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Quotes - Dubya on Himself (2005)
(Dubya according to Dubya)
I, I don't know — Bono came in and dropped this new iPod off... Lightweight. Crank it on, and you shuffle the shuffle.
It's a myth to think I don't know what's going on. And it's a myth to think that I'm not aware that there is opinions that don't agree with mine. Because I'm fully aware of that. ...I see a lot of the news. Every morning I look at the newspaper I can tell you what the headlines are. I must confess, if I think the story is, like, not a fair appraisal, I'll move on.
Contrary opinions: He's aware of them. He just isn't particularly interested in hearing them out. Interview with Brian Williams, NBC News, Dec. 12, 2005
DUBYA: Herman, last question.
KEN HERMAN (Cox News Service): Respectfully, sir — and you know we're always respectful, in your statement —
DUBYA: Most of the time.
HERMAN: — this morning with President Hu, you seemed a little off your game. You seemed to hurry through your statement and there was a lack of enthusiasm —
DUBYA: When? Here, right now?
HERMAN: No, this morning, with President Hu.
HERMAN: Was something bothering you? Were you tired?
DUBYA: Have you ever heard of jet lag?
HERMAN: Yes, sir.
DUBYA: Well, good. That answers your question.
This is a opportunity to positively affirm our belief in democracy, in human rights and human dignity. And so I want to thank you for being a good host. It's not easy to host all these countries, particularly not easy to host, uhh, perhaps, me. But thank you for doing it. You're doing a fine job.
One of the classic moments to come out of the Summit of the Americas. True to form, the White House transcript was also quick to change the third word from "a" to "an". Mar del Plata, Argentina, Nov. 4, 2005
See, NORTHCOM is the main entity that interfaces, that uses federal assets, federal troops to interface with local and state government. I want to watch that relationship. It's an important relationship, and I need to understand how it works better.
After 6 years as Texas (state) governor, and after more than 4 years as (federal) President, Dubya decides to do some homework, FEMA Headquarters, Washington, D.C., Sep. 23, 2005
Here's what I believe. I believe that the great city of New Orleans will rise again and be a greater city of New Orleans. I believe the town where I used to come — from Houston, Texas, to enjoy myself, occasionally too much — will be that very same town, that it will be a better place to come to.
Dubya pledges to make New Orleans a frat boy party town once again, New Orleans, Louisiana, Sep. 2, 2005
I think it's important for me to be thoughtful and sensitive to those who have got something to say. But I think it's also important for me to go on with my life, to keep a balanced life.
Response given to the pleas of Cindy Sheehan, grieving mother of a soldier killed in Iraq. Dubya then proceeded to balance his life by taking a bike ride with journalists and aides. Crawford, Texas, Aug. 13, 2005
She's referring to the fact that my Attorney General, longtime friend, a guy who was my — close when I was the governor of Texas, came up to Washington with me as part of the movement of Texans south to north during the government.
Dubya "explains" a question from an American reporter about the potential nomination of Alberto Gonzales to the Supreme Court, Lyngby, Denmark, Jul. 6, 2005
DUBYA: I appreciate the Secretary of Energy joining me today. He's a good man, he knows a lot about the subject, you'll be pleased to hear. I was teasing him — he taught at MIT, and — do you have a PhD?
SECRETARY OF ENERGY BODMAN: Yes.
DUBYA: Yes, a PhD. Now I want you to pay careful attention to this — he's the PhD, and I'm the C student, but notice who is the advisor and who is the President.
Yes, we've been noticing that for some time now... Lusby, Maryland, Jun. 22, 2005
There's a lot of us getting ready to retire. We're called baby boomers. As a matter of fact, my retirement age is 2,008.
Dubya adjusts his retirement age upward a bit at the 2005 President's Dinner, Washington, D.C., Jun. 14, 2005
A lot of us are getting ready to retire. We're called baby boomers. See, my retirement age happens to be in 2008, I reached retirement age in 2008, which is a convenient year for me to retire.
Both the original and the correction miss the mark, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Jun. 2, 2005
If you've retired, you don't have anything to worry about. The third time I've said that. I'll probably say it three more times, see, in my line of work you gotta keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kinda catapult the propaganda.
Truth... Propaganda... Pretty much the same thing as far as Dubya is concerned. A surprisingly candid statement, though... Greece, New York, May 24, 2005
Let me put it to you this way. I do not need a poll or a focus group to tell me where I need to lead this country. In the midst of the Civil War, the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln said, "As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew." And we continue that proud tradition today, as we're heading into the second term.
Dubya tries a comparison between Lincoln's handling of the Civil War to his own handling of the invasion of Iraq, and also reiterates his feeling that he doesn't serve the public will... Nifty. Washington, D.C., May 17, 2005
The math has changed. The math has changed this way. Baby boomers like me are getting ready to retire, and there's a lot of us. I turn 62 in 2008 — it's a convenient date for me to retire.
Dubya's math seems to indicate he will retire before the end of his term in 2009, Tucson, Arizona, Mar. 21, 2005
DAVID GREGORY: Do you feel that this is a point in the debate where it's incumbent upon you, and nobody else, to lay out a plan to the American people for how you actually keep Social Security solvent for the long-term?
DUBYA: First of all, Dave, let me, if I might correct you, be so bold as to correct you, I have not laid out a plan yet, intentionally.
Unless, of course you count the section linked on the White House website under the title "The President's Plan" (screen shot), White House, Mar. 16, 2005
There is a baby boomer generation getting ready to retire. I'm pretty aware of that. I am one.
Dubya is a baby boomer generation, Louisville, Kentucky, Mar. 10, 2005
Can you imagine if my name had been Mungo Bush?
I somehow doubt it would have made much difference. Nice job of belittling a reporter's son's name, though. Session with European journalists at the White House, Feb. 18, 2005
And it's not only having no retirement system. It is how are we going to pay for people like George W. when he gets ready to retire? That's as big a burden as having no system at all, see? And that's the dilemma we're faced with.
Actually, I think quite a few people see George W's impending retirement as a cause for celebration rather than a dilemma, Little Rock, Arkansas, Feb. 4, 2005
REPORTER: I seem to remember a time in Texas on another problem — taxes — where you tried to get out in front and tell people it's not a crisis now, it's going to be a crisis down the line. You went down in flames on that one. Why is there —
DUBYA: Actually, I — let me — let me, if I might — I don't think a billion dollar tax relief that permanently reduced property taxes on senior citizens was flames — but since you weren't a senior citizen, perhaps that's your definition of flame. Yeah —
REPORTER: What is there about government —
DUBYA: 'Cause you're not a senior citizen yet.
REPORTER: I'm getting there. What is there about government that makes it hard —
DUBYA: Acting like one, however. Go ahead.
REPORTER: — that makes it hard for government to get —
DUBYA: Faulty memory.
Dubya puts down old people in the process of refuting the reporter's assertion that Dubya may have failed once in his life in trying to launch a new policy, Washington, D.C., Jan. 26, 2005
People sometimes say what's more important than the country is my politics.
Wow, I hope he isn't in agreement with them, Washington, D.C., Jan. 3, 2005
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