Scott Mcclellan Quotes

Scott McClellan (born February 14, 1968) is a former White House Press Secretary (2003–06) for President George W. Bush, and author of a controversial No. 1 New York Times bestseller about the Bush Administration titled What Happened. He replaced Ari Fleischer as press secretary in July 2003 and served until May 10, 2006. McClellan was the longest serving press secretary under George W. Bush.

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“There is a good understanding that by advancing freedom in the Middle East, we are making the world a better place and that we're making America more secure.”

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“a broad international agenda that recognizes the connection between freedom, democracy, trade and development, and security.”

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“Both presidents agreed that, in the present circumstances, it was best not to have a meeting in Washington next week.”

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“Time and time again, we have come back from difficult circumstances and rebuilt communities after natural disasters.”

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“The president doesn't believe in artificial time lines. It will be based on circumstances on the ground.”

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“We believe that if the negotiations have run their course and Iran is not going to negotiate in good faith, then there's no other option but to refer the matter to the Security Council. If that happens then we would talk about what actions need to be taken at that time.”

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“We continue to call on Iran to get back to the negotiating table and act in good faith. We've made that very clear.”

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“There will be a discussion about classified information and the proper handling of classified national security information, how that material is classified, by whom, for how long, who has access to it, how the material is declassified, the badges that people wear to show their security clearances, and so forth, ... The briefings discuss the security precautions that are in place for handling classified information such as the use of safes or the use of specific locations to view classified information like the Situation Room here at the White House.”

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“America has always been a nation that has risen to the challenge in the face of adversity and we will do so again.”

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“I think it's perfectly appropriate and reasonable to expect that the prime contracts for reconstruction, funded by U.S. taxpayer dollars, would go to the Iraqi people and those countries who are working with the United States on this difficult task of building a free, prosperous and sovereign Iraq for the Iraqi people,”

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“[Americans are divided in rating Bush's response. In an ABC/ Washington Post poll released Sunday, 46% approved of the job Bush had done on the hurricane, 47% disapproved. Three of four said Bush should get at least some blame for problems in the federal response; one in four said he deserved a great deal of blame. Whatever happens to his personal standing, the issues on Bush's plate have changed.] There are other priorities that we remain committed to, ... Right now our highest priority is on the response and recovery to Hurricane Katrina.”

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“It's the right of the American people to peacefully express their views. And that's what you're seeing here in Washington, D.C..”

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“[Bush is] very much aware of the people here who have come to Washington, D.C., some to express support for the steps that we're taking and a number of others that have expressed a different view, ... It's the right of the American people to peacefully express their views.”

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“[Bush extended an open invitation to Abbas to visit Washington] when he felt it was a good time to come, ... indicated he looked forward to coming back at some point.”

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“Washington scares people away? Is that new? ... There are plenty of good people willing to be considered. The president found the best person.”

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