from the New York Times:
Mr. McClellan made the announcement about his departure on the White House lawn standing side by side with Mr. Bush just before they were to leave on a trip to Alabama.
"I have given it my all, sir, and I have given you my all, sir, and I will continue to do so as we transition to a new press secretary," he told Mr. Bush.
"It's going to be hard to replace Scott," Mr. Bush said, "but nevertheless, he made the decision and I accepted it."
Mr. Bush praised Mr. McClellan, who he said "handled his assignment with class, integrity."
Mr. McClellan became press secretary in June 2003, replacing Ari Fleisher. His relationship with the White House press corps had become increasingly contentious in recent months.
As the administration's point person with the media — and its second most visible figure after Mr. Bush, thanks to televised daily briefings — Mr. McClellan became a lightning rod for complaints by the press corps about the adequacy of information provided by the White House.
Those tensions first boiled over last year when it was revealed that Mr. Rove had been involved in the the disclosure of the identity of Valerie Wilson, an undercover operative for the Central Intelligence Agency, despite earlier public denials by Mr McClellan.
More recently, Mr. McClellan was yelled at, during a briefing, by an NBC correspondent, David Gregory, who was frustrated by how little information was being made available after Vice President Dick Cheney shot a hunting partner. Mr. Gregory later apologized to Mr. McClellan.
"I don't know whether or not the press corps realizes this, but his is a
challenging assignment dealing with you all on a regular basis," Mr. Bush said
I'd love to see Lt. General ("Don't get stuck on stupid, reporters!") Honores in the role of White House Spokesperson. Could you imagine him breaking lances with Helen Thomas or skewering that pansy-weight, David Gregory?
*Sigh*...one can dream.