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I worked with [Arizona Congressman] Rick [Renzi] to pass what's called the Healthy Forest Initiative. See, his district has got a lot of important forests. It means that we can work together with local folks to thin out those forests so they're not full of combustionable fuel.
By that twisted phrase, he means "trees". Scottsdale, Arizona, Oct. 4, 2006

Every new citizen of the United States has an obligation to learn our customs and values, including liberty and civic responsibility, equality under God and tolerance for others, and the English language.
Now, I'm no Constitutional scholar or immigration expert, but I'm pretty sure there's no legal obligation to associate equality with God. Tucson, Arizona, Nov. 28, 2005

The math has changed. The math has changed this way. Baby boomers like me are getting ready to retire, and there's a lot of us. I turn 62 in 2008 it's a convenient date for me to retire.
Dubya's math seems to indicate he will retire before the end of his term in 2009, Tucson, Arizona, Mar. 21, 2005

You see, in 1950, there was 16 to 1 workers 16 workers for every beneficiary paying into the system.
And in 1950, they didn't match singulars and plurals, either. Tucson, Arizona, Mar. 21, 2005

MR. MOORE: Today I'm very grateful that I have that safety net. But I'm also fully aware, sir, that this is not about me, it's about the 30-year-olds today, and the children and the grandchildren today of which I'm happy to say that two, wherever they are, Heather and Alicia
DUBYA: Don't hide now. There they are. Lousy seats. Wait a minute. You thought they would get a better seat, with their grandfather up here starring, the way he is. Sorry about that. Talk to the advance man, you know. Blame it on the Chamber. This is a generational issue. Jack, do you have any concern that you're not going to get your check?
MR. MOORE: Oh, not a bit. This is not about me.
DUBYA: I appreciate him understanding that. Some are concerned you're not going to get your check. I know that. Some seniors hear the debate, and all they think is, well, that just means old George W. is going to make sure I don't get my check. That's just not the way it's going to work, folks. And Jack understands that. Once you understand that, if you got your check here in Arizona, then do you know what the next question is going to be? Just like Jack what are you going to do for my grandkids? You've got a problem, members of Congress, Mr. President. Go fix it now so that we don't saddle my grandkids with an unnecessary burden.
Dubya doesn't let this gentleman's obvious concern about his grandchildren get in the way of the day's message that senior citizens shouldn't worry about their Social Security checks not coming in, Tucson, Arizona, Mar. 21, 2005

Uhh Gosh, I don't think I ever said I'm not worried about Osama bin Laden. It's kind of one of those, uhh, exaggerations.
To quote Dubya (Mar. 13, 2002): "I — I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him." Third Presidential Debate, Tempe, Arizona, Oct. 13, 2004

BOB SCHIEFFER: Suddenly we find ourselves with a severe shortage of flu vaccine. How did that happen?
DUBYA: Uhhh Bob, we relied upon a company out of England to provide about half of the flu vaccines for the United States citizen, and it turned out that the vaccine they were producing was contaminated. And so we took the right action and didn't allow contamidated medicine into our country.
Yes, he actually said "contamidated", while taking credit for the UK government's intervention in preventing export of contaminated vaccine (and by the way, the "company out of England" is Chiron Corporation of Emeryville, California, which operates a vaccine production facility in England), Third Presidential Debate, Tempe, Arizona, Oct. 13, 2004

We have a problem with litigation in the United States of America. Vaccine manufacturers are worried about getting sued, and therefore they have backed off from providing this kind of vaccine. One of the reasons I'm such a strong believer in legal reform is so that people aren't afraid of producing a product that is necessary for the health of our citizens and then end up getting sued in a court of law.
On why America doesn't produce all of its flu vaccine domestically, and trying to blame it on medical litigation Third Presidential Debate, Tempe, Arizona, Oct. 13, 2004

The last debate, my opponent said well they only those lawsuits only caused costs to go up by 1 percent. Well, he didn't he didn't in include the defensive practice of medicine, that costs the federal government some 28 billion dollars a year and costs our society between 60 and 100 billion dollars a year. Uhh, thirdly, one of the reasons why there's still high cost in, in medicine is because this is the, the, the, they don't use an information technology. It's like if you looked at the it's the equivalent of the of the buggy and horse days.
Dubya never explains the meaning of "defensive practice of medicine", but rewards the patient listener with the "buggy and horse" line, Third Presidential Debate, Tempe, Arizona, Oct. 13, 2004

I believe we ought to love our neighbor like we love ourself, as manifested in public policy through the faith-based initiative where we've unleashed the armies of compassion to help heal people who hurt.
Dubya comes out boldly for narcissism, and the stormtroopers of compassion, Third Presidential Debate, Tempe, Arizona, Oct. 13, 2004

In all due respect, I'm not so sure it's credible to quote leading news organizations about oh, never mind.
One of many attempts at humor in the Third Presidential Debate, Tempe, Arizona, Oct. 13, 2004

But the best way to protect our citizens from guns is to prosecute those who commit crimes with guns.
I'm trying to figure out how gun crime victims are protected by this solution, since you can't prosecute in advance of the crime, Third Presidential Debate, Tempe, Arizona, Oct. 13, 2004

You cannot solve a problem unless you diagnose the problem. And we weren't diagnosing problems. And therefore just kids were being shuffled through the school. And guess who would get shuffled through? Children whose parents wouldn't speak English as a first language just move through.
A display of sloppy diction that seems to make the point that some children have parents who refuse to speak English, Third Presidential Debate, Tempe, Arizona, Oct. 13, 2004

I believe part of a hopeful society is one in which somebody owns something.
For Dubya's sake, I wish that made sense, Third Presidential Debate, Tempe, Arizona, Oct. 13, 2004

[Laura is] out campaigning along with our girls. And she speaks English a lot better than I do.
She ain't the only one, Tempe, Arizona, Oct. 13, 2004

She is a fabulous lady. She is a great wife, a wonderful mother, and she's doing a heck of a good job as the First Lady of this country.
Phoenix, Arizona, Nov. 25, 2003

One of the people I've tasked with coming up with solutions to the problems we face is Secretary Ann Veneman. She's done a fabulous job on behalf of the people of the United States. She is a common sense purpose person.
Summerhaven, Arizona, Aug. 11, 2003

I asked the [Pima] County [Arizona] commissioner... I said, has the response been good? His first, right off, he said, [Senator] McCain and [Representative] Kolbe have been incredibly responsive to the people of this part of the world.
By "this part of the world", Dubya means "Arizona" Summerhaven, Arizona, Aug. 11, 2003

We want those objections heard, of course every citizen needs to hear a voice.
Or something like that, Summerhaven, Arizona, Aug. 11, 2003

See, our job as policy people and members of Congress, have got to fix problems when we see them they don't ignore problems, they don't hope the problems go away.
Wow. Summerhaven, Arizona, Aug. 11, 2003

Any skeptic about what I'm talking about ought to come and talk to the people who know what they're talking about.
Summerhaven, Arizona, Aug. 11, 2003

We need to thin our forests in America.
Extending his suggestion to thin fire-prone forests to include all forests throughout the nation, Summerhaven, Arizona, Aug. 11, 2003

Catastrophic fires burn so hot that it is incredibly hard to put them out. The kindling on the ground, the decades of neglect, the decades of failed policy have meant that our forest fires are incredibly hot, incredibly catastrophic. If you don't believe me, ask people like Dan, who make a living fighting these fires.
Sounds like you're aiming to put Dan out of work, Dubya, Summerhaven, Arizona, Aug. 11, 2003

See, when you hear, red tape, that means there's a lot of rules and regulations that generally are in place to prevent something from happening. And our job is to slice through the red tape to get thinning projects moving forward.
See, when you hear Dubya talking about slicing red tape, he means bypassing existing regulations, Summerhaven, Arizona, Aug. 11, 2003

One of the people I've tasked with coming up with solutions to the problems we face is Secretary Ann Veneman. She's done a fabulous job on behalf of the people of the United States. She is a common sense purpose person.
As usual, one of Dubya's cabinet is doing a fabulous job, Summerhaven, Arizona, Aug. 11, 2003

This is a man who continues to murder his own people, a man who has gassed used gas on his own citizens, a man who has used chemical weapons on his neighbors, a man who has invaded two countries, a man which hates who hates America, a man who loves to link up with Al Qaeda, a man who is a true threat to America, to Israel, to anybody in the neighborhood.
On Saddam Hussein, and including unsubstantiated supposition, Phoenix, Arizona, Sep. 28, 2002

There's no second-rate children in Arizona. There's no second-rate children in America.
Quick English lesson: "there's" = "there is" = Dubya's grammar is wrong in a pronouncement that all children deserve a first-rate education, Phoenix, Arizona, Sep. 28, 2002

I appreciate these two senators here, standing strong for doing what's right, for leaving a legacy behind so future Presidents can more likely deal with an enemy who could care less about rules and regulations, an enemy which is willing to move fast.
Though I'm not at all surprised, Dubya stakes his claim to join the ranks of those who screw up the phrase "couldn't care less". If only he took a second to think about what he's saying means. Phoenix, Arizona, Sep. 28, 2002

We love the fact that people can worship an almighty God any way they see fit here in America.
Dubya again demonstrates his inability to separate his own beliefs (in an "almighty God") from the meaning of "freedom of religion", Phoenix, Arizona, Sep. 28, 2002

America must remember that tragic story, because it speaks volumes about the great spirit of the country. People flying across the plane, 40 passengers and I think four crew members, I believe it was.
An unfortunate choice of words to describe the resolve of the 44 people (or around that many, I guess) on Flight 93, Phoenix, Arizona, Sep. 28, 2002

I understand there's a lot of small business owners who are worried about your business, and I don't blame you.
A little subject disagreement here, Eagar, Arizona, Jul. 25, 2002

Listen, we've got a lot of work to do to make sure the Forest Service has got wise forest policy to make sure to maintain the forests so that they're healthy and viable, and not become kindling-boxes.
Making it sound like "insufficient" logging creates a fire hazard, Eagar, Arizona, Jun. 25, 2002

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