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"In my line of work you gotta keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kinda catapult the propaganda." - Dubya, May 24, 2005

Mother/Dad
In what is probably a reflection of his upbringing, this repeat offense features Dubya consistently shunning the grammatical balance expressed by the pairings of "mom/dad" or "mother/father", substituting "mother/dad" instead. For reference, on "The Google", a search for Dubya's preferred "mother/dad" pairing returned 90,000 results, where the other two pairings returned approximately 2,500,000 results each.

  1. I also want you all to remember that the most important job any of us will have, the most important job if you happen to be a mother or dad, isn't president or governor, is to love your children with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind. (Mar. 8, 2001)
  2. The true strength of the country comes when a mother or dad understands their most important job is not what they're doing during the day, but loving if they happen to have a child loving their children with all their heart and all their soul. (Mar. 26, 2001)
  3. One of our missions is to make sure that boys and girls whose mother or dad may be in prison finds a mentor, somebody to love them. (Apr. 10, 2001)
  4. Always remember that good teaching starts at home, that a mother and a dad must be a teacher to their children. (Apr. 18, 2001)
  5. But I also saw the hope and promise of what trade could mean, and good relations between the three of us. It meant better jobs in Mexico. It meant a mother or a dad might be able to find work closer to home, which is the aspiration of people in Mexico. (Apr. 23, 2001)
  6. Vivienne is lucky to have a mother and dad who will love her all the time. (Jul. 3, 2001)
  7. I look forward to seeing Her Majesty, the Queen. I had the honor of coming to a state dinner here in Washington that my mother and dad gave for her. (Jul. 16, 2001)
  8. Now I'm going to go see Her Majesty. I look forward to renewing a friendship. I met her when she came to visit Washington, D.C. My mother and dad kindly invited Laura to and me to the a private lunch with her. (Jul. 19, 2001)
  9. I've got to say something about Hubert Bell. Maybe I'd better not, Hubert. It sounds like you're doing pretty good. But Hubert was really a part of our family for a long period of time, and we appreciated his service and sacrifice. He protected my mother and dad, for which, of course, not only is their loyal son grateful, but so are they. (Jul. 30, 2001)
  10. I was there, as Governor of Texas, for the 50th anniversary at the end of the war in the Pacific Theater. And my mother and dad were there, as was Laura, my wife. (Aug. 14, 2001)
  11. Now, on this Labor Day, we've got to remember the values not only of hard work, but tried and true values of honoring your mother and dad and telling the truth, bringing integrity to whatever you do, and loving a neighbor just like you'd like to be loved yourself. (Sep. 3, 2001)
  12. There are mothers and dads in Mexico who love their children just as much as mothers and dads in America do. And if there are a mother or dad who can't find work, worried about food on the table, they're going to come and find work in America. (Sep. 6, 2001)
  13. Mel, thank you very much. I appreciate your leadership, I appreciate your vision and I appreciate your heart. Father Adams referred to Mel Mel's rescue from Cuba. He came over in a program called Pedro Pan, Peter Pan. And it's when his mother and dad decided that life in Cuba would be rough on young people, and they had great faith in America and great faith in a program that encouraged them to put their little boy on an airplane, and he flew to America. (Nov. 20, 2001)
  14. I'm asked all the time, what can I do to help? People say, well, gosh, I want to be a part of the war against terror. And my answer is, love somebody. Be a good mother or dad. (Jan. 31, 2002)
  15. Maybe if you're interested in helping fight the war on terror you should become a mentor to a child whose mother or dad may be in prison, so that child can have somebody put their arm around them, and say, I love you. (Feb. 5, 2002)
  16. They understand that loving your child, if you happen to be a mother or dad, is the most important job you'll ever have. America knows that. (Mar. 1, 2002)
  17. It doesn't matter how you were born or where you're raised, it doesn't matter if your mother or dad speaks Spanish and not English, because you're welcome in America. (Apr. 29, 2002)
  18. But Mel's mother and daddy Mel's mother and dad put him on an airplane to come to America when he was a young boy, because they didn't want his son growing up in a country that wasn't free. (Jun. 17, 2002)
  19. Spot was born in the White House in 1989 when my dad and mother were up here, so she's quite comfortable with the surroundings. (Jun. 19, 2002)
  20. I believe we're ushering in a period of personal responsibility, a period where people understand that their most important job is to love if you happen to be a mother or dad, is to love your children with all your heart and soul. (Jul. 15, 2002)
  21. I just recently went to Maine. I'd love to go to Maine, too, to be with my mother and dad. But my favorite vacation spot is my own ranch in the state I love. (Jul. 15, 2002)
  22. You win because you remind the people of what a fine person you have as a United States Senator. So thank you for what you have done on behalf of Susan Collins and, as importantly, thank you for what you're going to do to make sure this fine lady returns back to the United States Senate. And I appreciate her mother and dad driving all this way. (Aug. 3, 2002)
  23. Finally, I'm so grateful that Senator Mark Hatfield and Antoinette are here. They're great friends of my mother and dad. (Aug. 22, 2002)
  24. I love the fact that [congressional candidate] Anne [Northup] is an adopted mom. It shows something special about her heart and her willingness to love. I enjoyed meeting her mother and dad. (Sep. 5, 2002)
  25. If you're responsible, if you're a mother or dad, your most important responsibility is to love your child with all your heart and all your soul. (Oct. 4, 2002)
  26. We've got a man up here who wants to be one of my mother and dad's congressmen. He's got him one in Houston, and he's got one in Maine, and he hopes to have a new one. And the guy's name is Steven Joyce, running for the U.S. Congress. (Oct. 22, 2002)
  27. Mothers and dads all across America need to do their job and make it clear to their children there can be danger by providing personal information. (Oct. 23, 2002)
  28. A mother or dad ought to pay just as much attention to their child when they're on the Internet as if they're in a playground, or walking in the mall. (Oct. 23, 2002)
  29. His mother and daddy decided America was so important and so promising that they made an incredibly difficult choice for a mother and dad, and that is they said, son, we love you, we love you so much that we're sending you by yourself as a young boy to America. (Oct. 28, 2002)
  30. Yesterday, I talked about the need to rally the great compassion of America to focus on those who hurt. Think about what it must be to be a child whose mother or dad is in prison. (Jan. 29, 2003)
  31. I've also laid out a mentoring initiative. I would love to have every child who has a mother or dad in prison to have a mentor. (Jul. 16, 2003)
  32. I like to talk about if you're a mother or a dad, reminding people you're responsible for loving your child, and really making sure your child understands the difference between right and wrong and what it means to make right choices in life if you're involved, if you're worried about your public school system. (Jul. 18, 2003)
  33. I like to talk about if you're a mother or a dad, reminding people you're responsible for loving your child, and really making sure your child understands the difference between right and wrong and what it means to make right choices in life if you're involved, if you're worried about your public school system. (Jul. 18, 2003)
  34. Mel is a fellow who was raised in Cuba. His mother and dad didn't like the idea of their son being raised in a totalitarian state where there was no freedom, where there's still no freedom. (Oct. 15, 2003)
  35. And by the way, Paul John, I was over in gosh, I can't even remember where it was, it was recently, where I met a mother and dad whose oh, this was in Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, when I was there to help this fellow running for governor. (Oct. 16, 2003)
  36. I can't imagine what it would be like if I were a mother or a dad to have lost a child. (Nov. 17, 2003)
  37. My mother and dad came over from College Station, thinking they would see me, they did not know I was not going to be there. (Nov. 27, 2003)
  38. My campaign is going to be run by a fellow named Ken Mehlman. I just had to mention him you know why? Because his mother and dad are here, I appreciate them coming, you raised a good man in Ken Mehlman. (Dec. 5, 2003)
  39. If you're a mother or a dad, if you're fortunate enough to be a mother or a dad, you're responsible for loving your child with all your heart. (Dec. 5, 2003)
  40. If you're fortunate enough to be a mother or a dad, you're responsible for loving your child with all your heart. If you're worried about the quality of the education in the community in which you live, you're responsible for doing something about it. (Jan. 5, 2004)
  41. This is an historic moment for education. It's the first time ever where the federal government has recognized that school choice is a viable alternative for parents. It's an opportunity for us to say to a mother or a dad, here's your chance to achieve your expectation for your child. You see, a society that is responsible is one in which a mother and dad love their children with all their heart and all their soul. (Feb. 13, 2004)
  42. I suspect there's going to be some mothers and dads wanting to contact you to find out how the program works. (Feb. 13, 2004)
  43. If you're fortunate enough to be a mother or a dad, you are responsible for loving your child with all your heart and all your soul. (Jul. 9, 2004)
  44. If you're a mother or a dad, you've got a child, you got your child credit went up to $1,000. (Aug. 5, 2004)
  45. Al's mother and dad, Pablo and Maria, were migrant workers who never finished elementary school, but they worked hard to educate their children and to instill the values of reverence and integrity and personal responsibility. (Nov. 10, 2004)
  46. I just had a great Thanksgiving with our daughters and my mother and dad and my mother-in-law. It's good to be back in Texas. (Nov. 26, 2004)
  47. There are over two million children in America with at least one parent in prison. That is a problem that we must address, and the problem is, is that if your dad or mother is in prison, you're likely to end up there yourself without love and compassion in your life. (Apr. 1, 2005)
  48. I tell you one thing about Joe Paterno. There's no more decent fellow on the face of the Earth. What a man who sets a man who sets high standards, he loves his family, he loves this university, he loves his country, and my mother and dad love him. (Jun. 14, 2005)
  49. I've got to head back to Washington and have dinner with her and my mother and dad, by the way, who send their love, as well, to the Congresswoman. (Nov. 29, 2005)
  50. I believe strongly in empowering faith-based and community-based programs all throughout America to help achieve certain objectives. Mentoring, for example, mentoring of children in prisoners whose mother or dad may be in prison is an initiative I started. (Mar. 20, 2006)
  51. I cannot look mothers and dads in the eye I can't ask this good Marine to go into harm's way if I didn't believe, one, we're going to succeed, and, two, it's necessary for the security of the United States. (Mar. 22, 2006)
  52. I'm a big believer in providing grant money available for faith-based organizations, so long as the money doesn't go to be used to proselytize, but is used to help serve a purpose, like if your mother or dad is in prison, that it would help to go find a mentor for that child. (Mar. 22, 2006)
  53. Madame Foreign Minister, we are thrilled to have you here. Thank you for coming. Let me just say this, that it is a wise government who relies upon the judgment and advice of a woman as a Foreign Minister or Secretary of State. And I look forward to sharing our visit with my mother and dad who are close to the Minister. (Mar. 24, 2006)
  54. If you're a son or a daughter and your mother or dad is eligible for Medicare, you need to help your parent. (Apr. 12, 2006)
  55. Soon after Adam disappeared, he was found murdered. Adam's mother and dad, Rev and John Walsh, were devastated and they were determined to build a nationwide network that would help other families recover missing sons or daughters. (Apr. 4, 2007)
  56. I'm struck every time I hear I'm struck about our greatness every time I hear a story about a child taking advantage of a mother's or dad's hard work to realize the blessings of America. (Jun. 26, 2007)
  57. I wouldn't ask a mother or a dad I wouldn't put their son in harm's way if I didn't believe this was necessary for the security of the United States and peace of the world. (Jul. 10, 2007)
  58. And so here we are at my mother and dad's house, enjoying a beautiful Maine day, fixing to sit down with the President of France. (Aug. 11, 2007)
  59. The President and I discussed Taiwan. We discussed Sudan. We discussed trade. We discussed a variety of issues. I told the President I was looking forward to coming to the Olympics. I reminded him that not only am I coming, but my wife, my mother and dad will be there, and we're looking forward to your hospitality. (Jul. 9, 2008)
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