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Folks who were involved in the insurgency have now decided they want to be a part of their government.
It still doesn't make any sense, but Dubya never overlooks an opportunity to refer to terrorists as folks. Nashville, Tennessee, Mar. 11, 2008

REPORTER: Mr. President, music is one of our largest exports the country has. Currently, every country in the world except China, Iran, North Korea, Rwanda and the United States pay a statutory royalty to the performing artists for radio and television air play. Would your administration consider changing our laws to align it with the rest of the world?
DUBYA: Help. Maybe you've never had a President say this I have, like, no earthly idea what you're talking about. Sounds like we're keeping interesting company, you know? Look, I'll give you the old classic. Contact my office, will you? I really don't I'm totally out of my lane. I like listening to country music, if that helps.
No, that really doesn't help at all. But at least you admitted you were completely out of your depth. That's a first. Nashville, Tennessee, Jul. 19, 2007

The long-term solution for your grandkids' sake is to defeat their ideology of hate with an ideology of light, and that's called liberty and democracy.
Dubya's poor grammar equates grandkids with terrorists, Nashville, Tennessee, Jul. 19, 2007

And so you know what the lesson is in life? Just do what you think is right. Make decisions based upon principle.
Dubya's advice: It doesn't matter if anyone else thinks what you're doing is wrong. Your viewpoint is the only thing that matters. Nashville, Tennessee, Jul. 19, 2007

Now, I will tell you that there's an interesting relationship between the President and the Congress. The President has got the right to initiate spending bills and they do.
As Dubya describes it, it is indeed an interesting relationship. Nashville, Tennessee, Jul. 19, 2007

I believe government has an obligation to open its coffers for competitive bidding to faith-based and community-based groups in order to make sure America America's souls are saved one person at a time.
Does he really think that the government should exercise a role in "saving America's souls"? Wow. Nashville, Tennessee, Aug. 30, 2006

The United States of America must understand that freedom is universal, that there is an Almighty, and the great gift of that Almighty to each man and woman in this world is the desire to be free.
The USA has to recognize the Almighty? Nashville, Tennessee, Aug. 30, 2006

Let me put it to you in Texan. If Al Qaeda is calling into the United States, we want to know.
I must be fluent in Texan, because I had no trouble whatsoever understanding that. Nashville, Tennessee, Feb. 1, 2006

You know, I like, uhh, my buddies from West Texas. I liked 'em when I was young, I liked 'em when I was middle age, I liked 'em before I was President, and I like 'em during President and I like 'em after President. And it's fun to have 'em come to the White House.
Dubya shoots for downhome charm and instead enters a vortex of bizarre phrasing, Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville, Tennessee, Feb. 1, 2006

This year alone we've overcome higher energy prices and natural disasters, and yet we really are the envy of the world.
Yes, I'm sure the folks who fled New Orleans feel like they've overcome everything, Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville, Tennessee, Feb. 1, 2006

My job as your President is to look at the world the way it is. And I clearly see the threats to America. My job is to worry about those threats. That's not your job. We got a lot of people in government worrying about those threats on your behalf, so you can go about your life. That's what we want.
I think I'm even more worried than I was before I read this, Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville, Tennessee, Feb. 1, 2006

The enemy is a a bunch of cold-blooded killers that have taken a, a great religion taken parts of a great religion and converted it into a, a, an ideology that is, they perverted a great religion, and they have an ideology.
A declaration so nice he makes it thrice, Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville, Tennessee, Feb. 1, 2006

I want to thank my friend, Senator Bill Frist, for joining us today. You're doing a heck of a job. You cut your teeth here, right? That's where you started practicing? That's good. He married a Texas girl, I want you to know. Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me.
Dubya the gender bender in an appearance at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, May 27, 2004

So today I ask you to challenge your listeners to love somebody just like they'd like to be loved themselves, to remind them that one person can make a difference in somebody's life, to encourage them, to mentor, to encourage them to start a ministry, which will find the children of those who are incarsinated and love them.
By which he means "incarcerated", although the White House web site just whitewashed over Dubya's version of the word in the transcript, Nashville, Tennessee, Feb. 10, 2003

We face a continuing threat of terrorist networks that hate the very thought of people being able to live in freedom. They hate the thought of the fact that in this great country, we can worship the Almighty God the way we see fit. And what probably makes him even angrier is we're not going to change.
Does "him" stand for the Almighty God or the terrorist networks? Nashville, Tennessee, Feb. 10, 2003

I want to thank you, Sherry Jean, for representing all the decent people, whether they be foster moms or dads and by the way, being a foster parent is an incredibly important part of our society or whether being a mentor, or whether being somebody volunteering their time for after-school programs to help save lives, particularly lives of our children.
Nashville, Tennessee, Feb. 10, 2003

It's so inspirational to see your courage, as well as to see the great works of our Lord in your heart.
Speaking on behalf of all Americans in a manner that is only consistent with the religious beliefs of some, Nashville, Tennessee, Feb. 10, 2003

I particularly want to thank the four folks who have recovered from homelessness and addiction to alcohol and drugs.
Apparently being homeless is a sickness, Nashville, Tennessee, Feb. 10, 2003

I'm the person in this country that hugs the mothers and the widows if their son or husband dies.
And what happens if someone's daughter or wife dies, Dubya, you know, because women serve in the military, too? Nashville, Tennessee, Feb. 10, 2003

Speaking about barbaric regimes, we must deal with probably one of the most not probably one of the most real threats we face, and that is the idea of a barbaric regime teaming up with a terrorist network and providing weapons of mass destruction, to hold the United States and our allies and our friends blackmail.
Besides being logically murky in the "let's go to war to prevent maybes and what-ifs" department, it's grammatically "interesting", too. Nashville, Tennessee, Sep. 17, 2002

I want you to remind your children, with all in the midst of all this war talk, the midst of the on the television screens seeing our troops, and all the stuff going on remind them that this mighty nation went into a country as we upheld that doctrine.
Kids love Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, cotton candy, and now... doctrine, Lamar Alexander for Senate Luncheon, Nashville, Tennessee, Sep. 17, 2002

We didn't need any more theory in Washington. We needed people that actually done.
On his selection of Secretary of Education Rod Paige, East Literature Magnet School, Nashville, Tennessee, Sep. 17, 2002

Especially important in a time of war that our children understand the context of why we fight.
Equally important that the President speaks in coherent English in front of our children, East Literature Magnet School, Nashville, Tennessee, Sep. 17, 2002

Across America today, Americans are reciting 31 world words that help define our country. In once sentence we affirm our form of government, our belief in human dignity, our unity as a people, and our reliance on Providence. And this pledge takes on a special meaning in a time of war. Our enemies hate these words. That's what you've got to understand. They hate the words, and they want to erase them. We're determined to stand for these words, and live them out in our lives. Our allegiance has never been stronger. We've never been more determined. And we must work to teach our children to love our nation as much as we do.
And if you don't agree with him on the propriety of the wording of the Pledge of Allegiance and the import of its daily rote recitation, you, my friend, are an un-American, un-Christian terrorist, East Literature Magnet School, Nashville, Tennessee, Sep. 17, 2002

[Sen. Fred Thompson has] still got some he's got a task ahead there on the floor of the Senate, and that's to make sure I get a homeland security department that is unfettered from government rules and bureaucracies, a homeland security department that will allow this President and future Presidents to move people to the right place at the right time, in order to protect the homeland from an enemy which still hates us.
By all means, untie Dubya's cabinet from the pesky encumbrance of "government rules". Rules are for terrorists, after all. Lamar Alexander for Senate Luncheon, Nashville, Tennessee, Sep. 17, 2002

Now here she is, the First Lady of the United States. Thank goodness. What a fabulous job she is doing. ...And Fred Thompson is leading that charge. And as he succeeds, and when he succeeds, he will leave behind a fabulous legacy for future administrations and senators. ...[Lamar Alexander] loves his family, he loves his country, he's got fabulous values. ...I named a fabulous woman out of Texas, named Priscilla Owen to the 5th Court.
Nashville, Tennessee, Sep. 17, 2002

Either way, you'll find the speeches are probably too long and the accommodations on Air Force One is just fine.
Lamar Alexander for Senate Luncheon, Nashville, Tennessee, Sep. 17, 2002

The United States will remain strong in our conviction that we must not, and will not, allow the world's worst leaders to hold the United States and our friends and allies blackmail, or threaten us with the world's worst weapons.
Reissuing the phrase "hold the United States blackmail" for our enjoyment, Nashville, Tennessee, Sep. 17, 2002

And all our history says we believe in liberty and justice for all, that when we see oppression, we cry.
That's what it says. Dubya majored in history so you can trust him. East Literature Magnet School, Nashville, Tennessee, Sep. 17, 2002

When we were kids, a lot of us were kids, growing up, oceans separated us from danger.
Charting new verbal territory on his "America protected by (or in this case, Americans separated by) oceans" theme, East Literature Magnet School, Nashville, Tennessee, Sep. 17, 2002

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. You fool me, you can't get fooled again.
Dubya attempting to co-opt Texas and Tennessee into his verbal wreckage. The saying he was trying to dredge up was "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." Even better, Dubya was speaking at a literature magnet school. I'm sure it was a learning experience for the kids. East Literature Magnet School, Nashville, Tennessee, Sep. 17, 2002

He's a soldier in the army of compassion here in Nashville, Tennessee. He's a part of the true strength of America, which is neighbor loving neighbor. Those of us who are on our feet, helping those who aren't on their feet. He's a part of the light that can help shine into corners of darkness, where there may be despair and addiction and loneliness.
Motivational phrase work that upon closer analysis reveals nothing of substance, except a penchant for mixed metaphors, East Literature Magnet School, Nashville, Tennessee, Sep. 17, 2002

For those of you out there who are interested in participating, I want you to call up this number, 1-800-USA-CORPS, or to dial up on the Internet, www.citizencorps.gov.
The correct phone number is 1-877-USA-CORPS (the one Dubya mentioned is the toll-free number for AppleOne Employment Services Inc. of Glendale, California), Knoxville, Tennessee, Apr. 8, 2002

The best way to fight evil is to do some good. Let me qualify that the best way to fight evil at home is to do some good. The best way to fight them abroad is to unleash the military. It is so important for citizens in this country to put a face on America for the world to see, the true face.
The true face is a double standard, then? Knoxville, Tennessee, Apr. 8, 2002

You teach a child to read and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.
Touting his education reform plans, Townsend Elementary School, Townsend, Tennessee, Feb. 21, 2001

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


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