Monday WH Briefing: President to Push World War II/Iraq War Parallels

By: E&P Staff

In a briefing for reporters aboard Air Force One today, en route to Arizona, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, who has been absent for awhile, spoke about the president’s response to Hurricane Katrina, but also his visit to San Diego tomorrow. Here is that portion of the transcript:

Q Scott, can you look ahead a little bit to tomorrow, to what the President is going to talk about in San Diego?

MR. McCLELLAN: It might be better for me to do a little bit more on that later today. I mean, just as a very general matter — you’re asking about the remarks, or you’re just asking about the day, or all of the above?

Q Mostly remarks.

MR. McCLELLAN: First, on the remarks, tomorrow’s remarks are really focused on commemorating our World War II veterans and it’s a commemoration of World War II.

Now, in the context of the remarks, the President will draw some historical comparisons between the war that we were fighting then and the war that we are fighting — the global war that we’re engaged in now. So I think that there will be some comparisons there between the murderous ideology that we were — that we joined together to defeat back in World War II and the murderous ideology that we’re working to defeat today.

But it’s — the remarks really are focusing on commemorating World War II and our veterans and all those who sacrificed — made the ultimate sacrifice in the sense of freedom.

Q It’s at a Navy base. Will there be a Naval audience?

MR. McCLELLAN: Yes, it’s a Naval station there, and so it will be military personnel who will be the primary audience. I think, and I’ll double check all this and try to get you more information later in the day, but when the President gets there, I think he’s going to be visiting with a number of doctors and medical personnel that are there. Then he’ll make the remarks following that.

Q Will he be meeting with any families of war dead?

MR. McCLELLAN: Let me just double check. Let me just double check that. There might be — I think there are some wounded troops that are there, but let me just double check that. I’ll get you more information on that later today. And I’ll try to give you a little bit more of a preview. He’s still been working on the draft for tomorrow. That’s why I didn’t want to go too much further into it. But, I mean, I think you should look at it overall as a commemorative speech.

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