Scott McClellan was the White House press secretary during a tough stretch. Let’s call it the “Golden Age of Lying,” as opposed to the “I Have Feeling Bush Is Lying” (2001-2003) and “Eh, Bush Is Lying Again, Big Whoop” (2005-present) eras that bookended his tenure. McClellan always seemed like a decent guy beneath that shiny veneer of geopolitical sin, and now he’s coming out to exonerate himself. His new memoir, WHAT HAPPENED: Inside the Bush White House and What’s Wrong With Washington, comes out soon, and within it he comments on his role — the administration’s bitch — in Plamegate. He names liar peoples’ names, too — five of them! You can probably guess at least three without thinking.
McClellan writes about his part in warding off the nitpicky journalists as the CIA leak case was breaking. He claims he only learned later that Mama and Papa Bear were feeding him, er, distorted information (egregious lies):
“I stood at the White house briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the seniormost aides in the White House: Karl Rove and Scooter Libby,” McClellan wrote.
“There was one problem. It was not true.”
Christ, McClellan. Where did you think you were? This is like working at McDonalds and believing when the manager tells you that the fries come from potatoes. Except with more wars and classified information in the mix.
Well, The Scott is back to gitcha now, boys! You just got NORFED:
“I had unknowingly passed along false information,” McClellan wrote.
“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.”
Woohoo! Go Scott! Well, he forgot the liberal media, who are always up to some sort of tomfoolery, but five out of six ain’t bad.
McClellan points finger at Bush, Rove [Politico]