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Quotes - 100% Pure Dubya (2007)
("This is one of the most intellectually gifted presidents we've had." - Karl Rove, Jan. 19, 2005)
I've just come from a — a, uhh, roundtable — or was it a square table — but either way, it was a — it was a table — where I met with community activists and, umm, youth leaders, people who've heard a call to — uhh, to answer, uhh, our nation's need to be engaged in a fierce battle against drug abuse — those who encourage it and those who profit from it.
Uhh... OK. Washington, D.C., Dec. 11, 2007
I welcome you all to say a few comments to the TV, if you care to do so.
Dubya's odd way of inviting visiting Irish dignitaries to comment to the news media, Washington, D.C., Dec. 7, 2007
There's one person with us today who remembers that first annual Christmas tree lighting — and, Santa, we are glad you're here. We know this is a busy time of year for you, and we're thrilled you're here, and we really appreciate you bringing Mrs. Claus. Both you and I married well.
One of the more ludicrous examples of this repeat offense. White House, Dec. 6, 2007
Once again, it's a hypothetical question. I certainly hope he does take my advice, and the ma — advice of the, uhh, Prime Minister of Turkey, and the advice of a lot of other figures. Uhh. And so, that's all we can do is continue to work with, uhh, with the President, uhh, as well as others in the Pak government, uhh, to make it abundantly clear the position of the United States, and then obviously we'll deal with it if something, uhh, other than that happens.
Besides the ample supply of "uhh", Dubya goes with the economical "Pak" in place of "Pakistani". White House, Nov. 5, 2007
My hearts are with the Jeffcoats right now. That's what I'm thinking. I'm thinking about people whose lives turned upside-down.
Dubya is the owner of multiple hearts, it would appear. San Diego, California, Oct. 25, 2007
Nothing like a little good news for y'all to print up. Put a little good news in your newspapers. Be a novel experience for you.
Dubya's closing comments to reporters at the end of a photo op (naturally left out of the White House transcript...) Washington, D.C., Oct. 11, 2007
There's a lot of action in Washington, D.C., believe me, and I've got a lot of decisions to make. And so I delegate to good people. I always tell Condi Rice, I want to remind you, Madam Secretary, who has the PhD and who was the C-student. And I want to remind you who the advisor is and who the President is. I got a lot of PhD-types and smart people around me who come into the Oval Office and say, Mr. President, here's what's on my mind. And I listen carefully to their advice. But having gathered the device, I decide, you know, I say, this is what we're going to do.
I don't think anyone needs the reminder, but Dubya seems driven to make this C-student/PhD statement over and over again. I'm glad he gathers "device" though... Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Oct. 3, 2007
REPORTER: Mr. President, back to your grade point average on holding the line on taxes —
DUBYA: Whew, I thought you were going to talk about the actual grade point average. I remind people that, like when I'm with Condi I say, she's the PhD and I'm the C-student, and just look at who's the President and who's the advisor.
Yes, I believe he's done that more than once. White House, Sep. 20, 2007
REPORTER: Mr. President, tomorrow, August 31st, Malaysia celebrates its 50th —
DUBYA: Fiftieth. Make sure my congratulatory remarks get in your article. Headline, Bush congratulates Malaysia. Do you think that's what it will say?
REPORTER: Something like that.
DUBYA: Upbeat, optimistic George Bush —
REPORTER: War on terrorism.
DUBYA: Yes, sure.
REPORTER: It also marks the 50th [year of] relations between the U.S. and Malaysia —
REPORTER: So what are your outlook and hopes for U.S.-Malaysia relations, and especially with Malaysia being the 10th largest trading partner?
DUBYA: First of all, I do believe we ought to have — take this notion of trade and have meaningful discussions with a potential free trade agreement with Malaysia. Secondly, I respect Prime Minister Badawi, admire his leadership. When his wife died I tried to call him early just to let him know I cared about him.
REPORTER: He has remarried.
DUBYA: Has he? Good. I'll congratulate him. Thanks for giving me that heads-up. Don't put that in the article that you had to tell me that. You can put it in there if you want. I'll be glad to — I'm going to congratulate him. That's neat.
[NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL AIDE] DENNIS WILDER: You did, sir.
WILDER: You did congratulate him.
DUBYA: Exactly. I'm going to congratulate him again. I'll double the congratulations. That's right, I did write him a note. I forgot. Did I call him or write him a note?
WILDER: You wrote him a note.
DUBYA: That's right, yes. Sent him a couple flowers. Anyway, Malaysia is an interesting example of how a free society can deal with movements that could conceivably change and alter the nature of the free society.
Dubya highlights his close rapport with (and flawless memory of) Malyasian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in round table interview with foreign journalists, White House, Aug. 30, 2007
We're building new VA facilities in places where veterans are returning, so more veterans can get top-quality health care closer to your home.
Closer to my home? Gee, Dubya, you shouldn't have. Reno, Nevada, Aug. 28, 2007
First we talked about the bridge that collapsed. I was here earlier, saw the collapse first hand. I was impressed by the magnitude of the problem. It was — my heart was touched by the fact that people lost their lives.
Is that a touching fact? Sounds more like a tragic circumstance to me. Minneapolis/St. Paul Air Reserve Station, Minnesota, Aug. 21, 2007
The job of the federal government is to get help moving as quickly as possible. I just talked to the Governor, who has processed the final and the necessary paperwork so that a flood of help can come down, Tim, to get these people realizing somebody cares about them.
There are a couple of odd aspects to this statement: 1) Why would Dubya want to use the word 'flood' to refer to providing assistance to people whose towns are flooded? Not the best choice of words, even if intentional. 2) Is the main purpose of delivering the 'flood of help' really to get people realizing that somebody cares? That makes it sound like a PR move more than anything else. Minneapolis/St. Paul Air Reserve Station, Minnesota, Aug. 21, 2007
REPORTER: Are you confident — permit me to have one follow-up, sir?
DUBYA: Sure. We're getting into kind of a relaxed period here. I'll try to be more accommodating to fellows like you.
Dubya's always willing to exercise the put-down option, White House, Aug. 9, 2007
Let me comment on the civilian casualties, if I might. First, I fully understand the angst, the agony and the sorrow that Afghan citizens feel when an innocent life is lost. I know that must cause grief in villages and heartbreak in homes. Secondly, I can assure the Afghan people, like I assured the President, that we do everything we can to protect the innocent; that our military operations are mindful that innocent life might be exposed to danger, and we adjust accordingly. Thirdly, it is the Taliban who surround themselves with innocent life as human shields. The Taliban are the cold-blooded killers. The Taliban are the murderers. The Taliban have no regard for human life. And therefore, we've spent some time talking about — as the President rightly expressed his concerns about civilian casualty. And I assured him that we share those concerns. Secondly, it's up to Iran to prove to the world that they're a stabilizing force as opposed to a destabilizing force. After all, this is a government that has proclaimed its desire to build a nuclear weapon. This is a government that is in defiance of international accord, a government that seems to be willing to thumb its nose at the international community and, at the same time, a government that denies its people a rightful place in the world and denies its people the ability to realize their full potential.
Interestingly, Dubya counts forwards and backwards in his comments on civilian casualties. Camp David, Maryland, Aug. 6, 2007
DUBYA: Next time you should cover your bald head.
NICK ROBINSON (BBC): I didn't known you cared.
DUBYA: I don't.
Dubya takes the high road with a BBC reporter in his first joint press appearance with new British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Camp David, Maryland, Jul. 30, 2007
DUBYA: Rutenberg, today's your birthday? How old are you?
JIM RUTENBERG (NEW YORK TIMES): Thirty-eight.
PRIME MINISTER BROWN: My goodness.
DUBYA: Here you are — amazing country, Gordon, guy is under 40 years old, asking me and you questions. It's a beautiful sight.
RUTENBERG: Forty is the new 30, Mr. President.
DUBYA: It's a beautiful sight.
BROWN: Six in my cabinet are under 40.
DUBYA: Are they? You must be feeling damn old, then.
Dubya unleashes another diplomatic salvo, Camp David, Maryland, Jul. 30, 2007
I find it interesting that as this young democracy has taken hold [in Iraq], radicals and extremists kill innocent people to stop its advance.
"Interesting" isn't the description I would have chosen, White House, Jul. 12, 2007
Uhh, we're, we're, we are better prepared, and drill it a lot. Great question. The more difficult question is his question on pandemic flu. I, uhh, asked Mike Leavitt, who is the head of DD, uhh, uhh, HHS, and, and Chertoff, to — he's, he's the Homeland guy — to chair a — Department of Homeland Security. Secretary of Homeland Security. Heh. In Crawford, we kind of shortcut it. Anyway, uh, look, nobody has accused me of bein' Shakespeare, you know, anyway, uhh — heh — I just hope you can figure out what I'm sayin', uhh — Uhh, is, uhh — is we spend a lot of time on pandemic flu. One way you anticipate a, umm, umm — a crisis is you kinda wargame it.
He got one thing right: Nobody has accused Dubya of being Shakespeare. Cleveland, Ohio, Jul. 10, 2007
I've heard he's been called Bush's Poodle. He's bigger than that.
Yes, Tony Blair surely must be somewhere in the Golden Retriever range. White House, Jun. 27, 2007
DUBYA: Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers, right out of New Orleans, Louisiana.
MR. RUFFINS: Thank you. Thanks for having us. We're glad to be here.
DUBYA: Proud you're here. Thanks for coming. You all enjoy yourself. Make sure you pick up all the trash after it's over.
Nobody rolls out the welcome mat quite like Dubya... White House, Jun. 19, 2007
Thank you all very much. Please be seated, unless, of course, you don't have a chair.
I'm glad to see he's covering all the angles on such an important issue, Glynco, Georgia, May 29, 2007
There's a lot of blowhards in the political process, you know, a lot of hot-air artists, people who have got something fancy to say.
Aside from the singular/plural mismatch in Dubya's conjugation, this one is just fun to read. White House, May 17, 2007
Each of you is part of a legacy of service that harkens back to our country's earliest days. When Martha Washington — the husband of the first George W. — organized sick wards for wounded soldiers and made visits to battlefields to boost the morale of the troops, she volunteered for a cause bigger than herself.
Dubya's "George W." moment backfires, White House, May 11, 2007
The American people are proud to welcome Your Majesty back to the United States, a nation you've come to know very well. After all, you've dined with ten U.S. presidents. You helped our nation celebrate its bicentennial in 17 — in 1976. She gave me a look that only a mother could give a child.
Rather than step away from nearly suggesting that Queen Elizabeth is hundreds of years old, he runs into her age headlong with his second quip. White House, May 7, 2007
Should the Foreign Minister of Iran bump into Condi Rice, Condi won't be rude. She's not a rude person. I'm sure she'll be polite.
Have Iran-US relations gotten so bad that this assurance is necessary? White House, Apr. 30, 2007
The comfort women issue is a regrettable chapter in the history of the world, and I accept the Prime Minister's apology. I thought it was very — I thought his statements — Kono's statement, as well as statements here in the United States were very straightforward and from his heart. ...We had a personal visit on the issue. He gave his — he told me what was on his heart about the issue, and I appreciated his candor.
The two Dubya-riffic parts of this quotation: 1) "what was on his heart", 2) dropping all formality to refer to Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono simply as "Kono". Camp David, Maryland, Apr. 27, 2007
We have made it clear to high-ranking officials, whether they be Republicans or Democrats, that going to Syria sends mixed signals — signals in the region and, of course, mixed signals to President Assad.
I'm left wondering where Dubya's outrage was when Republican Representatives Frank R. Wolf (Virginia), Joe Pitts (Pennsylvania) and Robert B. Aderholt (Alabama) visited Syria the week before Democratic House Speaker Pelosi, and when Republican Representative Darrell Issa (California) visited with Syrian President Assad the day after Pelosi met with Assad. White House, Apr. 3, 2007
In recent months, the Justice Department determined that new leadership in several of these positions would better serve the country. I strongly support the Attorney General in this decision. I also appreciate the hard work and service of the U.S. Attorneys who resigned. And I regret that their resignations have turned into a public spectacle. Earlier this week, my Administration presented to Congress a reasonable way forward that balances the constitutional prerogatives of the Presidency with Congress's interest in learning more facts behind the decision to replace eight of the 93 U.S. Attorneys.
Dubya again presents the conflicting concepts of replacing attorneys and accepting their resignations as if they are the same thing, Washington, D.C., Mar. 24, 2007
Earlier today, my staff met with congressional leaders about the resignations of U.S. Attorneys. As you know, I have broad discretion to replace political appointees throughout the government, including U.S. Attorneys. And in this case, I appointed these U.S. Attorneys and they served four-year terms. ...I recognize there is significant interest in the role the White House played in the resignations of these U.S. Attorneys. ...I also want to say something to the U.S. Attorneys who resigned. I appreciate your service to the country. And while I strongly support the Attorney General's decision and am confident he acted appropriately, I regret these resignations turned into such a public spectacle.
In what can safely be termed a total departure from the definition of resignation, Dubya explains the firing of 8 U.S. Attorneys by the Attorney General. White House, Mar. 20, 2007
I will try to the best of my ability to help those who lost life and property.
Although I'm sure Dubya considers himself a powerful person, this commitment to help those killed by a tornado seems like a little bit of a reach. Enterprise, Alabama, Mar. 3, 2007
I would like to see Habitat For Humanity come down here.
As reported on CNN, Dubya's assessment of who should be helping those affected by the tornado that hit the town of Americus, Georgia. Apparently Dubya didn't know that Habitat for Humanity is based in Americus. Read more about this incident. Americus, Georgia, Mar. 3, 2007
I appreciate the Mayor. Mayor, are you here somewhere? Oh, Mayor, good to see you. Thank you for serving. Appreciate it — just fill the potholes, that's all I can tell you. And I'm sure you are.
He just can't let this one go... Manassas, Virginia, Feb. 6, 2007
And there is distrust in Washington. I am surprised, frankly, at the amount of distrust that exists in this town. And I'm sorry it's the case, and I'll work hard to try to elevate it.
Truer unintended words have never been spoken, Interview with Juan Williams (NPR), Jan. 29, 2007
SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, MIKE LEAVITT: I think, Mr. President, you'll get a lot of interesting perspective —
DUBYA: Leavitt, one thing before you get — I see we've got some cameramen here. Why don't you give them the cameraman story.
LEAVITT: I had a terrific conversation yesterday —
DUBYA: For all you cameramen out there.
LEAVITT: Someone asked me — actually, it was a news organization here in Missouri, anticipating our trip, asked me, what are you going to talk about? And I said, essentially, we've got this problem that we're trying to solve of people who work in restaurants or in daycare centers, or are self-employed, and it's unfair that they should be treated in a way — and I could see the cameraman —
DUBYA: He's an independent contractor, he's on his own, basically.
LEAVITT: But he was behind the camera doing this, which is unusual.
DUBYA: Because he wants to be treated just like the person who works for big corporate America, and he wants to be able to have that deduction.
LEAVITT: So before we were even off the satellite, he's saying, and you should have said independent cameramen. He said, do you know how much I pay for insurance? He says, it's $1,350 a month, and I have to pay it after I pay my taxes, and it's just not fair. It isn't fair. This is the right thing to be doing.
DUBYA: Thank you.
I get the feeling that Dubya downed a double espresso before he showed up for this outing, Lee's Summit, Missouri, Jan. 25, 2007
I appreciate the Mayor of Columbus, Georgia, Mayor Wetherington. Mr. Mayor, thank you for being here. Thanks for coming. Mayor Hardin, of Phenix City, Alabama has joined us. Mr. Mayor, appreciate you coming. I know you didn't ask, neither of the Mayors asked, but sometimes I like to remind them, just go ahead and fill the potholes. I'm not suggesting there are any, it's just my advice.
Dubya comes up with a more inane variation of an oft-repeated line, Fort Benning, Georgia, Jan. 11, 2007
I appreciate the Chaplain for the Navy — excuse me, for the Marine Corps. I didn't mean to insult you.
Keeping things classy at a Medal of Honor award ceremony for Marine Corporal Jason Dunham, who jumped on an enemy grenade to protect two other Marines from the impending explosion, and died from his wounds. White House, Jan. 11, 2007
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