May 28th, 2008
11:29 AM ET
10 years ago

Fleischer calls for explanation from McClellan

 Ari Fliesher said something doesn't make sense about McClellan's new book.

Ari Fliesher said something doesn't make sense about McClellan's new book.

(CNN) - Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan’s predecessor, Ari Fleischer, said in a Wednesday statement that “There is something about [McClellan’s new] book that just doesn’t make any sense.”

Fleischer said McClellan had been an “always reliable, solid deputy” during his own White House tenure – but “not once did Scott approach me – privately or publicly – to discuss any misgivings he had about the war in Iraq or the manner in which the White House made the case for war.

“Scott himself repeatedly made the case for the war from the podium and even after he left the White House… If Scott had such deep misgivings, he should not have accepted the press secretary position as a matter of principle.”

Fleischer also said the book had changed dramatically from the way it had first been described to him, and that many of the passages did not sound like his former colleague, hinting that perhaps an editor had been responsible for the shift in tone.

“Nevertheless, it is Scott’s book and I want to hear his explanation for why he has had such a dramatic change in his point of view,” said Fleischer, who added that he continued to wish McClellan well on a personal level.

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soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. Don for Obama

    Can someone address the issues and not the messenger,

    this goes against all logical arguments (fallacy ad hominem)

    May 28, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. Unshrub

    The only thing that doesn't make any sense is why people voted for this clown TWICE.

    May 28, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. N Kieran

    If McClellan can stoop this low with untruths, this should be an indication of what he is capable of doing with his present employer or future employers.

    May 28, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. Jayson

    He's trying to sell a book. When money enters the picture it is amazing how quickly some people are willing to change their views and throw supposed friends under the bus.

    May 28, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. Chief lagosboy, NJ

    George Bush's chickens have come home to roost!
    President Bush aka “The Worst President Ever” as been a puzzled individual for the past 7+ years. This guy is stuck on stupid! Bush do the American public a favor and resign, you are a failure and a disgrace to the presidency. This buffoon has single handedly destroy this country, we are the laughing stock of the world. He is so out of touch with everyday people, Let see: High Food Prices, High Unemployment, Foreclosures in the thousands, All Time High Gas Prices, illegal and Unpopular War, Civil Rights Violations, The Economy in Shambles, and the list goes on and on and on, Mission accomplished indeed! May God forgive you because the American Public will sure not! A vote for Grandpa McCain = Bush 3rd Term, America we can’t afford to make this mistake again!
    Congratulation Obama, we are almost home!

    Our President Obama 08′ & 12′

    May 28, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Marie-Lynn

    Because it was too heavy on his shoulder.. That's why and I congradulate him to talk about it.. Just look how many human died in Irak how many injured seriously... all this from a bunch of lies...Look this way Mr. Fleisher,, and you know either that he says the truth..

    May 28, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Drew, Central FL

    WH is really deploying it's damage control teams, aren't they?

    Methinks they doth protest too much.

    May 28, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. 2012

    What? You want an explanation?

    That's too! It's all about the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!

    May 28, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. The Clear Thinking Independent

    Let's discuss the merits of what he said ... not him ...

    Republicans ... address the substance ... not the sizzle

    May 28, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. martin

    mclellan can inform ari that he doesn't want to be sitting with him at his war crimes trial.then he can tell ari if he needs an explanation ,then please buy a copy of his book.sorry,ari, but,some folks have what we call dignity.but,you wouldn't know about such things,would you,ari?

    May 28, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. richard Charron

    So, how many more former Bush lackeys is it going to take for that unbelievably ignorant 20% of his supporters too understand the criminal behavior of this regime? How can anyone continued to be surprised anymore? It's the same time and time again. Those former regime members who want to come clean are suddenly attacked and dismissed as crackpots. Listen to Karl Rove's comments closely. Don't you hear what both Ari Fleischer and Dana Perino are really saying about this? Apparently Scott McClellan is no longer keeping the secrets and covering up for the deceptions of this regime and that are stunned and dumbfounded as to why he would "betray Bush's trust."

    So what side are you lining up on? As history unravels and exposes the most corrupt and illegal administration of the entire history of the USA, would those of you who have created and perpetuated this disaster please identify yourselves with the same vigor and zeal in which you did while we were all being screwed? Somehow I doubt that you will be so quick to speak up! To all of you: Thank you for contributing to the greatest disaster in American history!

    May 28, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. Chris from San Antonio

    Wow, the WH is desperate to characterize McClellan as a liar, aren't they?

    May 28, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. Tyrone Brown, Seattle, WA

    What doesn't make sense to Fleischer and the rest of the Bush Administration is simply anything that is the "TRUTH."

    May 28, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. An American in Canada for David




    May 28, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. rumpusgoopus

    Gee, when you're press secretary to a no-holds-barred administration who will do everything in their power to destroy you if you so much as hint that you disagree with anything they say or do, I really have to wonder why you wouldn't come forward with your misgivings.

    May 28, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. John Smith

    Hillary is like "Viagra," she is great at "exciting" or "arousing" the Republican base.

    Given that the Republicans are looking quite "impotent" and under-aroused at this time, the Democrats will do wonders by giving them Hillary!! It would really enegergize the Republican base!

    Again, you knows, the Democrats always do a great job of losing to the Republicans, and they are laying the foundations for defeat again!

    May 28, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. trellskig

    He wants an explanation because he doesn't want to get in

    May 28, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. hakeemsdad, Florida

    Explain what? Didn't you know what he said already?
    Go ask your boss he will tell ya!!

    May 28, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. Jon - Atlanta, GA

    Well let's see, Ari, it doesn't make sense to you or any other Bush flunkies because you have all been brainwashed. Scott has seen the light and has the guts to tell the truth. Get over your arrogant selves!!

    May 28, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. Joe McCallum

    The "Bushies" should get some other talking points when one of their own writes a book detailing their ciminal incompetence. It is obvious to the whole world that the 'Bushies" operate in a 'group think' manner with no real perception of what the world thinks. They also have no real concern about what Americans think. Ask Dick Cheney. Do they think that their deeds are not obvious? It is hard to comprehend their thinking. They are so incompetent. Ari Fleischer has been one of the lead "liars" of the Bush administration. He started it off. Remember America, this is a man who never answered a question honestly the whole time that he served as press secretary. Give us a break Ari, shut up.

    May 28, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. Jose


    May 28, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. James, SC

    That's right; attack the messenger and not the message. Why? You all know he is telling the truth!

    May 28, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. proud army and navy mom

    because, ari, he grew a pair, that's why he's speaking out.

    maybe you can grow a spine yourself and back him up.
    you know first hand of the corruption and deceit. unless you participated in it as well now you might want to exercise your right not to incriminate yourself.

    funny how the mccain and hillary supporters agree upon every topic, isn't it?

    May 28, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. Glenn

    This guy is an egotistical idiot! What a clown!

    May 28, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Certainly difficult to wish a person well who has totally betrayed the trust and loyalty to President Bush. Yes, McClellan is ultimately responsible for the book, its contents, information , opinions, and tone. McClellan did it for money.

    May 28, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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