Thursday, July 10, 2003

Press Officers

This article in the Washington Post is a very interesting look at Scott McClellan, who from Tuesday will be taking over from Ari Fliescher as White House Press Secretary. All in all he looks like a good man who has a good chance of doing a good job.

Most important though to the point I am trying (long-windedly) to make is the last line, a quote from McClellan. "This is not about me. This is about the president and his agenda." In two simple sentances he says precisely what the role of all Press Officers ought to be.

I would say that Ari Fleischer has more or less lived upto this dictum as well. Over here in the UK however Alaister Campbell seems to think differently. Clearly No.10 hasn't yet quite got the hang of a 'presidential' operation.

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