Bushisms

Bush has just left the building. Perhaps the world will be a kinder, gentler place now. But it will certainly be a less funny place. For life is stranger than fiction, and Bush was funnier than any stand-up comedian. Jon Stewart is going to miss him. So will I.

Self Image

“They misunderestimated me.”
Bentonville, Arkansas, 6 Νοέμβριος, 2000

“I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe – I believe what I believe is right.”
Rome, 22 Ιούλιος, 2001

“There’s an old saying in Tennessee – I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee – that says, fool me once, shame on… shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again.”
Nashville, Tennessee, 17 Σεπτέμβριος, 2002

“There’s no question that the minute I got elected, the storm clouds on the horizon were getting nearly directly overhead.”
Washington DC, 11 Μάιος, 2001

“I want to thank my friend, Senator Bill Frist, for joining us today. He married a Texas girl, I want you to know. Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me.”
Nashville, Tennessee, 27 Μάιος, 2004

Statemanship

“For a century and a half now, America and Japan have formed one of the great and enduring alliances of modern times.”
Tokyo, 18 Φεβρουάριος, 2002

“The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorise himself.”
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 29 Ιανουάριος, 2003

“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”
Washington DC, 5 Αύγουστος, 2004

“I think war is a dangerous place.”
Washington DC, 7 Μάιος, 2003

“The ambassador and the general were briefing me on the – the vast majority of Iraqis want to live in a peaceful, free world. And we will find these people and we will bring them to justice.”
Washington DC, 27 Οκτώβριος, 2003

“Free societies are hopeful societies. And free societies will be allies against these hateful few who have no conscience, who kill at the whim of a hat.”
Washington DC, 17 Σεπτέμβριος, 2004

“Ξέρετε, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror.”
CBS News, Washington DC, 6 Σεπτέμβριος, 2006

Education

“Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?”
Florence, South Carolina, 11 Ιανουάριος, 2000

“Reading is the basics for all learning.”
Reston, Virginia, 28 Μαρτίου, 2000

“As governor of Texas, I have set high standards for our public schools, and I have met those standards.”
CNN, 30 Αύγουστος, 2000

“You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.”
Townsend, Tennessee, 21 Φεβρουάριος, 2001

Economics

“I understand small business growth. I was one.”
New York Daily News, 19 Φεβρουάριος, 2000

“It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.”
Reuters, 5 Μάιος, 2000

“I do remain confident in Linda. She’ll make a fine Labour Secretary. From what I’ve read in the press accounts, she’s perfectly qualified.”
Austin, Texas, 8 Ιανουάριος, 2001

“Πρώτα, let me make it very clear, poor people aren’t necessarily killers. Just because you happen to be not rich doesn’t mean you’re willing to kill.”
Washington DC, 19 Μάιος, 2003

Health

“I don’t think we need to be subliminable about the differences between our views on prescription drugs.”
Orlando, Florida, 12 Σεπτέμβριος, 2000

“Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYN’s aren’t able to practice their love with women all across the country.”
Poplar Bluff, Missouri, 6 Σεπτέμβριος, 2004

Internet

“Will the highways on the internet become more few?”
Concord, New Hampshire, 29 Ιανουάριος, 2000

“It would be a mistake for the United States Senate to allow any kind of human cloning to come out of that chamber.”
Washington DC, 10 Απρ, 2002

“Information is moving. Ξέρετε, nightly news is one way, φυσικά, but it’s also moving through the blogosphere and through the Internets.”
Washington DC, 2 Μάιος, 2007

What the…?

“I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.”
Saginaw, Michigan, 29 Σεπτέμβριος, 2000

“Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.”
LaCrosse, Wisconsin, 18 Οκτώβριος, 2000

“Those who enter the country illegally violate the law.”
Tucson, Arizona, 28 Νοέμβριος, 2005

“That’s George Washington, the first president, φυσικά. The interesting thing about him is that I read three – three or four books about him last year. Isn’t that interesting?”
Speaking to reporter Kai Diekmann, Washington DC, 5 Μάιος, 2006

Leadership

“I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings people together.”
Bartlett, Tennessee, 18 Αύγουστος, 2000

“I’m the decider, and I decide what is best.”
Washington DC, 18 Απρ, 2006

“And truth of the matter is, a lot of reports in Washington are never read by anybody. To show you how important this one is, I read it, και [Tony Blair] read it.”
On the publication of the Baker-Hamilton Report, Washington DC, 7 Δεκέμβριος, 2006

“All I can tell you is when the governor calls, I answer his phone.”
Σαν Ντιέγκο, California, 25 Οκτώβριος, 2007

Famous Last Words

“I’ll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office.”
Washington DC, 12 Μάιος, 2008

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