Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Scotty Mac is a tattle-tale


Former White House Press Secretary Scott "Baby Bubba" McClellan's new memoir is putting the White House out on front street.

He says that President Bush relied on an aggressive "political propaganda campaign" instead of the truth to sell the Iraq war, and that the decision to invade pushed Bush's presidency "terribly off course.' And there's more, he says that, "In the permanent campaign era, it was all about manipulating sources of public opinion to the president's advantage."

Then he talks about Katrina and mess that happened there:

“We spent most of the first week in a state of denial. The tendency to shift responsibility and minimize unpleasant realities is a part of human nature that has to be kept in check. It was not,” he writes.

After so many crises, he explains, “we were probably a little numb (“What, another tragedy?”) and perhaps a little complacent (“We’ve been through this before.”)”. He writes that “We took a chance that Katrina would not be as unmanageable, overwhelming or catastrophic as it turned out.”

Of course the White House is spinning it, calling Scott disgruntled and unprofessional...but is that the pot calling the kettle black?

I appreciate that McClellan is finally telling the inside story, but I wish he would've done this while he was in the White House. I think it would have strengthen his street cred. and his patriotism. However, I wonder if he's really telling the truth. I swear these memoirs can make matters worst and turn people completely off from the message in the story. I hope this book is the truth and I hope more people see why we can't fool around again with the election.

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