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CHARLIE GIBSON (ABC NEWS): Do you feel in any way responsible for what's happening [with the recession]?
DUBYA: You know, I'm the President during this period of time, but I think when the history of this period is written, people will realize a lot of the decisions that were made on Wall Street took place over a decade or so, before I arrived in President, during I arrived in President.
So it appears he doesn't feel in any way responsible, and his grammar is as good as ever. Camp David, Maryland, Dec. 1, 2008

Lieutenant Governor, proud to be with you. This man wear the uniform of the United States military, and I'm proud to be with this veteran, and now public servant for the state of Maryland.
A little conjugation difficulty here, Bethesda, Maryland, Jul. 3, 2008

How can you possibly have an international agreement that's effective unless countries like China and India are not full participants?
Classic double negative. Thanks, Dubya! Camp David, Maryland, Apr. 19, 2008

We're off to a strong start. About to read a statement that was agreed upon by our distinguished guests. The representatives of the government of the state of Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization, represented respectivuh, by Prime Minister Ehud Olmult, and President Mah Mahoovad Abbas in his capacity as Chairman of the PLO Executive Committee and President of the Palestinian Authority, have convened in Annapolis, Maryland, under the auspices of President George W. Bush of the United States of America.
Even if getting both right was out of the question for Dubya, you would still hope Dubya could have gotten one or the other ("Ehud Olmert" or "Mahmoud Abbas") right. Annapolis, Maryland, Nov. 27, 2007

I'm sorry it's under these circumstances that we have to be together. I hope our presence can help heal your hearts just a little bit.
Dubya proposes that by merely being in his presence, family members who have lost loved ones in Iraq may have their hearts healed. That's kinda scary. Emmitsburg, Maryland, Oct. 7, 2007

In addition to making the Protection America Act permanent, I urge Congress to take up other critical proposals included in the comprehensive FISA reform my administration submitted last April.
It's actually called the Protect America Act, Fort Meade, Maryland, Sep. 19, 2007

More Afghans are stepping up to serve and it's in the interest of the United States to help you develop that national army and local police that will send a clear message to the people of Afghanistan that the governments can help provide an opportunity for children to raise their children in a peaceful world.
Dubya unwittingly offers support to underage parenting, Camp David, Maryland, Aug. 6, 2007

We talked about the need to stem the narcotics trade. I'm sure the President will comment on this. He understands that it's very important for farmers to be incented to grow crops other than poppy, and that he knows full well the United States is watching, measuring and trying to help eradicate poppy cultivation.
Dubya rolls out the word "incent" again, Camp David, Maryland, Aug. 6, 2007

Let me comment on the civilian casualties, if I might. First, I fully understand the angst, the agony and the sorrow that Afghan citizens feel when an innocent life is lost. I know that must cause grief in villages and heartbreak in homes. Secondly, I can assure the Afghan people, like I assured the President, that we do everything we can to protect the innocent; that our military operations are mindful that innocent life might be exposed to danger, and we adjust accordingly. Thirdly, it is the Taliban who surround themselves with innocent life as human shields. The Taliban are the cold-blooded killers. The Taliban are the murderers. The Taliban have no regard for human life. And therefore, we've spent some time talking about as the President rightly expressed his concerns about civilian casualty. And I assured him that we share those concerns. Secondly, it's up to Iran to prove to the world that they're a stabilizing force as opposed to a destabilizing force. After all, this is a government that has proclaimed its desire to build a nuclear weapon. This is a government that is in defiance of international accord, a government that seems to be willing to thumb its nose at the international community and, at the same time, a government that denies its people a rightful place in the world and denies its people the ability to realize their full potential.
Interestingly, Dubya counts forwards and backwards in his comments on civilian casualties. Camp David, Maryland, Aug. 6, 2007

DUBYA: Next time you should cover your bald head.
NICK ROBINSON (BBC): I didn't known you cared.
DUBYA: I don't.
Dubya takes the high road with a BBC reporter in his first joint press appearance with new British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Camp David, Maryland, Jul. 30, 2007

DUBYA: Rutenberg, today's your birthday? How old are you?
DUBYA: Here you are amazing country, Gordon, guy is under 40 years old, asking me and you questions. It's a beautiful sight.
RUTENBERG: Forty is the new 30, Mr. President.
DUBYA: It's a beautiful sight.
BROWN: Six in my cabinet are under 40.
DUBYA: Are they? You must be feeling damn old, then.
Dubya unleashes another diplomatic salvo, Camp David, Maryland, Jul. 30, 2007

I think it's very important for us to make it clear to those who are in harm's way that these missions will be driven not by local politics but by conditions on the ground, because success in Afghanistan and Iraq will be an integral part of defeating an enemy and helping people realize the great blessings of liberty as the alternative to an ideology of darkness that spreads its murder to achieve its objectives.
Dubya... making it clear... Camp David, Maryland, Jul. 30, 2007

There are still setbacks, obviously. We've got these suiciders that are trying to foment sectarian violence.
Suiciders make another appearance, Camp David, Maryland, Jul. 30, 2007

The comfort women issue is a regrettable chapter in the history of the world, and I accept the Prime Minister's apology. I thought it was very I thought his statements Kono's statement, as well as statements here in the United States were very straightforward and from his heart. ...We had a personal visit on the issue. He gave his he told me what was on his heart about the issue, and I appreciated his candor.
The two Dubya-riffic parts of this quotation: 1) "what was on his heart", 2) dropping all formality to refer to Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono simply as "Kono". Camp David, Maryland, Apr. 27, 2007

I don't want people blaming our military. We got a bunch of good military people out there doing what we've asked them to do. And the temptation is gonna find scapegoats. Well, if the people want a scapegoat, they got one right here in me 'cause it's my decisions.
scape·goat, n. "Someone punished for the errors of others." (Source: www.dictionary.com) Doesn't exactly sound like Dubya is owning up to anything here, or exonerating his generals, does it? Interview with CBS News' Scott Pelley, Camp David, Maryland, Jan. 12, 2007

PELLEY: Do you think you owe the Iraqi people an apology for not doing a better job?
DUBYA: That we didn't do a better job or they didn't do a better job?
PELLEY: Well, that the United States did not do a better job in providing security after the invasion.
DUBYA: Not at all. I am proud of the efforts we did. We liberated that country from a tyrant. I think the Iraqi people owe the American people a huge debt of gratitude, and I believe most Iraqis express that. I mean, the people understand that we've endured great sacrifice to help them. That's the problem here in America. They wonder whether or not there is a gratitude level that's significant enough in Iraq.
Wow... Interview with CBS News' Scott Pelley, Camp David, Maryland, Jan. 12, 2007

And so I want to thank you all for joining. I got a firsthand report on one of the panels from Laura, who said that I think if I could summarize your words, it was like really interesting and very important.
Like, really? That's a cool summary, Dubya. Chevy Chase, Maryland, Oct. 10, 2006

Secondly, it's really important, Pete, that people not think government is a loving entity. Government is law and justice. Love comes from the hearts of people that are able to impart love. And therefore, what Craig is doing is he doesn't realize it he's a social entrepreneur. He is inspiring others to continue to reach out to say to somebody who is lonely, I love you. And I'm afraid this requires a higher power than the federal government to cause somebody to love somebody.
Dubya explains "love" and the government's (non-)relationship to it, Chevy Chase, Maryland, Oct. 10, 2006

We, uhh I made my position clear about this war on terror. I, uhh and, and by the way, the enemy made their position clear yet again when they when when, umm when we were able ta stop 'em, see. And, uhh, I, I the American people expect us to protect 'em. And therefore, I put this program in place, we believe, strongly believe it's constitutional. And if Al Qaeda is callin' into United States, we wanna know why they're callin'. And so I made my position clear, be interesting to see what other policymakers how other policymakers react.
Dubya uhhs and umms his way through what should be an important policy explanation, and one he characterizes as being clear. Camp David, Maryland, Aug. 18, 2006

And it recognizes that we have got to educate our children now! for the skill sets necessary for tomorrow. And this is a better place there's no better place to talk about that and there is no better place to talk about that right here at Parkland Magnet Middle School for Aerospace Technology. Thanks for letting us come by. God bless.
He reformulates the phrase twice but never quite gets there, probably because he was trying to get the long name of the middle school right in his head (although he nearly makes "Magnet" sound like "Maggot" in the end). Rockville, Maryland, Apr. 18, 2006

The tests show we're fine in the fourth grade in math, and we're okay in eighth grade. They start to slip up prior to going to high school. That is the time to intervene in a child's academic career to make sure he or she has that skill set necessary to become the mathematicians or the scientists or the engineers by the time they get out of college.
In his push for an improved educational system, Dubya offers shifting plural/singular references that rival his best work to date, Rockville, Maryland, Apr. 18, 2006

Laura and I's spirits are uplifted any time we go to a school that's working, because we understand the importance of public education in the future of our country.
I hope he pushes for extra funding for grammar programs, Glen Burnie, Maryland, Jan. 9, 2006

And the best place to start is to make sure every child can read and write and add and subtract. And so that was the spirit behind proposing the No Child Left Behind Act. And as I mentioned, there was a lot of non-partisan cooperation kind of a rare thing in Washington. But it made sense when it come to public schools.
I think the words he was looking for were "bipartisan" and "came", Glen Burnie, Maryland, Jan. 9, 2006

A pandemic is a lot like a forest fire. If caught early it might be extinguished with limited damage.... A pandemic is unlike other natural disasters. Outbreaks can happen simultaneously in hundreds, or even thousands, of locations at the same time.
Dubya has it both ways in his discussion on pandemic influenza preparations, Bethesda, Maryland, Nov. 1, 2005

A pandemic is a lot like a forest fire. If caught early it might be extinguished with limited damage. If allowed to smolder undetected, it can grow to an inferno that spreads quickly beyond our ability to control it.
I wish Dubya would have explained the concept of "allowing" the so-called forest fire to smolder undetected. It can't be allowed (detected but permitted to continue) and undetected at the same time, can it? Seems like he's having it both ways again. Bethesda, Maryland, Nov. 1, 2005

By the way, you can't negotiate with these people or reason with them. That's what you've got to understand. These are not the kind of people you sit down and send a counselor over and hope to convince them to change their ways.
One more in a long line of similar expressions, Baltimore, Maryland, Jul. 20, 2005

Secondly, we're strengthening the defenses at our most important and vulnerable locations. In other words, part of a strategy is ta to try to figure out where the enemy may attack. You assess your weaknesses, and you build on those and you, and you, strengthen your weaknesses. That's the remember, we're, this is a war. This isn't a you know, maybe a, you know, a ketta, a law enforcement adventure. We're at war with these people, and therefore, during a time of war, you've got to do everything you can to strengthen your defenses. And so we'll continue to enhance protection at our borders and coastlines and airports and bridges and nukyular power pants.
Dubya gets flustered, and delivers a doozy: "nukyular power pants", Baltimore, Maryland, Jul. 20, 2005

Laura didn't come with me. She's out west with our daughter, Jenna, in the Grand Canyon. How about that? She's doing a great job as the First Lady. She is a fabulous wife and a great mom, and she sends her best to all the good folks who work here at Calvert Cliffs.
Lusby, Maryland, Jun. 22, 2005

DUBYA: I appreciate the Secretary of Energy joining me today. He's a good man, he knows a lot about the subject, you'll be pleased to hear. I was teasing him he taught at MIT, and do you have a PhD?
DUBYA: Yes, a PhD. Now I want you to pay careful attention to this he's the PhD, and I'm the C student, but notice who is the advisor and who is the President.
Yes, we've been noticing that for some time now... Lusby, Maryland, Jun. 22, 2005

I want to thank the President and the CEO of Constellation Energy, Mayo Shattuck. That's a pretty cool first name, isn't it, Mayo. Pass the Mayo. His wife, Molly, appreciated that.
In case you were wondering if Dubya had any frat boy left in him, here's your answer. Lusby, Maryland, Jun. 22, 2005

I'm proud to report that more Americans are working today than ever before in our nation's history.
This is similar to the oft-repeated drivel about Dubya receiving more votes than any other presidential candidate in American history. Both are circumstances that are purely driven by the fact that today's population is the greatest ever to date. Lusby, Maryland, Jun. 22, 2005

Christmastime reminds each of us that we have a duty to our fellow citizens, that we are called to love our neighbor just as we would like to be loved ourselves.
Apparently the message of Christmas is not to love all mankind, but just our fellow Americans, Camp David, Maryland, Dec. 25, 2004

Today, the unemployment rate dropped, as you may know, from 6 percent to 5.9 percent.
At that rate we'll be at full employment in two months, Halethorpe, Maryland, Dec. 5, 2003

We have an obligation to do everything we can to keep this country secure, to never forget the lessons of September the 11th, 2001, to find the enemy before they come again, to stay on the offensive, and to bring these killers to justice, which is what we're going to do. But it hurt our economy when they attacked us, of course. Not only did it change foreign policy, in other words, we can't sit there and pick and choose what threat we deal with. Now that we have become vulnerable, we're going to have deal with the threats before they mature and come upon us. But it hurt our economy. It hurt us pretty bad.
To sum up: we're on the offensive against terror, and they're the ones who ruined our economy, Halethorpe, Maryland, Dec. 5, 2003

See, when a person has more money in their pocket, they're likely to come to Home Depot.
I think someone had better check the corporate campaign contributions list, Halethorpe, Maryland, Dec. 5, 2003

Our productivity is high. I hope some of it has to do I know some of it has to do, I hope you understand some of it has to do with the fact that the role of government can help create growth.
Nicely put, Halethorpe, Maryland, Dec. 5, 2003

And then I obviously made the decision to go into Iraq. And by the way, a free and peaceful Iraq is in our nation's interest. It's in our security interest that affected the economy. When you turned on your TV, it said, America is marching to war. That's not very conducive for that's not a very positive statement. It doesn't build a lot of confidence people, you know, marching to war, why would I want to invest in my home? Or why would I want to come to Home Depot if we're fixing to go to war?
Dubya tries to rescue a stream of consciousness gone awry by mentioning the store he's speaking at by name, Home Depot, Halethorpe, Maryland, Dec. 5, 2003

It is it seems like to me a fantastic opportunity for the country to make sure that the desires of this country are met, and that is every child become a good reader.
On education, Landover, Maryland, Jul. 7, 2003

Now, there are governors around the state and the country that that have said, look, give us the flexibility to be able to dovetail the Head Start program into our preschool programs so that all students so we have a better control over whether or not the students are given the skills necessary so that when hold us to account we can achieve that which we want to achieve, which is excellence in the classroom.
On education, Landover, Maryland, Jul. 7, 2003

I appreciate the desire for flexibility, I support the governor's desire for flexibility so long as, one, federal monies going to the states are used only for Head Start. In other words, what we really don't want to do is say we're going to focus on Head Start, the Head Start money goes for, you know, the prison complex I know that won't happen with Governor Ehrlich, but there needs to be a guarantee that the federal money spent on Head Start, only go to Head Start. Secondly, states and local governments must put money into the program, which would lock in the Head Start money for Head Start. So, the flexibility given to the State would not allow the state's budget flexibility. Governors ought to have that flexibility to hope that Congress will provide that flexibility so that when the accountability systems kick in, fully kick in, that a governor can truthfully say, well, I've had the tools necessary to make sure the Head Start program fits into an overall comprehensive plan for literacy and math for every child in the state of Maryland, in Governor Ehrlich's case.
Making a crystal-clear case for his new Head Start funding initiative, Landover, Maryland, Jul. 7, 2003

I don't know if the people in the State of Maryland know this, I know the Governor does the teachers here and the program here uses a strategy, what they call a Center for Improving Readiness for Children, Learning and Education, C.I.R.C.L.E., which is a model program.
I don't know if Dubya knows this, but C.I.R.C.L.E. stands for "Center for Improving Readiness of Children for Learning and Education", Landover, Maryland, Jul. 7, 2003

And the research I see some of my friends from the National Research Council, the National Institutions of Child Health who are here.
Dubya's "friends" are from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Landover, Maryland, Jul. 7, 2003

A good education system is one that is going to mean more likely for any country, including ourselves, to be a freer country, and a more democratic country. And [Pakistan's President Musharraf] is he's taking on the issue in a way that is a visionary and strong.
A good education system would be one that reaches the White House, Camp David, Maryland, Jun. 24, 2003

There's more than two principles at large. There are terrorists who are still have designs are destabilizing the Pakistan government, and are destroying innocent life.
Trying to spit it out, and leaving behind some wreckage in the process, Camp David, Maryland, Jun. 24, 2003

We believe in freedom. We believe freedom is universal. We believe freedom is is a gift from the Almighty God for every person, regardless of their race or their religion.
Clarifying that the Almighty isn't bigoted, Bethesda, Maryland, Apr. 11, 2003

Syria just needs to know we expect full cooperation. And that we strongly urge them not to allow for Baath Party members or Saddam's families or generals on the run to seek safe haven and find safe haven there. We expect them to do everything they can to prevent people who should be held to account from escaping in their country. And if they are in their country, we expect the Syrian authorities to turn them over to the proper folks.
Bethesda, Maryland, Apr. 11, 2003

Maybe between the time I left Camp David and here I'll learn more.
Past and present tense battling it out in Dubya's mind, Camp David, Maryland, Mar. 23, 2003

And while we grieve the loss of these astronauts, the cause of which they died will continue, America's journey into space will go on.
Speaking at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, Feb. 3, 2003

Columbia carried in its payroll classroom experim experiments from some of our ah students in America.
Speaking at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, Feb. 3, 2003

This government of yours must welcome faith, not discriminate faith, as we deal with the future of this great country.
Making a mess on Martin Luther King Day, Landover, Maryland, Jan. 20, 2003

Secondly, I had a chance to speak to the United Nations to talk about another threat face that we face that we face, all of us face, in the civilized world and that is a threat of weapons of mass destructions in the hands of leaders who disregard human liberty, that do not believe in freedom. A leader, in this case, who's poisoned his own people, poisoned his neighbors, attacked in his neighborhood, and refuses refuses to comply with United Nations' regulations, as a matter of fact, defies the United Nations.
Verbal breakdown in session with reporters and Prime Minister Berlusconi of Italy, Camp David, Maryland, Sep. 14, 2002

I should have clarified it by my statement. I just clarified it by my not should have, I just.
Meeting with reporters and Prime Minister Berlusconi of Italy, Camp David, Maryland, Sep. 14, 2002

We're going to talk about our shared values of recognizes the worth of every individual.
Ahh... those shared values. On meeting with British PM Tony Blair, Camp David, Maryland, Sep. 7, 2002

I would remind you that when the inspectors first went into Iraq and were denied finally denied access, a report came out of the Atomic the IAEA, that they were six months away from developing a weapon. I don't know what more evidence we need.
The only problem with this "evidence" is that a report from the IAEA stating Iraq was 6 months away from developing a nuclear weapon never existed. Camp David, Maryland, Sep. 7, 2002

On one front is the home front.
Referring to a front within a front (?) in the war on terrorism, Thomas Wootten High School, Rockville, Maryland, Oct. 30, 2001

We have a renewed appreciation of the character of America. We are a generous people, a thoughtful people who hurt.
Trying to say that Americans feel their share of pain, but making it sound like Americans deal out doses of pain on others, Thomas Wootten High School, Rockville, Maryland, Oct. 30, 2001

We've had oceans which have protected us over our history. Except for Pearl Harbor, we've never really been hit before.
Apparently Dubya never heard about the British burning down the White House during the War of 1812, or occupying eastern Maine, or the Japanese seizing the islands of Attu and Kiska (Alaska), bombing Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and shelling Fort Stevens, Oregon and Santa Barbara, California in WWII, Dixie Printing Company, Glen Burnie, Maryland, Oct. 24, 2001

REPORTER: There has been a lot said about how different you [and Tony Blair] are as people. Have you already in your talks found something maybe that you some personal interest that you have in common, maybe in religion or sport or music?
DUBYA: Well, we both use Colgate toothpaste.
Not the answer that anyone would have guessed, Camp David, Maryland, Feb. 23, 2001

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