Now he tells us: McClellan slams Bush administration

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan has some surprisingly critical things to say in his forthcoming memoir about his days as part of the Bush administration, The Politico reports in an exclusive.

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan has some surprisingly critical things to say in his forthcoming memoir about his days as part of the Bush administration, The Politico reports in an exclusive.

Among other things, McClellan writes in What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception (on sale Sunday), that Bush used “propaganda” to win public support for the war, that the White House press corps was not aggressive enough in questioning the administration's rationale for war, and that his statements during his time as press secretary were “badly misguided.”

Critics of Bush might say McClellan is saying nothing they didn't already know, but The Politico notes that McClellan was a long-time, particularly loyal aide to Bush, so the new book appears not to be the “largely affectionate portrayal” of Bush that some of McClellan's friends expected.

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