Kelly approaches, and Mac thanks her for writing the speech while adding that one day she'll have to hire a new speechwriter. "Or press secretary," Kelly replies. As she didn't with her daughter, Mac Gets It. She apologizes for not letting Kelly do her job, and for not recognizing her as a senior staff member. Kelly. That might be because of your hair. I'm just warning you. From now on, Mac promises that Kelly will be included on every meeting. Mac starts at that moment, letting Kelly know she'll be going off-script and why, so that Kelly can deal with the resulting shitstorm. Except she might have said something slightly more Presidential than that, I don't know.
Mac walks into the office and takes her seat, sharing a nice moment of eye contact with Rod, and then makes sure the teleprompter isn't going to break this time. Hey, she learned! She's got a backup paper copy of the speech! This she slides into her desk.
Mac's speech describes the deaths of the nine DEA agents, and explains that the American authorities have "compelling evidence" that Sanchez was responsible. She's ordered the Armed Forces to destroy the coca fields and known cocaine labs in the next few hours. So as not to look completely heartless, she assures her audience that her beef isn't with the people of San Pasquale and their legitimate agriculture, so she'll only be destroying 25% of the fields. We cut to Templeton and Jayne, for her to comment approvingly that Mac seems to have listened to him. Oh, baby, but things are about to shake up. She goes on to detail the plan to destroy another 25% a week until everything is gone. Then, the kicker -- she essentially asks for an overthrow of Sanchez, telling the San Pasqualean public that Duran will be there soon, and that they should "seize the right to be governed by the leader you have already chosen." Jayne and Templeton are dumbfounded. Nate, fool you once, shame on her. Fool you twice...remember when you said she was a loose cannon? Or was that sick look on your face remembering the past really from indigestion? You two should really stop being so completely surprised. And also, shame on Lauren for reducing herself to using such a twee saying. I'll go flog myself with Kelly's straight iron. When the speech is over, Mac looks a bit stunned at herself. Everyone is murmuring excitedly, and she tells Jim to let her know when the planes are in the air. Kelly heads, this time prepared, into the press room.