A new book by former Bush administration speechwriter Matthew Latimer has ex-White House officials, Pentagon staff and some senators sweating, according to The Washington Post’s Al Kamen.
Latimer wrote speeches for President George W. Bush, defense secretaries Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates, and GOP Senators Jon Kyl, of Arizona, and Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky.
Kamen said officials are trying to get their hands on an advanced copy of the book, which is titled Speech-less, so they can devise a PR scheme to thwart negative press.
According to Kamen, officials named in the book—and apparently Latimer does name names—shouldn’t worry, too much.
“But, from what we understand, Latimer's often laugh-out-loud recollections of the chaos around him—and he apparently took great notes—don't reflect betrayal or bitterness but are more a memoir of how the sausage is made during times of electoral, economic and foreign-policy collapse,” Kamen wrote.
Here’s how Random House describes the book: “Less like Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The West Wing’ and more like NBC’s ‘The Office,’ D.C.’s most prestigious address turned out to be a bizarro world in which the major players were in some ways mirror opposites of their public images.”
“Bizarro world”? I can see why administration officials are sweating.
Was there ever a time when speechwriters didn’t publish tell-all books?