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I'm very fond of this part of the country. It's not that far away from my home state. And so, appreciate your time. Appreciate the good folks in this part of the world. I do want to thank all those who have said prayers for me and Laura during our presidency.
In addition to yet again transforming Louisiana into a part of this world, he also shares ownership of his presidency with Laura Bush. Alexandria, Louisiana, Oct. 20, 2008
And finally, the people in Louisiana must know that all across our country there's a lot of prayer — prayer for those whose lives have been turned upside down. And I'm one of them.
I'm confused... Is Dubya one of the prayers? Or is he one of the people in Louisiana whose life has been turned upside down? Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Sep. 3, 2008
An agreement with Colombia would level the playing field. And a failure to pass an agreement would send a terrible signal to our neighborhood. The Speaker of the United States Congress has killed this bill unless she gives us a date certain for a vote. It's a bad decision on her part.
Dubya comes up with a new title for the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, New Orleans, Louisiana, Apr. 22, 2008
I'm a strong proponent of the restoration of the wetlands, for a lot of reasons. There's a practical reason, though, when it comes to hurricanes. The stronger the wetlands, the more likely the damage of the hurricane.
In a rare admission that Dubya said the opposite of what makes sense, they added a "[sic]" mark to the official White House transcript of this passage. New Orleans, Louisiana, Mar. 1, 2007
In return for federal money, we expect local districts and states to measure, to have tests. The principal, the good Doc asked me to go into the 4th grade class and say to the kids, good luck on the test tomorrow. That was music to my ears, because you don't know whether or not a child is reading unless you test.
Does he actually believe that? New Orleans, Louisiana, Mar. 1, 2007
WILLIAMS: Do you have any moments of doubt that we fought the wrong war, that there's something wrong with the perception of America overseas?
DUBYA: Well, those are two different questions. Did we fight the wrong war, and the absorally — I have no doubt. The war came to our shores, remember that. We were — we, we had a foreign policy that basically said let's hope calm works. And we were attacked.
WILLIAMS: But those weren't Iraqis.
DUBYA: No, no — they weren't — they, they weren't, uhh — no, I agree they weren't Iraqis, nor did I ever say that Iraq ordered that attack, but they're a part of, Iraq is part of the struggle against the terrorists.
"I have no doubt" gives the unintended impression that Dubya agrees with war critics, but his ill-worded defense moments later reasserts his position. Interview with Brian Williams (NBC). New Orleans, Louisiana, Aug. 29, 2006
WILLIAMS: The folks who say you should've asked for some sort of sacrifice from all of us after 9/11, do they have a case looking back on it?
DUBYA: Americans are sacrificing. I mean, we're, we're — you know, we pay a lot of taxes. Uhh, the, uhh — Americans sacrificed when they — umm, you know, when they economy went in the tank. Americans sacrificed, when — you know air travel was disrupted. American pax, taxpayers have paid a lot to help this nation recover. Umm, I think Americans have sacrificed.
Given an opportunity to comment on past policy decisions, Dubya decides to "wing it" instead, with predictable results. Interview with Brian Williams (NBC). New Orleans, Louisiana, Aug. 29, 2006
WILLIAMS: We always talk about what you're reading. As you know, there was a report that you have just read the works of a French philosopher.
DUBYA: Heh, heh, heh
WILLIAMS: Can you tell us —
DUBYA: The stranger —
WILLIAMS: Tell us the back story of Camus.
DUBYA: The back story of the — of the book?
WILLIAMS: Well, what, what led you —
DUBYA: What caused me?
WILLIAMS: What led you to this?
DUBYA: I was in Crawford, and uhh — I said, I was looking for a book to read and Laura said you oughtta try Camus, I also read three Shakespeares.
Dubya's final tally: One Camus and three Shakespeares. Perhaps next time there will be two Dostoevskys and a Poe. Interview with Brian Williams (NBC). New Orleans, Louisiana, Aug. 29, 2006
I've, I've got a eckullectic reading list.
I'm sure he must know the word "eclectic" but this sure sounds different, New Orleans, Louisiana, Aug. 29, 2006
Were you the only black man in Salt Lake City?
To a Hurricane Katrina survivor who had survived for days on canned goods before being evacuated to Utah, New Orleans, Louisiana, Mar. 8, 2006
REPORTER: Did they misinform you when you said that no one anticipated the breach of the levees?
DUBYA: No, what I was referring to is this. When that storm came by, a lot of people said we dodged a bullet. When that storm came through at first, people said, whew. There was a sense of relaxation, and that's what I was referring to. And I, myself, thought we had dodged a bullet. You know why? Because I was listening to people, probably over the airways, say, the bullet has been dodged. And that was what I was referring to. Of course, there were plans in case the levee had been breached. There was a sense of relaxation in the moment, a critical moment. And thank you for giving me a chance to clarify that.
I'm wondering if he might clarify who constituted the "lot of people", or what became of the plans for the levee breach, or perhaps just explain the "sense of relaxation"? New Orleans, Louisiana, Sep. 12, 2005
Here's what I believe. I believe that the great city of New Orleans will rise again and be a greater city of New Orleans. I believe the town where I used to come — from Houston, Texas, to enjoy myself, occasionally too much — will be that very same town, that it will be a better place to come to.
Dubya pledges to make New Orleans a frat boy party town once again, New Orleans, Louisiana, Sep. 2, 2005
It's not a dictatorship in Washington, but I tried to make it one in that instance.
Chilling way to describe his executive order making faith-based groups eligible for federal subsidies, New Orleans, Louisiana, Jan. 15, 2004
We're making progress on this war against terror. Sometimes, you'll see the progress and sometimes you won't. It's a different kind of war. The other day, we hauled a guy in named al Nashiri. That's not a household name here in America [audience laughs]. I can understand why some go blank when they hear his name.
Yeah, those foreign names sure shut us down, Dubya (or make us laugh). Thanks for setting the bar higher. Shreveport, Louisiana, Dec. 10, 2002
It's a different kind of war because we're fighting people who are — they send youngsters to their suicidal deaths and they try to find a dark cave. They're kind of lurching around in the dark corners of some cities around the world. They're in over 60 countries. And slowly but surely, we're dismantling the terrorist network, which hates us because of what we love. See, they hate the fact that we love freedom. They can't stand the fact that in this country people can worship the almighty God any way he or she sees fit.
This quote is disturbing on so many levels, I'll let you sort it out for yourself, Shreveport, Louisiana, Dec. 10, 2002
Sometimes, Washington is one of these towns where the person — people who think they've got the sharp elbow is the most effective person.
New Orleans, Louisiana, Dec. 4, 2002
Let me just put it to you this way. He no longer has the capacity to do what he did in the past, which was to mastermind the U.S.S. Cole — the plot on the Cole that killed American soldiers.
Perhaps putting too fine a point on this, but the men aboard the U.S.S. Cole were sailors, not soldiers, Shreveport, Louisiana, Dec. 4, 2002
And we've got more work to do there. And we'll stay there until we rout them out. See, they think they can kind of hide in the countryside there in Afghanistan, and they may be able to hide for a day or two. They may be able to hide for a year. But it doesn't matter how long. See, that's what you just have to know.
I see, New Orleans, Louisiana, Dec. 3, 2002
I regret that the first team of our family isn't here today. She's helping decorate the White House.
I wish I knew what "first team" means, and how it can refer to a single person, Shreveport, Louisiana, Dec. 3, 2002
That spirit of America is so strong and so alive, it allows me to boldly predict that, out of the evil done to this country, is going to come incredible good, not only a peaceful world, but a more compassionate and hopeful and decent America for every citizen who's lucky enough to live in this country.
Resident aliens, non-citizen immigrants and foreign visitors are apparently excluded from Dubya's vision of a compassionate, hopeful and decent America, New Orleans, Louisiana, Dec. 3, 2002
And I also recognize the limitations of government. Government can hand out money and, frankly, we do a pretty good job of it sometimes.
Dubya severely undercutting his message one sentence later, New Orleans, Louisiana, Dec. 3, 2002
I'm here to remind you all that — I want to thank you for what you have done and what you are going to do over the next couple of days, and that is to gather up your buddies and get them to vote, is to man the phones and put up the signs and grab people by the wrists and say, you owe it to Louisiana to vote for Suzie Terrell for the United States Senate.
Sanctioning grabbing people by the wrists to secure the election of his favorite candidates, New Orleans, Louisiana, Dec. 3, 2002
And good public policy asks the questions: "How do we make sure that what affects one affects the other in a positive way? How do we make sure people can find jobs as we head into the year 2000?"
The good public policy of 1999, at least, New Orleans, Louisiana, Jan. 15, 2002
CONNIE CHUNG [NBC]: Just a moment ago Tom Brokaw, in an interview with Dan Quayle — uhh, Dan Quayle revealed that he may have made a few phone calls that would help him get into the National Guard instead of serving in Vietnam —
CHUNG: Are you aware of this, and do you think —
CHUNG: — that could be a problem?
DUBYA: I am not, no, and I also think service in the National Guard is a good thing to do. I mean, he could — I, I'm from that era, as you know. As a matter of fact, he happens to be one year younger than I am. He couldda gone to Canada. He decided to serve. I think Dan Quayle oughtta be proud of his National Guard experience, like thousands of others around the country are —
CHUNG: And —
DUBYA: I was in the National Guard.
CHUNG: You were in the —
DUBYA: I flew —
CHUNG: — National Guard?
DUBYA: I flew fighters in the Texas Air National Guard, of which I am very proud.
CHUNG: Now, the problem, though, would be is if indeed he made several phone calls, or some people made phone calls on his behalf to get him into the National Guard. Did that ever, I mean, did that happen to you? Were you —
DUBYA: No, I don't think so. But, uhh, in those days, people were goin' into the service, all different branches, and people — if you wanted to go into the National Guard, I guess sometimes people made calls. I don't see anything wrong with the kind — matter of fact, I'm glad he served this country. And serving in the National Guard is serving in the mili — they probably shouldda called up the National Guard up in those days. Maybe we'd have done better in Vietnam.
Even in 1988, in this interview at the Republican Party National Convention, Dubya's dodges the question, while also managing to sneak in a backhanded compliment to the troops that actually fought in Vietnam, by suggesting that the U.S. could have done better with Dan Quayle and himself over there. Not to mention he couldn't help interrupting Connie Chung at every opportunity. New Orleans, Louisiana, Aug. 17, 1988
FINK: When you're talking about politics, what do you and [your father] talk about?
Interview with David Fink of the Hartford Courant at the 1988 Republican National Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana, Aug. 14, 1988
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