Quotes - Dubya and the Family
(Oddly enough, one of the smaller categories on the site)
Mother is coming out of the hospital. I hope they don't put this on TV, but she's a tough old bird whose spirits are soaring high.
Even if they don't put it on TV, it's in the public record and being quoted here, and probably elsewhere. Way to go! Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dec. 6, 2008

This is a job which, you know, obviously had a lot of stress to it. It has a lot of pressure. But when you're around your family at all, all that pales.
The pressures of his job pale in comparison to being around his family? Ouch, that's quite an indictment. Washington, D.C., Nov. 12, 2008

And so here we are at my mother and dad's house, enjoying a beautiful Maine day, fixing to sit down with the President of France.
Another occasion (more here) where Dubya puts mother and dad together, rather than opting with the much more conventional mom/dad or mother/father pairings. Kennebunkport, Maine, Aug. 11, 2007

I wouldn't ask a mother or a dad I wouldn't put their son in harm's way if I didn't believe this was necessary for the security of the United States and peace of the world.
Another instance (more here) where Dubya decides to pair up mother with dad, in stark contradiction to normal usage rules. Cleveland, Ohio, Jul. 10, 2007

Some time ago, a naval aviator about to deploy to war wrote a letter to his fiancé. This letter may remind you of some of the letters you've received. His words back then were these: 'For a long time I had anxiously looked forward to the day when we would go abroad and set to sea... but you have changed all that. I do want to go because it is my part, but now leaving presents itself not as an adventure but as a job.'
The actual letter reads "go aboard". This would have been a little more understandable if the old naval aviator Dubya was quoting wasn't his own father, President George H.W. Bush. White House, May 11, 2007

If you're a son or a daughter, and your mom or dad is eligible for Medicare and he or she hasn't signed up, I believe the son or a daughter has a duty to help the mom or dad understand what's available. That's what sons and daughters are supposed to do. That's called love. And a loving son or daughter should take a look and help their folks realize what's possible, help design a drug benefit program that meets your mom or dad's needs.
Dubya comes out with a heart-warming definition of love (and carves another piece out of the government's responsibility portfolio) just in time for Mother's Day, Sun City Center, Florida, May 9, 2006

And here she is the First Lady of the United States. And she is good. Boy, I tell you, she's when she speaks, she's very credible because she's a decent, credible person.
She's credible because she's credible, Manhattan, Kansas, Jan. 23, 2006

The only way to increase supply is to build refineries. Again, I repeat to you this amazing fact. We have not built a new refinery in America since the 1970s. And then we had the storm, and it took refinery capacity off, and guess what happens? It creates a tight supply situation, which causes price to go up. So Congress needs to deal with that. And I repeat, they need to get the Patriot Act to my desk.
If you're puzzled how the Patriot Act has anything to do with petroleum production capacity, you aren't alone, White House, Oct. 4, 2005

I had an interesting opportunity to go see some research and development being done on solar energy. I'm convinced, someday in the relative near future we'll be able to have units on our houses that will be able to power electronics within our houses, and hopefully, with excess energy, be able to feed them back in the system. That's possible. We're not there yet, but it's coming.
Umm, Dubya... we're there already. People can power their houses with solar and feed power back into the grid. Actually, they've been able to do so since at least 1996. White House, Oct. 4, 2005

You realize that if you're a two-working family spouses, both spouses work in the family, and one dies early, that eventually the sole surviving spouse can choose the benefits from his plan or her plan, which is ever higher, but not both.
Dubya discusses "two-working families" and their benefits, Atlanta, Georgia, Jul. 22, 2005

If you're a two-working family like a lotta families are here in America, and, uhh two people working in your family, and the, the spouse dies early before 62, for example all of the money that the spouse has put into the system, uhh, is gum held there, and then when the other spouse retires, he or she gets to choose the benefits from his or her own work, or the other spouse's benefits, which is ever higher but not both.
Dubya discusses "two-working families" and their benefits, prime time press conference, White House, Apr. 28, 2005

Barney, I know you wanted to be in my cabinet. But I've already given you an important job. Your job is to take care of Miss Beasley. Your job is to welcome her into our family, to make sure that Miss Beasley gets along with Willie. And I don't want you chasin' Willie around the house anymore, do you understand that? I'm countin' on you.
From Dubya's exciting sequel to 2003's "Barney Reloaded". You have to listen to it, and be glad there isn't video. White House, Dec. 15, 2004

It turns out that my grandfather, Prescott S. Bush, was the first President and CEO of USO, so it's only fitting that I'm coming working in the assembly line.
I guess this fact was uncovered recently? And how does this all tie in with the reports of Prescott S. Bush's connections with Nazi Germany? Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, Dec. 10, 2004

Yes, that's a first of all, Mom, you're doing that's tough. But it's I appreciate that. I appreciate the idea of you wanting to give your children the education from you and the mom.
The lesson here is if it ain't scripted, don't expect it to make sense, Springfield, Missouri, Feb. 9, 2004

She is a fabulous First Lady. I was a lucky man when she said, yes, I agree to marry you. I love her dearly, and I'm proud of the job she's doing on behalf of all Americans. Just like I love my brother.
I'm not sure how to digest the last sentence, Jacksonville, Florida, Sep. 9, 2003

I think Jeb and I were touched by what it means to be sitting at a table with a daughter who has said, I've got a responsibility to my mom.
Sounds like he isn't sure whether he or his brother were touched or not, Miami, Florida, Jun. 30, 2003

I'm I've just come from Washington to here, obviously I'm going down to L.A. I wish I came with my wife. I wish she were with me. She has done a fabulous job. I will see her tonight in Crawford, Texas. Well, she'll be the lump in the bed next to me, since I get in at 1:30 a.m. in the morning. But you drew the short straw. Had she come and spoken, you would have had the long straw. She is a she's a remarkable person. She has been calm and steady in the face of significant crisis. She can smile, she can listen.
A wonderful stream-of-consciousness moment... San Francisco, California, Jun. 27, 2003

If only I could have heard Johnny Mathis sing, then I would have wished Laura were here again.
Interesting... Los Angeles, California, Jun. 27, 2003

I appreciate [Florida Governor] Jeb [Bush] talk about swamping somebody, he knows the definition of 'swamp' when it comes to political campaigns.
I'll bet he does, Tampa, Florida, Jun. 3, 2003

After all, this is a guy that tried to kill my dad at one time.
So that's why Dubya wanted to send in the troops, Houston, Texas, Sep. 26, 2002

I had the privilege of saying good-bye for a brief period of time to our First Lady who's down there in Crawford. She is she was born and raised in West Texas. That's kind of like western Oklahoma, not a lot of native trees and not a lot of water.
Huh? Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Aug. 29, 2002

The country is has gotten to know Laura, like I have gotten to know her.
Puzzling in more ways than one, Des Moines, Iowa, Jun. 7, 2002

And above all, we welcome the Eisenhower family, and send our good wishes to John Eisenhower, who could not be with us today. As the son of a President, myself, I know how proud John must feel, knowing that our country's respect for his father has only increased with the years.
Nice way of patting himself and his family on the back, and comparing his dad to President Eisenhower all at the same time, Washington, D.C., May 7, 2002

Everybody in Crawford says hello, starting with Laura. She is doing a fabulous day. I tell people it's because she's from Midland, Texas.
Alrighty, then. Dallas, Texas, Mar. 29, 2002

If you are a mom and dad, you are responsible for loving your child with all your heart and all your soul.
Republican Retreat Luncheon, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Feb. 1, 2002

I've been to war. I've raised twins. If I had a choice, I'd rather go to war.
Dubya doing a sterling job of belittling war and parenting at the same time, while also backhandedly manufacturing a war record for himself out of thin air, Jan. 27, 2002

And we're too close, our relationship is too strong to endure some of the slights that come along.
On his relationship with wife Laura Bush, Interview with Tom Brokaw, Jan. 23, 2002

And it all starts with the human element, the thing that matters most in life, and that is our faiths and our families and our respected loves as dads for our daughters.
I guess sons aren't as important, or at least love for them isn't, Crawford High School, Crawford, Texas, Nov. 15, 2001

There are mothers and dads in Mexico who love their children just as much as mothers and dads in America do. And if there are a mother or dad who can't find work, worried about food on the table, they're going to come and find work in America.
Dubya unloads a triple repeat offense: his mother/dad combination. Toledo, Ohio, Sep. 6, 2001

Anyway, I'm so thankful, and so gracious I'm gracious that my brother Jeb is concerned about the hemisphere as well.
Gracious, grateful... close enough, right? Miami, Florida, Jun. 4, 2001

I'm glad the First Lady is here. It's an unusual job where all you've got to do is walk down from your living room and come to work. I'm really proud of Laura.
Classic (unintentional?) backhanded compliment by Dubya, White House, Feb. 1, 2001

We have struggle to not proceed, but to precede to the future of a nation's child.
Thanks for the clarification, Journal Gazette, Nov. 12, 2000

It's important for us to explain to our nation that life is important. It's not only life of babies, but it's life of children living in, you know, the dark dungeons of the Internet.
Not sure what he's driving at here, but it sounds sufficiently scary, Arlington Heights, Illinois, Oct. 24, 2000

Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.
This quote has inspired me for years... LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Oct. 18, 2000

The best way to relieve families from time is to let them keep some of their own money.
As opposed to someone else's, I guess, Westminster, California, Sep. 13, 2000

Laura and I really don't realize how bright our children is sometimes until we get an objective analysis.
I can see where that might come in handy, CNBC, Apr. 15, 2000

You're working hard to put food on your family.
No need for comment on this one, Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, Nashua, New Hampshire, Jan. 27, 2000

I think it's important for those of us in a position of responsibility to be firm in sharing our experiences, to understand that the babies out of wedlock is a very difficult chore for mom and baby alike. ... I believe we ought to say there is a different alternative than the culture that is proposed by people like Miss Wolf in society. ... And, you know, hopefully, condoms will work, but it hasn't worked.
Dubya the social commentator at work here, Meet the Press, Nov. 21, 1999

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