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

Perino on McClellan

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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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soundoff (320 Responses)
  1. nannie bouroughs, Kenosha, WI

    Hey folks, especially for you with an IQ in the 10 area: The sole qualification for the position of "White House Press Secretary" is the ability to lie well to always make the folks in the White House look good!

    They ALL do it, Democrats and Republicans; the really sad part of Scott's book is the fact that the Liberal Press here in America KNEW this and still bought EVERYTHING and resold it to US!

    That's what has happened to democracy in America; sort of makes one pine for the days of Pravda...

    May 28, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. Mary

    McClellan is just stating the facts.

    Was there a good reason why Bush & McCain voted to go ahead and start the Iraq war? NO

    Was there a good reason that why Bush & company completely blew it on Katrina? NO

    Was there a good reason why we are continuing an unwarranted war in Iraq? NO

    Was there a good reason to continue to spend so much money on this unwarranted war and not on the Americans who need it more? NO

    McClellan is not the only one to regret. Many Americans also got duped and now wished they had never voted for the Bush/McCain policies.

    May 28, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. colleen

    That's an odd statement. Instead of saying "Scott, we barely knew ye", how about "we categorically deny the accusations brought forth by Scott."

    Oh wait, because they can't.

    Looks like the floodgates are opening. Hope Bush has a helmet.

    May 28, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. arc

    Why haven't the Democratic majority acted upon the current administration's policies long before this book? Bush and Cheney should be impeached for their High Crimes and Misdemeanors while in office. The American media, for the most part, does not report civilian casualties in Iraq. Foreign media sources have estimated the total deaths of Iraqi women, children and other non-combatants to be well over a half-million lives. Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld and others would be brought before The Hague for Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide if they weren't American.

    May 28, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. zivo24



    After half a dozen other Bush appointees who've left their positions have said or written books saying practically the same things.

    The only thing that they should be puzzled is why his approval ratings is in the could there possibly be so many incredibly stupid people in this country that they still think Bush has done a good job.

    Worst president in history...but he's almost gone.

    May 28, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. wolfsbane

    This administration needs to be hauled off to jail.

    May 28, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. for realsies

    Your puzzled? For real, youre puzzled? Are you like the last person in the country who doesnt realize that GW is a liar? How can this puzzle you? I am honestly stunned that this WH has the balls to come out and call this guy a liar.

    May 28, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Mike from Westchester

    Hey Campaign Strategist:

    You are absolutely wrong. There is so much more to the Bush legacy than the war in Iraq. $3.5 trillion in debt, a colapsing economy, declining real wages and standard of living, failed energy policy, record energy prices, housing market colapse, record foreclosures, curbing civil rights, use of torture, fewer allies, more enemies, Kyoto, Enron, Worldcom, Walter Reed, Plout (sp?), and so, so, so much more.

    May 28, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. DK in VA

    Still waiting for someone in the WH to actually say the book is untrue.

    Everyone says things to discredit it but I am not yet seeing any reports of a senior staffer, etc saying that the main points of the book are not correct or are lies.

    Likely only the beginning of the end of the Bush bubble. With his popularity in the toilet and his presidency becoming irrelevant, more people are going to be coming out with their stories.

    Sure, they should have resigned sooner but it is not hard to understand that some stayed thinking they were doing the right thing or just wanted to stay where the power is. Colin Powell is a perfect example of someone who should have resigned before the 2004 election.

    May 28, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. supporter

    As a Democrat I only hope that McCain will stay away from all involved in the Republican party.
    McCain is the sure winner in Nov. since the Kennedy Democrats have won over the Clinton Democrats this time. Clinton Democrats will return strong 2012 and by then the young voters will be older and wiser and will vote for polices and issues and not American Idol style.

    May 28, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. sozzi

    We the People of the United States of American are also PUZZLED, why Bush is still the president, he should have been IMPEACHED by NOW.

    May 28, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. maxwellinformed

    too bad Perino doesn't have the guts to spill the beans now. she'll probably wait until it's too late to put her book out too.

    May 28, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Jed in Texas

    Telling the truth,now thats a novel concept in Washington.

    May 28, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. Dennis L.

    I feel sad for Mr Mclellan. A white press secretaryhas his credility in question. This will affect his future employment for sure. I will not hire him, I know. Maybe that's why hewrote the book, for income.

    If this is the case, he is an accessory to the fact. He has an obligation to the american people to object when he new the facts were all wrong.

    Poor guy.

    May 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. andrew s. rostolder

    as a bunch of low lifes, it is no wonder you are puzzled. look in the mirror, now ask if you would buy a car from that woman, or her boy blunder boss.

    May 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. Peter

    Dana you are a traitor like the rest of the inhabitants the whitehouse right now. You and Bush hate america and Scott woke up and simply got religion on the matter.

    May 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. zivo24

    A friend and I were IM'ing each other about McClelland's book and said that basically the same thing at the same time..

    That we both always thought there was something up with he always having an internal conflict between what the administration wanted him to say to the media..and what he knew to be true.

    That's why he left the job...his conscience finally won out and he couldn't keep lying anymore.

    Obviously, Dana Perino doesn't suffer from the same disability – she, like Bush, Cheney, Rove, Ashcroft, Rumsfeld, Rice...has no conscience.

    May 28, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. FLorida

    Thank you for your Honesty!!! I can't wait for Bush to leave!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and all the butt that are with him .

    May 28, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. Dems Unite!!!

    "Were puzzled" sums up this 8 year administration and almost everyone who has been a part of it!!!

    May 28, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. PS from Tennessee

    We don't need Hillary to replace Bush. We don't need another person who puts self over country. Please give us a break from all the lying from Bush and Billary. Scott apparently has had to live with the lies he told for Bush, and it's getting to him. The LIES will never get to people like Bush, Cheney, Rove, etc. We need Obama desperately for the normal people of this country, not the morons who live in Ivory Towers.

    May 28, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. Mikey


    Even your name is a bald faced lie. But, then, you are probably a Repubilcan. Your Operation Chaos will not work. You will have to live with Barack Obama in the White House, probably for the next 8 years.

    Betcha that thought really bothers you.... and that alone makes me happy!

    May 28, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  22. ral-OH

    Could be Bush has no comment on the book, cause he has
    more pressing matters.....

    the war
    his lowest approval rating EVER!

    pfft, I will be so glad when he is gone.

    I am looking forward to reading McClellan book, though.
    I real life kiss n' tell books.

    May 28, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Veteran in Kansas

    McClellan is saying nothing that has not been said before, Clark, remember him, the terrorist specialist that said the new administration did not want to hear about bin Laden and his group prior to 9-11. Clark brought our many of the same criticisms of the Bush adminstration but was set aside as being disgruntled and not doing his job by the administration.

    It has been stated for years that this President does not want to hear what he does not want to hear. That Staff meetings are a lecture by the President with bobble heads sitting around the table. Disagreement is not an option, nor is data that does not support preconceived ideas and plans.

    It is amazing how anyone who has worked within this administration becomes a disgruntled former employee after the fact for telling what they saw.

    May 28, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Perrino is next... 🙁

    May 28, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. Lawrence - Virginia Beach, VA

    She's cute but dumb as a rock. Wasn't she the one that had no clue of what the Cuban missile crisis was about? I wasn't born at that time as well, I'm not the press sec and I knew. WOW!

    May 28, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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