Quotes - Dubya on Himself (2005)
(Dubya according to Dubya)
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I, I don't know Bono came in and dropped this new iPod off... Lightweight. Crank it on, and you shuffle the shuffle.
Dubya "explains" how he operates his new iPod, White House, Dec. 15, 2005

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.
I guess the jet lag hasn't quite worn off yet, Beijing, China, Nov. 20, 2005

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?
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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