(Washington, DC) Scott McClellan, the White House press secretary for the past 2-1/2 years, has resigned from his post in the latest Bush administration personnel changes.
White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove also gave up some of his responsibilities in policy-making, leading to speculation that the President may be embarking in new directions on domestic and/or foreign policy. The job of deputy chief of staff for policy is being given to Joel Kaplan.
Among the names being tossed around to replace McLellan are Tony Snow, FOX commentator and a former White House speechwriter, Dan Senor, a former coalition official in post-invasion Iraq, and former Pentagon spokesperson Victoria Clarke.
President Bush praised Mclellan for his performance at the White House.
"I don't know whether or not the press corps realizes this, but his is a challenging assignment dealing with you all on a regular basis," Bush said. "And I thought he handled his assignment with class, integrity. He really represents the best of his family, our state and our country. It's going to be hard to replace Scott. But, nevertheless, he's made the decision and I accept it."