpy because it’s all words and no pictures. Some things are just beyond a simple man such as Commander Codpiece. Reading anything more advanced than “The Pet Goat” would be such a thing.

    I watched Ari Fleischer on Tweety’s blowfest yesterday. Tweety wasn’t very nice to him. Ari was squirming, as well he should be, raving d1ckhead that he is. There have been times lately when it’s looked to me like Tweety has the makings of at least one ball growing, albeit slowly. It’s still a nubbin, but I’ve definitely seen evidence, faint though it is. Hopefully it won’t go into remission.

  2. gotta,
    well, you have to consider the fact that the last time they let chimpy handle a book, he chewed the pages and got half a dozen papercuts. maybe next time, they will get him one of those laminated ones with the really thick pages and the pretty shiny colors.
    i didn’t watch tweety, but i saw ari on other shows today, and he was squirming on them as well. as for tweety, he used to have balls. unfortunately, he humped the legs of fred gramps thompson, capt underpants, and several others so frenetically that he wore the already undersized sad little things down to nothing. very sad. 😦

  3. Got a Grip

    Well, my granddaughter Jaden has some of those books with the thick pages and shiny colors. She just turned one, and she’s pretty much grown out of them already and has moved on to the ones that are less shiny and colorful with actually phrases and a storyline. Maybe we can donate her shiny, colorful ones to Chimpy.

    I’m so tickled to hear that Ari is getting slapped around by all the talking pr1cks. He certainly deserves that and so much more. Now if we could just corner Tony Snowjob and let him get slapped around, too, I’d feel ever so much better.

    I do recall that Tweety once appeared to have at least small balls, but he must have rubbed them totally off doing all that leg humping. I didn’t know they could regenerate. Maybe he’s been taking some over the counter ball growth stimulator or something. Whatever it is, I’m sure it won’t last. There will no doubt be more legs he’ll want to hump in future…..

  4. gotta,
    i am sure that jaden’s books will be welcome at the dubya liberry. i bet he will like the pop-up ones the best.
    ari is making a fool of himself. i wonder what’s in it for him. someone is paying him to keep taking hits for chimpy & co..
    i think tweety is as smooth as a ken doll. that’s why he gets thrills up his legs instead of a stirring in his loins. there is no more loin–just a filet. you know, filet–no bone! 😉

  5. Got a Grip


  6. Got a Grip

    I tell you what, nons, I think Ari is up to his eyeballs in all of this. I think he has far more knowledge about what was going on than Scotty boy ever had and that some of this his going out is to deny, deny, deny on behalf of himself as well as the criminal cast of characters that has been in power for almost eight years now. I think if the ship sinks, Ari will either go down with it or flip like a frogleg in a hot skillet to keep himself out of a jail cell. I’m hoping for the latter, but I’m not holding my breath….

  7. gotta,
    i think the white house offices are swarming with criminals. ari knows a lot more than he is telling. i don’t think he’s stupid. they probably told him just enough so that he would have plausible deniability, but he is quite able to read between the lines. i think all the old staffers are frantically taking to the airwaves in order to cover their own a$$es. they stink of guilt.
    howevah…..i don’t think that they will ever be prosecuted. the dems in congress have less balls than ken-doll-crotch tweety. if anyone ever was threatened with prosecution, s/he would sing like a canary. the bushies are nothing if not cowards.

  8. nightowl724

    I see I missed a lot of fun here yesterday! Those canaries just might sing, if we could ever actually get them in a courtroom… “Subpoena? Moi? Surely you jest!”

    I wonder if anyone has ever suggested books on tape for our illustrious, illiterate Incurious George?

    Funny cover, kiddo!

  9. no worries, nightowl,
    the raisin is open 24/7 so you don’t have to miss a thing. 😀

  10. jlms qkw - jenn

    Got A Grip: we are weeding out our board books right now too. they are so beloved but . . .

    now that i know they’re going to w, though . . . no, that doesn’t help. i’m still donating the live ones to the local library. board books in public libraries have a short half-life.