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Quotes - Dubya on Himself (2001 and earlier)
(Dubya according to Dubya)
But all in all, it's been a fabulous year for Laura and me.
A fabulous year despite deadliest terrorist attacks in American history; makes one wonder what would constitute a bad year, White House, Dec. 21, 2001
I can hear a guy breathing quite heavily. 'Mr President! Mr President! There's an unidentified aircraft heading toward the White House.' So we get out of bed. I'm actually in my running shorts with a T-shirt, old shoes.
Dubya's bedtime wardrobe includes old shoes, revealed in Newsweek interview, Nov. 26, 2001
I can assure you, when I was a senior in high school, I never sat in an audience saying, gosh, if I work hard I'll be President of the United States.
I guess you don't need the hard work if your last name is Bush, Crawford High School, Crawford, Texas, Nov. 15, 2001
You're the kind of guy I like to have in a foxhole with me.
Interesting comment made to Russian President Putin, White House, Nov. 13, 2001
REPORTER: Mr. President, have you been tested for anthrax?
DUBYA: I don't have anthrax.
REPORTER: So you've been tested, sir?
DUBYA: I don't have it.
Dubya demonstrating how not to answer a question, White House, Oct. 23, 2001
In order to go to college or realize your dreams, you have to make right choices in life. As you grow up, you've got to learn to say yes to the good things and no to the bad things, like saying no to drugs. That's going to be important in order to realize your dreams. No to alcohol, excessive alcohol. You've got to learn to make the right choices when you get older.
Or you can make all the wrong choices by snorting cocaine and drinking excessively and still become President of the USA. Yes kids, I am a hypocrite. Crawford Elementary School, Crawford, Texas, Aug. 23, 2001
One of the interesting things to do is drink coffee and watch Barney chase armadillos. The armadillos are out, and they love to root in our flower bed. It's good that Barney routs them out of their rooting.
Describing his Texas ranch life to Judy Keen, USA Today, Aug. 22, 2001
I realize that on July 4, you had the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. I recognize I don't look quite as pretty — but I am from Texas.
Statement hopefully not meant as a come-on, to U.S. troops at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, Jul. 24, 2001
I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe - I believe what I believe is right.
A believing Dubya showing belief in his beliefs, Rome, Italy, Jul. 22, 2001
It was amazing I won. I was running against peace and prosperity and incumbency.
Shockingly candid assessment of what he didn't bring to the table in the 2000 election made to Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson, Gothenberg, Sweden, Jun. 14, 2001
I loved history, and pursued a diversified course of study. I like to think of it as the academic road less traveled. For example, I took a class that studied Japanese Haiku. Haiku, for the uninitiated, is a 15th century form of poetry, each poem having 17 syllables. Haiku is fully understood only by the Zen masters. As I recall, one of my academic advisers was worried about my selection of such a specialized course. He said I should focus on English. I still hear that quite often. But my critics don't realize I don't make verbal gaffes. I'm speaking in the perfect forms and rhythms of ancient Haiku.
About as pained an attempt at pseudo-intelligent comedy as I've seen in some time (not to mention that it is factually inaccurate), Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, May 21, 2001
I am a living example of someone who took on an issue and benefited from it.
A candid Dubya, with John King, CNN, Apr. 25, 2001
John, we're going to get a good bill. I mean, one of the things I've learned is not to try to negotiate with you or me on national TV.
What does that mean? With John King, CNN, Apr. 25, 2001
I've coined new words, like, "misunderstanding" and "Hispanically".
Even when it's a joke, it's mistaken. Radio-Television Correspondents Association dinner, Washington, D.C., Mar. 29, 2001
I think there is some methodology in my travels.
Who knows what that methodology might be? Washington, D.C., Mar. 5, 2001
Turn that thing off! Turn it off!
"Easygoing" Dubya barking orders at friends who are watching a Saturday Night Live spoof of him, Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2001
Let me put it to you this way, I am not a revengeful person.
Nor is he vengeful, I gather. Interview with Time magazine, Dec. 25, 2000
They misunderestimated me.
I guess that means they underestimated him incorrectly, Bentonville, Arkansas, Nov. 6, 2000
I want each and every American to know for certain that I'm responsible for the decisions I make, and each of you are as well.
Wow, if only we had some level of influence over him, given that we're responsible, On "Live With Regis", Sep. 20, 2000
I am a person who recognizes the fallacy of humans.
That's his claim, and he's sticking to it, interview with Oprah Winfrey, Sep. 19, 2000
As I understand it, the current [FBI] form asks the question, "Did somebody use drugs within the last seven years?" and I will be glad to answer that question, and the answer is "No."
Putting down rumors of past illicit drug use... sort of, Time Magazine, Aug. 18, 2000
JENNINGS: Back in October 1998, you told David Broder of The Washington Post you felt like a cork in a raging river.
DUBYA: Yes. I think that was part of all the speculation and the swirl around whether I would run or not. There was kind of a momentum beyond — beyond being the governor I guess is the best way to describe it. And I don't feel like a cork in a raging river now. I feel like — something bigger than a cork.
And a lot denser... Interview with ABC News' Peter Jennings, Jul. 31, 2000
I come from a different generation from my Dad.
It would have been kind of tricky otherwise Apr. 27, 2000
Yesterday I met with the Russian foreign minister and when he left the meeting, he kindly said this is a man who — I'm going to paraphrase him and you need to check the facts — but — sophisticated thinker.
Checking the facts sounds like a good idea, interview with Jim Lehrer, Apr. 27, 2000
Listen, I'm just as shocked as you are that I'm sitting here talking about the presidency — it's never been a part of my — my life's ambition hasn't always been to be the president.
Making you wonder who's calling the shots Apr. 27, 2000
I'm not going to play like I've been a person who's spent hours involved with foreign policy. I am who I am.
Not even hours? News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Apr. 27, 2000
Listen, I'm just as shocked as you are that I'm sitting here talking about the presidency.
Somehow I doubt that's true, and if it is, that's scary, News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Apr. 27, 2000
I've got a reason for running. I talk about a larger goal, which is to call upon the best of America. It's part of the renewal. It's reform and renewal. Part of the renewal is a set of high standards and to remind people that the greatness of America really does depend on neighbors helping neighbors and children finding mentors. I worry. I'm very worried about, you know, the kid who just wonders whether America is meant for him. I really worry about that. And uh, so, I'm running for a reason. I'm answering this question here and the answer is, you cannot lead America to a positive tomorrow with revenge on one's mind. Revenge is so incredibly negative. And so to answer your question, I'm going to win because people sense my heart, know my sense of optimism and know where I want to lead the country. And I tease people by saying, 'A leader, you can't say, follow me the world is going to be worse.' I'm an optimistic person. I'm an inherently content person. I've got a great sense of where I want to lead and I'm comfortable with why I'm running. And, you know, the call on that speech was, beware. This is going to be a tough campaign.
Doing his best Dan Quayle impression, interview with the Washington Post, Mar. 23, 2000
I don't want to win? If that were the case why the heck am I on the bus 16 hours a day, shaking thousands of hands, giving hundreds of speeches, getting pillared in the press and cartoons and still staying on message to win?
Scary. Newsweek, Feb. 28, 2000
I thought how proud I am to be standing up beside my dad. Never did it occur to me that he would become the gist for cartoonists.
No, that isn't a typo... Newsweek, Feb. 28, 2000
I'm a patient man, which is hard for me to believe.
Why would that be? Interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 25, 2000
I don't make any apologies for what I do on the campaign trail.
Comment made when asked about his campaign visit to Bob Jones University, which espouses an anti-Catholic, anti-gay, anti-interracial marriage philosophy, New York Times, Feb. 24, 2000
I'm very gracious and humbled.
To Cokie Roberts, This Week, Feb. 20, 2000
I've changed my style somewhat, as you know. I'm less—I pontificate less, although it may be hard to tell it from this show. And I'm more interacting with people.
I'm impressed, Dubya. Meet The Press, Feb. 13, 2000
A reformer with results is a conservative who has had compassionate results in the state of Texas.
If the reformer ain't from Texas, he can't show any results, New York Times, Feb. 10, 2000
My friends allege that I showed up in a Nixon mask one year and that another time I dressed as Mahatma Gandhi in a toga that looked like a diaper by the end of the night.
Giving Americans a reason to elect him president in his autobiography "A Charge to Keep", p. 135 (His not being able to remember these incidents should have raised more flags than it did) Dec. 1, 1999
Do as I say and not as I did.
When governor of Texas, Dubya proposed a $9 million initiative to persuade young Texans to hold off on sex until marriage. This was Dubya's answer when asked whether he had abstained from pre-marital sex, Rolling Stone, Aug. 5, 1999
I'd probably say foolish things.
When asked what would happen if he took a drink today, apparently without any intended sarcasm, Washington Post, Jul. 25, 1999
I killed a killdee. ...I thought it was a dove.
"Killdee" is the colloquial form of "killdeer", a bird listed as a protected species that Dubya shot with a borrowed 20-gauge shotgun on the opening day of dove season, for which Dubya received a misdemeanor fine of $130, Houston Chronicle, Sep. 2, 1994
One's dead and one's alive.
Dubya's answer when asked to explain the difference between a killdee and a killdeer, Houston Chronicle, Sep. 2, 1994
I want the folks to see me sitting in the same kind of seat they sit in, eating the same popcorn, peeing in the same urinal.
Explaining his choice to sit "among the fans" when involved in management of the Texas Rangers, Time Magazine, Jul. 31, 1989
You know I could run for governor but I'm basically a media creation. I've never done anything. I've worked for my dad. I worked in the oil business. But that's not the kind of profile you have to have to get elected to public office.
Dubya displays some candor in an 1989 interview, as quoted in "Fortunate Son" by James Hatfield, Jul. 2, 1989
CONNIE CHUNG [NBC]: Just a moment ago Tom Brokaw, in an interview with Dan Quayle — uhh, Dan Quayle revealed that he may have made a few phone calls that would help him get into the National Guard instead of serving in Vietnam —
CHUNG: Are you aware of this, and do you think —
CHUNG: — that could be a problem?
DUBYA: I am not, no, and I also think service in the National Guard is a good thing to do. I mean, he could — I, I'm from that era, as you know. As a matter of fact, he happens to be one year younger than I am. He couldda gone to Canada. He decided to serve. I think Dan Quayle oughtta be proud of his National Guard experience, like thousands of others around the country are —
CHUNG: And —
DUBYA: I was in the National Guard.
CHUNG: You were in the —
DUBYA: I flew —
CHUNG: — National Guard?
DUBYA: I flew fighters in the Texas Air National Guard, of which I am very proud.
CHUNG: Now, the problem, though, would be is if indeed he made several phone calls, or some people made phone calls on his behalf to get him into the National Guard. Did that ever, I mean, did that happen to you? Were you —
DUBYA: No, I don't think so. But, uhh, in those days, people were goin' into the service, all different branches, and people — if you wanted to go into the National Guard, I guess sometimes people made calls. I don't see anything wrong with the kind — matter of fact, I'm glad he served this country. And serving in the National Guard is serving in the mili — they probably shouldda called up the National Guard up in those days. Maybe we'd have done better in Vietnam.
Even in 1988, in this interview at the Republican Party National Convention, Dubya's dodges the question, while also managing to sneak in a backhanded compliment to the troops that actually fought in Vietnam, by suggesting that the U.S. could have done better with Dan Quayle and himself over there. Not to mention he couldn't help interrupting Connie Chung at every opportunity. New Orleans, Louisiana, Aug. 17, 1988
FINK: When you're talking about politics, what do you and [your father] talk about?
Interview with David Fink of the Hartford Courant at the 1988 Republican National Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana, Aug. 14, 1988
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