Former White House Press Secretary now teaches religion


>>>WELCOME BACK TO STATE OF THE UNION. I’M JAKE TAPPER. THE JOB OF WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY IS STYPICALLY SO COMBATIVE. WHATEVER PARTS THE ROLE LEAVES A FLAP JACKET BEHIND FOR THE REPLACEMENT. IT WAS NEVER SHARPER THAN THE HEIGHT OF THE MONICA SCANDAL WHEN MIKE MCCURRAY WAS BEHIND THE PODIUM. WE’RE GOING TO TAKE A LOOK AT HOW HE’S TRADED IN THE ARMOR OF HIS OLD JOB FOR A NEW ROLE IN THE CHURCH.>>IT MIGHT SEEM LIKE A LONG ROAD FROM SPINNING THE NEWS. >>YOU GOT THE STATEMENT I MADE EARLIER AND IT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.>>TO SHARING THE GOOD NEWS. BUT MIKE MCCURRAY, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY TO BILL CLINTON DURING THE HEIGHTS OF THE MONICA SCANDAL SAID HE ALWAYS SOUGHT REFUGE FROM THE PODIUM IN PRAYER.>>WAS IT PART OF YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU WERE THE PRESS SECRETARY OR BILL CLINTON DURING THAT ERA OR DID YOU — >>I DON’T KNOW WHETHER THAT’S A TRUE DEMOCRATIC WHITE HOUSE BECAUSE MAYBE IT’S DIFFERENT IN A REPUBLICAN WHITE HOUSE BUT OPEN CONFESSIONS OF FAITH WEREN’T COMMON. PART OF WHAT I’M WORKING ON NOW IS TO SAY WE SHOULD BE MORE OPEN.>>HIS NEW ROLE TAKES HIM OUT OF THE BRIEFING ROOM INTO THE CLASSROOM DIRECTING THE CENTER OF PUBLIC THEOLOGY IN WASHINGTON D.C.>>SO YOU WANT TO TRAIN A NEW GENERATION OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS, MINISTERS TO HELP THEM WITH PEOPLE IN THEIR PUBLIC LIFE.>>I WANT THEM TO BE COMFORTABLE TALKING ABOUT POLITICS. THEY PROBABLY AVOID POLITICS BECAUSE THEY FEEL THEY’RE GOING TO OFFEND HALF THE CONGREGATION. PEOPLE CAN HAVE MUCH MORE CIVIL CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER. I THINK THEY WOULD BE MORE EQUIPPED TO GUIDE THEM. BUT TO REALLY DRAW OUT PEOPLE WHO WILL CONVERSE WITH THEIR BETTER ANGEL IN THEM.>>DO YOU THINK YOU DID ANYTHING WHEN YOU WERE IN THAT JOB THAT WAS CONTRARY TO YOUR BELIEVES?>>THE REASON THEY’RE TRYING TO SLOW THE RATE OF THE PROGRAM IS EVENTUALLY THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT DIE AND GONE AWAY. THAT’S PROBABLY WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN TO GINGRICH TOO.>>IT’S BAD ENOUGH GINGRICH CALLED PRESIDENT CLINTON AND WANTED ME FIRED THAT DAY. I PATCHED THINGS UP WITH NEWT GINGRICH. I DO THINK THERE’S SOME PENNANC INVOLVED IN SEEING IF YOU CAN MAKE THINGS BETTER.>>WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO TO MAKE THINGS BETTER? IT SEEMS UGLIER THAN IT’S BEEN IN A LONG, LONG TIME.>>THAT’S A HARD QUESTION. FINDING THOSE GENTLE VOICES THAT KNOW HOW TO DISAGREE AND MAKE POINTS THAT DON’T INFLAME PASSIONS AND THAT’S NOT EASY TO DO BECAUSE SOMETIMES THE MOST NEWS WORTHY, EXCITING PEOPLE ARE SOME WHOSE GOING TO EXACERBATE.

12 comments

  1. From one form of corruption to another form of corruption.
    Spreading more lies, just in another form.

  2. but the Bible thumpers are drooling TRUMP sycophants.
    that exposes the "fundamental" problem with the hypocrisy of organized religion. IT IS INHERENTLY EVIL.

  3. Mike McCurry, what a deceptive jackass. I wonder how many Clinton secrets he knows. I was in the same junior high school in 8th grade with this guy. And I liked him. Oh well, I was only 14, so what did I know? I remember the Lewenski days. McCurry was Slick Willy’s right hand pal. Creepy.

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