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Old 04-19-2006, 11:14 AM   #1
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[q]McClellan Leaves White House Press Office
By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove is giving up his policy portfolio and press secretary Scott McClellan is resigning, continuing a shakeup in President Bush's administration that has already yielded a new chief of staff.

A senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the president had not yet made the announcement, said Wednesday that Rove is giving up oversight of policy development to focus more on politics with the approach of the fall midterm elections.

Just over a year ago, Rove was promoted to deputy chief of staff in charge of most White House policy coordination. That new portfolio came on top of his title as senior adviser and role of chief policy aide to Bush.

But now, the job of deputy chief of staff for policy is being given to Joel Kaplan, now the White House's deputy budget director, said the official.

The move signals a possibly broad effort to rearrange and reinvigorate Bush's staff by new chief of staff Joshua Bolten. Bolten moved into his position last week; Kaplan was his No. 2 person at the Office of Management and Budget.

At least for the time being, the promotion of Kaplan would leave Bush with three deputy chiefs of staff: Rove, Kaplan and Joe Hagin, who oversees administrative matters, intelligence and other national security issues.

Appearing with Bush on the South Lawn, McClellan, who has parried especially fiercely with reporters on Iraq and on intelligence issues, told Bush: "I have given it my all sir and I have given you my all sir, and I will continue to do so as we transition to a new press secretary."

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Even though he was lame..... It's even lamer that all the wrong people are getting canned. All the people who are actually causing the problems are sticking around---perhaps because they're the ones making all the decisions anyway....
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I don't know how a new staff can really help this Administration. I don't see myself turning into a Bush supporter anytime soon.
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Even though he was lame..... It's even lamer that all the wrong people are getting canned. All the people who are actually causing the problems are sticking around---perhaps because they're the ones making all the decisions anyway....




yup.

*cough*rumsfeld*cough*
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He had a lousy job.

He had to stand there and obfuscate, mislead and generally engage our fears to further the Administration’s agenda

basically just tell big fat whoppers.



Will Scott be taking a long deserved rest in an isolated log cabin somewhere?
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I must say I could never be press secretary


Particularly not to this president. It's all vague answers and giving soundbites being the president's outer line of defense.
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Press secretary to any president is a stressful job. Frankly, I'm surprised that McClellan survived this long.

The real news is Rove's stepping out of his position to a more behind-the-scenes role again.
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I wonder if Baghdad Bob is available, he was great at distorting information and dodging questions too.
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It's all window dressing.
I thought the idea was to get Bush some dissention in his cabinet so that things will be more carefully thought through.

We all know he'll replace a yes-man with a yes-man.
So it's worthless, that's why it won't do any good to get Rummy to resign, he'll be replaced by a policy clone .
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Good point about Rumsfeld and resignation. Trust me, Rumsfeld is not going to resign, however, so we're stuck with the same idiot at Defense.
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Press secretary to any president is a stressful job. Frankly, I'm surprised that McClellan survived this long.

The real news is Rove's stepping out of his position to a more behind-the-scenes role again.
Press secretary to any president, especially the current one, has to be one of the worst jobs EVER!
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I'm sure that a consulting gig in the high six figures will be a nice consolation prize for McClellan, if he so chooses.
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Good point about Rumsfeld and resignation. Trust me, Rumsfeld is not going to resign, however, so we're stuck with the same idiot at Defense.
Well, he's already tried to resign, and he can't even do that right,
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Supposedly, he handed in his resignation twice?

Why? What were the circumstances?


Perhaps he should try it a third time.
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