Friday, August 27, 2004

The, er, Wit & Wisdom of George W Bush

"I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well." —Washington, D.C., Jan. 29, 2001

"My pro-life position is I believe there's life. It's not necessarily based in religion. I think there's a life there, therefore the notion of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness." --Quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 23, 2001

"Then I went for a run with the other dog and just walked. And I started thinking about a lot of things. I was able to — I can't remember what it was. Oh, the inaugural speech, started thinking through that." —Pre-inaugural interview with U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 22, 2001 issue

"I'm hopeful. I know there is a lot of ambition in Washington, obviously. But I hope the ambitious realize that they are more likely to succeed with success as opposed to failure." —Interview with the Associated Press, Jan. 18, 2001

"Redefining the role of the United States from enablers to keep the peace to enablers to keep the peace from peacekeepers is going to be an assignment." —Interview with the New York Times, Jan. 14, 2001

"The California crunch really is the result of not enough power-generating plants and then not enough power to power the power of generating plants." —Interview with the New York Times, Jan. 14, 2001

"If he's — the inference is that somehow he thinks slavery is a — is a noble institution I would — I would strongly reject that assumption — that John Ashcroft is a open-minded, inclusive person." —NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw, Jan. 14, 2001

"She's just trying to make sure Anthony gets a good meal — Antonio." —On Laura Bush inviting Justice Antonin Scalia to dinner at the White House. NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw, Jan. 14, 2001

"I want it to be said that the Bush administration was a results-oriented administration, because I believe the results of focusing our attention and energy on teaching children to read and having an education system that's responsive to the child and to the parents, as opposed to mired in a system that refuses to change, will make America what we want it to be — a literate country and a hopefuller country." —Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2001

"I would have to ask the questioner. I haven't had a chance to ask the questioners the question they've been questioning. On the other hand, I firmly believe she'll be a fine secretary of labor. And I've got confidence in Linda Chavez. She is a — she'll bring an interesting perspective to the Labor Department." —Austin, Texas, Jan. 8, 2001

"I mean, these good folks are revolutionizing how businesses conduct their business. And, like them, I am very optimistic about our position in the world and about its influence on the United States. We're concerned about the short-term economic news, but long-term I'm optimistic. And so, I hope investors, you know — secondly, I hope investors hold investments for periods of time — that I've always found the best investments are those that you salt away based on economics." —Austin, Texas, Jan. 4, 2001

"The person who runs FEMA is someone who must have the trust of the president. Because the person who runs FEMA is the first voice, often times, of someone whose life has been turned upside down hears from." —Austin, Texas, Jan. 4, 2001

"She is a member of a labor union at one point." —Announcing his nomination of Linda Chavez as secretary of labor. Austin, Texas, Jan. 2, 2001

"Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods." —Austin, Texas, Dec. 20, 2000

"I am mindful of the difference between the executive branch and the legislative branch. I assured all four of these leaders that I know the difference, and that difference is they pass the laws and I execute them." —Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2000

"The great thing about America is everybody should vote." —Austin, Texas, Dec. 8, 2000

"Dick Cheney and I do not want this nation to be in a recession. We want anybody who can find work to be able to find work." —60 Minutes II, Dec. 5, 2000

"I knew it might put him in an awkward position that we had a discussion before finality has finally happened in this presidential race." —Describing a phone call to Sen. John Breaux. Crawford, Texas, Dec. 2, 2000

"They misunderestimated me." —Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000

"The American people wants a president that appeals to the angels..." Bush in his speech during the GOP convention. Aug/2000 [Does he really believe that it is him ?...]

"We cannot let terriers and rogue nations hold this nation hostile (hostage) or hold our allies hostile.'' —Ibid. (09/09/00)

The Texas governor, who spoke passionately of the need for "plain-spoken Americans in the White House," tried to appear more Southern gentleman than good-ol' boy as he and running mate Dick Cheney shook hands with supporters at Naperville North High School before cantering among the crowd at the city's Last Fling 2000 parade. But "plain-spoken" took on quite an ironic meaning just before Bush addressed the estimated 7,500 people who gathered in and about the makeshift outdoor arena south of the high school. A live microphone picked up an aside in which Bush described a New York Times reporter who had written critically of his campaign as "a major-league ass hole." The microphone also recorded Cheney's rejoinder of "Oh yeah, he is, big time." The disparaging words could not be heard by most observers over the spirited playing of a marching band and the earsplitting roar of the crowd. Cheney later refused to discuss the incident, saying only that Bush "made a private comment to me." ...sounds very "presidential".. ---Naperville Sun - 09/06/00

"Well, I think if you say you're going to do something and don't do it, that's trustworthiness."--Ibid.

"We'll let our friends be the peacekeepers and the great country called America will be the pacemakers."—Houston,Texas, Sept. 6, 2000

"We don't believe in planners and deciders making the decisions on behalf of Americans."—Scranton, Pa., Sept. 6, 2000

"The best way to relieve families from time is to let them keep some of their own money." —Westminster, Calif., Sept.13, 2000

"They have miscalculated me as a leader." —Ibid.

"I am aperson who recognizes the fallacy of humans..." apparently meaning fallibility. --from "Bush courts women in cozy 'Oprah' visit" by William Goldshclag printed in the New York City edition of the Daily News, September 20, 2000, page 5

"A tax cut is really one of the anecdotes to coming out of an economic illness."-- The Edge With Paula Zahn, Sept. 18, 2000

"I will have a foreign-handed foreign policy." —Redwood, Calif., Sept. 27, 2000

"...more and more of our imports are coming from overseas." -- On NPR's Morning Edition (9/26)

While speaking about KIPP Academy in Houston, Texas during the debate last night, would-be president Bush said: "It's a school full of so-called at-risk children. It's how we, unfortunately, label certain children. It means basically they can't learn. ... It's one of the best schools in Houston." So he thinks that "at-risk" means "can't learn?" And that one of the best schools in Houston is filled with students that can't learn? What an idiot.

"Mr. Vice President, in all due respect, it is — I'm not sure 80 percent of the people get the death tax. I know this: 100 percent will get it if I'm the president."

"Quotas are bad for America. It's not the way America is all about."

"If affirmative action means what I just described, what I'm for, then I'm for it." —St. Louis, Mo., October 18, 2000

"Our priorities is our faith." —Greensboro, N.C., Oct. 10, 2000

"I mean, there needs to be a wholesale effort against racial profiling, which is illiterate children." —Second presidential debate, Oct. 11, 2000

"It's going to require numerous IRA agents." —On Gore's tax plan, Greensboro, N.C., Oct. 10, 2000

"I think if you know what you believe, it makes it a lot easier to answer questions. I can't answer your question." —In response to a question about whether he wished he could take back any of his answers in the first debate. Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Oct. 4, 2000

"Drug therapies are replacing a lot of medicines as we used to know it."

"Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream." —LaCrosse, Wis., Oct. 18, 2000

"If you don't stand for anything, you don't stand for anything!" Gov. George W. Bush said to a packed rally at Bellevue Community College on Tuesday night.

"They said this issue wouldn't resignate with the People. They've been proved wrong, it does resignate." ("resonate"?!)

"You've heard Al Gore say he invented the internet. Well, if he was so smart, why do all the addresses begin with "W"?" --10-28-00 Headline News - Mimi

Some Nostalgia - Bushisms senior: "We're enjoying sluggish times, and not enjoying them very much." - President Bush, 1/2/92.

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