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Quotes - International Dubya (2002)
(In case you were wondering, the damage doesn't stop at the border...)
Like the Nazis and the communists before them, the terrorists seek to end lives and control all life. And like the Nazis and the communists before them, they will be opposed by free nations and the terrorists will be defeated.
I guess the communist nations of China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea and Vietnam have already been defeated, Vilnius, Lithuania, Nov. 23, 2002
Great evil is stirring in the world. We've faced perils we've never thought about, perils we've never seen before, but they're dangerous, they're just as dangerous as those perils that your fathers and mothers and grandfathers and grandmothers faced.
Be careful, those perils can sometimes be dangerous, Pushkin, Russia, Nov. 22, 2002
And we want Russia to be a country based upon the values which we share, because we believe those values are the best values for the human condition of everybody. I like to tell people, freedom is not an American gift. Freedom is a gift from the Almighty God. And I firmly believe that.
Dubya ultimately inferring that American-ness is only next to godliness, and Russia needs to learn that, interview with LNK TV, Lithuania, Nov. 21, 2002
I had a cordial meeting at that meeting last night. We greeted each other, cordially.
And he apparently ate his tasty breakfast at the breakfast, and it was tasty when he tasted it. Prague, Czech Republic, Nov. 21, 2002
DUBYA: I don't want you to get used to asking too many questions. I've been answering them all the whole time I've been here, question after question after question. If you were to ask a question, Stretch, what would it have been, so I can think about it for tomorrow? I won't answer it now.
REPORTER: What's your reaction to the confirmation of bin Laden being alive on the tape?
DUBYA: Thank you. I've got a formulated answer.
[PRESS CONFERENCE ENDS]
Well, I guess he's man of his word, at least. Prague, Czech Republic, 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
America is a nation that is — a nation that values our relationship with an Almighty. Declaration of God in the Pledge of Allegiance doesn't violate rights. As a matter of fact, it's a confirmation of the fact that we received our rights from God, as proclaimed in our Declaration of Independence. I — I believe that it points up the fact that we need common-sense judges who understand that our rights were derived from God. And those are the kind of judges I intend to put on the bench.
Dubya blasting an 8-foot-wide hole through the separation of church and state, and totally ignoring the actual context in which the "under God" stanza was added to the Pledge of Allegiance. I also have to assume that in the realm of DubyaSpeak, "common-sense" means "God-fearing Christian". So much for atheists, agnostics and Buddhists, eh Dubya? Kananaskis, Canada, Jun. 27, 2002
And so there is a — I think that the Almighty is important — obviously, important part of my life, but very important part of the life of our country. And that's why the ruling of the courts was out of step with the traditions and history of America.
A tradition in a Pledge of Allegiance that only began in the height of World War II (1942), and which was made more overtly religious at the insistence of the Knights of Columbus during the Cold War (1954)? Knee jerk Christian conservatism is the only acceptable policy in America? Wow. I know I shouldn't be surprised but I have to say I am. Kananaskis, Canada, Jun. 27, 2002
I appreciate you hear me say that I appreciate the fact that our country prays for me and Laura.
That's two instances of "appreciate" for the price of one! Kananaskis, Canada, Jun. 27, 2002
Adam, as you know, my position is, is that the dollar will seek its level based upon — based upon market forces and based upon whether or not our country can rein in spending, can recover, can revitalize our manufacturing base. And so the dollar will seek its appropriate level based upon market forces.
Leaving off right where he started, and dispensing with all said in between, Kananaskis, Canada, Jun. 25, 2002
REPORTER: What is for you the more decisive ally in your war against terrorism?
DUBYA: Decisive ally? Ally? Decisive ally? Of course, Jacques Chirac. I — listen, thank you for the trick question. Let me talk about this ally. The phone rang the day after the attack — the day of the attack. I can't remember exactly when, but it was immediately. And he said, "I'm your friend." On this continent, France takes the lead in helping to hunt down people who want to harm America and/or the French, or anybody else.
Wow, that was messy... press conference with French President Jacques Chirac, Paris, France, May 26, 2002
And we — in the talk, I'm going to talk about — there's been current — modern-day sacrifices. We still fight people who hate civilization. It was — or at least, civilization that we love, they can't stand freedom.
Increasingly incoherent in press conference with French President Jacques Chirac, Paris, France, May 26, 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
We do believe this is the first time a president has been out of the country for Memorial Day.
Dubya and his White House staff neglecting to remember former President Bush's observance of Memorial Day in Italy in 1989 (including National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, who worked in the White House at the time), Paris, France, May 26, 2002
GREGORY: I wonder why it is you think there are such strong sentiments in Europe against you and against this administration? Why, particularly, there's a view that you and your administration are trying to impose America's will on the rest of the world, particularly when it comes to the Middle East and where the war on terrorism goes next? [In French to President Chirac:] And, Mr. President, would you maybe comment on that?
DUBYA: Very good. The guy memorizes four words, and he plays like he's intercontinental.
GREGORY: I can go on.
DUBYA: I'm impressed — que bueno. Now I'm literate in two languages.
Dubya taking time out of his busy schedule to belittle NBC News White House correspondent David Gregory, and employing his Spanish "prowess" to do so, press conference with French President Jacques Chirac, Paris, France, May 26, 2002
It is very important for the infrastructure to be modernized as quickly as possible,... so that an entrepreneur such as yourself are able to learn from other entrepreneurs being connected through the Internet.
St. Petersburg University, St. Petersburg, Russia, May 25, 2002
They can't stand religion.
About America's and Russia's common enemy, the "blood-thirsty killers", who until now were considered to adhere to a exclusionary perversion of Islam, St. Petersburg University, St. Petersburg, Russia, May 25, 2002
It's an interesting question about leadership. Does a leader lead, or does a leader follow? Does a leader lead opinion, or does a leader try to chase public opinion? My view is the leader leads. ... I understand a leader can't do everything. And so, therefore, a leader must be willing to surround himself, in my case, with smart, capable, honorable people. A leader must be willing to listen. And then a leader must be decisive enough to make a decision and stick by it. In politics, in order to lead, you've got to know what you believe. You have to stand on principle, you have to believe in certain values. And you must defend them at all costs. A politician who takes a poll to figure out what to believe is a politician who is constantly going to be trying to lead through — it's like a dog chasing its tail. And, finally, any leader must — in order to lead, must understand — must have a vision about where you're going.
Leading a discussion on leadership, St. Petersburg University, St. Petersburg, Russia, May 25, 2002
Laura and I are honored to be here at this famous university. I'm particularly pleased to be coming to this university because it is the alma mater of your President and my friend, Vladimir Putin. But even more importantly, it is Mrs. Putin's alma mater.
Maybe an attempt to be cute, but an explanation was not forthcoming, St. Petersburg University, St. Petersburg, Russia, May 25, 2002
I — first of all, there's a lot of brains in this room. And you get to decide whether there's a brain drain in Russia. I tell Vladimir all the time — I mean, Mr. President all the time — that Russia's most precious resource is the brain power of this country. And you've got a lot of it. It's going to take a lot of brains in Russia to create a drain.
The Russian interpreter must have had a great time with this, St. Petersburg University, St. Petersburg, Russia, May 25, 2002
America at one time was protected by two oceans. We seemed totally invulnerable to, for example, the wars that took place here in Russia or on the European continent.
Remarks to community and religious leaders, Moscow, Russia (located on the European continent), May 24, 2002
We hold dear what our Declaration of Independence says, that all have got uninalienable rights, endowed by a Creator.
Remarks to community and religious leaders, Moscow, Russia, May 24, 2002
That's good. It's good for the people of Russia. It's good for the people of the United States. ...For decades, Russia and NATO were adversaries. Those days are gone, and that's good. And that's good for the Russian people, it's good for the people of my country, it's good for the people of Europe and it's good for the people of the world.
That's good. At the signing of the new nuclear arms treaty between Russia and the United States, Moscow, Russia, May 24, 2002
Those who seek missiles and terrible weapons are also familiar with the map of Europe. Like the threats of another era, this threat cannot be appeased or cannot be ignored.
He apparently hasn't made up his mind about which thing cannot be done, speech at the Bundestag, Berlin, Germany, May 23, 2002
We're working with Chancellor Schroeder on what's called 10-plus-10-over-10. $10 billion from the U.S., $10 billion from other members of the G7 over a 10-year period, to help Russia securitize the dismantling — the dismantled nukyular warheads.
Accidentally proposing some sort of fiscal policy for dismantled nuclear warheads, press conference with German Chancellor Gerhardt Schroeder, Berlin, Germany, May 23, 2002
Listen, history has called us to action. I don't want to be in a position where we look back, and say, why didn't they lead, where were they when it came to our basic freedoms? And we are going to lead.
I'm having a hard deciphering the pronoun usage here, and I have a feeling I'm not the only one, press conference with German Chancellor Gerhardt Schroeder, Berlin, Germany, May 23, 2002
And I'm pleased to report, as you can probably see in your newspapers, [Arab leaders] are now, they're involved. I think one of our — and the reason I mention that is because I think their involvement to a process that I'm optimistic will succeed will then enable us to continue to more likely have an effect on promoting values that we hold dear — values of rule of law and democracy and minority rights.
Long-winded and somewhat confusing in press conference with German Chancellor Gerhardt Schroeder, Berlin, Germany, May 23, 2002
Yes, the human condition is very important to me. I mean, it is — and that's one way to make sure that the terrorists are less likely to be effective in their recruiting, is to promote those conditions necessary for human beings to realize their full potential, such as good health, and good education, and prosperity — those habits necessary for the growth of prosperity.
Press conference with German Chancellor Gerhardt Schroeder, Berlin, Germany, May 23, 2002
But in Afghanistan, we've shown, I believe, how to do it, in a way that's commiserate with our values — that, on the one hand, we're plenty tough, and we will be. We've got a military we're going to use, if we need to, to defend freedom. But on the other hand, we delivered a lot of medicine and a lot of food.
Dubya letting another "commiserate" fly out in place of "commensurate", Moscow, Russia, Apr. 24, 2002
We've tripled the amount of money — I believe it's from 50 million up to 195 million available.
Fuzzy math of the Dubya variety, Lima, Peru, Mar. 23, 2002
I've asked Secretary of State Powell, Secretary of Treasury O'Neill to reach out to the world community, to develop clear and concrete, objective criterion for the millennium challenge account. We'll apply these criterion fairly, and rigorously.
Criterion, not to be confused with its plural form: criteria, which would have been the appropriate choice in this instance, conference on world poverty, Monterrey, Mexico, Mar. 22, 2002
When satellites take pictures of the Korean Peninshula at night, the South is awashed in light. The North is almost completely dark. Kim Dae-jung has put forward a vision that can illuminate the whole Peninshula. We want all the Koreans to live in the light. [Polite applause...] My vision is clear. I see a Peninshula that is one day united in commerce and cooperation, instead of divided by barbed wire and fear.
Dubya offers a "Peninshula" three-peat, besides unnecessarily adding "-ed" to "awash" (the White House website conveniently edited this out of the official transcript). Dorasan, South Korea, Feb. 20, 2002
He [Prime Minister Koizumi] said I want to make it very clear to you exactly what I want to do and he talked about non-performing loans, the devaluation issue and regulatory reform. And he placed equal emphasis on all three.
Dubya, misstating that he and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi had discussed devaluating the Yen (his handlers said he meant to say "the deflation issue"), sending the Japanese currency into tailspin in the process. Oops. Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 18, 2002
My trip to Asia begins here in Japan for an important reason. It begins here because for a century and a half now, America and Japan have formed one of the great and enduring alliances of modern times. From that alliance has come an era of peace in the Pacific.
With the minor exception of World War II, which brought something entirely different to the Pacific, Remarks to the Diet, Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 18, 2002
We were especially touched, especially touched that the people of "Ee-hay-mee" Prefecture sent a donation to the families of victims, showing empathy for loss, even when their own loss was so recent. This is a gesture of friendship my nation will never forget.
Apparently forgetting his aides' notes on the pronunciation of Ehime Prefecture, which is pronounced "eh-hee-meh", Remarks to the Diet, Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 18, 2002
Dubya's punctuation for every arrow strike he witnessed at special "yabusame" ceremony in Japan, an archery ceremony dating from the 6th Century, performed as a form of prayer, Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 18, 2002
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