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Scott McClellan Announces Resignation

Wed Apr 19, 2006 10:55 pm

White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan announces resignation

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RE: Scott McClellan Announces Resignation

Wed Apr 19, 2006 11:01 pm

Not really a surprise. It has been rumored for a while now.
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RE: Scott McClellan Announces Resignation

Wed Apr 19, 2006 11:13 pm

Guess he got a wee bit tired of contradicting himself on behalf of the current administration  duck 
 
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RE: Scott McClellan Announces Resignation

Wed Apr 19, 2006 11:39 pm

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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RE: Scott McClellan Announces Resignation

Thu Apr 20, 2006 12:00 am

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.
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RE: Scott McClellan Announces Resignation

Thu Apr 20, 2006 12:04 am

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.

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RE: Scott McClellan Announces Resignation

Thu Apr 20, 2006 12:06 am

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
 
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RE: Scott McClellan Announces Resignation

Thu Apr 20, 2006 12:21 am

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.
 
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RE: Scott McClellan Announces Resignation

Thu Apr 20, 2006 12:57 am

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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RE: Scott McClellan Announces Resignation

Thu Apr 20, 2006 1:36 am

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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RE: Scott McClellan Announces Resignation

Thu Apr 20, 2006 1:42 am

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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RE: Scott McClellan Announces Resignation

Thu Apr 20, 2006 3:13 am

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

Thu Apr 20, 2006 3:55 am

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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RE: Scott McClellan Announces Resignation

Thu Apr 20, 2006 4:01 am

"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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RE: Scott McClellan Announces Resignation

Thu Apr 20, 2006 4:02 am

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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RE: Scott McClellan Announces Resignation

Thu Apr 20, 2006 4:49 am

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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