Scott McClellan Quits as White House Press Secretary

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By: The Associated Press and E&P Staff

White House press secretary Scott McClellan said today he is resigning, continuing a shakeup in President Bush’s administration that has already yielded a new chief of staff and could lead to a change in the Cabinet.

Appearing with Bush on the White House South Lawn just before the president boarded a helicopter at the start a trip to Alabama, McClellan, who has parried especially forcefully 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.”

Bush said McClellan had “a challenging assignment.”

“I thought he handled his assignment with class, integrity,” the president said. “It’s going to be hard to replace Scott, but nevertheless he made the decision and I accepted it. One of these days, he and I are going to be rocking in chairs in Texas and talking about the good old days.”

One of the people the White House has approached as a possible replacement for McClellan is Fox News host Tony Snow. The White House discussed this with Snow this week, Fox reports on its Web site.
Snow once served as a speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush.

Other people have also been approached about the position, Fox News reports, including former Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clark and Dan Senor, the former Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman in Iraq.

McClellan’s statement:

“Good morning, everybody. I am here to announce that i will be resigning as White House Press Secretary. Mr. President, it has been an extrordinary honor and privilege to serve you for 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 have 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.”

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