May 28th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
7 years ago

Perino on McClellan

Perino expressed disappointment with McCllelan's new book.
Perino expressed disappointment with McCllelan's new book.

(CNN) - White House Press Secretary Dana Perino just released the following statement on former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan's new book.

"Scott, we now know, is disgruntled about his experience at the White House. For those of us who fully supported him, before, during and after he was press secretary, we are puzzled. It is sad – this is not the Scott we knew.

"The book, as reported by the press, has been described to the President. I do not expect a comment from him on it – he has more pressing matters than to spend time commenting on books by former staffers."

Related: White House 'puzzled' by ex-spokesman's book bashing Bush


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  1. MMN - Milwaukee WI

    Dana, you have no idea what the Cuban missile crisis was and that means “The Bay of Pigs” may sound like a kids story to you. Quick lesson for you before you carry on with the GWB WH BS. Nixon proposed it. Eisenhower planned it. Kennedy approved it. The CIA carried it out. With your limited knowledge I don’t think you are the right person to comment on Scott McClellan but then again GWB put you there to enhance the mediocrity of his administration.

    May 28, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. Gee

    lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol

    GOP this is going to be great watching your squirm... The chicken have come to rost right on top of your heads lol lol lol lol lol lol lol

    May 28, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. obama - supporter - arkansas

    oh the wh is getting shook up
    some one tells the truth.
    they know obama is coming

    May 28, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Juan from L.A.

    That picture says it all. That Perino chick is scary.

    May 28, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. B - NYC

    Sounds like we are gonna have another White House two step...

    May 28, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. fred2..since another stole my name

    LMAO..what did you expect them to say????

    May 28, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Adam from NY

    "Described" to the President...since he apparently can't read.

    May 28, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. Judas is Alive

    Isn't it funny. A former member of Bush's inner circle who supported the president and never voiced any public or private disagreements with Bush now writes a "tell-all" book that is a total 180 from his own support.

    I guess a guy needs to sell some books. He figured that no one would be interested in a book by a guy that agreed and supported everything Bush did. He thought it might be more beneficial to his bank account to write a book trashing Bush.

    The guy also wants us to believe he was "duped" and "lied to". Uh huh, sure Scott. I'm sure that'll be your rap on the talk-show circuit too. Larry King, Oprah, MSNBC can't wait.

    Enjoy your fifteen minutes Judas.

    May 28, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. The Campaign Strategist from 115th St & Amsterdam Ave

    Hoping this will go away is not a strategy ....

    George Walker Bush's presidential legacy will be of a deceptive war sold to the American public.

    From a competency perspective, he will be viewed as the most inept leader we've had. History will question how the father, who seemed so well prepared for the presidency only had 1 term and the son had 2

    May 28, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Voice of Reason

    More pressing matters... You mean, like golf?

    May 28, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. Rich G

    She didn't go with the more honest "The President does not read books.'?

    May 28, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. Marc, Toronto

    Bush and McCain are woven from the same cloth. Both are stubborn and set in their ways. Neither will consider public or political opinions that are not theirs.

    A small group of Republicans continue to destroy what's left of America's integrity.

    Vote Obama for a true change of direction in Washington.

    May 28, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. Brian from Toronto

    No comment from President Bush? Surprise. If he did, it would indicate that he has learned to read since he obviously had to have Chaney read him the inteliigence reports prior to invading Iraq.

    May 28, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. PL

    more pressing matters huh,, like what,, killing more american troops! 01/20/09

    May 28, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Marilyn from Ohio

    Yes, Dana, you in the White House are puzzled – puzzled by him finally speaking out and giving us the "behind the scenes" which we already knew. George W. Bush can't comment because he probably would REALLY put his foot in his mouth. We didn't need Scott McClellan to tell us, all we have to do is look at the shape of the United States and we know our leaders during the past eight years have taken our country down the tubes.

    May 28, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    spin, spin, spin

    May 28, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. D Frank

    Just give up!!!! McClellan has opened up and said the truth about the Bush Presidency and administration. Historically, the Bush years will become known as probably the worst years in American history.

    It is Americas fault for letting this happen but it can even be worse if we let it happen again.

    We cannot make another mistake and vote for a candidate who is inexperienced because we like him and we like what he says and how he says it. We need experience and only experience to get us out of this horrible mess.

    It will take a generation to pay for Bush's and our mistake and because of this we cannot afford to repeat the error.

    May 28, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. Dee Okla.

    the truth is bad man!

    May 28, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    DANA PERINO, YOU ARE AN IDIOT TO MAKE A STATEMENT THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS MORE PRESSING MATTERS. WHEN THESE KIND OF CHARGES ARE LAUNCHED AGAINST THE PRESIDENT IT IS HIS RESPONSIBILITY TO RESPOND AND I DON'T SEE MCCLELLAN AS BEING A DISGRUNTLED FORMER EMPLOYEE. AMERICANS HAVE ALWAYS PROTESTED THIS WAR THAT LED TO NO WMD'S THAT WAS BASED ON PROPAGANDA. BUSH HAS NO RIGHT TO IGNORE AMERICANS AND YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO SPEAK ON HIS BEHALF REGARDING SUCH A SENSITIVE MATTER.

    May 28, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. WArt

    She needs to shut up.....just wait, she'll be singing the same tune as Scott.

    His conscious is bothering him and he has to tell the truth. Forget about this "he think" he lied.....he knew and went along with the program.....but it's good he recognizes his mistakes/faults and revealing the truth instead of silencing himself that he did what was right....

    I have no problem with being loyal, but within limits, not when it means me lying, stealing, etc. to cause harm to others.

    May 28, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. IloveBush

    Hopefully you also will write a book after your term is over... Try to tell truth like Scott is doing now!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Alex

    You're puzzled? We, the American public are puzzled! Puzzled about how such a lie based administration has been able to function thus far without being completely shutdown, uprooted and thrown into the street. It’s been proven bush lied about the war, lied about virtually everything revolving around any important issue he's made a decision on during his presidency. Such a dishonorable lot of greedy, self serving, corrupt power hungry anti Americans. You embody everything that’s wrong with America! You Perino, are nothing more than a tool used to deceive and you’re not even good at it. I don’t believe a word that comes out of your crooked mouth.

    May 28, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. That's Reality

    Scott is stil young and evidently misinformed.

    May 28, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. Jose'

    I don't even know why this is news.

    A poor excuse for a press secretary, McClellan makes broad accusations that sound like the standard CNN broadcast, and the press can't get enough of it.

    Obama makes moronic gaffes and statements and the press makes excuses for him.

    Defeat Osama, Obama, and Chelsea's Momma '08!!

    May 28, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. white middle aged woman FOR OBAMA

    The president "has more pressing matters than to spend time commenting on books by former staffers." Of course he has to spend time and tax payers money flying around to fundraisers for Bush(McCain) Jr.
    And why am I not surprised they would label Mr. McClellan as "disgruntled" ?. That is after all, what they call anyone that leaves Bushes circle and speakes up with the truth.
    Watch out Miss Parino, you may one day be labled too.

    May 28, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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