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Quotes - Dubya the Grammarian (2004)
(Choice instances of Dubya's trademark diction)
Today, we had a rocket attack that took a lot of lives. Any time of the year it's a time of sorrow and sadness when we lose a loss of life.
Compassion runs off the grammatical rails again, Washington, D.C., Dec. 21, 2004
Now, one of the important aspects of my vision is that this is not automatic citizenship. The American people must understand that. That if somebody who is here working wants to be a citizen, they can get in line like those who have been here legally and have been working to become a citizenship in a legal manner.
Although the White House purged the "ship" portion of "citizenship" in the official transcript, they neglected to alter the audio, Washington, D.C., Dec. 20, 2004
George is rightly — rightly proud of the people of the Agency, and I have been proud to work with George. George has carried great authority without putting on airs, because he remembers his roots. There's still a lotta Queens in George Tenet.
I assured President Musharraf that there is an opportunity at hand to work toward the development of a Palestinian state and peace in the Middle East. I told him that this will be a priority of my administration. The goals is two states living side-by-side in peace and security.
Vintage subject/verb mismatch, perhaps offered just in case we thought he'd stop making them, White House, Dec. 4, 2004
Tommy [Thompson] was commenting on the fact that we're a large company — country, with all kinds of avenues where somebody can inflict harm.
Not the first time Dubya has confused "country" with "company"... White House, Dec. 4, 2004
I'm the kind of fellow who does what I think is right, and will continue to do what I think is right.
Dubya has a problem keeping his sentence structure intact through the end of the statement, Ottawa, Canada, Nov. 30, 2004
The deficit is less than we thought because the revenues is exceeding projections. And the reason why the revenues — the revenues are exceeding projections — sometimes I mangle the English language. I get that.
You're seeing a very rare instance of self-correcting coupled with an admission of being grammatically mistaken, perhaps signalling a new awareness for his second term, Washington, D.C., Nov. 4, 2004
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
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
I think the job of a problem is to confront problems, not to pass them on to future Presidents and future generations.
The job of a problem... That's rich. Cuba City, Wisconsin, Oct. 26, 2004
Americans will go to the polls in a time of war and ongoing threats any unlike we have seen before.
As usual, you know what he was supposed to say, right? Lakeland, Florida, Oct. 23, 2004
And then came the attack on the USS Cole in 2000, which cost the lives of 17 American sailors. In this period, America's response to terrorism was generally piecemeal and symbolic. The terrorists concluded this was a sign of weakness, and their plans became more ambitions.
Or ambitious, perhaps? Marlton, New Jersey, Oct. 18, 2004
BOB SCHIEFFER: Suddenly we find ourselves with a severe shortage of flu vaccine. How did that happen?
DUBYA: Uhhh — Bob, we relied upon a company out of England to provide about half of the flu vaccines for the United States citizen, and it turned out that the vaccine they were producing was contaminated. And so we took the right action and didn't allow contamidated medicine into our country.
Yes, he actually said "contamidated", while taking credit for the UK government's intervention in preventing export of contaminated vaccine (and by the way, the "company out of England" is Chiron Corporation of Emeryville, California, which operates a vaccine production facility in England), Third Presidential Debate, Tempe, Arizona, Oct. 13, 2004
The last debate, my opponent said well they only — those lawsuits only caused costs to go up by 1 percent. Well, he didn't — he didn't in — include the defensive practice of medicine, that costs the federal government some 28 billion dollars a year and costs our society between 60 and 100 billion dollars a year. Uhh, thirdly, one of the reasons why there's still high cost in, in medicine is because this is — the, the, the, they don't use an information technology. It's like if you looked at the — it's the equivalent of the — of the buggy and horse days.
Dubya never explains the meaning of "defensive practice of medicine", but rewards the patient listener with the "buggy and horse" line, Third Presidential Debate, Tempe, Arizona, Oct. 13, 2004
You cannot solve a problem unless you diagnose the problem. And we weren't diagnosing problems. And therefore just kids were being shuffled through the school. And guess who would get shuffled through? Children whose parents wouldn't speak English as a first language just move through.
A display of sloppy diction that seems to make the point that some children have parents who refuse to speak English, Third Presidential Debate, Tempe, Arizona, Oct. 13, 2004
I believe part of a hopeful society is one in which somebody owns something.
For Dubya's sake, I wish that made sense, Third Presidential Debate, Tempe, Arizona, Oct. 13, 2004
We spend money on research and development to expand the use of renewables, technologies to help us live different ways at the same lifestyle we're accustomed to.
Sorry, Dubya, that just plain doesn't make sense, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Oct. 12, 2004
Uhh — I hear there's rumors on the, uhh, Internets that we're gonna have a — draft. We're not going to have a draft. Period.
There's more than one Internet? Astounding. Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 8, 2004
It is naive and dangerous to take a policy that he suggested the other day, which is to have bilatarelations with North Korea.
This is what happens when Dubya tries to say "bilateral relations", Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 8, 2004
When a drug comes in from Canada, I want to make sure it cures you and doesn't kill you. And that's why the FDA and that's why the Surgeon General are looking very carefully to make sure it can be done in a safe way. I've got an obligation to make sure our government does everything we can to protect you. And what my worry is is that, you know, it looks like it's from Canada, and it might be from a third world.
Dubya comes close to making his point without messing up, Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 8, 2004
And so people are going to have to look at the record. Look at the record of the man running for the President.
If only he could have said "running for President" or "running for the Presidency", Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 8, 2004
On the tax cut, it's a big decision. I did the right decision.
Yes, you... did? Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 8, 2004
Americans spend 6 billion hours a year filling out their tax reforms.
Manchester, New Hampshire, Oct. 1, 2004
My concerns about the Senator is that, in the course of this campaign I've been listening very carefully to what he says, and he changes positions on the war on Iraq. It's a — changes positions on something as ff — fundamental as what you believe in your core, in your heart of hearts is right for — in Iraq. I — you cannot lead if you send mexed miss — mixed messages.
Dubya sending mexed missages of his own in the First Presidential Debate, Coral Gables, Florida, Sep. 30, 2004
But I, again, I wanna tell the American people, we're doin' everything we can at home, but you better have a president who chases these terrorists down and bring 'em to justice before they hurt us again.
Dubya takes a chastising, podium-pounding attitude and forgets to add an "s" to "bring" in the shuffle, First Presidential Debate, Coral Gables, Florida, Sep. 30, 2004
In Iraq, no doubt about it, it's tough. It's hard work. It's incredibly hard. You know why? Because an enemy realizes the stakes. The enemy understands a free Iraq will be a major defeat in their ideology of hatred. That's why they're fighting so vociferously.
Dubya tries (in vain) to insert a big word into his repertoire, First Presidential Debate, Coral Gables, Florida, Sep. 30, 2004
We honor the servicemen and women of Great Britain, Bulgaria, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Thailand, and Ukraine have died.
Witness what happens to syntax when Dubya recites a list of allies in the middle of a sentence, Washington, D.C., Sep. 23, 2004
We'll transform these systems so all citizens are equipped, prepared, and thus, truly free to make your own choices so you can realize the great promise of America.
Classic reference shift on display here ('all citizens are... free to make your...'), Huntington, West Virginia, Sep. 10, 2004
I'm telling you, too many good docs are getting sued time and time and time again by frivolous lawsuits.
Lawsuits are becoming so frivolous that they're filing themselves! Sedalia, Missouri, Sep. 7, 2004
Senator Kerry opposed Medicare reform and health savings accounts. After supporting my education reforms, he now wants to tilute them.
Don't worry, they transcribed it as "dilute" in the official White House transcript, Republican National Convention, New York, New York, Sep. 2, 2004
It's only fair if other countries treat us the way they treat them.
The way they treat who? Columbus, Ohio, Sep. 1, 2004
Last weekend we're continuing to implement our strategy of la verdad, the truth.
He just can't help himself with the randomly inserted Spanish phrases (not to mention the time warp at the beginning of the sentence), Miami, Florida, Aug. 27, 2004
I just want you to know there's a lot of really good people who are working hard and long hours to protect your, people at the federal level, people at the state level, first responders here at the local level.
To protect our...? What? Don't keep us guessing! Miami, Florida, Aug. 27, 2004
We phased out the death tax, so America's family farmers can stay in the family.
I'm not sure what this means... Davenport, Iowa, Aug. 5, 2004
We will not rest until every America who wants to find a job has one.
Maybe I should let this one slide, but then again, it's not like it's first time to make a mistake like this one, Cambridge, Ohio, Jul. 31, 2004
I went to the United Nations and said, he's [Saddam Hussein is] a threat. And they agreed with the fact that he was a threat, by a 15 to nothing vote in the United Nations Security Council. See, the world spoke. Not only America speak, the world spoke.
You would think the last sentence would have been the easiest one to deliver, Kutztown, Pennsylvania, Jul. 9, 2004
People were nervous during the recession. Then we got attacked, and I'm going to talk a little bit about making America safer. But we got attacked on September 11th. It hurt our economy. In other words, you're in a recession, then we have an attack.
Well, that really makes sense (especially the shift from "we" to "you" and back to "we"), Smoketown, Pennsylvania, Jul. 9, 2004
This disease leaves suffering and orphans and fear wherever it reaches. Every man and woman and child who suffers from this addiction, from the streets of Philly to the villages of Africa, is a child of God who deserves our love and our help.
Another screwup that was wiped from the official White House transcript (first they published it correctly, then later it was corrected to say "affliction"), speaking about AIDS at the Greater Exodus Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jun. 23, 2004
I — you know, look, it's important for people to know that I've got a future that — I believe in a future that is peaceful, based upon liberty. And I remember my predecessor, whose life we mourn, Ronald Reagan, they felt the same way about him.
We mourn Reagan's life? Well some of us might, but I didn't think Dubya did... Interview with Tom Brokaw, NBC, Jun. 6, 2004
This is an historic times.
Yes this is... Denver, Colorado, Jun. 1, 2004
Rick Sanchez has done a fabulous job. He's been there for a — a long time. His service has been exemplorary.
Confirmation at last that Dubya is indeed convinced that the word "exemplary" is pronounced "exemplorary", and that the White House is complicit in disguising this in the official transcript, White House, May 25, 2004
This is historic times.
A repeat performance of this odd expression, heard also on Oct. 8, 2003, and later on Jun. 1, 2004, Washington, D.C., May 20, 2004
It's essential that we be successful at transforming the police force into — and the forces that are there to protect infrastructure into a viable force which works, with a good command structure, an Iraqi command structure, so that projects can forward.
Almost understandable, but not quite, Washington, D.C., May 20, 2004
So as I told His Majesty [King Abdullah of Jordan], I said, we will — people will be brought to justice in a way commiserate with how our system works.
An old favorite returns: commiserate instead of commensurate, Washington, D.C., May 6, 2004
First, Jess, thanks for leading this august group. He's Tejano. Nothing better to be in the presence of a Tejano.
You left out a word, Dubya, but it's the pandering that counts, right? Minneapolis, Minnesota, Apr. 26, 2004
For years, when we grew up — at least us baby boomers grew up — we thought that oceans would protect us from harm's way.
Protect us from harm's way? Minneapolis, Minnesota, Apr. 26, 2004
Doctors use paper files to keep tracks of their patients.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, Apr. 26, 2004
Where are my AmeriCorps buddies? There they are. Did you change shirts? You look too pretty. I was out there watching them help get rid of the invasees — invasive grasses and species that is threatening the watersheds and threatening the wetlands.
After correcting "invasees" he manages to screw up the end of the sentence anyway, Naples, Florida, Apr. 23, 2004
There is no doubt in my mind that this country cannot achieve any objective we put our mind to.
Oops. Buffalo, New York, Apr. 20, 2004
Frank was a paratrooper. In those days you could measure the enemy by the number of battalions and number of tanks and number of airplanes. Now the enemy hides in caves. They lurch in the shadows of the world.
They lurch? Ummm, okay. Buffalo, New York, Apr. 20, 2004
The United Nations Security Council looked at the intelligence and said, Saddam is a threat. And so, for about the — I can't remember how many times they said it, but they said, disarm. See, you're a threat. Disarm. There's a reason why a lot of people made the conclusion. It was not only based upon intelligence, it was based upon the fact that he hated America, that he's willing to pay suiciders to go kill people in Israel, that he actually used weapons of mass destruction on his own people.
Dubya still looking to add suicider to the English language, Hershey, Pennsylvania, Apr. 19, 2004
Good evening. Before I take your questions, let me speak with the American people about the situation in Iraq. This has been tough weeks in that country.
Coalition forces have encountered serious violence in some areas of Iraq. Our military commanders report that this violence is being insticated by three groups.
DUBYA: It was my way to — to help kick off the baseball season.
SPORTSCASTER: That's neat.
DUBYA: I, I really think it's, uhh — an integral part of the — fabric of our society, and, uhh — I'm, I'm gonna try to do my part to make sure baseball gets the notoriety it deserves.
I just met with Specialist Chris Hill's family from North Carolina. You know, I told the family how much we appreciated his sacrifice — he was killed in Iraq — and assured him that we would stay the course.
Come on, Dubya, could you at least get your pronouns right when you are talking about the bereaved families of fallen soldiers? Charlotte, North Carolina, Apr. 5, 2004
There was corporate scandals in America that betrayed the trust.
Appleton, Wisconsin, Mar. 30, 2004
I urge others to take time out of your life to make a difference in a child who may be lonely.
Grammar falls by the wayside once again, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mar. 26, 2004
I saw a threat. The Congress saw a threat. The United Nations Security Council saw a threat in the form of Saddam Hussein. He was not only a threat to people in the Middle East because of terrorist ties. He's a threat to America or anybody else who loved freedom. He's a threat to his own people. He had torture chambers and mass graves.
Past tense, present tense, past tense as only Dubya can deliver it, Nashua, New Hampshire, Mar. 25, 2004
There's a lot of signs that the economic plan we put in place are working.
More classic grammatical fumbling to enjoy, Washington, D.C., Mar. 23, 2004
If an insurance carrier can spread risk across a variety of people or a variety of firms, it makes it more likely his health care goes down.
Dubya neglects to insert the word "costs", Washington, D.C., Mar. 16, 2004
There's other things we need to do, as well. We need to worry about the cost of health care.
More lazy grammar at play here, Ardmore, Pennsylvania, Mar. 15, 2004
Dr. [Raja] Khuzai also was there to have Thanksgiving dinner with our troops. And it turned out to be me, as well.
What turned out to be him? Thanksgiving dinner? Washington, D.C., Mar. 12, 2004
We can outcompete with anybody.
We can? Cool. Bay Shore, New York, Mar. 11, 2004
And one of the most fantastic aspects about our society, and frankly, it's the entrepreneurial spirit that we're heralding today that is enabling us to overcome a lot of obstacles.
Don't worry, he never bothered getting back to naming that fantastic aspect, Bay Shore, New York, Mar. 11, 2004
It's hard to be successful if you don't make something somebody doesn't want to buy.
Make things nobody wants, and you, too, will be successful, Arlington, Virginia, Mar. 9, 2004
I thought there's a lot of bull in Washington, D.C. But I'm really glad to be here at the livestock show. It's — somebody said, what's it like when you come here? It's like being in a place with people who are willing to stand up to values that are important in this country.
Celebrating people who "stand up to values", Dallas, Texas, Mar. 8, 2004
We will not stand for government discrimination of people of faith.
Toward? Of? What's the difference, right Dubya? Dallas, Texas, Mar. 8, 2004
In spite of the fact that we've got large bankrolls and wealth, beyond imagination for many people in the world, in our own society there's darkness and loneliness and addiction and wonder — wonder whether their life is worth anything.
Who are they? Los Angeles, California, Mar. 3, 2004
My views are one that speaks to freedom.
Classic Dubya, Washington, D.C., Feb. 18, 2004
A lot of times, this country talks about our strengths, and we should. We talk about the military strength of America. And that's important. And we're going to keep us strong.
Strength through bad grammar, that's a motto to live by, Springfield, Missouri, Feb. 9, 2004
See, when a stock market sometimes indicates — is a predictor of the future, and sure enough, in the first quarter of 2001, the country was in a recession.
Dubya delivers half a sentence before giving up, Springfield, Missouri, Feb. 9, 2004
I hope to have the sovereignty passed over, and I think we will, by June the 30th.
Handing it over might be preferable to passing over it, Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2004
I want to thank the astronauts who are with us, the courageous spacial entrepreneurs who set such a wonderful example for the young of our country.
Dubya making a strong case for sticking to the script, Washington, D.C., Jan. 14, 2004
I'm honored to be joined by entrepreneurs, strong, strong women who have taken the lead in their businesses and are providing a great service to our country. They're not only providing a wonderful example for people who are wondering whether or not I can own my own company, but whether — but providing the service of hiring people and keeping them at work and caring about their employees.
I think we all know whether Dubya can or cannot own his own company, but I'm guessing this isn't the way he meant it to come across, Washington, D.C., Jan. 9, 2004
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