George Bush lied to the American public -- intentionally and deliberatively. So says former White House press secretary Scott McClellan, the mouthpiece who helped Bush lie to the American people.
Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan writes in a surprisingly scathing memoir to be published next week that President Bush "veered terribly off course," was not "open and forthright on Iraq," and took a "permanent campaign approach" to governing at the expense of candor and competence.
McClellan charges that Bush relied on "propaganda" to sell the war.
Propaganda out of the mouth of the President of the United States.
He says the White House press corps was too easy on the administration during the run-up to the war.
He admits that some of his own assertions from the briefing room podium turned out to be "badly misguided."
The longtime Bush loyalist also suggests that two top aides held a secret West Wing meeting to get their story straight about the CIA leak case at a time when federal prosecutors were after them -- and McClellan was continuing to defend them despite mounting evidence they had not given him all the facts.
McClellan asserts that the aides -- Karl Rove, the president's senior adviser, and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the vice president's chief of staff -- "had at best misled" him about their role in the disclosure of former CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.
McClellan's memoir should provide some interesting campaign fodder for Obama, and it'll be even more interesting to watch John McBush defend this administration.
This isn't the first revelation from McClellan. Back in November of last year McClellan spoke out on the Libby/Plame controversy:
In an excerpt from his forthcoming book, McClellan recount the 2003 news conference in which he told reporters that aides Karl Rove and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby were "not involved" in the leak involving operative Valerie Plame.
"There was one problem. It was not true," McClellan writes, according to a brief excerpt released Monday. "I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest-ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice president, the president's chief of staff and the president himself."
The take-away from the eight years of conservatives in positions of power -- Republicans cannot be trusted in the White House.
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