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Quotes - Dubya on the Presidency (2005)
(Democracy in a nutshell, with the emphasis on "nut")
I really want to thank the folks here at Maple Grove for letting us come by. It's not easy to host the President. It turns out his entourage is quite big these days. But I really want to — thank you for letting us do this.
Whose entourage? He's the president, right? Maple Grove, Minnesota, Jun. 17, 2005
As your President, it seems like to make sense to me to say, if we treat you this way, you treat us — that's what fair trade is all about.
He's right. It seems like to make sense to him. University Park, Pennsylvania, Jun. 14, 2005
I remember sitting in the town — standing in the town square, and it was very interesting, seeing a lot of older Lithuanians with tears in their eyes. I guess they never thought they'd see the day where the American President came. It touched my heart a lot. And then I saw a lot of young Lithuanians wondering what the heck the American President was all about — you know, they kind of — so it was a very touching visit.
Yes, very touching commentary, too, Dubya... Washington, D.C., May 4, 2005
Polls? You know, if a President tries to govern based upon polls, you're kind of like a dog chasing your tail. I don't think you can make good, sound decisions based upon polls. And I don't think the American people want a President who relies upon polls and focus groups to make decisions for the American people.
Dubya answers the question whether public opinion factors into his decision making process, Prime Time Press Conference, White House, Apr. 28, 2005
I think the thing that struck all our delegation most intensely was the final scene of the plain-looking casket — one of three, by the way — lead, wood and wood — being carried and held up for the seal to be seen, and then the sun pouring out. This will be one of the highlights of my presidency, to have been at this great ceremony.
On one of the highlights of his presidency: Pope John Paul II's funeral, Waco, Texas, Apr. 8, 2005
I don't think there's a Democrat idea, I don't think it's a Republican idea, I think these are just ideas that need to be on the table. I think I'm the first President ever to have stood up and said, bring all your ideas forward.
Delusions of grandeur, anyone? Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mar. 30, 2005
My six years as governor of Texas have been invaluable to me as I carry out my duties as the presidency.
Dubya again identifies himself as being "the presidency", Washington, D.C., Feb. 27, 2005
It's important for people to know that I'm the president of everybody.
You gotta love the wording, Air Force One, Jan. 14, 2005
WASHINGTON POST: In Iraq, there's been a steady stream of surprises. We weren't welcomed as liberators, as Vice President Cheney had talked about. We haven't found the weapons of mass destruction as predicted. The postwar process hasn't gone as well as some had hoped. Why hasn't anyone been held accountable, either through firings or demotions, for what some people see as mistakes or misjudgments?
DUBYA: Well, we had an accountability moment, and that's called the 2004 election. And the American people listened to different assessments made about what was taking place in Iraq, and they looked at the two candidates, and chose me, for which I'm grateful.
So if any more mistakes are made in Dubya's second term, his administration will be held accountable in 2008, when he has one foot out the door and won't be standing for re-election? Yeah, that makes sense... Air Force One, Jan. 14, 2005
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