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Bush and McClellan

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Truthdig | Posted on May 28, 2008

Scott McClellan takes the Bush administration to task in his new memoir, but he had quite a different tune when he was the president’s mouthpiece. Here’s what he had to say about Richard Clarke’s post-administration book: “Well, why, all of a sudden, if he had all these grave concerns, did he not raise these sooner?” Why, indeed, Scott?

The Political Wire dug up a couple of gems from McClellan’s days as press secretary.

Spare us the I was just following orders defense. If you believe, as McClellan apparently did, that your boss was using “propaganda” to sell the public on a foolish war, just one of many offenses McClellan outlines, then you had best speak up or forever hold your peace.

From The Political Wire:

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“It appears to be more about trying to justify personal views and opinions than it does about looking at the results that we are achieving on behalf of the American people.”

— White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, speaking about former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill’s memoir, The Price of Loyalty, in 2004.

“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.”

— McClellan, speaking about former White House counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke’s book, Against All Enemies, in 2004.


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