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. unions are not stupid

    Here comes the rove White house smoke screen.

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

    Ari Fliesher, it's called "Telling the Truth" to the American People.
    Something Bush, his administration and the Republicans could not bring themselves to do

    May 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. J. Sully, New York

    Maybe his conscience is bothering him!! Oh that's right. The Bush Adminstration doesn't have one!!

    May 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Tony


    COULD IT BE THAT IT IS.......... TRUTH??????



    May 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. mike

    Ari Fleischer is a low life. I guess he is saying, if McClellan couldn't spew Bush's lies as asked without feeling guilty about it, he shouldn't have taken the job. Maybe he is right. It takes a certain type of lying, corrupt and disingenuous person to be the president's press pawn.
    Ari Fleischer should know. And now all of Bush's cronies are doing the attack thing on McClelland. Typical tactics we have seen before. Attack when you have no way to defend. These people make me ill.

    May 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Eleanor

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhh my all the big heavies coming out today hehe
    what a lying pack of losers

    the only two who have a conscience are Scott and Colin Powell
    The truth has been out for a long time loser ,Scotts books just gives it more credibility!!!

    Americans are not buying it ari!!!!
    bottom line Bush and Cheney are no better than the dictator they took down!!!!

    May 28, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Arkansas Undertaker

    I think by the time this is over, the American people are going to be asking for a lot of explanations from the players in the Bush Administration.

    "And the walls of Jericho came tumbling down."

    Obama 08

    May 28, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. Crush Rush

    Squirm like the worm that you are Ari.

    May 28, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Shut up, Fleischer! We've had a bellyful of your nonstop spin and evasiveness over the years. McClellan doesn't owe anyone in this corrupt administration anything, but you and the rest of this worst administration in history owe the public plenty after all the crap you've pulled since 2001! Shut up and disappear forever!!!

    May 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Walt

    Read the dang book Ari,. Call me crazy, but I think that is where you will find the explanation, lol.

    May 28, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Not sleeping at the switch

    This is ALL making the DNC VERY Jittery. Now that more of this TRUTH is going to be comming out they have to address it and the Calls for the Bush Impeachment.

    WHy do you think Hillary has been able to go on for so long??? GREAT Distraction eh???

    Grow some Nads DNC Don't be afraid of BUSH!!!!

    May 28, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Gabe in TX

    Ofcouse McClellan wouldn't have said anything negative while performing his job. That would've ended his role as Press Secretary then and there. Fortunately he stayed in there so now "We the People" can learn what happened behind closed doors. I would never show dissent at my job publicly or privately either. Just because he didn't show his misgivings doesn't mean they didn't exist. I for one hope every cover-up from the last 8 years gets exposed. It's not like Presidential Cover-ups don't exist, it's just satisfying when they become public.

    May 28, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. NickNas


    We have been waiting for an EXPLANATION from ANYONE in the BUSH WHITEHOUSE for 7 1/2 years.

    Twist in the proverbial winds you Hacks. It is time for the Chickens to come home to roost.

    This is better than ANY movie.... I am going to make me some POPCORN and read ALL DAY!!!!

    May 28, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. Dave

    Ari= lying to protect to the end. Obviously the guy wanted to keep his job so he wasn't going around rocking the boat. These guys know darn well that the love of power and walking in the halls of power is like an aphrodesiac to them. so why would they give it up?

    May 28, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. NWilson

    Ari give it a break dude. You were one of Bush's yes men yourself. It's high time someone from that crooked administration told the truth!

    May 28, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. rice, bryan

    i've got an explaination for you, you folks lied, and someone broke ranks. clear enough for ya????????????????????????????

    May 28, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Lizzy in TX

    Oh Ari, give it a rest. You know in your heart that what McClellan says is true. You're just still following the party mantra and backing up Bush & Cheney & Rumsfeld & especially Karl Rove. They are NOT going to do you any good in a few more months, so you don't owe them a thing. Trust me, they won't step up for you.

    McClellan didn't step up because he was being duped and was probably scared to death to cross the Cheney/Bush/Rove machine. To have questioned anything would have been immediate dismissal and retribution.

    Sounds to me like you're just still living in la-la land and being used by those master charlatans.

    May 28, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. Conservative Buyer- CA

    It is GWBush and his White House that needs to do some explaining.

    May 28, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. Frank

    This guy doesn't say McClellan is lying either. McClellan must be telling the truth.

    May 28, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Tony



    May 28, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. J.W. of Mississippi

    You are right, It tell the TRUTH and that just isn't a good fit for the Bush Administration. Get real, the American people figured you slimebags out long before this book.

    May 28, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Hal

    Ari Fleischer and the rest of the White House traitors who believe it is their duty to LIE for the President and aide and abet the killing of thousands of US service men for their bosses buddies belong on trial.

    May 28, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. kim portland, oregon

    hey, ari, it's called GROWING A CONSCIENCE, LIVING IN INTEGRITY!!! i know these are foreign concepts to the bush cabal, but you really should try living by them. life's pretty darn good when you do!!

    my goodness, WHEN will you repugs ever learn about karma!?!?!?!

    save your words, bartlett and company. we dont believe A THING ANY of you say anyway, you're like a swarm of pesky mosquitoes buzzing around as we all look FORWARD!!! besides, you all have sooooo much explaining to do for the past 8 years you may very well run out of words!!!!!

    we ALL know what mclelland says is true, including YOU, so dont even bother!!!! you cant possibly think we believe a thing you say? well, maybe 24% of us ...


    wow, there seems to be A LOT of disgruntled republicans these days–with this administration AND those working on mccain's FAILED run for president!!! NO MORE REPUGS!!!!!

    dems unite in 08 to take back america!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Kent Gantry

    The reason Bush was elected twice was largely due to the left-wing opposition he faced in tree-hugger Gore and in Mrs. Heinz's husband. Apparently the Democrats never learn: look at what they are offering this time.

    May 28, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. Wally

    The outrage by the Bush administration is inversely porportional to truth of the matter.

    May 28, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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