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Hey, Scott, Could You Remind Me Which Way We're Headed?
Legal Fiction discovers WH spokesman Scott McClellan's favorite direction (all quotes from August 9 press briefing):
Iraq is a sovereign nation now. They'removing forwardon building a free and peaceful and stable future.
And as wemove forwardon capturing or bringing to justice al Qaeda members, we need to keep that in mind.
First of all, the economy ismoving forward.
The economy ismoving forward, and we're not turning back.
The President was pleased to go and speak to the UNITY Conference and talk to them about his record in office and his agendamoving forward.
And he was pleased to go there and talk about that, and talk about his agenda as wemove forwardand build upon that record.
He said that he would bemoving forwardon [the 9/11 Comm. recommendations] in the coming days with some presidential directives. There's no update at this point, in terms of those directives, but we are continuing tomove forwardin a quick and responsible manner. We have alreadymoved forwardin one way or another on 36 of 41 of the 9/11 Commission's recommendations. And we are continuing tomove forwardon the additional recommendations that build upon the reforms that this administration has already put in place.
Oh, we're not done yet. . .
So we've made significant strides, and the President welcomes these recommendations and we're continuing tomove forwardin a quick and responsible manner. It's important that we carefully and seriously consider these recommendations and how we implement them as wemove forward. And we'll be working with Congress closely on that. Members of Congress are alreadymove forwardon it, as well.
I said, he believes this is the right policy and he's committed to continuing tomove forwardon exploring the promise and potential of stem cell research.
And so he came up with this well thought out policy [on stem cells] that allowed the federal government tomove forwardfor the first time.
Our economy ismoving forward, but there's more work to do.
And the President will bemove forwardwith more details about [the National Intelligence Director] as we work through some of the specifics.
And the international community recognizes that we cannot afford to let Iranmove forwardon a nuclear -- on building nuclear weapons.
[W]e're working very closely with Pakistan as wemove forwardto defeat the enemies and defeat the terrorists that are in Pakistan and along that Afghan-Pakistan border.
We'd suggest getting him a thesaurus for Christmas, but something tells me he might have a new job by then. . .
SCOTTY MOVES FORWARD [Legal Fiction]
Press Briefing by Scott McClellan, August 9, 2004 [WhiteHouse.gov]