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. Steve C

    Shocking! It is hard to imagine that anyone from an administration as upstanding as this one would actually cut himself from the herd. Almost makes you think of the old metaphor of the rats jumping from a sinking ship. I can't tell you how excited I am knowing the next few years that we will be regailed with story after story of the corruption and greed of this administration while they all sit on there ranches and yacht's laughing at the destruction they wrought upon us while the government and msm continue to turn a blind eye.

    May 28, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. lori in california

    how about someone calling for an explanation from bush!

    May 28, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. R.O.B.

    Yeah, he never said anything b/c he probably thought that he would mysteriously come up missing if he went against the grain.

    May 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. After further review,Texas

    Im sure anyone in Hitlers reign of terror didnt speakout against him for fear of reprisal ethe. Fleischer is the biggest liar of them all.

    May 28, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. George

    Why would he owe you an explanation? You are clearly just another Bush lackey who would fall on his sword for the boss to further your own career.

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

    Traitors have no good answers

    May 28, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. John

    A what a good little Bushybot you are Ari careful we might have put you in Federal prison with Bush and Cheney and Rice and Rumsfeldt too Careful who you stick up for Waxman is going to be looking at you to.

    May 28, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. Crush Rush

    Ari should wear the Israeli flag pin on his lapel.Hes another liar.Wheres he working now on K street?

    May 28, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. lovable liberal

    Ah, Ari Fleischer, a liar who'll stick to his guns no matter what. He's the sort of press secretary the Republicans need.

    May 28, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. al snyder

    He probably didn't have misgivings–until he found out he was lied to and sent out on a limb.

    May 28, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Philip

    Sometimes the truth is hard to take!

    May 28, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    "I demand you tell us exactly why you thought it appropriate to tell the truth to the American people!"

    Let's go ask Colin Powell who he thinks is telling the truth – McClellan or the White House 🙂

    May 28, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. Andrew

    Well, the long knives are out in force now.

    May 28, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |


    May 28, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. sophia nyc

    Ukh. Remember him? it's like the nightmare coming back all over again.

    May 28, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. James

    Lies lies lies. The Bush Adm. has been exposed. Stop covering up.

    May 28, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. MK

    Fleischer is puzzled that McClellan has spoken out. What I find puzzling is that so many others remain complicit with this flagrantly corrupt administration. McClellan must have reached a point where the money, ambition, and ideology just wasn't enough to keep him in denial about the crimes he had helped Bush and Co. to commit.

    May 28, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Cathy in MD

    And if McClellan had approached Fleischer “ – 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” … what action would have been taken? I think McClellan has already explained himself in his book. Now, an explanation from George Bush is in order.

    May 28, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Hillary's got the goods to win in Nov.

    I was looking at my AT&T phone yesterday and I noticed the internet news. Guess which stations were not included: FOX and ABC.

    And you wonder why the youth are voting for Obama by such large margins? Do you think the liberal media or left wing billionaires: Buffet, Bloomberg, Oprah, Sorros have any thing to do with it.

    Some American's can see the truth CNN. We are not all stupid. Some people realize and see that big corporate money in the country has moved from Bush to Obama.

    Wake up America

    May 28, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. That's Reality

    Maybe the liberal thugs got a hold of him and brainwahed him; they do things worse than that .

    May 28, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. Phil in KC

    Sounds like McClellan hit a nerve. They've got all the attack dogs out after him. I guess there's nothing Bush hates more than a former yes-man gone straight.

    May 28, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. jp/michigan

    Rat always leave a sinking ship! The truth is out. The American people have always know, Bush lied to the American people! But of course, congress would never impeach him , he who causes over 4000 deaths of out bravest and finest. No , try to impeach a President who's acts in the White House hurt only his wife and Daughter, no one died because of it!

    May 28, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. Thomas

    Exactly right Ari. This guy just seems to be trying to sell books. Shameful.

    May 28, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. Brian

    I'll give you three guesses as to why dissenters in the White House never approach their superiors about their misgivings... and the first two don't count.

    I don't trust a single lying mouthpiece for the Bush administration. McClellan joins the growing ranks of dissenters coming out of this black hole who are gaining the courage to speak out against the flagrant abuse of power they witnessed.

    Thank you Scott McClellan for further exposing these imbiciles, half-wits and criminals for who they are!

    May 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Letha, SD

    Spin it, Fliesher!

    May 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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