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Quotes - International Dubya (2005)
(In case you were wondering, the damage doesn't stop at the border...)
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 particularly want to discuss the position that Democrat Congressman John Murtha announced this past week. Let me start off by saying that Congressman Murtha is a fine man, a good man, who served our country with honor and distinction as a Marine in Vietnam and as a United States Congressman. He is a strong supporter of the United States military. And I know the decision to call for an immediate withdrawal of our troops by Congressman Murtha was done in a careful and thoughtful way. I disagree with his position. An immediate withdrawal of our troops from Iraq will only strengthen the terrorists' hand in Iraq, and in the broader war on terror. That's the goal of the enemy.
He's a fine man, but Dubya still has no qualms about equating Murtha's position with supporting the terrorists, Beijing, China, Nov. 20, 2005
You're serving the cause of liberty on distant frontiers, and I bring a message from home. Your Commander-in-Chief is proud of you, and so is the American people.
I wish he could have delivered a grammatically correct message from home. Oh well. Osan Air Base, Osan, South Korea, Nov. 19, 2005
I told the President during our discussions that I felt like the ties between our two countries has never been better.
Dubya has singular/plural problems on his state visit to South Korea, Gyeongju, South Korea, Nov. 17, 2005
I also want to thank you very much for your help for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. That meant a lot to our people. It was very generous of you, Mr. President, to do just that.
Just? Gyeongju, South Korea, Nov. 17, 2005
Ours is a country where people ought to be able to disagree, and I expect there to be criticism. But when Democrats say that I deliberately misled the Congress and the people, that's irresponsible. They looked at the same intelligence I did, and they voted — many of them voted to support the decision I made.
I'm not choosing a side on this, but the Congress doesn't see all of the intelligence that the President sees, and even if they voted to support him, that doesn't eliminate the possibility that they were misled, Gyeongju, South Korea, Nov. 17, 2005
Freedom is the basis of our growing ties to other nations in the region. And in the 21st century, freedom is the destiny of every man, woman, and child from New Zealand to the Korean Peninshula. ...China can play a positive role in the world. We welcome the important role China has assumed as host of the six-party talks aimed at bringing peace to the Korean Peninshula. ...The Korean Peninshula is still caught in the past. An armistice — a truce — freezes the battle lines from a war that has never really come to an end. The pursuit of nukyular weapons threatens to destabilize the region. ...In this new century, China, Japan, and Russia have joined with the United States and South Korea to find a way to help bring peace and freedom to this troubled peninshula. The six-party talks have produced commitments to rid the Korean Peninshula of nukyular weapons. These commitments must be implemented. ...The 21st century will be freedom's century for all Koreans — and one day every citizen of that peninshula will live in dignity and freedom and prosperity at home, and in peace with their neighbors abroad.
Dubya goes on a "peninshula"-powered spree, Kyoto, Japan, Nov. 16, 2005
(ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTER) DEB RIECHMANN: Back in October of 2000, Mr. President —
DUBYA: October of 2000?
RIECHMANN: Yes, sir. Back in October of 2000, this is what you said —
DUBYA: Okay. Whew.
RIECHMANN: "We will ask not only what is legal, but what is right. Not what the lawyers allow, but what the public deserves." In the CIA leak case, has your administration lived up to this campaign promise?
DUBYA: In the — pardon my — I didn't hear you.
RIECHMANN: In the CIA leak case, has your administration lived up to this campaign promise?
DUBYA: Oh, Deb, look, I said the other day to the press corps that was assembled in Argentina that there's still an ongoing investigation. We take this investigation very seriously, and we'll continue to cooperate during the investigation.
I like the "You expect me to remember a campaign promise I made 5 years ago?" vibe, not to mention the "I can't hear you" routine, Panama City, Panama, Nov. 7, 2005
Wow, Brazil is big.
Dubya's reaction upon being shown a map of Brazil by Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. You almost get the feeling that Dubya just learned this fact. Brasilia, Brazil, Nov. 6, 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
The war on terror goes on. I was most impressed by the resolve of all the leaders in the room. Their resolve is as strong as my resolve.
Most likely without seeing the conceit inherent in this sentiment, Dubya is impressed when people approach his level, Auchterarder, Scotland, Jul. 7, 2005
When you ride hard on a mountain bike, sometimes you fall. Otherwise you're not riding hard.
So, most of the time when you're riding hard and not falling (since you only fall sometimes), you aren't actually riding hard? Help, I'm confused... Auchterarder, Scotland, Jul. 7, 2005
I spent some time recently with the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and had an opportunity to express our heartfelt condolences to the people of London, people who lost lives.
Not to make light of a tragedy, but unless Dubya is now capable of speaking with the dead, he couldn't possibly have been able to express condolences to people whose lives were lost, Auchterarder, Scotland, Jul. 7, 2005
This morning I have been in contact with our Homeland Security folks. I instructed them to be in touch with local and state officials about the facts of what took place here and in London, and to be extra vigilant, as our folks start heading to work.
Folks... Auchterarder, Scotland, Jul. 7, 2005
I know the only way to defeat this ideology is with a better ideology, based upon freedom and human rights and dignity — human dignity. And it's — it hasn't been an easy period of time for a lot of people — I know that. But I feel strongly in a heart of hearts that the decisions we have made will make it easier for our grandchildren to look back at this point — to grow up in a peaceful — and look back and say, thank goodness these people had the courage of their convictions.
That's a new one... Lyngby, Denmark, Jul. 6, 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
For my own country, the process of becoming a mature, multi-ethnic democracy was lengthy and violent. Our journey from national independence to equal injustice included the enslavement of millions, and a four-year civil war.
And injustice for all... Riga, Latvia, May 7, 2005
You know, you can't discriminate. Freedom is not a discriminatory thought, at least in the White House — in other words, if you say, certain people should be free, but others shouldn't free. It's a universal thought, as far as I'm concerned.
Explaining freedom... Mainz, Germany, Feb. 23, 2005
Iran is not Iraq. We just started the diplomatic efforts, and I wanna thank — uhh, our friends for taking the lead and I — we will work with them, to convince the moolahs that they need to give up their nukyular ambitions.
The United States and the U.S. stand together in support of the Iraqi people and the new Iraqi government, which will soon come into action.
Dubya redefines the coalition present in Iraq, Brussels, Belgium, Feb. 22, 2005
This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous. And having said that, all options are on the table.
Having it both ways as usual, Brussels, Belgium, Feb. 22, 2005
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