Wednesday, May 28, 2008
The word of the day is "untrue"
Notice how you never heard the word "untrue" in all the bombast from Bush administration insiders over the recently published tell-all book by former White House press secretary Scott McClellan? Longtime Bush backers had nothing but criticism for McClellan, a former Bush loyalist from Texas, who says in his new book that President Bush deliberately misled the American people on the justification for the Iraq war. "It was all about manipulating sources of public opinion to the president's advantage," McClellan writes, calling the buildup to the war "a propaganda campaign." He is the first Bush insider to write a book criticizing his former boss, but he will hopefully not be the last. Two terms of arguably the worst president in U.S. history should bring many more harsh assessments from insiders, as it has from political observers. But Bush supporters couldn't resist getting their cuts in, blasting McClellan for writing "What Happened -- Inside the Bush White House and Wasington's Culture of Deception." Current press secretary Dana Perino, who replaced McClellen in 2006, called the book "sad." Former White House counselor Dan Bartlett said McClellan is going to lose all his friends. Former press secretary Ari Fleischer said he was "heartbroken and stumped" by the book. Perino also said Bush himself was 'puzzled and disappointed' by McClellan's book. But they never said McClellan wasn't telling the truth.