“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 press secretary,” the president said. “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.”
— From: “Top Bush Aide Loses a Post in Overhaul” (NYT . April 19, 2006)
With news that long-time aide and Press Secretary Scott McClellan has used his memoir to rip Bush a new one, this photo now makes complete sense. It led off a BAG post back on April 21, 2006 — In Which We Can Safely Conclude That “Smug” Is Finally Dead — speculating over the faces of McClellan, Rove and Bartlett as they watched Bush give a horribly obtuse defense of the Iraq war before the City Club in Cleveland.
Although McClellan had resigned two days before, it was done with all the amicability in the world. Still, The BAG’s conclusion, considering the faces on either end — paired with the lunacy coming out of the Oval Office — was that this is what betrayal looks like.