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Quotes - 100% Pure Dubya (2002)
("This is one of the most intellectually gifted presidents we've had." - Karl Rove, Jan. 19, 2005)
We'll be having our New Year's hamburger here in a minute.
Which means it's over 300 days late or a day early (note the date of this quote), Crawford, Texas, Dec. 31, 2002
You'll find that employees walk a little better down the halls of your companies when you've encouraged them to help a neighbor in need.
Apparently said with a straight face, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 2002
I'm here to remind you all that — I want to thank you for what you have done and what you are going to do over the next couple of days, and that is to gather up your buddies and get them to vote, is to man the phones and put up the signs and grab people by the wrists and say, you owe it to Louisiana to vote for Suzie Terrell for the United States Senate.
Sanctioning grabbing people by the wrists to secure the election of his favorite candidates, New Orleans, Louisiana, Dec. 3, 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: How's your child, April?
REPORTER: She's wonderful.
DUBYA: Georgia W?
REPORTER: My husband is watching, and the name is Ryan Tyler James.
DUBYA: You might as well turn to the camera when you say that.
Oddball exchange Dubya had with a female reporter that almost leaves Dubya sounding like he's trying to claim fatherhood, White House, Nov. 7, 2002
And here at home, we can be a better tomorrow — better America, too.
Even better. Bentonville, Arkansas, Nov. 4, 2002
And don't be afraid to — talking to Democrats. There's some discerning Democrats who know the difference between lousy government and good government.
Just as there's undoubtedly some Republicans who can correctly use the English language, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Nov. 4, 2002
No child should be left behind in the state of South Dakota.
I don't think this came out quite right, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Nov. 3, 2002
I one time in this state described him as a "piece of work." But he's your piece of work.
Well that clears it up, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Nov. 3, 2002
Paul Wellstone was a man of deep convictions, a plain-spoken fellow who did his best for his state and for his country. May the good Lord bless those who grieve.
On the death of Democratic Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota, Crawford, Texas, Oct. 25, 2002
You need to listen carefully to the debates that goes on in our nation's capital. You see, some of them are — goes on with people trying to get to the nation's capital. Some of them, they talk about the government's money.
The "Great Explainer" strikes again, Manchester, New Hampshire, Oct. 5, 2002
The definition of a patriot in the face of the evil done to America is to serve something greater than yourself in life, is to help somebody in need, is to love a person one at a time, as we remember that — which I know we will.
All I can say is "Wow." Manchester, New Hampshire, Oct. 5, 2002
The problem we have, and the reason we have to continue to talking about this issue is because of a quirk in the Senate rules. And I'm going to let old Judd [ = Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire], after I leave back to go see my mother, tell you what — how this happened. Let me just put it to you this way, in plain language. The Senate has got the kind of rule where you pass the tax cut and then ten years it goes back to where we were. The way I like to put it, if I can — in plain English is, on the one hand, they taketh away, on the other hand, they giveth. On the one hand they give tax relief, on the other hand, you don't get tax relief. It's hard to explain in Manchester, New Hampshire, and it's darn sure hard to explain in Crawford, Texas.
This strikes me as inane on so many levels that it defies further analysis, Manchester, New Hampshire, Oct. 5, 2002
Some communities you say, hey, American Dream — and they go, what does that mean?
Manchester, New Hampshire, Oct. 5, 2002
The reason I want to talk to you real quick is because I want you to understand that we are making progress on making America more secure.
The significance of "real quick" is escaping me here, Washington, D.C., Oct. 3, 2002
This summer, Tamara and Jacqueline were abducted at gunpoint in Lancaster, California. Tamara told us her story. ...People all across America shared a great feeling of relief when she and her buddy were rescued.
Tamara and Jacqueline were strangers abducted by the same man, so in the context of the sentence, calling them buddies is inaccurate, and suggests Dubya wasn't listening when Tamara was telling her story, Washington, D.C., Oct. 2, 2002
America must remember that tragic story, because it speaks volumes about the great spirit of the country. People flying across the plane, 40 passengers and I think four crew members, I believe it was.
An unfortunate choice of words to describe the resolve of the 44 people (or around that many, I guess) on Flight 93, Phoenix, Arizona, Sep. 28, 2002
Got one the other day, one of the ones kind of bragging about he thought he was going to be the 20th — 20th killer on September the 11th. He poked his head up, and we found him.
Masterfully put, as always, Washington, D.C., Sep. 25, 2002
It changes when you walk into a shut-in's house, and say, "Can I love you?" or "Can I help you?"
You bet it changes when you ask someone, "Can I love you?" Trenton, New Jersey, Sep. 23, 2002
There's a lot of good people — there's a lot of good people, a lot of good people who wear the uniform at the local level, working hard to secure the homeland. A lot of good firefighters and EMS and police officers spend a lot of time, a lot of time worrying about you and your health.
Trenton, New Jersey, Sep. 23, 2002
I want you to remind your children, with all — in the midst of all this war talk, the midst of the — on the television screens seeing our troops, and all the stuff going on — remind them that this mighty nation went into a country as we upheld that doctrine.
Kids love Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, cotton candy, and now... doctrine, Lamar Alexander for Senate Luncheon, Nashville, Tennessee, Sep. 17, 2002
He's a soldier in the army of compassion here in Nashville, Tennessee. He's a part of the true strength of America, which is neighbor loving neighbor. Those of us who are on our feet, helping those who aren't on their feet. He's a part of the light that can help shine into corners of darkness, where there may be despair and addiction and loneliness.
Motivational phrase work that upon closer analysis reveals nothing of substance, except a penchant for mixed metaphors, East Literature Magnet School, Nashville, Tennessee, Sep. 17, 2002
I gave a speech to the United Nations talking about Iraq, and making it crystal-clear to the United Nations that Saddam poses an international problem. ...He basically told the United Nations, your deal don't mean anything to me.
On a first name basis with his nemesis, and adding some downhome grammar to the mix, Davenport, Iowa, Sep. 16, 2002
If you find a neighbor in need, you're responsible for serving that neighbor in need, you're responsible for loving a neighbor just like you'd like to love yourself.
Dubya turns inadvertently narcissistic, Davenport, Iowa, Sep. 16, 2002
You see, when you love a neighbor, you fight evil, but you also leave behind a legacy of compassion and decency. It's what I call the gathering momentum of millions of acts of kindness and decency, which take place in spite of government.
Are we to presume that government is inherently evil, or at least detrimental kindness and decency? Hmmm. Davenport, Iowa, Sep. 16, 2002
I should have clarified it by my statement. I just clarified it by my — not should have, I just.
Meeting with reporters and Prime Minister Berlusconi of Italy, Camp David, Maryland, Sep. 14, 2002
The United States helped found the United Nations. We want the United Nations to be effective, and respectful, and successful.
Sounds like the UN needs to start thanking the US, lest it incur Dubya's wrath, speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Sep. 12, 2002
I especially want to say a word of phrase to Kofi Annan, who is the Secretary General of the United Nations, for his — for his strong leadership and his good heart and his decency. I enjoy working with him a lot. He's a class act, as we say in the State of Texas.
Dubya once again laying claim on a common expression on behalf of the State of Texas, New York, New York, Sep. 12, 2002
I want to appreciate very much Congressman John Conyers as well, and Sander Levin and Nick Smith from the both Republicans and Democrats.
Detroit, Michigan, Sep. 9, 2002
It's — this fundraiser is going to be history in about 30 minutes — or if I keep it shorter than that, about 20 minutes.
I'm sure that's what the candidate and the paying guests wanted to hear, Anne Northup for Congress Luncheon, Louisville, Kentucky, Sep. 5, 2002
I want to appreciate Don Nickles.
Classic Dubya phrasing, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Aug. 29, 2002
They hate things. We love things.
Differentiating Americans from their terrorist enemies, in a more candid way than he probably intended, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Aug. 29, 2002
It's clear when you get to know Steve [Largent] that he's got his principles indelibly etched on his heart.
That sounds strangely painful, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Aug. 29, 2002
That's what America is about. ...We proudly call you an American. We don't say, show us your birth certificate, how you're born, where you're born.
Santa Ana, California, Aug. 23, 2002
We'll make sure that people have their voice, but aren't able to tie it all up.
Vowing to give those who disagree with his forestry policy the right to talk and then be steamrolled over, Central Point, Oregon, Aug. 22, 2002
And I said, well, we have laws here in America. We've got — the state of Texas has got a law. I said that there's going to be full recourse to the courts, which there was. And the Governor made the decision he made, the Supreme Court made the decision it made, and President Fox made the decision he made.
On what Dubya did when Mexican president Vincente Fox expressed concern about the execution of a Mexican national in Texas, Crawford, Texas, Aug. 16, 2002
I appreciate so very much your governor, Bill Janklow, for being here. Bill has been a friend of mine for a long period of time. He might have invented the word "piece of work." But he's a good piece of work.
Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota, Aug. 15, 2002
DUBYA: John, what do you do — excuse me.
MR. JOHN BROOKS: I'm a business manager for the Carpenters.
DUBYA: Oh, good.
BROOKS: We've entertained you.
DUBYA: Yes, you have. You certainly did.
BROOKS: I was probably the first person you met.
DUBYA: That's right. Well, I didn't notice you. I didn't recognize you in a coat and tie.
Yeah, that must be the reason, Economic Recovery and Job Creation Session, President's Economic Forum, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, Aug. 13, 2002
He's a star today. He's going to be a bigger star tomorrow, because he's a man of principle. See, he doesn't get up there and kind of try to wag his finger to figure out which way the wind is blowing.
Pickering for Congress Luncheon, Jackson, Mississippi, Aug. 7, 2002
I love to speculate about what was going through the enemy's mind — what were they thinking when they hit America. They must have thought that we were so materialistic, or self-absorbed, or shallow, or so worried about our own prosperity, our own individual wealth that we were unwilling to serve something greater than ourself in life, that when the enemy hit we would just kind of make noise and do nothing about it.
The newest version of a repeat Dubya classic, which in the past included references to daytime TV or filing lawsuits, Jackson, Mississippi, Aug. 7, 2002
Believe this or not, fortunately, she was getting toxic and the doc induced labor before he quit his practice.
Yeah, that sounds really fortunate, Madison Central High School, Madison, Mississippi, Aug. 7, 2002
The best of America was also represented in the technology and know-how of our mine safety folks — those who, on a moments notice, used their skill to devise a way to save life. Took a look at the situation, reacted to the environment, predicted what might happen miles below the earth, and responded.
Ummm, the miners were trapped 240 feet below the earth, Dubya. Green Tree, Pennsylvania, Aug. 5, 2002
Yes I'm distressed to hear about the latest suicide bombers in Israel. For those who yearn for peace in the Middle East, for those in the Arab lands, for those in Europe, for those all around the world who yearn for peace, we must do everything we possibly can to stop the terror. There are a few killers who want to stop the peace process that we have started. We must not let them. For the sake of humanity, for the sake of the Palestinians who suffer, for the sake of the Israelis who are under attack, we must stop the terror. I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers. Now watch my drive.
Dubya takes a moment from his golf game to comment on a terrorist attack in Israel that claimed 9 lives, Kennebunkport, Maine, Aug. 4, 2002
August was a month of accomplishment here in Washington.
Apparently speaking in the future past tense, White House, Aug. 2, 2002
[Jane Lambert] has been working hard to make people's lives better. It didn't require a government law saying, Jane, you will help people in need. It required a good heart.
Glad he cleared that up, because otherwise I would have supposed the government ordered her to be nice, Greensboro, North Carolina, Jul. 25, 2002
See, one of the interesting things that's happening in this country is that people understand that to be a patriotic citizen no longer means putting your hand over your heart — and by the way, saying, "one nation, under God". ...But being a patriot means you're willing to help a neighbor in need, to serve something greater than yourself in life. That's what a patriot is.
Dubya surprisingly admitting that the Pledge of Allegiance is not a litmus test for patriotism, Greensboro, North Carolina, Jul. 25, 2002
I want to thank Tom Ridge for coming. He's a man — I asked him, I said, you know, you need to serve your country. He was serving as the Governor of Pennsylvania. I said, you've got a nice mansion over there.
Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois, Jul. 22, 2002
When we landed our chopper out there on the playing fields — or some kinds of field — I know it was a field — we were met by two really fine Americans, Helen Suchara and Erin Chekal. Now they're here, and I want them to stand up here in a minute. But I want to describe to you their hearts.
Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, Jul. 18, 2002
I'm sorry the room is so small. I suspect we could have accommodated a lot more people if we had a bigger room.
I suspect Dubya's right about that larger rooms accommodating more people thing, Washington, D.C., Jul. 12, 2002
And I'm here to campaign for John Kline for the United States House of Representatives. If the good folks in his district are wise, they'll send him to Washington.
If they don't pick the guy Dubya likes, I guess they're morons, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jul. 11, 2002
Secretary Powell has won the Presidential Medal of Freedom twice — once with distinction. I'm not sure what happened the other time.
Perhaps said in jest, nevertheless a classic example of the Dubya backhanded compliment, Washington, D.C., Jul. 9, 2002
REPORTER: On Iraq, can the American people expect that by the end of your first term you will have affected a regime change in Iraq, one way or another? And by the same token —
DUBYA: That's hypothetical.
REPORTER: But can the American people expect that? Should they expect that?
DUBYA: That's a hypothetical question. They can expect me not to answer hypothetical questions.
REPORTER:On Osama bin Laden does your promise still —
DUBYA: On sensitive subjects.
REPORTER: Sir, on Osama bin Laden, does your promise still hold that he will be caught, dead or alive, at some point?
DUBYA: What? Say that again?
REPORTER: Does your promise on — or your goal of catching Osama bin Laden dead or alive, does that still stand?
DUBYA: I don't know if he is dead or alive, for starters — so I'm going to answer your question with a hypothetical. Osama bin Laden, he may be alive. If he is, we'll get him. If he's not alive, we got him.
Clear evidence that Dubya's grasp on the meaning of the word "hypothetical" (other than being a means to deflect pesky reporters) is tenuous at best, White House, Jul. 8, 2002
I mean I, I, I, uhh — I seek justice for the deaths done to American people. And uhh, uhh — it's, it's, eh, heh, heh — you can be tough and seek justice, Ed. And, uhh, you can be disciplined and focused and seek justice. But it's a frame of mind. It's, it's we, we, we duh — we don't take, we, we, we, we take lives when we have to, to protect the people and to hold people accountable for killing thousands, is how I look at it. Ed, and then Jim, and then Tie Man.
Dubya has difficulty making it through this statement (listen to the nervous laugh in the middle), and rewards the patient listener with "Tie Man" at the end. White House, Jul. 8, 2002
And I want to thank the Morella men for allowing Connie to serve our nation and encouraging her to serve our nation.
Apparently Dubya still lives in a world where women need permission from the men of the family before they do anything, at Friends of Connie Morella for Congress luncheon, Washington, D.C., Jun. 28, 2002
I just came from a strong exercise class. Thankfully, I didn't have to join.
In speech promoting physical fitness to senior citizens, Orlando, Florida, Jun. 21, 2002
As I said in the speech to West Point, the coalition we put together has hauled in over 2,400 people. And you can call it 2,401 now.
This means that between the West Point speech and this statement, the coalition had hauled in half a person? Interesting. White House, Jun. 11, 2002
I believe, I believe this country, I know this country is a fabulous country. But I believe we've got great days ahead of us. I believe that by being strong and tough that we can achieve peace. I believe that. I sincerely, honestly believe it. And not only do I believe we can bring peace for America, I believe we can bring peace to parts of the world that may not seem like there ever is going to be peace.
Dubya believes. Kansas City, Missouri, Jun. 11, 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
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
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
Do you have blacks, too?
Question posed to Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, with no hint of sarcasm or jest (reported in Der Spiegel May, 19, 2002), Washington, D.C., May 19, 2002
I'm here to talk about welfare reform, but I'm also here to make sure that the good people of Ohio send this good man back to the Governor's Mansion. There was a lot of reasons to send him back, but none greater than the fact that he married well.
Remarks at Taft for Governor Luncheon, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Columbus, Ohio, May 10, 2002
I really am honored to be here with [Alaska Senator] Ted [Stevens]. ...I appreciate he's a straightforward fellow. ...That's good for the Senate, that's good for the people of Alaska and, more importantly, it's good for the United States of America.
I'm wondering why the good of America as a whole is more important than the good of those who Senator Stevens represents, Washington, D.C., May 9, 2002
As a matter of fact, the people who love the children in Wisconsin are the people of Wisconsin.
A vacuous statement made so matter-of-factly that you have to laugh, Logan High School, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, May 8, 2002
I want to thank Al Gonzales. He's "mi abogado". He's been my lawyer, he's been — served on the — as Secretary of State in Texas. He's served on the U.S. — or the Texas Supreme Court. He and his able staff work long hours to really find the best possible nominees for the bench. And I want to — I appreciate Al's leadership, and I appreciate those who work with Al on behalf of the White House for their long hours.
False start laden salute to Al Gonzales, complete with Spanish for "my lawyer", Washington, D.C., May 3, 2002
I had great visits with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. They're — according to some American newspapers, they're, you know, very much engaged, and I appreciate that. I'm pleased with that. I think that's a positive development.
I guess the subject didn't come up when they met in person, White House, May 2, 2002
You know, in Washington there's a lot of — there can be a lot of noise, a lot of shrill voices, people who are — people up there sometimes are the ones who like to divide people into camps and call names and point fingers.
At congressional campaign luncheon, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Apr. 29, 2002
To put it in Midland, Texas terms, any time we get a hint, we're following up on it.
It's up to the listener to figure out which part of this statement is unique to Midland, Texas. Albuquerque, New Mexico, Apr. 29, 2002
And when I talked to him [Prime Minister Sharon] on the phone this weekend, the subject didn't come up, but as I understand, that there is — discussions going on about a potential trip. I welcome a trip here to the United States. I welcome people from that part of the world to come and bare their soul and discuss their plans for peace.
Commenting on the Middle East from the Crawford ranch, Crawford, Texas, Apr. 28, 2002
DUBYA: Now I've got to go over to a friend-raiser.
REPORTER: A friend-raiser?
DUBYA: Well, that's opposed to a fundraiser.
REPORTER:What's a friend-raiser?
DUBYA: A friend-raiser? Well, it's a — well, it's just kind of a cute way of saying I'm going to go over and see people and thank them for being a part of my campaign. And they actually get to do this for free. And I'm glad. But these will be people, evidently, from all around the country. I haven't seen the list, but I'm told that they are. And I look forward to thanking them — it's really a way of thanking people, many of whom I — I suspect I haven't seen since I've been the President. It's a nice, casual setting to say hello to people. And I'm looking forward to it.
Explaining his "friend-raiser" to the press, Crawford, Texas, Apr. 26, 2002
I want to appreciate the Senate Majority Leader, Tom Daschle, for being here today.
He wants to appreciate Tom Daschle, but presumably cannot, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Apr. 24, 2002
He's the kind of fellow who does in office that which he says he's going to do. It doesn't matter what your political party is, as far as I'm concerned. What matters is — in this case, what matters is he does — he kind of defeats cynicism by performing. And therefore, what I was going to say is, it doesn't matter what your party is, you've got to admire that in a man.
Some extemporaneous fumbling in reference to New York Governor George Pataki, Wilmington, New York, Apr. 22, 2002
One victim put it this way: "They explained the defendant's constitutional right to the Nth degree. They couldn't do this and they couldn't do that because of his constitutional rights. And I wondered what mine were. And they told me, I hadn't got any." The guy sounded like he came from Texas.
Dubya perhaps confirming that his discomfort with constitutional rights stems from his upbringing in Texas, Washington, D.C., Apr. 16, 2002
The best way to fight evil is to do some good. Let me qualify that — the best way to fight evil at home is to do some good. The best way to fight them abroad is to unleash the military. It is so important for citizens in this country to put a face on America for the world to see, the true face.
The true face is a double standard, then? Knoxville, Tennessee, Apr. 8, 2002
The invisible part of everything that you thought you could see, you can't see.
Offering his appraisal of the Palestinian/Israeli situation, Interview with ITN, Crawford, Texas, Apr. 5, 2002
DUBYA: The people of New York are discerning voters. Well, most of the time they're discerning voters. If you know what I mean.
REPORTER: No, what do you mean?
DUBYA: Well, you're a smart guy. Read between the lines.
Dubya showing his tact in event meant to honor New Yorkers, with New York Governor George Pataki and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, White House, Apr. 1, 2002
I appreciate so very much Tom Ridge's service. You know, he was a governor there in Pennsylvania, just kind of cruising along.
Dubya making Governor Ridge's previous work seem rather unimportant, Greenville, South Carolina, Mar. 27, 2002
And there will be — I take it back. It will be a signature — I won't hesitate. It will probably take about — you know, about three seconds to get to the W, I may hesitate on the period, and then rip through the Bush.
Vivid description courtesy of Dubya, Washington, D.C., Mar. 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
The enemy must have thought they were hitting a society that was so soft, so self-absorbed, so materialistic that we would sue them.
Well all right then. Missouri Republican Party dinner, St. Louis, Missouri, Mar. 19, 2002
There is no cave deep enough for the justice of the United States of America.
Another confusing statement from the king of misstatement, Missouri Republican Party dinner, St. Louis, Missouri, Mar. 19, 2002
Listen, we caught a bunch of them bunched up the other day. And they're not bunched up any more.
Amusing crowd with a description of the military actions he oversees, remarks at Albers Manufacturing, O'Fallon, Missouri, Mar. 18, 2002
It was vital for our economic future, because when you give people more of their own money to spend, they demand. And when they demand, somebody produces. And when somebody produce, somebody gets to work.
This misstatement is erased on the White House web site with the addition of an 's' to 'produce', but that doesn't change the fact that it occurred, Albers Manufacturing, O'Fallon, Missouri, Mar. 18, 2002
General McNeil, thank you very much. For a warrior, you're pretty darn articulate.
Master of the backhanded compliment at work again, Fayetteville, North Carolina, Mar. 15, 2002
At the beginning of this war, I made it very clear — as clear as a fellow from Texas could make it — either you're with us or you're against us.
Backhandedly (and incorrectly) patting himself on the shoulders for being able to clearly say something, Fayetteville, North Carolina, Mar. 15, 2002
Now I'm going to eat my lasagna. If it gets cold you have to eat the lasagna.
Obviously he meant to say something here, only this probably wasn't it, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, Mar. 15, 2002
You're going to hear the statisticians, the number crunchers, the bean counters — as we call them in Texas — say this might have been a recession, this might not have been a recession, this, that and the other. Well, when they do that, they get crossways with the Bush boys.
Yeeee hawwww! Them sound like fightin' words, varmint! St. Pete Beach, Florida, Mar. 8, 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
We expect there to be transparency. People who have something to hide make us nervous.
Speaking about Iraq, Anchorage, Alaska, Feb. 16, 2002
Listen, we're a great nation. We welcome people in. We just want to know why you're here. And if you're not supposed to be here more than a period of time, then maybe you ought to just go on home.
Rolling out the welcome mat, New York, New York, Feb. 6, 2002
I felt like we were making pretty good progress, up until the time when we discovered — the world discovered — that there had been a significant shipment of arms ordered from Iran for only — seems like to us only one purpose, and that is to prevent — is for terrorist purposes.
Remarks at visit of King Abdullah of Jordan, White House, Feb. 1, 2002
I've been to war. I've raised twins. If I had a choice, I'd rather go to war.
Dubya doing a sterling job of belittling war and parenting at the same time, while also backhandedly manufacturing a war record for himself out of thin air, Jan. 27, 2002
Well, thank you all very much for coming. Mrs. King, thanks for this beautiful portrait. I can't wait to hang it.
Incredibly poor choice of words made by Dubya in a ceremony honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. White House, Jan. 21, 2002
And good public policy asks the questions: "How do we make sure that what affects one affects the other in a positive way? How do we make sure people can find jobs as we head into the year 2000?"
The good public policy of 1999, at least, New Orleans, Louisiana, Jan. 15, 2002
Anyway, it was an interesting day.
Speaking about Sept. 11 and settling on the description "interesting", Ontario, California, Jan. 5, 2002
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