Apr 19, 2006

White House Shakeup: McClellan Gone, Rove Reined In

(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."


Brian said...

White House press secretary has got to be the touhgest job in the world. McClellan was not a great one, but adequate.

McCurry that worked for Clinton is the best I've ever seen. He may be the only person remotely associated with the President's impeachment (on either side) that did not sully or embarrass himself.

Larry Speakes was quite the ranconteuer and engaged the media in a manner almost as positive as his boss.

Ron Zeigler has to rank with the best of them too. Those questions about Watergate had to be tough.

Mrs. Phoenix said...

Watch for additional "shake-ups" at the White House...who wants to be the last person on the Titanic?

Hooda Thunkit said...

I disagree with your assessment mrs. phoenix.

How do these routine staff changes a rate being called a "shake-up?"

In these high profile jobs people come and people go, just as in real life.

As for the "Titanic," I see it more as the Good Ship Lollipop ;-) A little kinder and gentler assessment than the one that "Titanic" embodies.

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