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Quotes - Dubya on Himself (2007)
(Dubya according to Dubya)
It's what I do during my presidency. I go around spreading good will and talking about the importance of spreading freedom and peace.
Yeah, that's what he does... White House, Dec. 20, 2007
I wasn't a knee-walking drunk. It's a difficult thing to do, which is to kick an addiction.
Even when he's talking about his own past, presumably a subject he knows well, he can't help the odd phrasing. Interview with ABC News' Martha Raddatz, Dec. 11, 2007
I don't like to put words in leaders' mouths. I don't particularly like it when people put words in my mouth, either, by the way, unless I say it.
That wouldn't exactly be "putting words in his mouth" then, would it? Crawford, Texas, Nov. 10, 2007
I would say that we would always try to try diplomacy first. In other words, I — I've committed our troops into harm's way twice, and it's not a pleasant experience because I understand the consequences firsthand.
Really? From inside the White House, Dubya can claim firsthand understanding of the experience of war? That's quite a feat. White House, Nov. 6, 2007
REPORTER: How do you think you will be remembered as a President?
DUBYA: I think I'll be remembered as a guy who, you know, was dealt some pretty tough issues to deal with and I dealt with them head-on and I didn't try to shy away. I didn't, you know, I didn't sacrifice — I was firm and that I made decisions based upon principles, not based upon the latest Gallup Poll. And that I helped this country protect itself, and at the same time was unashamed, unabashed at spreading certain values to others — the main one being liberty, whether it be the freedom from forms of government or the freedom from disease and hunger. And that we had a very robust foreign policy in the name of peace. And at home, that the cornerstone of my policy is to trust the individual American to make the best decisions for his or her family. And that I dealt with not only a tax, but recession and a lot of other challenges to our economy, and yet our economy is very strong. We've had 50 consecutive months of uninterrupted job growth, which is the longest in American history. So, you know something? But I'll be dead before they finally figure out my administration because history, it takes a while to get the true history of an administration.
Dubya summarizes the history of his administration as only he can. White House, Nov. 6, 2007
I'm sorry it's under these circumstances that we have to be together. I hope our presence can help heal your hearts just a little bit.
Dubya proposes that by merely being in his presence, family members who have lost loved ones in Iraq may have their hearts healed. That's kinda scary. Emmitsburg, Maryland, Oct. 7, 2007
My job is a decision-making job. And as a result, I make a lot of decisions.
After all, he is "the decider"... Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Oct. 3, 2007
REPORTER: Do you think there's a risk of a recession? How do you rate that?
DUBYA: You know, you need to talk to economists. I think I got a B in Econ 101. I got an A, however, in keeping taxes low.
How charming. He left out the A+ for deficit spending, though. And for the record, he actually got a C- in Econ 101. White House, Sep. 20, 2007
I'll give some speeches, just to replenish the ol' coffers. I don't know what my dad gets — it's more than 50 to 75 [thousand dollars a speech]... Clinton's making a lot of money.
As quoted by the New York Times from the book "Dead Certain" by Robert Draper, regarding his plans after he leaves office. White House, Sep. 2, 2007
I believe in that old Texas adage, if you don't stand for something, you don't believe in anything. And I believe in some certain principles that I hold inviolate, such as, there is an Almighty, and a great gift of that Almighty to each man, woman and child on the face of Earth is liberty and freedom.
As long as Dubya doesn't use his office to enforce that inviolate belief, I guess we'll be okay. And as for the Texas adage, the best guess is that Dubya was aiming for the not-specific-to-Texas adage: "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything." Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jul. 26, 2007
I'm the Commander-in-Chief. I'm also the Educator-in-Chief. Part of my job is to explain the philosophy behind the decisions that I have made. I'm honored you'd give me a chance to do so.
Educator-in-Chief? From his description, it sounds more like he's the Justifier-in-Chief. Cleveland, Ohio, Jul. 10, 2007
Bush goes to Hel. That's what a lot of people want.
Dubya's off-the-cuff comment to reporters about his visit to the Hel Peninsula in Poland, Gdansk, Poland, Jun. 8, 2007
REPORTER: Will you give any ground on the two-degree target that she [German Chancellor Angela Merkel] wants?
DUBYA: No, I talked about what I'm for. Remember? I said I'm for sitting together with the nations to sit down and discuss a way forward. I think when people really look at what I've said, they say, well, that's an interesting way to bridge the difference between what China has said, for example, and what others in Europe have said.
Apparently this is Dubya's idea of give and take... Heiligendamm, Germany, Jun. 6, 2007
You know, I'm — I've been in politics long enough to know that polls just go poof at times.
Dubya explains his low poll numbers with a poof, Tipp City, Ohio, Apr. 19, 2007
REPORTER: Do you believe it's a civil war [in Iraq], sir?
DUBYA: I can only tell you what people on the ground whose judgment — it's hard for me, you know, living in this beautiful White House, to give you a first-hand assessment. I haven't been there. You have. I haven't.
In case you were wondering how detached Dubya is from the realities in Iraq (in the beautiful White House), here is your answer. And I guess Dubya has already forgotten spending Thanksgiving with the troops in 2003. White House, Feb. 14, 2007
Baby boomers like me are getting ready to retire. Like my retirement date and my Social Security date happen to be the same, 2008. It's convenient. Sixty-two years old in 2008.
Unless Dubya plans on leaving office before the end of his term (Jan. 2009), this is plainly incorrect. Manassas, Virginia, Feb. 6, 2007
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