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Monday, February 21, 2011

George W. doesn't mention Scott McClellan in His Book

I guess the President had his reasons. In a story that surfaced on January 28th, 2011, George W. purposly left out his former press secretary Scott McClellan from his memoirs called 'Decision Points'. Why so? According to George W. he claims that "He was not a part of a major decision. This is a book about decisions," in an interview that George W. had with CSPAN. But the fact is that he was his Press Secretary from 2003-2006 and he vigorously defended George W. in his decision to fight in Iraq.
Maybe it's because George W. couldn't take punches himself. Just two years after leaving the Administration, Scott McClellan wrote his own memoir called "What Happened Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception." Now doesn't the title tell all. It is a book which highly criticized how George W.  ran his administration. I would imagine that there were not too many kind words in the book.
As proof of this, McClellan just about says that Bush's administration did deceive the American public which led to the invasion of Iraq. He said "his advisers confused the propaganda campaign with the high level of candor and honesty so fundamentally needed to build and then sustain public support during a time of war."

Of course you may guess that I will critique these statements made by George W, and right from the start, George W. claims that his book was about decisions. Pardon me for mentioning, but I'm at a loss for words by that statement. What decisions? I read the book from cover to cover, more than once just to make sure I didn't miss any decisions. Yes there were some, but what the book demonstrates is that the President failed to make decisions that would keep terrorism from the United States, and it showed his indecision to act prior to the attack. He beat around the 'BUSH' sort of speaking on many points in his book.
In the first several dozen pages, he creates his character prior and then into the marriage with Laura. He highlights his decision to become an owner of 'the Texas Rangers' baseball team. He explains how while dating Laura that he was frequently 'drunk'. All of these were decisions that he made, but which one of them actually explains what he accomplished during his eight years in office as the 43rd President of the United States?! Give me a break.

George!! I would think that Scott McClellan's book would be more down to earth than your own book. I just might get more substance out of his book than yours.
There must be a reason why you left Scott McClellan out of your book, other than just because you believed that the three years he served you as press secretary, that he was irrelevant. Maybe you need to be enlightened as to read what the job of Press Secretary does. Is he supposed to make critical decisions that a President should make? Should he advise you on policy, in the United States and abroad? 

                    That is part of your job George W.

So what truly is the job of a Press Secretary of the President of the United States?

The main job of a Press Secretary is to be a spokesperson for the government administration. The Press Secretary is responsible for collecting information about actions and events within the president's administration and around the world, and interacting with the media, generally in a daily press briefing. The information includes items such as a summary of the President's schedule for the day, whom the president has seen, or had communication and the official position of the administration on the news of the day.  He wasn't supposed to make the decisions, but he was to inform the American people of the Presidents actions, issues and policies of the administration. So yes, he didn't make any of the decisions, but he was part of the Bush Administration and you would think that he would have just a little bit of respect for that. Most likely, they parted ways in 2006 because he may have criticized George W. in what he was doing, for example, the way he was handling the war, and how he was promoting terrorism in his own way.

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