Just breaking on Fox News Channel. Scott McClellan just announced that he is resigning as press secretary. He is doing so to help bring about change in the White House. He and his wife are going to enter into the next phase of their lives together.
The AP also has the story:
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Scott McClellan said Wednesday 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 fiercefully 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.”
The job of press secretary is a brutal one and Scott did a great job. No word about whom may take his job.
Actually, there has been some talk about who might replace McClellan. According to Fox News, Tony Snow, as well as others, is being considered for the position:
With a few personnel shifts going on in the White House, there’s speculation that presidential spokesman Scott McClellan may be looking to step down.
One of the people the White House has approached as a possible replacement for McClellan is FOX News Radio host Tony Snow. The White House discussed the possibility with Snow as recently as this week.
Snow, who hosts “The Tony Snow Show,” once served as a speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush.
Other people have also been approached about the position, including former Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clark and Dan Senor, the former Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman in Iraq, who served the U.S. civil administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer.
I vote for Snow.
Update: The AP via ABC News is reporting that Karl Rove is going to changing his job as Deputy Chief of Staff in charge of Policy Coordination. It’s going to Joel Kaplan:
WASHINGTON Apr 19, 2006 (AP)— In another move in an ongoing shakeup of President Bush’s staff, longtime confidant and adviser Karl Rove is giving up oversight of policy development to focus more on politics with the approach of the fall midterm elections, a senior administration official said Wednesday.
Just over a year ago, Rove was promoted to deputy chief of staff in charge of most White House policy coordination. That new portfolio came on top of his title as senior adviser and role of chief policy aide to Bush.
But now, the job of deputy chief of staff for policy is being given to Joel Kaplan, now the White House’s deputy budget director, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the president had not yet made the announcement.
Update II: Human Events has Scott McClellan’s resignation statement.
The White House issued a press release with the entire transaction between McClellan and President Bush.
Update III: The Political Pit Bull has a video montage reminding us who Scott had to deal with every day.
Update IV: Matt May offers one benefit of naming Tony Snow as WH Press Secretary:
The best part about Tony Snow as press secretary, however? Fox-obsessed Keith Olbermann’s head will explode on live televison.
Update V: Gateway Pundit recommends a pit bull to deal with the vicious press corp and wonders out loud if Ann Coulter is available.
Update VI: Expose the Left has the video of Scott announcing his resignation with President Bush.