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Quotes - International Dubya (2004)
(In case you were wondering, the damage doesn't stop at the border...)
I'm the kind of fellow who does what I think is right, and will continue to do what I think is right.
Dubya has a problem keeping his sentence structure intact through the end of the statement, Ottawa, Canada, Nov. 30, 2004
In the early days of World War II, when the United States was still wrestling with isolationism, Canadian forces were already engaging the enemies of freedom from the Atlantic — across the Atlantic. At the time, some Canadians argued that Canada had not been attacked and had no interest in fighting a distant war. Your Prime Minister, Mackenzie King, gave this answer: "We cannot defend our country and save our homes and families by waiting for the enemy to attack us. To remain on the defensive is the surest way to bring the war to Canada. Of course, we should protect our coasts and strengthen our ports and cities against attack."
Dubya's history lesson is somewhat inaccurate, in that the speech he paraphrases was made by Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King on April 7, 1942, four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and long after the U.S. declarations of war on Japan (Dec. 8, 1941) and Germany (Dec. 11, 1941). Wrestling with isolationism was pretty much over for the United States. Halifax, Canada, Nov. 30, 2004
I, frankly, felt like the reception we received on the way in from the airport was very warm and hospitable, and I want to thank the Canadian people who came out to wave — with all five fingers — for — for their hospitality.
Dubya tries to warm up to the crowd, but his breathy chortles kind of ruin it, Ottawa, Canada, Nov. 30, 2004
REPORTER: In the days after September 11th, thousands of Canadians went to Parliament Hill to demonstrate solidarity with the U.S. — and, in fact, in cities across the country. Yet, public opinion polls and other evidence suggest that now, today, our peoples are, in fact, diverging. That, in fact, our peoples are drifting apart. Why do you think that is? And do you have any responsibility for it?
DUBYA: You know, I haven't seen the polls you look at, and we just had a poll in our country where people decided that the foreign policy of the Bush administration ought to be — stay in place for four more years.
We actually had an election, which is entirely different from a poll. But thanks for belittling Canadian public opinion while visiting Canada. Ottawa, Canada, Nov. 30, 2004
There's a bureaucracy involved and I readily concede we've got one. I don't know if you've got bureaucracy here in Canada or not, but we've got one in America, and there are a series of rules that have to be met in order for us to be able to allow the trafficking of cows back and forth, particularly those 30 months and younger.
Nah, Canadians gave up on bureaucracies and rules long ago, Ottawa, Canada, Nov. 30, 2004
I noticed today that the elections are on schedule for June the 30th. What we're doing is the right thing in Iraq, and history will prove it right.
June, January, whatever... Santiago, Chile, Nov. 20, 2004
You know, what's interesting about our country is that for years we were isolated from the world by two great oceans, and for a while we got a false sense of security as a result of that. We thought we were protected forever from trade policy or terrorist attacks because oceans protected us. What's interesting about today's world is that the oceans now connect us.
What's weird is that Dubya has decided to call the attacks of 9/11 "interesting", Santiago, Chile, Nov. 20, 2004
REPORTER: Once, President Kennedy said, "Everyone has two countries, their own, and France." And why is it that your policy tends to be pushing your country and France to divorce? Second point, some in public opinion have accused you of state terrorism, and do you not believe that what has happened in Abu Ghraib has put you in the same basket, as it were, of Saddam Hussein, especially in the eyes of an international tribunal, and especially in light of the unfound weapons of mass destruction?
DUBYA: To paraphrase President Kennedy, there's America, and then there's Texas. We have great relations with France. We work closely with the French government on a lot of issues.
Dubya takes incomprehensible quipping to a new level, Paris, France, Jun. 5, 2004
And there are a lot of nations working in Afghanistan and in Iraq to not only deal with terror — the immediate effects of terror — and that is, finding people before they hurt somebody again — but also to spread freedom. Free societies are peaceful societies, free societies are hopeful societies. And there's a lot of nations working to get her to do so.
Did I miss something? Who or what is "her"? Interview with Paris Match Magazine, Rome, Italy, Jun. 4, 2004
REPORTER: Could you understand — your political action is inspired by God, you say a number of times —
DUBYA: I said what?
REPORTER: Is inspired by God, I mean, your —
DUBYA: My political action? I've never said that.
REPORTER: You've never said that? I mean, I'm not quoting you.
DUBYA: No, I've never said that.
REPORTER: I said, in general, you relate to God as a —
DUBYA: You said, my political action is caused by God, I think.
REPORTER: No, no, no, no, I said your political action is inspired by God.
DUBYA: No, my political action is — my life is inspired by God.
Apparently Dubya forgets naming Jesus as his favorite political philosopher, interview with Paris Match Magazine, Rome, Italy, Jun. 4, 2004
REPORTER: The whole world remembers you addressing the firemen in the ruins of the World Trade Center. You were healing the wounds and uniting the world at that time. Today, your message through the megaphone doesn't reach the world. Don't you feel isolated?
DUBYA: No, I feel very comfortable with what I'm doing.
REPORTER: Yes, but all the nations —
DUBYA: Let me finish my — you ask a question, I give you the answers. And then if you want to ask another question, you're allowed to do so.
Dubya displaying his diplomatic side, interview with Paris Match Magazine, Rome, Italy, Jun. 4, 2004
The world is more peaceful as a result of Saddam Hussein not being in power.
Yeah, it's amazing how peaceful the world is now, Monterrey, Mexico, Jan. 12, 2004
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