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Quotes - 100% Pure Dubya (2001 and earlier)
("This is one of the most intellectually gifted presidents we've had." - Karl Rove, Jan. 19, 2005)
The border here has got a little Texan in it.
Describing the new carpet in the Oval Office, Dec. 21, 2001
REPORTER: Mr. President, can you tell us where you are, sir, on your deliberations over John Walker, and have you ruled out a charge of treason?
DUBYA: I'm heading into the Oval Office.
Avoiding answering a question by providing a really dumb answer, Dec. 20, 2001
It's an amazing year, obviously, for our country.
The World Trade Center terrorist attack? Simply amazing! Event with the World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks, White House, Dec. 13, 2001
Listen, I was so sympathetic yesterday... I mean, Sunday, to Ariel Sharon. When he's standing in my office, obviously agonizing over the loss of innocent life, the clear attempt of murdering innocent people and a successful attempt of murdering innocent people.
Dubya tooting his own horn, and getting tongue-tied as usual, Barbara Walters interview, Dec. 4, 2001
Far be it from me to try to put words in God's mouth.
Barbara Walters interview, Dec. 4, 2001
He's a good man.
Comment about his dog Barney, Barbara Walters interview, Dec. 4, 2001
Great to have you back. Just don't steal the silverware.
Consummate gentleman Dubya greeting Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe at the Kennedy Center Honors, Washington, D.C., Dec. 2, 2001
Chiding words spoken to female turkey, White House, Nov. 19, 2001
I asked them the other day, would it be okay if I cut a 30-minute tape, a piece of propaganda, no questions, just here — here it is, here's 30 minutes of me talking. Please run it, not only across your airwaves but run it internationally, if you don't mind. I've got something to say about the conflict and our fight against evil. They said, no, they're not going to do that. If I'm going to get on the news, they've got to ask me questions.
Apparently feeling more and more comfortable with the idea of being a dictator, press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Nov. 13, 2001
I'm proud to welcome [Nigerian] President Obasanjo back to the White House. We just had a very good visit. We discussed our mutual concern, our mutual desire.
Looks like we have a love connection, White House, Nov. 2, 2001
I didn't know then that New Yorkers could wave with all of their fingers.
Demonstrating his winning charm and compassion after throwing out the first pitch of Game 3 of the World Series, New York, New York, Oct. 30, 2001
At this Thursday, ticket counters and airplanes will fly outta Ronald Reagan Airport.
If you've been laid off from work, you're 100 percent unemployed.
Dubya clarifying complex economic concepts, Kaukauna, Wisconsin, Sep. 3, 2001
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for walking across the street when you see somebody in your neighborhood who needs a helping hand.
I hope he means walking across the street "toward" that person, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Aug. 26, 2001
DUBYA: Is everybody enjoying themselves here?
REPORTER: I only just got here, so...
DUBYA: Yes, I know. Where have you been?
REPORTER: Sucking up the salt air on the West Coast.
DUBYA: Brie and cheese?
REPORTER: No, tennis.
Backfiring putdown of the West Coast, Waco, Texas, Aug. 23, 2001
I can assure you Mr. Chairman, or I wish would be Mr. Chairman - should be Mr. Chairman, and will be Mr. Chairman after next 2002.
At fund raising event for Pete Domenici, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Aug. 16, 2001
My administration has been calling upon all the leaders in the - in the Middle East to do everything they can to stop the violence, to tell the different parties involved that peace will never happen.
Crawford, Texas, Aug. 13, 2001
And the true threats of the 21st century are the ability for some rogue leader to say to the United States, to Europe, to Russia herself, to Israel, don't you dare move, don't you dare try to express your freedom, otherwise we'll blow you up.
BBC interview, Jul. 20, 2001
I look forward to seeing [Tony Blair] at Chequers. And we sat next to each other at my first EU luncheon - NATO luncheon - anyway, at the first luncheon with leaders I sat next to Tony. It was very comforting to sit next to a friend, kind of the new boy in class, you know - sat next to a friend. And he's easy to talk to, which is a high compliment when it comes from a Texan.
BBC interview, Jul. 20, 2001
I thought Québec City was — first of all, I got to see Québec City in kind of a near-empty state, which was beautiful.
Noting how remarkable Québec City looks when its residents have been conveniently removed from the vicinity, Jul. 18, 2001
He knew what he believed, and he really kind of went after it in a way that seemed like a Texan to me.
Dubya's assessment of Winston Churchill, upon receiving a bust of the British politician from Tony Blair, Washington, D.C., Jul. 16, 2001
Sometimes Churchill will talk back, sometimes he won't, depending upon the stress of the moment, but he is a constant reminder of what a great leader is like.
Another Dubya assessment of Winston Churchill, who has been deceased for 35 years, Washington, D.C., Jul. 16, 2001
Who cares what you think?
To Philadelphia writer Bill Hangley, Jr., in response to Mr. Hangley's comment to Mr. Bush: "Mr. President, I hope you only serve four years. I'm very disappointed in your work so far." Jul. 4, 2001
We cannot start Mitchell, the Mitchell plan, until the cycle of violence has been crushed and broken.
Emphasis added for obvious reasons, Washington, D.C., Jun. 20, 2001
Greeting given to British PM Tony Blair (Get it? He had just won re-election in a landslide!), Washington, D.C., Jun. 20, 2001
I think [Ambassador Zoellick] deserves a lot of credit. But don't give him any until he describes exactly what he did to you.
Remarks made to agriculture leaders, Jun. 18, 2001
For every fatal shooting, there are roughly three nonfatal shootings. Folks, this is unacceptable in America, We're going to do something about it.
Another Dubya gem... Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 14, 2001
Not all wisdom is in Washington, D.C., as witnessed by what took place up here.
Remarks by the President to Environmental Youth Award Winners (in the White House, in Washington, D.C.), Washington, D.C., Apr. 24, 2001
And one of the things I'm not going to forget where it comes from, I'm going to remember where it comes from.
National Newspaper Association 40th Annual Government Affairs Conference, Washington, D.C., Mar. 22, 2001
Diseases... such as arthritis and osteoporosis can be less be-a, be-a-dilatating.
Mar. 21, 2001
I assured the prime minister, my administration will work hard to lay the foundation of peace in the Middle — to work with our nations in the Middle East, give peace a chance. Secondly, I told him that our nation will not try to force peace, that we'll facilitate peace and that we will work with those responsible for a peace.
Talking about peace, Washington, D.C., Mar. 20, 2001
The role of government is to create an environment that encourages Hispanic-owned businesses, women-owned businesses, anybody-kind-of-owned businesses.
Mar. 19, 2001
REPORTER: There has been a lot said about how different you [and Tony Blair] are as people. Have you already in your talks found something maybe that you — some personal interest that you have in common, maybe in religion or sport or music?
DUBYA: Well, we both use Colgate toothpaste.
Not the answer that anyone would have guessed, Camp David, Maryland, Feb. 23, 2001
Home is important. It's important to have a home.
Crawford, Texas, Feb. 18, 2001
As far as I can tell, from what I read, I think she's certainly qualified to be the president — I mean be a Cabinet secretary.
On the nomination of Linda Chavez for Labor Secretary, Texas Governor's Mansion, Austin, Texas, Jan. 9, 2001
I do remain confident in Linda. She'll make a fine labor secretary. From what I've read in the press accounts, she's perfectly qualified.
Austin, Texas, Jan. 8, 2001
As far as the legal hassling and wrangling and posturing in Florida, I would suggest you talk to our team in Florida led by Jim Baker.
Crawford, Texas, Nov. 30, 2000
After all he [Al Gore] claimed he invented the Internet. But if he's so smart, how come every Internet address begins with "Dubya"?
We have got people who perform common, common acts of commonplace miracles - commonplace acts of miracle - every day.
Financial Times, Oct. 21, 2000
Juneau's okay if you like mildew growing between your toes.
Dubya's complimentary assessment of Juneau, Alaska, when asked by journalist Betsy Brenneman, New York Times, Oct. 21, 2000
This is an impressive crowd, the haves — and the have mores. Some people call you the elite. I call you my base.
Dubya wears his heart on his sleeve at the Alfred E. Smith memorial dinner, New York, New York, Oct. 19, 2000
There's a huge trust. I see it all the time when people come up to me and say, 'I don't want you to let me down again.'
Boston, Massachusetts, Oct. 3, 2000
I wanna make it clear to people that, you know, the idea of putting subliminable messages into ads is, is ridiculous.
Sep. 12, 2000
Conspiracy theories abound in American politics. I don't even need to be subliminabable about the differences between our views on prescription drugs.
Listen, Al Gore is a very tough opponent. He is the incumbent. He represents the incumbency. And a challenger is somebody who generally comes from the pack and wins, if you're going to win. And that's where I'm coming from.
Detroit, Michigan, Sep. 7, 2000
DUBYA: There's Adam Clymer, major league a—hole from the New York Times.
DICK CHENEY: Yeah, big time.
Colorful remarks not intended for capture by the live microphones placed in front of Dubya and Cheney's faces, Naperville, Illinois, Sep. 4, 2000
I don't know whether I'm going to win or not. I think I am. I do know I'm ready for the job. And, if not, that's just the way it goes.
Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 21, 2000
This is a world that is much more uncertain than the past. In the past we were certain, we were certain it was us versus the Russians in the past. We were certain, and therefore we had huge nukyular arsenals aimed at each other to keep the peace. That's what we were certain of... You see, even though it's an uncertain world, we're certain of some things. We're certain that even though the 'evil empire' may have passed, evil still remains. We're certain there are people that can't stand what America stands for... We're certain there are madmen in this world, and there's terror, and there's missiles and I'm certain of this, too — I'm certain to maintain the peace, we better have a military of high morale, and I'm certain that under this administration, morale in the military is dangerously low.
Washington Post, Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 31, 2000
Oh, I thought you said some band.
Dubya showing unfamiliarity with the Taliban regime, after being asked twice by Glamour Magazine national affairs editor David France, May 1, 2000
Now let me give you — and not in anticipation to your questions — but over the next couple of months, I'm going to lay out a series of — How are you going to occupy your time?... I'm going to make it clear, which is what I told you, is what I'm going to spend time talking about. I've got a series of policy speeches.
Rambling incoherently in interview with Washington Post, Mar. 23, 2000
People make suggestions on what to say all the time. I'll give you an example; I don't read what's handed to me. People say, 'Here, here's your speech, or here's an idea for a speech.' They're changed. Trust me.
Interview with the New York Times, Mar. 15, 2000
It means when it comes time to sew up your chest cavity, we use stitches as opposed to opening it up.
An explanation of his claim to being a uniter rather than a divider, in an interview with recovering quintuple bypass heart surgery patient and late night TV host David Letterman, Mar. 2, 2000
Put the 'off' button on.
South Carolina, Feb. 14, 2000
We must all hear the universal call to like your neighbor just like you like to be liked yourself.
South Carolina, Jan. 14, 2000
There ought to be limits to freedom.
In reference to the parody site gwbush.com, May 21, 1999
55 years old. Wow! That is really old. Thank goodness you have such a young, beautiful wife.
Birthday card to Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay (how ironic that his birthday falls on tax day), Apr. 15, 1997
You f***ing son of a bitc*. I saw what you wrote. We're not going to forget this.
Dubya on a charm offensive with Wall Street Journal columnist Al Hunt, Dallas, Texas, Apr. 9, 1986
Oh, please don't kill me.
Texas Governor Dubya Bush, said with a laugh to reporters asking what death row convict Karla Faye Tucker said to him in her appeal for clemency, date unknown
I propose that every city have a telephone number 119 — for dyslexics who have an emergency.
Nugget of wisdom from Dubya, date unknown
I hope to show Hispanics that Republicans do have a heart, but I also want to send a message to people from around the country as to how to pick up the Hispanic vote.
It's sort of "two for one" special, date unknown
GUEST: Can you drink this? (asks while reaching down to the water)
GUEST takes a handful to his mouth.
DUBYA: Except for the cow sh*t.
GUEST "spit take" ensues.
Dubya playing the consummate host on his ranch, Crawford, Texas, date unknown
LARRY KING: "What do people misunderstand about you most?"
DUBYA: "That I'm running on my dad's name... I'm proud of my dad... I reconciled my love for my dad a long time ago."
Commentary made on CNN's "Larry King Live" date unknown
I've got the greatest idea of how to raise money for the campaign. Have your mother send a letter to your family's Christmas-card list. I just did, and I got $350,000!
At "candidate's school" in 1978 set up by the Republican Party, where Dubya offered sterling advice that all of us could undoubtedly use to run for office, date unknown
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