Byron York attacked Scott McClellan on FNS Sunday by calling him a very naive man to think that Bush would be a unitier. Wasn't that what he campaigned on? These is are the type of attacks that are coming from the BushCo. supporters. A common criticism of McClellan is that he was incompetent and if he felt this way about bush then why didn't he leave sooner. Well, if Byron thought Scotty was so awful then why didn't he tell the White House to dump from the very beginning? You see , it works both ways.
York: Yes it, yes it does. I mean he was not a terribly good spokesman. There was some really excruciating moments in the White House briefing room. You could look at the other people, I, another person I mentioned Alberto Gonzales was a guy who got in a job way over, over his head. But I think the thing that kind of distinguishes McClellan is he was amazingly naive and his belief that George W. Bush would kind of bring us all together which was why he comes to Washington. Uh, if you remember that conference where Bush is asked to name a mistake that he's made. And he gives an awful performance. He can't name a mistake and this is terrible. And, but Bush realizes, and he told McClellan, he said look if I name a mistake my enemies are just going to keep pushing for more and more and more. And McClellan doesn't see if that way. He actually writes in the book "I believe that by embracing openness and forthrightness, he could have, it could have redeemed him. It could have transcended partisanship and brought together leaders of both parties to try to consensus his way forward on Iraq. (crosstalk) That is a naive point of view.
From a Salon article in 1999:
Bush: I didn't try to take all the credit, I shared credit with the people, both Republicans and Democrats, who helped achieve these reforms. Second, I showed the people of Texas that I'm a uniter, not a divider. I refuse to play the politics of putting people into groups and pitting one group against another.
Bush used the phrase I'm a uniter not a divider, over and over again.
I believe all laws and public policy should support strong families. I believe in individual responsibility, that all individuals are responsible for their actions and decisions. A responsible leader sets a clear agenda and brings people together to achieve it.
Responsible leadership sets a tone of civility and bipartisanship that gets things done. I am a uniter, not a divider and, as the governor of Texas, that is how I have led. It is how I will lead in the White House.
Finally, together we can give this nation a fresh start after a season of cynicism. In that spirit, I make this pledge to you, the American people: Next January, when I put my hand on the Bible, I will swear not only to uphold the laws of our land, I will swear to uphold the honor and dignity of the office to which I have been elected, so help me God.