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

Fleischer calls for explanation from McClellan

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" 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. Tim

    The truth sometimes doesn't make sense, but it's the truth anyway. It just validates what the American people believed from the start. Now that the cat is out of the bag, the issue will need to be addressed.

    May 28, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Bitter - New Orleans, LA


    You libs called him a liar the entire time he was working for Bush, but now that he's not, he's a model citizen? Get a clue, it's all about the money.

    May 28, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. JS

    Instead of attacking McClellan, we should focus on his story. What the Bush administration is trying to do is to descredit McClellan to deviate the attention from what he has to say. The media and the public should be asking the administration whether the claims of the former official are true.
    Focus on the message, not the messenger!

    May 28, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. HP Boston

    Ohoooooo Fliechman you da big bad wolf! Arie baby Scotty is so afraid of you!
    So are you calling Scott a liar? Are you ready to sue? Defamation of character??? LOL LOL LOL the WH has no character, only a bunch of idiot liars!
    Are you so angry?
    Are you so a pack of chewed chewing gum!

    May 28, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. maggie

    The republicans will fun their campaign on fear and the need to protect against terrorism. The only terrorist on our home front are the repulicans themselves. They have single handedly destroyed our contry and they didn't even use bombs. Now how is that for fear and terrorism

    May 28, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Tony

    We don't care about the guy and the motives, we care about the story and the merits. Is this true what he is saying? What needs to be said is these are all lies and we can prove it with a face to face debate. He was working for the President and did not have the guts to speak up then but he is now. People do it every day at lesser jobs. He is not a hero until he stands up tall to the most powerful man on the planet and airs out all of the dirty clothes. Prepare for a 2008 Fall Guy!

    May 28, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. jenkins

    It's not up to Ari Fleishman to decide why Scott Mcclellan is finally telling the truth. If he wants the truth he needs to ask Mr. Auschwitz.

    May 28, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. Juris

    It's funny how some people can say things like 'a little too late' and 'he should have spoken up years ago'...etc...when those that 'spoke up' were later asked to take 'early retirement'...etc...And, who knows, why did McClellan really leave in the first place? Pressured, perhaps? Given this administration's track record, I wouldn't doubt it.

    Regarding the reports now that the White House feels 'betrayed', I'll end with a quote from a Bruce Willis movie, Striking Distance, that I watched last night: "...loyalty above all else, except honor"...that's mighty right. In the end, McClellan, you still have that – far more than can be said of many still sailing the current administration's boat.

    May 28, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. Vig

    The Bush White House and it's loyalists are astonishingly arrogant – Americans are disgruntled, have been lied to and deceived and their going after McClellan? Three cheers for McClellan!

    May 28, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Dan

    Democrats are pussies, and they smell bad.

    May 28, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. No McSame

    What a day. A photo of Bush with his boy McSame and one of the clan coming out and telling the truth. God is good.
    NAVY Vet. for Obama

    May 28, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. KevinD. Boston Ma.

    Moonbat feed. McLellan is selling out for popularity with the moonbat press and $$$. If it were an honest book the media would ignore it and he'd make nothing. He is clearly wrong on every level.

    Iraq, not yet won, but well down the path to victory. Truely a brilliant strategic move. The Islamo-facist- kill the infidel- we are the victim of the western- zionist-monkey-pig mindset HAS to be changed or we will need to kill the people who think that way. The Middle East is the incubator of such thoughts; Iraq was the perfect place to sow the seeds of change.

    May 28, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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