Politico on Scotty McClellan’s upcoming book:
Instead, McClellan’s tone is often harsh. He writes, for example, that
after Hurricane Katrina, the White House “spent most of the first week
in a state of denial,” and he blames Rove for suggesting the photo of
the president comfortably observing the disaster during an Air Force
One flyover. McClellan says he and counselor to the president Dan
Bartlett had opposed the idea and thought it had been scrapped.
But he writes that he later was told that “Karl was convinced we needed to do it — and the president agreed.”
“One of the worst disasters in our nation’s history became one of the
biggest disasters in Bush’s presidency. Katrina and the botched federal
response to it would largely come to define Bush’s second term,” he
writes. “And the perception of this catastrophe was made worse by
previous decisions President Bush had made, including, first and
foremost, the failure to be open and forthright on Iraq and rushing to
war with inadequate planning and preparation for its aftermath.”
Interesting that McClellan connects the Katrina response to the Iraq War.