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Quotes - This Day in Dubya History (August 29)
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There are 19 quotes on this date.
WILLIAMS: Do you have any moments of doubt that we fought the wrong war, that there's something wrong with the perception of America overseas?
DUBYA: Well, those are two different questions. Did we fight the wrong war, and the absorally — I have no doubt. The war came to our shores, remember that. We were — we, we had a foreign policy that basically said let's hope calm works. And we were attacked.
WILLIAMS: But those weren't Iraqis.
DUBYA: No, no — they weren't — they, they weren't, uhh — no, I agree they weren't Iraqis, nor did I ever say that Iraq ordered that attack, but they're a part of, Iraq is part of the struggle against the terrorists.
"I have no doubt" gives the unintended impression that Dubya agrees with war critics, but his ill-worded defense moments later reasserts his position. Interview with Brian Williams (NBC). New Orleans, Louisiana, Aug. 29, 2006
WILLIAMS: The folks who say you should've asked for some sort of sacrifice from all of us after 9/11, do they have a case looking back on it?
DUBYA: Americans are sacrificing. I mean, we're, we're — you know, we pay a lot of taxes. Uhh, the, uhh — Americans sacrificed when they — umm, you know, when they economy went in the tank. Americans sacrificed, when — you know air travel was disrupted. American pax, taxpayers have paid a lot to help this nation recover. Umm, I think Americans have sacrificed.
Given an opportunity to comment on past policy decisions, Dubya decides to "wing it" instead, with predictable results. Interview with Brian Williams (NBC). New Orleans, Louisiana, Aug. 29, 2006
WILLIAMS: We always talk about what you're reading. As you know, there was a report that you have just read the works of a French philosopher.
DUBYA: Heh, heh, heh
WILLIAMS: Can you tell us —
DUBYA: The stranger —
WILLIAMS: Tell us the back story of Camus.
DUBYA: The back story of the — of the book?
WILLIAMS: Well, what, what led you —
DUBYA: What caused me?
WILLIAMS: What led you to this?
DUBYA: I was in Crawford, and uhh — I said, I was looking for a book to read and Laura said you oughtta try Camus, I also read three Shakespeares.
Dubya's final tally: One Camus and three Shakespeares. Perhaps next time there will be two Dostoevskys and a Poe. Interview with Brian Williams (NBC). New Orleans, Louisiana, Aug. 29, 2006
I've, I've got a eckullectic reading list.
I'm sure he must know the word "eclectic" but this sure sounds different, New Orleans, Louisiana, Aug. 29, 2006
I had the privilege of saying good-bye for a brief period of time to our First Lady who's down there in Crawford. She is — she was born and raised in West Texas. That's kind of like western Oklahoma, not a lot of native trees and not a lot of water.
Huh? Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Aug. 29, 2002
I want the students to understand here why someone would want to hurt America in the first place. And it's because your country loves freedom. That's why. We love freedom.
That doesn't really make sense, Dubya. Little Rock, Arkansas, Aug. 29, 2002
You all have got to understand the best way to protect the homeland security is to chase these killers, these people down, one by one, and bring them to justice... I say justice because we don't seek revenge. We seek justice. We seek justice. And you need to know that when we go into a country to enforce a doctrine — see, there was a doctrine that said, if you harbor a terrorist, if you feed a terrorist, if you hide a terrorist, you're just as guilty as the terrorist.
Talking about the doctrine as if its inception was out of his hands (which should make us all more fearful), Little Rock, Arkansas, Aug. 29, 2002
They act out of hatred. We don't seek revenge. We seek justice out of love.
And via cruise missile, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Aug. 29, 2002
I figured if [Rod Paige] could handle the Houston Independent School District, the Department of Education was nothing.
I'm not sure what he's trying to say about Houston, but it has a backhanded Dubya ring to it, Little Rock, Arkansas, Aug. 29, 2002
But today I want to talk about what we're creating in Arkansas, called the Center for State Scholars... and the catalyst will be what they call the Business Roundtable. ... They start interviewing children in 8th grade about their ambitions, and explaining reality. If you don't have any ambitions, the minimum wage job isn't going to get you to where you want to get.
If you don't have any ambitions, a minimum wage job sounds about right to me, Little Rock, Arkansas, Aug. 29, 2002
He's got his priorities straight. He has faith foremost in his life, and his family are his two priorities. ...And his first priority — his first priority is to make sure every child in this state gets educated.
An explanation that grows increasingly confused, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Aug. 29, 2002
I'm really proud of Laura. ...She didn't care for politics and didn't particularly like politicians. Now she's stuck with one. And she's doing a fabulous job as First Lady.
Little Rock, Arkansas, Aug. 29, 2002
See, we value the idea of being able to — people being able to worship freely an almighty God. That's what we value in America. And we're not going to change.
Dubya almost getting a handle on the concept of freedom of religion, Little Rock, Arkansas, Aug. 29, 2002
Every life matters, whether it be an American life or the life of an Afghan girl.
Little Rock, Arkansas, Aug. 29, 2002
See, America is changing, one heart, one soul, one conscience at a time. Because our fellow Americans have now understood — understand — that being a patriot is more than the Pledgeallegiance, pledging your allegiance to one nation under God. A patriot is somebody who is willing to take responsibility for their lives, willing to love a neighbor, willing to mentor a child, willing to go to a shut-in and help somebody in need, willing to feed the hungry, willing to be a Boy Scout leader, willing to change America one soul, one conscience at a time. And that's what's happening here in America.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Aug. 29, 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
Now, there are some who are second-guessing tax relief. You hear the voices begin to filter out of their home states. I presume those who now oppose tax relief are for raising your taxes.
If you're against Dubya's tax relief plan, you're for raising taxes, apparently, San Antonio, Texas, Aug. 29, 2001
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