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Bush Speech Scribe Rewriting History?

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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SPEECH IMPEDIMENT Gerson

Loyalty and discipline are the hallmarks of Bush Administration factotums—which is what makes the attack by one ex-White House speechwriter on another in this month's Atlantic so noteworthy.

In a 10-page article, Matthew Scully, one of a trio of writers responsible for George W. Bush's most famous addresses, accuses Michael Gerson of hogging credit and portraying himself as the singular architect of the president's oratory.

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"The narrative that Mike Gerson presented to the world is a story of extravagant falsehood," charges Scully. "Few lines of note were written by Mike, and none at all that come to mind from the post-9/11 addresses—not even 'axis of evil.'"

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