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Dubya Audio (2002)
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You said we're headed to war in Iraq — I don't know why you say that. I hope we're not headed to war in Iraq. I'm the person who gets to decide, not you.
Discounting the roles of Congress and an inquisitive press in order to look tough in front of a reporter (and avoid answering the question), Crawford, Texas, Dec. 31, 2002
The goals for this country are peace in the world. And the goals for this country are a compassionate American for every single citizen.
The law I sign today directs new funds and new focus to the task of collecting vital intelligence on terrorist threats and on weapons of mass production.
But as we fight terror — ah — particularly in the Middle East, they've gotta build the institution necessary for a Palestinian state to emerge. That we've gotta promote the leadership that is willing to condemn terror and, at the same time, work toward the embetterment of the lives of the Palestinian people.
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
I believe if you let a person keep their own money, that person is more likely to demand a good or a service. And when they demand or good a service in our society, somebody is more likely to produce it.
Pointed out by Dana Milbank in the Washington Post, and clearly audible in the recording of the speech, South Bend, Indiana, Sep. 5, 2002
And I don't need to tell that to the people of this room, but there is a — some in our country — uh, believe in the, what I call the soft bigotry of low expectations. They don't believe in the bigotry, but because there's low expectations, there is a soft bigotry.
Dubya seems to save some of his most inept moments for talking about education, White House, Sep. 4, 2002
You know, the threats we face are real. I mean, it is real. Heh, heh. It's, uhh, I like to remind people that I'm an early morning guy. I, I, I get to the Oval Office about, umm — oh, generally about 6:50 or so. It's — it's not a very long commute (laughter). And, uhh — sit at the great desk that, umm, other Presidents have used — umm, Teddy and Frank, and — I can call them that, since, heh (laughter) heh — and Spot the Dog comes in with me, and I read a threat assessment.
Dubya's treatment of the real threats America faces comes across as oddly comical and irreverent, Washington, D.C., Jul. 10, 2002
REPORTER: The accounting procedures at Harken and Aloha have been compared to what went on at Enron. Would you agree with that?
REPORTER: Why not, sir?
DUBYA: Well, again, this is — uhh — there was no malfeance involved. This was a honest disagreement about — uhh — accounting procedures. And the SEC took a good look at it, and decided that the procedures used by the auditors, and the accounting firm, uhh — needed to — were not the right procedure in this particular case, or the right — ruling, and, therefore, asked Harken to restate earnings, which it did. I mean, that's the way the SEC works. That's the proper role of an oversight group. There was no malfeance, no attempt to hide anything. It was just a accounting firm making a decision, along with the — the corporate officers, as to how to account for a complex transiction.
Yes, the first "MBA President" referring to the word "malfeasance" as "malfeance" (twice) in a press conference, in addition to exhibiting characteristic problems differentiating the proper use of "a" and "an", plus: "transiction". White House, Jul. 8, 2002
This, and all matters that related to Harken, were fully looked into by the SEC. And in this case, the system worked. There was a honest difference of opinion as to how to account for a complicated tragsaction.
I mean I, I, I, uhh — I seek justice for the deaths done to American people. And uhh, uhh — it's, it's, eh, heh, heh — you can be tough and seek justice, Ed. And, uhh, you can be disciplined and focused and seek justice. But it's a frame of mind. It's, it's we, we, we duh — we don't take, we, we, we, we take lives when we have to, to protect the people and to hold people accountable for killing thousands, is how I look at it. Ed, and then Jim, and then Tie Man.
Dubya has difficulty making it through this statement (listen to the nervous laugh in the middle), and rewards the patient listener with "Tie Man" at the end. White House, Jul. 8, 2002
And then America's Paralympics overcame great odds to excel in their sports.
The "Paralympics" are the event, "Paralympians" are the athletes, at event congratulating Olympic and Paralympic athletes, White House, Apr. 23, 2002
And Manuel Guerra contacted polio as an infant. This disease left him disabled in his left leg, but he pursued his love of hockey, and this year he and his teammates won the gold in sledge hockey.
And so, in my State of the — my State of the Union — or state — my speech to the — nation, whatever you wanna call it, speech to the nation — I asked Americans to give 4,000 years — 4,000 hours over the next — of the rest of your life — of service to America. That's what I asked. I said 2 — 4,000 hours.
Here's Derek. Derek is the CEO of a small bio-tech firm. He is a economic entrepreneur. But I'm heralding Derek today because he's also a social entrepreneur. He's a person that understands that with freedom comes the responsibility to nuv - love a neighbor like you'd like to be loved yourself. And I appreciate that spirit, Derek. He started what's called St. Louis Cares. It is a recruiting vehicle to help match people with kind heart with people who need kind hearts in their lives. And the reason I want to talk about the Dereks of the world is because in order to win the war against evil, this nation must continue to practice acts of decency and kindness and goodness. [Applause] That there is no question that the entrepreneurial spirit in America makes us unique, I think.
This was fixed to say "kind hearts" on the White House web site, but the available audio clip tells a different story. The last sentence, though, was accurately recorded in its fragmented form, Albers Manufacturing, O'Fallon, Missouri, Mar. 18, 2002
I want to reinnerate what I said the other day. Our policy is to deny sanctuary to terrorists anyplace in the world, and we will be very actively in doing — in, in doing that.
The White House transcript cleaned up the end of the last sentence to be grammatically correct. Listen for yourself to hear Dubya say "reinnerate". White House, Mar. 13, 2002
Uhh, he [Osama bin Laden] is, uhh — you know, as I mentioned in my speech, I do mention the fact that this is a fella who is willing to commit youngsters to their death and he, himself, tries to hide, if, in fact, he's hiding at all. So I, I don't know where he is. Nor do — you know, I just don't spend that much time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you. I, I'm more worried about making sure that our soldiers are well-supplied, that the strategy is clear, that the coalition is strong, that when we find, uhh, enemy bunched up like we did in Sharikot Mountains — that the, uhh, that, that the military has all the support its need, it needs, to go in and do the job, which they did.
Amidst all the verbal wreckage, Dubya makes reference to the Sharikot Mountains, an area which is actually known as the Shah-i-Kot Valley. This is significant as it was the location in Afghanistan where US troops were in engaged in battle at the time of these comments. White House, Mar. 13, 2002
You know, I, I was campaigning in Chicago, and somebody asked me, what, is there ever any time where the budget might have to go into deficit? I said only if we were at war or had a national emergency or were in a recession. Little did I realize we'd get the trifecta.
One of many occasions where Dubya has made light of war, recession and national emergency in this manner, Charlotte, North Carolina, Feb. 27, 2002
When satellites take pictures of the Korean Peninshula at night, the South is awashed in light. The North is almost completely dark. Kim Dae-jung has put forward a vision that can illuminate the whole Peninshula. We want all the Koreans to live in the light. [Polite applause...] My vision is clear. I see a Peninshula that is one day united in commerce and cooperation, instead of divided by barbed wire and fear.
Dubya offers a "Peninshula" three-peat, besides unnecessarily adding "-ed" to "awash" (the White House website conveniently edited this out of the official transcript). Dorasan, South Korea, Feb. 20, 2002
My trip to Asia begins here in Japan for an important reason. It begins here because for a century and a half now, America and Japan have formed one of the great and enduring alliances of modern times. From that alliance has come an era of peace in the Pacific.
With the minor exception of World War II, which brought something entirely different to the Pacific, Remarks to the Diet, Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 18, 2002
We were especially touched, especially touched that the people of "Ee-hay-mee" Prefecture sent a donation to the families of victims, showing empathy for loss, even when their own loss was so recent. This is a gesture of friendship my nation will never forget.
Apparently forgetting his aides' notes on the pronunciation of Ehime Prefecture, which is pronounced "eh-hee-meh", Remarks to the Diet, Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 18, 2002
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