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Quotes - Dubya the Grammarian (2002)
(Choice instances of Dubya's trademark diction)
 
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And it was right here in Crawford, Texas, where I had a meaningful and good discussions with Jiang Zemin.
Still wrestling with his plurals and singulars, 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.
Having more trouble with making sense, Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2002

And I want to thank the federal employees who have heard the call to love their neighbor just like you would like to be loved yourself.
Capital Area Food Bank, Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2002

And the founding ideals of our nation and, in fact, the founding ideals of the political party I represent was, and remains today, the equal dignity and equal rights of every American.
Dubya demonstrating typical inability to correctly match a plural subject with the appropriate verbs, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dec. 12, 2002

I regret that the first team of our family isn't here today. She's helping decorate the White House.
I wish I knew what "first team" means, and how it can refer to a single person, Shreveport, Louisiana, Dec. 3, 2002

That spirit of America is so strong and so alive, it allows me to boldly predict that, out of the evil done to this country, is going to come incredible good, not only a peaceful world, but a more compassionate and hopeful and decent America for every citizen who's lucky enough to live in this country.
Resident aliens, non-citizen immigrants and foreign visitors are apparently excluded from Dubya's vision of a compassionate, hopeful and decent America, New Orleans, Louisiana, Dec. 3, 2002

Great evil is stirring in the world. We've faced perils we've never thought about, perils we've never seen before, but they're dangerous, they're just as dangerous as those perils that your fathers and mothers and grandfathers and grandmothers faced.
Be careful, those perils can sometimes be dangerous, Pushkin, Russia, Nov. 22, 2002

See, every morning I go into that great Oval Office and read threats to our country every morning. As a matter of fact, there hadn't a morning that hadn't gone by that I haven't saw seen or read threats.
Washington, D.C., Nov. 12, 2002

A lame duck session for people who don't know what that means it means the Senate is coming and the House is coming back between now and Christmas and they've got a few days to get some big things done.
Not the Webster's definition, but he's going with it, White House, Nov. 7, 2002

They see the risks are high, the risk of being able to find a job or the risk of keeping the homeland secure.
White House, Nov. 7, 2002

He has disbarred more people. More money has been disgorged as a result of illegal activity. And that's positive.
Problematic phrasiology applied to SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt, White House, Nov. 7, 2002

These people don't have tanks. They don't have ships. They hide in caves. They send suiciders out.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Nov. 1, 2002

I need somebody in Congress who is a cold-eyed realist.
Calling for more spooky people in Congress, just in time for Halloween, South Bend, Indiana, Oct. 31, 2002

We've got another candidate on stage who we certainly hope she wins.
Referring to Melissa Brown, candidate for the United States Congress, Downingtown, Pennsylvania, Oct. 22, 2002

One of the reasons why prices is rising is because of frivolous and junk lawsuits against our medical community.
Downingtown, Pennsylvania, Oct. 22, 2002

Eleven years ago, as a condition for ending the Persian Gulf War, the Iraqi regime was required to destroy its weapons of mass destruction, to cease all development of such weapons, and to stop all support for terrorist groups. The Iraqi regime has violated all of those obligations. It possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nukyular weapons. ... Many people have asked how close Saddam Hussein is to developing a nukyular weapon. Well, we don't know exactly, and that's the problem. Before the Gulf War, the best intelligence indicated that Iraq was eight to ten years away from developing a nukyular weapon. After the war, international inspectors learned that the regime has been much closer the regime in Iraq would likely have possessed a nukyular weapon no later than 1993. The inspectors discovered that Iraq had an advanced nukyular weapons development program, had a design for a workable nukyular weapon, and was pursuing several different methods of enriching uranium for a bomb. Before being barred from Iraq in 1998, the International Atomic Energy Agency dismantled extensive nukyular weapons-related facilities, including three uranium enrichment sites. That same year, information from a high-ranking Iraqi nukyular engineer who had defected revealed that despite his public promises, Saddam Hussein had ordered his nukyular program to continue. The evidence indicates that Iraq is reconstituting its nukyular weapons program. Saddam Hussein has held numerous meetings with Iraqi nukyular scientists, a group he calls his nukyular mujahideen his nukyular holy warriors. Satellite photographs reveal that Iraq is rebuilding facilities at sites that have been part of its nukyular program in the past. Iraq has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes and other equipment needed for gas centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium for nukyular weapons. If the Iraqi regime is able to produce, buy, or steal an amount of highly enriched uranium a little larger than a single softball, it could have a nukyular weapon in less than a year. And if we allow that to happen, a terrible line would be crossed. Saddam Hussein would be in a position to blackmail anyone who opposes his aggression. He would be in a position to dominate the Middle East. He would be in a position to threaten America. And Saddam Hussein would be in a position to pass nukyular technology to terrorists. Some citizens wonder, after 11 years of living with this problem, why do we need to confront it now? And there's a reason. We've experienced the horror of September the 11th. We have seen that those who hate America are willing to crash airplanes into buildings full of innocent people. Our enemies would be no less willing, in fact, they would be eager, to use biological or chemical, or a nukyular weapon. ...After eleven years during which we have tried containment, sanctions, inspections, even selected military action, the end result is that Saddam Hussein still has chemical and biological weapons and is increasing his capabilities to make more. And he is moving ever closer to developing a nukyular weapon. ...We could wait and hope that Saddam does not give weapons to terrorists, or develop a nukyular weapon to blackmail the world.
Dubya goes on a nukyular-powered romp in his buildup to invading Iraq, Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 7, 2002

I want to be able to say that history has called us to action, and we left the world more peaceful for our children.
Houston... we are experiencing a tense mismatch here, Washington, D.C., Oct. 3, 2002

I appreciate these two senators here, standing strong for doing what's right, for leaving a legacy behind so future Presidents can more likely deal with an enemy who could care less about rules and regulations, an enemy which is willing to move fast.
Though I'm not at all surprised, Dubya stakes his claim to join the ranks of those who screw up the phrase "couldn't care less". If only he took a second to think about what he's saying means. Phoenix, Arizona, Sep. 28, 2002

These are folks that have hijacked a great religion and then take innocent life. And that's a huge difference between America.
If only the grammar was better when he triumphantly boasts about the U.S., Denver, Colorado, Sep. 27, 2002

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.
Not the first time Dubya's used this nonexistent word, Washington, D.C., Sep. 24, 2002

And so, they the burden of proof is must be place squarely on their shoulders. But there's no negotiations about whether or not they've been telling the truth or not.
Dubya: seer of all things true, and master of verb disagreement, White House, Sep. 19, 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 if Iraq regimes continues to defy us, and the world, we will move deliberately, yet decisively, to hold Iraq to account.
Davenport, Iowa, Sep. 16, 2002

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

The first time we may be completely certain he has a nukyular weapons is when, God forbids, he uses one.
Speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Sep. 12, 2002

And in 1995, after four years of deception, Iraq finally admitted it had a crash nukyular weapons program prior to the Gulf War. We know now, were it not for that war, the regime in Iraq would likely have possessed a nukyular weapon no later than 1993. Today, Iraq continues to withhold important information about its nukyular program weapons design, procurement logs, experiment data, an accounting of nukyular materials and documentation of foreign assistance. Iraq employs capable nukyular scientists and technicians. It retains physical infrastructure needed to build a nukyular weapon. Iraq has made several attempts to buy high-strength aluminum tubes used to enrich uranium for a nukyular weapon. Should Iraq acquire fissile material, it would be able to build a nukyular weapon within a year. And Iraq's state-controlled media has reported numerous meetings between Saddam Hussein and his nukyular scientists, leaving little doubt about his continued appetite for these weapons.
As painful to read as it was to listen to, speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Sep. 12, 2002

One year ago, the people of Afghanistan lived under oppression. Their country was a haven for terror. Today, they're an emergency democracy an emerging democracy, and building a better future.
I think he got it right the first time, White House, Sep. 10, 2002

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

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 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

See, they've hijacked a great religion, and they don't care about life. They've got their desires, their dark, dark ambitions. And if people get in the way from them, that's just too bad, as far as they're concerned.
South Bend, Indiana, Sep. 5, 2002

The facts are, this is a man who gassed his own people, has invaded two countries, a person who stiffed the international organization time and time again.
On Saddam Hussein, Louisville, Kentucky, Sep. 5, 2002

As a society we must demand something better, because there is no second-rate children in America.
South Bend, Indiana, Sep. 5, 2002

Our antenna, by the way, are much more sensitive now than they were prior to September the 11th, obviously.
South Bend, Indiana, Sep. 5, 2002

The federal government and the state government must not fear programs who change lives, but must welcome those faith-based programs for the embetterment of mankind.
I'm familiar with "embitterment" and "embattlement", both of which Dubya supplies me with a sense of, but "embetterment"? Stockton, California, Aug. 23, 2002

If you have good forest policy, it will yield to a better economy.
Does this mean that forest policy should be secondary to the economy? Central Point, Oregon, Aug. 22, 2002

I came away from that summit that the small business person feels constrained by tax policy and regulatory policy and I was really appreciated the people coming.
If only there had been English teachers there, too, Crawford, Texas, Aug. 16, 2002

There was certainly a very strong sentiment that we're on the right track when it comes to holding people to account who lie, steat or cheal lie, cheat or steal, who defraud people by cooking the books. There was some strong sentiment from CEO and non-CEO alike.
On the President's economic forum, Crawford, Texas, Aug. 16, 2002

Listen, out of the evil done to this great land is going to come incredible good, because we're the greatest nation on the face of the earth, full of the most fine and compassioned and decent citizens.
Dubya invents a new word, Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota, Aug. 15, 2002

Jill Mahaffey, says she got lucky. She and her husband are here, they live in the Delta, too. She got lucky.
Perhaps not the best choice of words to describe the happiness of pregnancy to a group of high school students, Madison Central High School, Madison, Mississippi, Aug. 7, 2002

For those who volunteered hour after hour to save a fellow citizens somebody you didn't even know, but were willing to sacrifice on behalf of that citizen, thank you from grateful nation.
A healthy mix of singular and plural for the audience to sort out, Green Tree, Pennsylvania, Aug. 5, 2002

It was their determination to stick together and to comfort each other that really defines kind of a new spirit that's prevalent in our country, that when one of us suffer, all of us suffers.
Classic grammatical error, combined with sheepish use of "kind of", Green Tree, Pennsylvania, Aug. 5, 2002

We must understand that the consequences we take to make the area more secure also, uh, must be in these decisions to make the area more secure must be made in the context of peace for the long run.
Press conference with King Abdullah of Jordan, White House, Aug. 1, 2002

There is some statistics out today that showed our economy continues to grow.
White House, Jul. 31, 2002

Inherent in the 70 percent number means that we've got to help people at the same time.
Grammatical turbulence in statements on welfare reform, West Ashley High School, Charleston, South Carolina, Jul. 29, 2002

I understand there's a lot of small business owners who are worried about your business, and I don't blame you.
A little subject disagreement here, Eagar, Arizona, Jul. 25, 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

Russia is not the enemy. Russia is you know, the idea of Russian tanks storming across Europe are no longer the problem.
Press conference with President of Poland, White House, Jul. 17, 2002

If Russia thought that the neighborhood was unsettled, it might create some issues. But Poland has provided a great source of stability in the neighborhood, and therefore Russia feels less threatened. And I think that's an important nuance, as we say, in foreign policy. I think that's the word, isn't it? Nuance?
On a fishing expedition for appropriate vocabulary, Press conference with President of Poland, White House, Jul. 17, 2002

It's important for us to be realistic about how to provide help so that there is insurance coverage for projects. We can do so that creates jobs not jobs for trial lawyers. We must not have legislation this legislation must keep in mind the workers of America, and not open up our government and/or employers to unnecessary and frivolous and junk lawsuits. And I appreciate I appreciate the reform-minded folks here in the state of Alabama who understand that junk and frivolous lawsuits affect small business owners like Thornton. It makes it hard for him to expand his business, to hire people. Listen, you ought to have your day in court, no question about it. But we've got to make sure that these junk and frivolous lawsuits stop running up the cost of doing business and make it harder for people to employ people here in America.
Don't know where to start on this one. I'll let you try to decipher it. Birmingham, Alabama, Jul. 15, 2002

Yet when a company uses deception deception accounting to hide reality, executives should lose all their compensation all their compensation gained by the deceit.
Dubya coins a new phrase here: "deception accounting", New York, New York, Jul. 9, 2002

REPORTER: The accounting procedures at Harken and Aloha have been compared to what went on at Enron. Would you agree with that?
DUBYA: No.
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.
A transaction so complicated, it was called a tragsaction... White House, Jul. 8, 2002

As the United States works to bring peace around the world our diplomats and/or soldiers can be drug into the court. That's very troubling.
What's even more troubling is that Dubya thinks "drug" is the past tense form of "drag", Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jul. 2, 2002

Roberta is a mom of five children, and her passion is a passion which is shared by moms all across America. Her passion is pretty simple. I want my children to go to a safe school where he or she can realize their full potential.
Textbook Dubya-style pronoun mismatch, Cleveland, Ohio, Jul. 1, 2002

I appreciate you hear me say that I appreciate the fact that our country prays for me and Laura.
That's two instances of "appreciate" for the price of one! Kananaskis, Canada, Jun. 27, 2002

As I travel our country, I remind our citizens there are thousands of people working as hard as they possibly can to keep America safe. Today I recognize I'm in the midst of that type of citizen, who's working hard to keep America safe. Thank you for a grateful nation.
Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, Jun. 24, 2002

And I'd like to streamline this agency, not to create bigger government, but to create a government that actually work, and work in a way that protects the homeland.
Washington, D.C., Jun. 13, 2002

Shadowy terrorists could hook up with a nation that has got weapons of mass destruction, the nations that I labeled axis of evil, people who in one case have gassed their own people with a weapons of mass destruction.
Kansas City, Missouri, Jun. 11, 2002

Within this Cabinet department, we're going to have four basic functions. One are borders.
Kansas City, Missouri, Jun. 11, 2002

We started the Cabinet meeting today with a prayer from Secretary Mineta, who in his prayer reminded us that this is a somber day for America. It is a day in which we've removed all the debris from Ground Zero.
Actually it was a somber day because it signified the end of the clean-up process at Ground Zero, a massive undertaking which took 8 months, not one day, White House, May 30, 2002

It is very important for the infrastructure to be modernized as quickly as possible,... so that an entrepreneur such as yourself are able to learn from other entrepreneurs being connected through the Internet.
St. Petersburg University, St. Petersburg, Russia, May 25, 2002

We hold dear what our Declaration of Independence says, that all have got uninalienable rights, endowed by a Creator.
Remarks to community and religious leaders, Moscow, Russia, May 24, 2002

Those who seek missiles and terrible weapons are also familiar with the map of Europe. Like the threats of another era, this threat cannot be appeased or cannot be ignored.
He apparently hasn't made up his mind about which thing cannot be done, speech at the Bundestag, Berlin, Germany, May 23, 2002

We're working with Chancellor Schroeder on what's called 10-plus-10-over-10. $10 billion from the U.S., $10 billion from other members of the G7 over a 10-year period, to help Russia securitize the dismantling the dismantled nukyular warheads.
Accidentally proposing some sort of fiscal policy for dismantled nuclear warheads, press conference with German Chancellor Gerhardt Schroeder, Berlin, Germany, May 23, 2002

Listen, history has called us to action. I don't want to be in a position where we look back, and say, why didn't they lead, where were they when it came to our basic freedoms? And we are going to lead.
I'm having a hard deciphering the pronoun usage here, and I have a feeling I'm not the only one, press conference with German Chancellor Gerhardt Schroeder, Berlin, Germany, May 23, 2002

This is a nation that loves our freedom, loves our country.
Washington, D.C., May 17, 2002

I want to tell you it's an honor to be here amongst people who dedicate their lives to the embetterment of our fellow human beings.
Early example of Dubya's use of the non-existent word 'embetterment', National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast, Washington, D.C., May 16, 2002

When it comes to our freedoms defending our freedoms and securing our homeland, and protecting our innocent Americans, and never forgetting what happened on September the 11th, we are some kind of tough.
Washington, D.C., May 14, 2002

You know, sometimes in Washington we actually are able to put our political parties aside and focus on what's best for the country. And we're able to say, let's make sure America comes is the first priority of all of us.
Draw whatever unintended double meanings you like from this one, Washington, D.C., May 14, 2002

He's had some chance to grab the peace and hasn't done so in the past, and therefore he has let down the Palestinian people.
Some grammatical contortion work in reference to Yasser Arafat, Washington, D.C., May 4, 2002

We are both deeply committed to helping the entire American familia achieve prosperity and live in peace.
No grammatical mistakes in this quote, per se, but it is nevertheless jarring with the Spanish word "familia" suddenly interjected, President's radio address, May 4, 2002

After all, it is where children from all over America learn to be responsible citizens, and learn to have the skills necessary to take advantage of our fantastic opportunistic society.
Definition of "opportunistic" from the Merriam-Webster dictionary: "Exploiting opportunities with little regard to principle or consequences", as in "An opportunistic politician", Santa Clara, California, May 1, 2002

The other day somebody asked me one time, a while ago, they said, "Has he [Chairman Arafat] disappointed you, has he lost your respect?" I said, well, he hasn't earned my respect yet.
A little Dubya time travel and verb mismatch fun, Crawford, Texas, Apr. 28, 2002

There are some Palestinians a lot of Palestinians who wonder whether or not life is worth living. And we've got, as a world, have got to help them understand there is a positive life ahead for they and their children.
Commenting on the Middle East from his ranch, Crawford, Texas, Apr. 28, 2002

And as to how to achieve that vision is something we must consult with our friends.
Meeting with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Crawford, Texas, Apr. 25, 2002

But in Afghanistan, we've shown, I believe, how to do it, in a way that's commiserate with our values that, on the one hand, we're plenty tough, and we will be. We've got a military we're going to use, if we need to, to defend freedom. But on the other hand, we delivered a lot of medicine and a lot of food.
Dubya letting another "commiserate" fly out in place of "commensurate", Moscow, Russia, Apr. 24, 2002

The farm bill needs to get done quickly so that the farmers who are out there fixing to plant know what the rules of the game is.
Dubya knows what "is" means, but may have wanted to opt for "are" here, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Apr. 24, 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.
Dubya misreads "contracted" as "contacted" in a congratulatory speech, White House, Apr. 23, 2002

I wanna thank Tommy for his leadership at the Department of Health and Human Services. I knew he was gonna be a good one, because I saw what he did as governor of Wisconsin. And he brought that very same skills of leadership and vision to Washington.
Speaking about HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson, White House, Apr. 18, 2002

I said, does she make a pretty good hand? that's Texan for "Is she a good worker?"
Multilingual Dubya displays Texan to English interpreting skills, White House, Apr. 18, 2002

I urge people, I urge businesses to join the Welfare to Work Partnership, or any like such partnership.
The correct expression is actually "suchlike", White House, Apr. 18, 2002

I want to talk about three issues facing America. The first are homeland security.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Apr. 15, 2002

First, any time we commit a troop into action, that person must have the best equipment, the best training, the best possible the best pay possible.
Resurrecting a vintage expression of his, creating a non-existent singular version of a plural noun, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Apr. 15, 2002

We're deliberate. We're patient. I'm under no hurry.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Apr. 15, 2002

It would be a mistake for the United States Senate to allow any kind of human cloning to come out of that chamber.
Unintentional put-down of the U.S. Senate's genetic composition, Washington, D.C., Apr. 10, 2002

I'm a patient man, and so is the American people, much to the chagrin much to the chagrin of the enemy that still wants to take us on.
Bridgeport, Connecticut, Apr. 9, 2002

This doesn't have nothing to do with reputation.
Statement made about whether or not to call a summit, in Dubya's grammatically challenged fashion, as quoted in the New York Times, Apr. 8, 2002

In order for all Americans to realize the American Dream, you've got to make sure every child has the necessary foundation to be good readers, good writers, good comprehenders.
The sentiment is fine, but the singular/plural issue rears its head again, Pennsylvania State University, Apr. 2, 2002

I've asked Secretary of State Powell, Secretary of Treasury O'Neill to reach out to the world community, to develop clear and concrete, objective criterion for the millennium challenge account. We'll apply these criterion fairly, and rigorously.
Criterion, not to be confused with its plural form: criteria, which would have been the appropriate choice in this instance, conference on world poverty, Monterrey, Mexico, Mar. 22, 2002

Mexico is an incredibly important part of the futuro de los Estados Unidos.
Spanish and English as only Dubya can speak them, El Paso, Texas, Mar. 21, 2002

Today we had a terrible suicide bombing in Israel, and innocent lives were lost. And there was one in Peru yesterday, where people lost their life. And this morning, Laura and I met Milton Green and his son, who lost a wife and a mother when they were going to church, when they were praying to the Almighty God, and a suicide killer came in in Pakistan and took their lives.
I wonder if Dubya realizes the wife and mother to Mr. Green and his son are the same person? It doesn't seem like it. El Paso, Texas, Mar. 21, 2002

There's no doubt in my mind, Harold, that the American people will respond. And when they do, Laura and I will thank them from the bottom of my heart.
Perhaps Laura's heart has been removed and they're sharing Dubya's, Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School, Alexandria, Virginia, Mar. 20, 2002

And by cutting the personal rates, all personal rates, what we are in effect doing for the small business community was encouraging cash flow.
Textbook Dubya tense mismatch, remarks at Albers Manufacturing, O'Fallon, Missouri, Mar. 18, 2002

High taxes is a road block.
Remarks at Albers Manufacturing, O'Fallon, Missouri, Mar. 18, 2002

But I do want to thank you for your hospitality and all the employees with whom I just had an interesting discussion about how to about what's on their mind, about what's it like to work for a small business and how best what the government can do to perhaps make the small business more vibrant and/or deal with some of the needs that directly affect the employees.
Remarks at Albers Manufacturing, O'Fallon, Missouri, Mar. 18, 2002

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

One of my hopes is out of this evil that was done to our country, is that people, young people understand that living in America is wonderful but it also requires a effort to make the communities in which they live a better place, that we've got to work to usher in a era of personal responsibility.
Both mistakes were removed from the official White House transcript, and changed to "an". They didn't bother fixing the beginning of the sentence, though. Albers Manufacturing, O'Fallon, Missouri, Mar. 18, 2002

And so one of the good ideas... is to allow for what we call associated health plans, which says that if you're a member of the NFIB, for example, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, that they can pool a multitude of small businesses together, thereby driving down the cost of health care.
Classic pronoun mismatch, Albers Manufacturing, O'Fallon, Missouri, Mar. 18, 2002

If need be, we'll just reduce unilaterally to a level commiserate with keeping a deterrence and keeping the peace.
Still failing to learn difference between "commiserate" and "commensurate", White House, Mar. 13, 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

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

This nation is in the process, I believe, of ushering in a period where we said each of us are responsible for the decisions we make in life.
New York, New York, Feb. 6, 2002

We have found diagrams of American nukyular power plants and public water facilities.
State of the Union address, Jan. 29, 2002

We must prevent the terrorists and regimes who seek chemical, biological or nukyular weapons from threatening the United States and the world.
State of the Union address, Jan. 29, 2002

There has been a couple of contacts with people in my Cabinet. And my Cabinet officers said, no help here. And we're starting an investigation before anybody started paying attention to Enron.
Grammatically painful attempt to spin America's largest bankruptcy, Belle, West Virginia, Jan. 22, 2002

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