Wednesday, April 19, 2006


So White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan is stepping aside....

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* can dream.

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Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

I actually was very happy to hear this. I loved Ari but wasn't real happy with Scott. My dream press secretary would be Jack Bauer but as you mentioned we can only dream. It will be interesting to see who W appoints.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006 9:24:00 AM  
Anonymous skye said...

What about Hugh Hewitt or Dennis Prager taking this job?

I'd love to see Rummy step in as temporary WH Press Secretary. He has such a talent for laying the smackdown on hapless journalists.

General Honores is a fantabulous choice, Sparky!

How about Ann Coulter?

Wednesday, April 19, 2006 7:58:00 PM  
Blogger Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

Wishing Ari Fleisher would come back. Watched this morning the live coverage. Remember too that day with David Gregory....what a jerk David and Helen are.

I see up above comment...Ann!!! (LOL)

Wednesday, April 19, 2006 10:37:00 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

I read that Tony Snow (who is one possible candidate for the job) says that he is deciding with his family if wants to be the White House "pinata"!

Thursday, April 20, 2006 1:43:00 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

You said: "I'd love to see General ("Don't get stuck on stupid, reporters!") Honores in the role of White House Spokesperson." I never thought of that. I haven't seen it anywhere else either. But wouldn't that be something? Let the press try to mess with that dude! Too priceless to even think about. :)

Thursday, April 20, 2006 6:07:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

If you look at the lt. general's patch, it says "I'm with stupid". That's 'cause I lifted the photo from a Bush-hating leftist site.

Thursday, April 20, 2006 8:34:00 PM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Honore would be great! I can't see him taking that kind of demotion though.

Press Secretary is a miserable job.

Thursday, April 20, 2006 9:06:00 PM  
Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

The general would be a good pick.
But you're right; probably a dream...

Friday, April 21, 2006 11:18:00 AM  

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