Thursday, April 20, 2006

McClellan Resigns

"Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship." ~ Zeuxis

White House press secretary Scott McClellan has resigned. We all know that. My personal opinion I am surprised that he lasted as long as he did. He certainly displayed more than the usual amount of courage and bravery.

Rarely have I seen, in my lifetime, one man endure so much abuse. David Gregory and the rest of the White House press corps were merciless in their attacks on President Bush through his press secretary. McClellan handled it all with dignity and grace.

Some of the relentless attacks coming from the so-called "unbiased" press were absolutely shameful. David Gregory and Helen Thomas, and the rest of those ravenous wolves should make him a nice going away present by apologizing first, and then resigning themselves.

But they won't. This resignation will most likely encourage them to be even more disrespectful to the next press secretary.


Jim said...

You mean if you are not James Gannon or you actually ask difficult questions, or you follow up nonsensical answers with further questions, you are being rude, biased and arrogant?

I actually think McClellan did a prety reasonable job with what the White House gave him to work with. It is documented that Karl Rove and others in the White House lied to him. I'm sure this happened all the time. He had to make statements and defend them when everyone in the room knew they were not true.

It is a tough job in any administration, but never tougher than in this one.

Nice to see the press corps actually doing their job. The whole point of a press secretary is to get the administration's message out. It is the job, the duty of the press corps to question that message. Otherwise it is simply propaganda.

Subcomandante Bob said...

National Nitwit has the latest Scott McClellan comments on his departure.

(warning - not safe for work language)

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

I was glad to see him go. He wasn't up to the job although I will agree that he suffered more abuse than anyone should have to.

Rumor is that Tony Snow may be one of the contenders. I heard the audio clip where he talks about how he's actually considering it. I'm doubtful he'd do it but if he did I'd be a very happy camper.

Lone Ranger said...

Tony Snow was on O'Reilly tonight. He sure sounded to me like he'd take the job if it were offered. If it were me, I'd lay in a supply of pacifiers and toss one every time a reporter got uppity with me. They'd have to bolt the chairs to the floor.

Erudite Redneck said...

I would feel obliged to show just about as much respect to any flack as I would any broadcast "journalist."

Lisa Meier said...

I have been in that den of wolves. Ari had it tough. McClellan had it tougher. While waiting to go on the air, I watched Thomas and David Gregory plot, sneer, and conspire while slathering themselves with already caked-on makeup. It would have been comical if it weren't like watching a horror flick.