Morning Brief: White House lashes out at McClellan

Top Story Alex Wong/Getty Images President Bush is reportedly “disappointed” with Scott McClellan new book, and others at the White House are puzzled at the former press secretary’s apparent change of heart. McClellan told the Today Show this morning, “My hope is that by writing this book and sharing openly and honestly what I lived ...

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President Bush is reportedly "disappointed" with Scott McClellan new book, and others at the White House are puzzled at the former press secretary's apparent change of heart. McClellan told the Today Show this morning, "My hope is that by writing this book and sharing openly and honestly what I lived and what I learned during my time at the White House that in some small way it might help us move beyond the destructive partisan warfare of the last 15 years." Good luck with that.

Top Story

Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Bush is reportedly “disappointed” with Scott McClellan new book, and others at the White House are puzzled at the former press secretary’s apparent change of heart. McClellan told the Today Show this morning, “My hope is that by writing this book and sharing openly and honestly what I lived and what I learned during my time at the White House that in some small way it might help us move beyond the destructive partisan warfare of the last 15 years.” Good luck with that.

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