What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception
What Happened Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception Author:Scott McClellan Scott McClellan was one of a few Bush loyalists from Texas who became part of his inner circle of trusted advisers, and remained so during one of the most challenging and contentious periods of recent history. Drawn to Bush by his commitment to compassionate conservatism and strong bipartisan leadership, McClellan served the president for more t... more »han seven years, and witnessed day-to-day exactly how the presidency veered off course.
In this refreshingly clear-eyed book, written with no agenda other than to record his experiences and insights for the benefit of history, McClellan provides unique perspective on what happened and why it happened the way it did, including the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina, Washington's bitter partisanship, and two hotly-contested presidential campaigns. He gives readers a candid look into who George W. Bush is and what he believes, and into the personalities, strengths, and liabilities of his top aides. Finally, McClellan looks to the future, exploring the lessons this presidency offers the American people as we prepare to elect a new leader.« less
I had high hopes for this book, but ultimately, was disappointed. I don't think any thoughtful, logical person would have blamed McClellan for the lies he disseminated for Bush and company. But after he found out, why didn't he resign and blow the whistle? He has plenty of connections in Texas ( he's Dean Keeton's grandson, for pity's sake !!! ) and could have found another job quickly.
McClellan's book is too little, too late. It's just the whining apologia of another "good ol' boy".
Still don't know "What Happened" after reading this book (like why Bush went to war against Iraq... the author is just speculating). But, the lecture on the permanent campaign and how partisan politics is crippling the effectiveness of our government is worthwhile.