White House communications director Dan Bartlett was Wednesday's guest. Here are excerpts from his remarks:
"The part that often does not get recognized is that the pain is coming under the status quo. And what we have an opportunity to do is to fulfill the promise of Social Security by making choices now that will stave off much more difficult choices for future generations."
"Social Security will be addressed first. Whatever decision is made on that with regard to how we're going to finance it on a more permanent basis ... will have to shape the debate on how we deal with taxes."
"He has a vast wealth of knowledge and experience.... President Bush has all the confidence that he is the right person at the right time for the challenges we face."
"I don't think so. It is his goal to work with our friends in the world to pursue a common agenda. [Arrogance] is not the nature of [the president] personally, and I think he will set the tone for our administration.... We guard heavily against that."