A Presidency on Review

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Regarding "A Damning Portrait of Bush and His Team" [June 9]: Four past press secretaries said you should remain true to the administration that gave you a job.

How about the oath of office the president took to uphold the Constitution and to be what we the people look for in a leader? I only pray for a president who will tell the truth. You do not have to be a genius to be president, but we expect honesty and integrity from the administration and subordinates who will tell the president when they think he is wrong. We didn't need What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception by Scott McClellan to confirm what went wrong with this administration. I wish he had had the guts to blow the whistle sooner.

Hunter A. Poole Sr.


Raleigh , N.C.  

"A Damning Portrait of Bush and His Team" was honest enough, but the title was misleading. I admit I haven't read McClellan's book and wouldn't lower myself to do so. But everyone I talked to who had read it said McClellan offered no proof for any of his statements, that it was all sour grapes. That's hardly a damning portrait.

John Waugen


Anaheim , Calif.  

The photo of President Bush at the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation sums up the problems with his presidency. Our nation is at war, our national treasury is being drained, jobs and homes are being lost. It is a time for serious thought, discussions, decisions, and work, but our commander in chief, before the future military leaders of our nation, acts like the frat boy in charge. He still does not realize or acknowledge the effect of his decisions on this nation.

Doreen Suran


Bellevue , Wash.