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Scott McClellan Announces Resignation  
User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1148 times:

White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan announces resignation

www.cnn.com

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User currently offlineB757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1147 times:

Not really a surprise. It has been rumored for a while now.


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User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6054 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1131 times:

Guess he got a wee bit tired of contradicting himself on behalf of the current administration  duck 

User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1114 times:

I'm always amused when people get all worked up over a Press Secretary resigning. They aren't policy makers in the administration. While they are the main mouthpiece they aren't that big of a deal to me as long as they can speak English and ignore Helen Whatshername.


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User currently offlineGilligan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1105 times:

Perhaps NBC's David Gregory will be asked to serve.

I find it amusing that two changes to the White House lineup constitutes a "shakeup" or "widespread". The White House has a large political staff. Comings and goings are always to be expected. The press is already playing this as though the entire staff is about to get up and run.


User currently offlineJean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1100 times:

Excerpt from CNN:

Bush said McClellan had "a challenging assignment."

"I thought he handled his assignment with class, integrity," the president said. "It's going to be hard to replace Scott, but nevertheless he made the decision and I accepted it. One of these days, he and I are going to be rocking in chairs in Texas and talking about the good old days."


I don't mean to rag on McClellan, as its true that he has a tough job, but I find Bush's laid-back way of talking about it pretty funny. I mean, the reason the job is such "a challenging assignment" is, largely, the steady stream of BS propagated by this administration. Bush's response doesn't exactly touch the gravity of the recent situation. And, rocking chairs in Texas talking about the good old days? What good old days? Are these the good old days? It really all seems somewhat clueless.

Can you imagine lining up to apply to get this job? I wonder who the next press secretary will be.

JL



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User currently offlineMaury From United States of America, joined May 2005, 532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1098 times:

He was one of the worst mouthpieces ever, so bad that i can't even think of a clever "mouthpiece" analogy. Good riddance to bad rubbish. And while the departure of a snippy, dull-witted mouthpiece does not an Administration shake-up make, it's clear that our resident apologists will be saying "yawn! No news here" when the last neo-con creeps out of the west wing of 1600 Penn. Their feigned boredom and wise, savvy insider knowledge -- because of course W shares his strategy planning with phone repairmen and traveling copier sales reps! -- doesn't shadow my pleasure at learning I won't be seeing McClellan's proxy-smirk any more. So: yay!  Smile

User currently offlineItsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2808 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1090 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 3):
I'm always amused when people get all worked up over a Press Secretary resigning. They aren't policy makers in the administration.

Policy makers no, but still, highly visible senior staff members. That's two in a very short amount of time. Like it or not, that does send a message.

Anyone recall when, or even if any previous administrations has had it's COS and Press Secretary resign within a couple months of one another? Or, within the same term, for that matter.


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1061 times:

Quoting Itsjustme (Reply 7):
Anyone recall when, or even if any previous administrations has had it's COS and Press Secretary resign within a couple months of one another? Or, within the same term, for that matter.

Under Clinton a couple of times.

1. Dee Dee Myers (PS) and Mack McClarty (COS) both resigned in 1994.
2. Mike McCurry (PS) and Erskine Bowles (COS) both resigned in 1998.

Under Reagan once.
1. Larry Speakes (DeFacto PS) and Donald Regan (COS) both resigned in 1987.

I would say under Nixon as well with Alexander Haig, Donald Rumsfeld, Ron Ziegler, and Jerald terHorst all shuffling in and out in the 1974/1975 timeframe but there was tons of other upheaval then.



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User currently offlineSATX From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2840 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1035 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 3):
While they are the main mouthpiece they aren't that big of a deal to me as long as they can speak English and ignore Helen Whatshername.

You must be referring to Hearst Newspapers columnist Helen Thomas. How sad it is that in today's America the only reporter with any guts is a withered old lady. It's a true sign of the times and a sad reminder of what we lost when the news media was brought under the same ratings system as all other entertainment media in the early 1980's.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Thomas

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/helenthomas/8670376/detail.html



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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1030 times:

Quoting SATX (Reply 10):
You must be referring to Hearst Newspapers columnist Helen Thomas.

That's her. I remembered her name after I sent the post. Didn't she used to be with UPI?

Quoting SATX (Reply 10):
It's a true sign of the times and a sad reminder of what we lost when the news media was brought under the same ratings system as all other entertainment media in the early 1980's.

And that's why we see nothing but celebrity gossip and who got killed or anything else that is shocking to get ratings. As much as I find journalists to be a bit annoying I would like to see a return to the older style where folks chased stories more.



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User currently offlineDvk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1058 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1003 times:

I'm glad to see McClellan go. He's always been a repugnant toad, and he won't be missed.


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User currently offlineSATX From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2840 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 993 times:

It would be one of the toughest jobs of all to try and explain the inexplicable actions of a moronic president, if only we had a truly independent press willing to ask tough questions and only accept real answers. And, no, asking where Dick Cheney was after he shot the wimpiest ass-kissing lawyer in the known universe is not asking the tough questions in my opinion.


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User currently offlineSATX From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2840 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 990 times:

"One of these days, he and I are going to be rocking in chairs in Texas and talking about the good old days," Mr Bush said.

Yeah, these are real good days, Mr. President. Thanks for glossing over the truth like only you and your loyal clan of brainwashed uber-patriots can.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4923384.stm



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User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9507 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 990 times:

Quoting Maury (Reply 6):
So: yay!

Agreed. He was a disaster.

Quoting SATX (Reply 10):
How sad it is that in today's America the only reporter with any guts is a withered old lady.

I agree. I had the pleasure of meeting this withered old lady and attending a luncheon when she came to St. Louis. She sat down where I was sitting for a bit and we started chatting it up. Apparently she liked me a whole lot...she invited me to ride along to take her back to the airport. Of course I went.



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User currently offlineMaury From United States of America, joined May 2005, 532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 969 times:

Pore Dubya sounded kinda butt-hurt over McClellan's bailing-for-an-oil-company-gig (oops! Forecasting!) Isn't *he* supposed to decide when and who leaves his team? I mean, it was just yesterday that he self-declared as The Decisionator.

I love that image of the two good ole boys, rockin' on the porch in Midland...Dubya's chair up front, Scotty's snugged up close behind...reminiscin' about the good ole days before alla them mushroom clouds started drifting over from North Korea. Sweet.


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