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McClellan: Quits as White House Press Secretary. ``I am ready to move on.''

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Another shoe drops....More White House shakeups... So long, Scott McClellan


THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

________________________________________________________________________

For Immediate Release April 19, 2006

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

AND PRESS SECRETARY SCOTT McCLELLAN

IN ANNOUNCING HIS RESIGNATION

South Lawn

9:39 A.M. EDT

MR. McCLELLAN: Good morning, everybody. I am here to announce that I will be resigning as White House Press Secretary.

Mr. President, it has been an extraordinary honor and privilege to have served more than seven years now, the last two years and nine months as your Press Secretary.

The White House is going through a period of transition; change can be helpful, and this is a good time and good position to help bring about change. I am ready to move on. I've been in this position a long time, and my wife and I are excited about beginning the next chapter in our life together.

You have accomplished a lot over the last several years with this team, and I have been honored and grateful to be a small part of a terrific and talented team of really good people.

Our relationship began back in Texas, and I look forward to continuing it, particularly when we are both back in Texas.

THE PRESIDENT: That's right. (Laughter.)

MR. McCLELLAN: Although, I hope to get there before you. (Laughter.)

I have given it my all, sir, and I've given you my all. And I will continue to do so as we transition to a new Press Secretary over the next two to three weeks. Thank you for the opportunity.

THE PRESIDENT: First of all, I thank Scott for his service to our country. 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. 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.

One of these days he and I are going to be rocking on chairs in Texas, talking about the good old days and his time as the Press Secretary. And I can assure you I will feel the same way then that I feel now, that I can say to Scott, job well done.

MR. McCLELLAN: Thank you, sir.

END 9:41 A.M. EDT

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4 Comments

So Geo. Bush and Scott McClellan say the White House Press Secretary is stepping down...

Has anyone credible confirmed this report?

Oh My God! I don't know whether to feel relief for Mcclellan or continue to despise him for the garbage I heard come out of his mouth the last few years.
Anyone with the job of disseminating propaganda and lies for this administration must be either extremely talented and personally disconnected from his work or a natural liar or evil or something. Nevertheless, after leaving that crowd he like all of us has a chance for redemption

And Karl Rove will run the 06 run.These are not true Republicans I am.The Budget cuts hurt the middle class.The 2007 veterans budget cuts are just plain wrong.We owe other coutries so much money if they called the dept in we be hurting.But the worst of all this now there won't be a real debate on the issues the people need to hear,It's all going to be about the far right now.God Help Us!

I don't see the point of replacing McClellan. The man wasn't the problem. It was the message.

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