Better Late Than Never: Scott McClellan Publishes Tell-All Memoir

Former G.W. Bush Administration White House Press Secretary Scott McClellanFormer White House press secretary Scott McClellan has published a new memoir titled What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception in which he writes that President Bush sold the Iraq war to Americans using a sophisticated "political propaganda campaign" aimed at "manipulating sources of public opinion" and "downplaying the major reason for going to war." McClellan, known during his time as press secretary as a staunch defender of Bush Administration policies and the war in Iraq, writes that Bush aides "had outlined a strategy for carefully orchestrating the coming campaign to aggressively sell the [Iraq] war ... it was all about manipulating sources of opinion to the president's advantage ..." McClellan also admits that he allowed himself to be deceived about the exposure of the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson and suggests that Karl Rove and Scooter Libby may have worked behind the scenes to coordinate their stories about the Plame leak. The book's official release date is Monday, June 2.


I am overjoyed that one of the President's men has come to his senses. Blasting Karl Rove and Cheney for their lies and deception. Wow! CNN's interview, tough as it was, didn't shake Scott's conviction that the mentality of getting re-elected, gaining power and influence are what really matter in Washington politics. Bravo!

Although I believe Mr. McClellan's account, I am still taken back to the day he stood on the south lawn with his "pal" the president as they thought ahead to reminiscing on rocking chairs. Right.

So when, exactly, did he realize he was a whore, but one without honor? Real prostitutes work hard and earn an honest living - they sell their bodies for money, pure commerce.

By contrast, this man sold his soul, his conscience and his integrity for the privilege of being the white house press secretary. And now he has a "Eureka!" moment, conveniently one accompanied by a lucrative book contract?

As much as I detest this administration and the silly, ignorant and dangerous frat-boy at its head, I have even less respect for Scott McClellan. It seems that there's no honor among the thieves at THIS white house.