Russert showed him that 100 civilians are being killed a day in Iraq and wanted to know why he thinks there is encouraging news coming out of there. Josh's response was that he's happy there is a unity government, but yes the situation on the ground remains very challenging.
Russert: The speaker of the parliament in Iraq said that the US invasion of Iraq is the work of butcher,,,
Bolten: The rhetoric we have seen has been heated...
RUSSERT: But it must be hard for people all across this country who have given almost 2600 American men and women their lives on the ground in Iraq and for the leader of the parliament to call us butchers.
BOLTEN: Yeah, I think that is hard. That’s not the rhetoric I think you will hear from Prime Minister Malaki when he comes to visit the President in a couple of days. I was with the President when he went to Baghdad last month and the meetings he had especially in private with Prime Minister Malaki were very encouraging. There was a strong sense throughout all of the people we met with, including, candidly, the Speaker, of appreciation for the sacrifice that so many Americans have made. And I think you will find Prime Minister Malaki expressing that sentiment very strongly when he is here in the United States.
Think Progress for the partial transcript (I don't have full transcript. When one comes available I'll attach it.)
(sorry, I'm a little sick today)