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There's only one person who hugs the mothers and the widows, the wives and the kids upon the death of their loved one. Others hug, but having committed the troops, I've got an additional responsibility to hug and that's me and I know what it's like.
I don't know where he's trying to go here, Washington, D.C., Dec. 11, 2002

If I answer questions every time you ask one, expectations would be high. And as you know, I like to keep expectations low.
Well, at least he's honest, I guess, Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 2002

Sure, of course. I press any leader that doesn't believe 100 percent in freedom. And of course I do I'm freedom of the press, or Chechnya, or issues that indicate that there might not be a whole-hearted commitment to freedom of the people. I do it in a way that's a friendly way.
The translators must have loved this one back in Lithuania, Interview with LNK TV of Lithuania, Washington, D.C., Nov. 21, 2002

DUBYA: I'll answer some questions.
REPORTER: I have one question for President Bush, and a second question for President Havel. President Bush, you have said some lofty words here. The Czech Republic...
DUBYA: I said some what?
REPORTER: Lofty words.
DUBYA: No one has ever accused me of being a poet before, but thank you.
Nobody's accusing you of being a poet here, either, Dubya. Prague, Czech Republic, Nov. 20, 2002

I know something about being a government. And you've got a good one.
Dubya is a government all by himself, Bentonville, Arkansas, Nov. 4, 2002

I know something about being a governor, and I know what it takes to get elected.
Write your own joke. Manchester, New Hampshire, Oct. 5, 2002

Let me get to the U.N. and give what is an important speech for me.
Just as long as it's important for Dubya, White House, Sep. 10, 2002

Listen, it's a healthy debate for people to express their opinion. People should be allowed to express their opinion. But America needs to know, I'll be making up my mind based upon the latest intelligence and how best to protect our own country plus our friends and allies.
In other words, disagree as much as you like, but don't expect him to change his mind (or listen), Crawford, Texas, Aug. 16, 2002

I had my first 'scope', as we say in the business, I think maybe five or six years ago. They discovered polyps for the first time.
Dubya seeming to indicate heretofore unknown expertise in proctology, White House, Jun. 28, 2002

And I appreciate so very much the honorary degree you're conferring upon me today. I'm delighted that George Steinbrenner is receiving one as well. I guess we're both being honored as legends of baseball legends, at least, in our own minds.
This is a classic Dubya maneuver: comparing himself to someone important to enhance his own stature, then finishing the job with a backhanded compliment to that famous person, Ohio State University commencement address, Jun. 14, 2002

That's what happens when you are over 55.
Explaining his inability to remember all three parts of a three-part question, and also apparently forgetting that he is still 55 years old, while his counterpart Jacques Chirac (who looked understandably quizzical upon hearing the remark) is 70, press conference with French President Jacques Chirac, Paris, France, May 26, 2002

I was concerned about things like, is my wife safe? You know, I was worried about that. I was worried about things such as my parents. I was worried about my girls. ...At the same time, you need to know about me that I was also thinking clearly about how to respond.
Talking about his concerns immediately following the attacks on September 11, 2001, interview with ARD German Television, May 22, 2002

Listen, I deeply hurt when there is a lack of hope for moms and dads of anybody.
On the Middle East, meeting with Israeli PM Sharon, Washington, D.C., May 7, 2002

I don't have a calendar on my desk, that beautiful desk, that says, by such-and-such a date, you will be finished. That's not how I think.
Scary... Los Angeles, California, Apr. 29, 2002

I like to tell people, Laura and I are proud to be Texas own a Texas ranch, and for us, every day is Earth Day.
"Proud to be Texas", Wilmington, New York, Apr. 22, 2002

You know, Christie Todd talked about Teddy Roosevelt and I every morning when I go to the Oval Office I sit at the same desk he used, as well as Franklin Roosevelt, as well as other Presidents.... And it also amazes me that in this very park, Teddy Roosevelt used to hang out.
Cool, dude. Hanging with Teddy in the White House, Apr. 22, 2002

It's the first time I'll ever admit to making a J turn.... The Secret Service has got some of the best instructors in the world, and they took a fellow who hasn't been driving much and taught me the J turn.... There'll be no J turns in Crawford.
Reporting back to the press on his 3½-hour tour of a Secret Service training facility, where he got to drive sports cars and shoot guns, while neglecting the entire time to explain to the press what a J turn is, Washington, D.C., Apr. 19, 2002

My mom often used to say, "The trouble with W" although she didn't put that to words.
I guess she was telepathic, White House, Apr. 3, 2002

For a guy growing up in Texas, that snow game looked pretty rough.
Talking about the 2002 AFC Championship Game in Foxboro and referring to himself in the process as a "guy growing up in Texas" (I guess we have a while still until he becomes a full-fledged adult), White House photo op with the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, Apr. 2, 2002

Well, it got my attention this morning when I read about that. I was stunned, and not happy. Let me put it another way I was plenty hot.
That clarifies it. White House, Mar. 13, 2002

One of my favorites. The only one I remember.
Dubya's reflections on children's song "Itsy Bitsy Spider", photo-op with homeless children, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mar. 12, 2002

As you know, I love my family a lot, and I love my little sister. She's my favorite one, even though she's my only one.
I'm glad he doesn't hold it against her, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 8, 2002

I'm so honored that people came down from Tallahassee to say hello to Jeb's little big brother.
By which he means himself, Daytona Beach, Florida, Jan. 30, 2002

Well, I know there's an investigation going on, and I look forward to see the findings. But as I said, if he was mistreated because of his ethnicity, I'm going to be plenty hot. That means angry.
Dubya offers real-time Cliff's Notes for his speech patterns, White House, Jan. 7, 2002

There are a couple of cows waiting for me. You know, when I first got back from Washington, it seemed like the cows were talking back. But now that I've spent some time in Crawford, they're just cows.
Revealing disturbing facts about his brain chemistry in Town Hall Forum on Economy, Ontario, California, Jan. 5, 2002

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