WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former speechwriter Matt Latimer said on CNN on Wednesday that he has "no regrets" about writing a tell-all memoir about his time spent in George W. Bush's White House.
Latimer, whose new book, "Speech-less: Tales of a White House Survivor," just hit bookstores this week, has been under fire from many members of the previous administration for alleging that Bush had never heard of Sarah Palin and that he had called her "not even remotely prepared" for the national stage.
"I think the president made a smart political assessment, which is this is something that Gov. Palin and her family weren't prepared for, the spotlight is going to be thrust on them," Latimer told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I don't know if it was a concern or criticism of the McCain campaign for the way they brought her out, but it was a warning and the president said let's wait a few weeks and see if the bloom's off that rose, meaning it's too soon to tell how Gov. Palin would come across to the American people."
Latimer said his goal was to be a "tape recorder" to show what Bush and other members of his administration were really like. He noted that Bush used "salty language" and recalled a discussion about Hillary Clinton.
"He said something to the effect of, wait until she gets her big behind in this chair, talking about the Oval Office, because most people thought Hillary Clinton would be the next president of the United States. He didn't use the word behind," Latimer said. "But lots of presidents have used salty language before and the president was a very blunt person."
Latimer has received criticism from both sides of the political spectrum for writing the book. Democratic strategist Paul Begala, who worked in the White House under Bill Clinton, called it "deeply wrong" for him to "betray that confidence" while Bush's former press secretary, Dana Perino, said "almost everyone who worked in the White House could not pick Matt out of a lineup."
Latimer defended his decision to write the book and said he's part of a long tradition of former White House employees to write about their experiences.
"You get a lot of privileges when you run for president, but ultimately, you belong, while you're president, to the American people," Latimer said. He added, "I think my book more than any book in recent years has actually shown people that, and I didn't try to hurt anybody, but I didn't try to protect anybody."
Ultimately, Latimer said he doesn't regret writing the memoir and said it "speaks to what's wrong with Washington right now."
"I have no regrets," Latimer said. "I told the truth as I saw it and I want the American people to read the book and decide for themselves on whether I was in the room or not."