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We got a problem. And it is plain to see. It is such a problem that in the year 2042, the system is going to be broke. If you're a younger person, you ought to be asking members of Congress and the United States Senate and the President what you intend to do about it. If you see a train wreck coming, you ought to be saying, what are you going to do about it, Mr. Congressman, or Madam Congressman?
Speaking of train wrecks... Detroit, Michigan, Feb. 8, 2005

First of all, we spend about $80 billion on asbestos litigation, and that could end up being $200 billion over time. Secondly, these asbestos suits have bankrupted a lot of companies, and that affects the workers here in Michigan and around the country. Thirdly, those with no major medal impairment now make up the vast majority of claims, while those who are truly sick are denied their day in court.
Introducing a heretofore unknown element to the discussion of asbestos suits, Clinton Township, Michigan, Jan. 7, 2005

And why is it [asbestos lawsuits] a national problem? Well, first of all, we spend about $80 billion on asbestos litigation, and that could end up being $200 billion over time. Secondly, these asbestos suits have bankrupted a lot of companies, and that affects the workers here in Michigan and around the country. Thirdly, those with no major medal impairment now make up the vast majority of claims, while those who are truly sick are denied their day in court.
When Dubya gets to the most plausible reason he has to call asbestos lawsuits a national problem, he kinda blows it, Clinton Township, Michigan, Jan. 7, 2005

And next Tuesday, the American people will go to the polls. They will be voting for vision. They will be voting for consistency. They will be voting for conviction. And no doubt in my help, they'll be voting for Bush/Cheney.
Not sure what the last sentence was supposed to mean, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Oct. 30, 2004

The Senator's willingness to trade principle for political convenience makes it clear that John Kerry is the wrong man for the wrong job at the wrong time.
He offers this phrase once again, Saginaw, Michigan, Oct. 28, 2004

[John Kerry] voted against that tax relief at a vital time. Plus, he's decided to raise $2.2 million in new federal spending. He's going to spend it. That's what he said.
Million... Trillion... Whatever. And, of course, 2.2 is Dubya's calculation, not Kerry's, so in actuality, Kerry has never said he would spend 2.2 trillion (or million, in this case) dollars. Saginaw, Michigan, Oct. 28, 2004

Thank you all. Thanks for coming out to say hello. I got to tell me, you have lifted my spirits, for which I am grateful.
Let's hope he's not talking to himself too often... Saginaw, Michigan, Oct. 28, 2004

If you're a baby boomer, you don't have to worry about Social Security. And by the way, you'll hear the same rhetoric you hear every campaign, believe me, you know. Oh, don't worry, they're going to take away your Social Security check. It is the most tired, pathetic way to campaign for the presidency. So you don't have to worry about that. And baby boomers are fine. We're in good shape, you know. The people who aren't in good shape are the children and grandchildren in this country, because there's a lot fewer payer-inners than there are recipients when it comes to Social Security checks.
Between the payer-inners and the puzzling use of "don't worry", we have ourselves a winner here, Muskegon, Michigan, Sep. 13, 2004

Remember Abu Nidal? He killed Leon Klinghoffer. Abu Nidal and his organization was in Iraq. Zarqawi, he's still lingering around. He had an organization. He's got ties to Al Qaeda. He's the guy who beheads people to shake our conscience. He was in and out of Baghdad. Saddam Hussein paid the families of suiciders.
Dubya ends his terrorism stream of consciousness with one of his favorite made-up words: suiciders, Muskegon, Michigan, Sep. 13, 2004

When it comes to improving America's public schools, we are turning the corner and we are not turning back. ...When it comes to giving Americans more choices about their own health care and making health care more affordable, we are turning the corner and we're not turning back. ...When it comes to fighting the threats of our world and spreading peace, we're turning the corner and we're not turning back. ...We are turning the corner toward a more peaceful world that we long for, and we're not turning back. ...When it comes to better protecting America, we're turning the corner, and we're not turning back. ...We've done a lot of hard work together. We're turning the corner.
Over the course of several minutes, Dubya provides a textbook demonstration of being "on message", Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jul. 30, 2004

And traveling with me today is one of our daughters, a newly-graduate from college, Barbara Bush. Thanks for coming, Barbara.
What's a "newly-graduate"? Marquette, Michigan, Jul. 13, 2004

I'm also running [for re-election] because I want to keep us I want to enable us to be the innovative society that we are.
Enabling us to be what we are? That's inspiring. Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 3, 2004

What the country needs is a leader who speaks clearly.
Dubya inadvertently talks himself out of a job, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 3, 2004

I also understand that many problems can be only solved by love. Many problems can only be solved when a decent citizen takes time out of their lives and says, how can I help you, brother? What can I do to make your life better? The job of the President is to understand the proper relationship between the government and the strength of the country.
Dubya the President/Prophet... Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 3, 2004

And finally, Mayor Al is with us, the Mayor of Monroe. Al Cappuccilli is here. Thank you, Mayor, for being with us. You must be filling the potholes. Picking up the garbage. That's the way to go.
Nice pep talk, Monroe, Michigan, Sep. 15, 2003

As you know, earlier this week, two of the favorite henchmen of Saddam Hussein were brought to justice. They were discovered and their violent careers ended in justice.
Texas justice. And kind of a weird way to phrase it, too, Livonia, Michigan, Jul. 24, 2003

And in the new responsibility society, each of us is responsible for loving our neighbor just like we'd like to be loved ourself.
Regurgitating a favorite concept of his, and replacing "ourselves" with "ourself", Dearborn, Michigan, Jul. 24, 2003

Ten million seniors receive dividends. It's a part of their retirement package. It's a part of making sure the quality of life is high. A dividend is a part of a dollar that has gone through our system that has been taxed twice.
trying to explain taxation of dividends, but missing the mark, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jan. 29, 2003

When a fellow American has more money in his or her pocket, they're more likely to demand a good or a service. And in the marketplace which we have in America, when somebody demands a good or a service, somebody is more likely willing to produce that good or a service.
Still having problems with this oft-repeated stump speech content, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jan. 29, 2003

The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein and his willingness to terrorize himself.
Sloppy wording makes Dubya look silly again, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jan. 29, 2003

I like to remind people, medicine has changed, and Medicare hadn't.
Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jan. 29, 2003

This great, powerful nation is motivated not by power for power's sake, but because of our values. If everybody matters, if every life counts, then we should hope everybody has the great God's gift of freedom.
Dubya invokes "the great God" in justifying war with Iraq, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jan. 29, 2003

History has called the United States into action, and we will not let history down.
Apparently we owe history a war, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jan. 29, 2003

We can make a huge difference, a significant difference in the lives of thousands of our fellow human beings. I want people to step back at some point in time and say, thank God for America and our generosity as lives were saved.
So that's why he wants to be "generous": The recognition. If that doesn't scare the world, I don't know what will, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jan. 29, 2003

Tom is my advisor for Homeland Security, former governor of Pennsylvania. I want to thank Tom for working hard. With the Deputy Prime Minister John Manley from Canada, who both these two men work hard to.
Detroit, Michigan, Sep. 9, 2002

I want to appreciate very much Congressman John Conyers as well, and Sander Levin and Nick Smith from the both Republicans and Democrats.
Detroit, Michigan, Sep. 9, 2002

I appreciate so very much the Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, for joining us here. He has been a steadfast friend. I really enjoy dealing with him on a personal basis. He's a plain-spoken fellow, with a good sense of humor. Probably won't go too good up here in Canada, but he'd be a great Texan.
It would go even better if he were in Canada... Detroit, Michigan, Sep. 2, 2002

There's a lot of war talk these days, as there should be, but it's all aimed at making sure the world is peaceful.
Promoting war talk toward Orwellian ends, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, Jul. 18, 2002

Mr. President, I'm telling you that this country is united. We understand this isn't a Republican war, a Democratic war. This is a war that will test the soul and conscience and strength of the American people. And, Mr. President, America will meet the test.
Making party-related clarifications (that have been made numerous times before) to the President of Poland, which don't seem particularly necessary, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, Jul. 18, 2002

Mr. President, the people of America are deeply grateful for your support and the support of the people of Poland. See, a lot of people in our country, and perhaps yours, wonder why would, why would an enemy by the way, nothing bunch of nothing but a bunch of cold-blooded killers strike America.
Comment directed to the President of Poland, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, Jul. 18, 2002

There are no calendars on our desks in Washington that say, by such and such a moment we've got to quit. That's not how we think, Mr. President, and you know that.
Dubya explains the lack of war calendars on the desks in Washington to the President of Poland, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, Jul. 18, 2002

I appreciate some of the good folks who work here in Michigan the Lt. Governor Dick Posthumus is here. Candice Miller is supposed to be here somewhere. I appreciate Candice is the Michigan Secretary of State.
Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, Jul. 18, 2002

When we landed our chopper out there on the playing fields or some kinds of field I know it was a field we were met by two really fine Americans, Helen Suchara and Erin Chekal. Now they're here, and I want them to stand up here in a minute. But I want to describe to you their hearts.
Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, Jul. 18, 2002

[Local school districts] have a responsibility to reject curriculum that do not work.
Curriculum is a singular noun, of course, so again we have problem, Vandenberg Elementary School, Southfield, Michigan, May 6, 2002

I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.
He knows... Saginaw, Michigan, Sep. 29, 2000

We will require all power plants to meet clean air standards in order to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury and carbon binoxide - carbon duh - dioxide within a reasonable period of time. My opponent calls for voluntary reductions in such admissions. In Texas, I think we've done it better, with mandatory reductions. And I believe the nation can do better, as well.
Not only does Dubya invent a new chemical compound, he also refers to emissions as admissions... Saginaw, Michigan, Sep. 29, 2000

That's Washington. That's the place where you find people getting ready to jump out of the foxholes before the first shot is fired.
Westland, Michigan, Sep. 8, 2000

Listen, Al Gore is a very tough opponent. He is the incumbent. He represents the incumbency. And a challenger is somebody who generally comes from the pack and wins, if you're going to win. And that's where I'm coming from.
Detroit, Michigan, Sep. 7, 2000

The fundamental question is will I be a successful president when it comes to foreign policy? I will be, but until I'm the president, it's going to be hard for me to verify that I think I'll be more effective.
Why is that? Wayne, Michigan, Jun. 28, 2000


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