The White House has issued a non-response response to former press secretary Scott McClellan's blockbuster tell-all about just how fucking in the dark he was during those years in which he was, you know, the president's spokesman. If nothing else, McClellan's book, titled What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception, is arguably the most colonically challenged political memoir in recent history (certainly he has added to the great tradition of bad punctuation around his titular phrase; for earlier examples, see The Byrds' song "What's Happening?!?!" and the TV show What's Happening!!). According to press reports, McClellan says that the Bush administration lied to him about everything, all the time. Which sounds about right, though one gets to wondering either just how clever McClellan is or how dumb he is that it took him so long to figure that out.
Anyhoo, here's the official Bush line for now and probably forever:
"Scott, we now know, is disgruntled about his experience at the White House. For those of us who fully supported him, before, during and after he was press secretary, we are puzzled. It is sad—this is not the Scott we knew," Dana Perino, one of his successors at the podium, says in a statement to reporters.
"The book, as reported by the press, has been described to the president. I do not expect a comment from him on it—he has more pressing matters than to spend time commenting on books by former staffers," she says.
What has Bush been up to lately? According to the White House website, he's toured a cable company and met with NCAA football coaches, among other things. So he really does have a full plate.