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Quotes - What's in a Name? (2002)
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Let me just put it to you this way. He no longer has the capacity to do what he did in the past, which was to mastermind the U.S.S. Cole the plot on the Cole that killed American soldiers.
Perhaps putting too fine a point on this, but the men aboard the U.S.S. Cole were sailors, not soldiers, Shreveport, Louisiana, Dec. 4, 2002

The law I sign today directs new funds and new focus to the task of collecting vital intelligence on terrorist threats and on weapons of mass production.
At the signing of the September 11th Commission Bill, Washington, D.C., Nov. 27, 2002

I want to thank all the local and state officials who are here with us today. I see governors and county judges, mayors for coming. My own mayor the Mayor of Washington, D.C., I appreciate you coming, Mr. Mayor. I want to thank the local and state law enforcement officials who are here, the chiefs of police and fire chiefs who are with us today. I see the chief of my city now is here as well. Thank you, Mr. Chief, for coming.
Either the mayor's last name is Mayor, and the police chief's name (or is it the fire chief's name) is Chief, or Dubya doesn't recall either of their names, Washington, D.C., Nov. 25, 2002

I'm using this as an opportunity to make a point on judicial reform. And that is that if a judge thinks he's going to retire, give us a year's notice, if possible. And then we will act we, the administrative branch will nominate somebody and clear them within 180 days.
Dubya still having trouble with the name of the branch of government he heads: the executive branch. White House, Nov. 7, 2002

I need to be able to move the right people to the right place at the right time to protect you, and I'm not going to accept a lousy bill out of the United Nations Senate.
South Bend, Indiana, Oct. 31, 2002

John Thune has got a common-sense vision for good forest policy. I look forward to working with him in the United Nations Senate to preserve these national heritages.
Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota, Oct. 31, 2002

Any time we've got any kind of inkling that somebody is thinking about doing something to an American and something to our homeland, you've just got to know we're moving on it, to protect the United Nations Constitution, and at the same time, we're protecting you.
Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota, Oct. 31, 2002

There's three different agencies down there three agencies full of really fine people. You've got your Customs, your INF and your Border Patrol. Sometimes they have different strategies per sector along the border. They're wearing different uniforms.
Either Dubya's combining the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) with the IMF (International Monetary Fund), or making a really oblique reference to Belgium's INF (International Naturalist Federation), Downingtown, Pennsylvania, Oct. 22, 2002

You see, the Senate wants to take away some of the powers of the administrative branch.
If he'd paid more attention during his politics classes, he might have said "executive branch" here, White House, Sep. 19, 2002

I'm proud to come back to my alma mater well, that is, my honorary alma mater. I'm proud to come back to support Chris Cacho Chocola.
Presumably talking about Indiana University at a Chris Chocola for Congress dinner, South Bend, Indiana, Sep. 5, 2002

I also want to thank the Math Count champs who are with us.
The people he was welcoming were the "Mathcounts" champs. A difference that is trivial to everyone but the champs, White House, Sep. 4, 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'm thrilled to be here in the breadbasket of America.
Ah yes, the sprawling wheatfields of California, Stockton, California, Aug. 23, 2002

Of course, I like to remind people that Washington is full of all kinds of numbers crunchers. They talk about this number here, and that number there.
Birmingham, Alabama, Jul. 15, 2002

I want to thank Chung for her introduction. Backstage, we had a picture taken. I said, only in America. Only in America do we have somebody as dedicated as people like Chung, who are willing to sacrifice on behalf of the United States of America, use their time and talent and energy like everybody in this hall to work for others. So, Chung, thanks for your hard work, thanks for your dedication to your job, and thanks for representing the good folks in this hall.
"Chung" is so respected that she apparently doesn't merit being referred to by her full name (Chung Yon Kim Marston) once, most likely because it was too difficult for Dubya to remember, Washington, D.C., Jul. 10, 2002

Get me Pootie-Poot on the phone!
Dubya's way of requesting a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Time Magazine, May 27, 2002

DUBYA: I want to thank and welcome Geno Auriuma. Is that right?
MR. AURIEMMA: Auriemma.
DUBYA: Auriemma. Okay, fine. I've never been too good in English. But he's a heck of a coach, however he says his name.
Or however Dubya says his name, interaction with U-Conn. women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma, in remarks to NCAA men and women sports champions, White House, May 21, 2002

I want to thank Delegate Faleomavaega. Did I even come close? Well, at least I gave it my best shot, Eni. How about just Eni? Thank you for coming from the American Samoa.
Remarks on Asian Pacific Heritage Month, in front of a room full of people of Asian-Pacific backgrounds, White House, May 17, 2002

I was and I must confess, it did confuse some of the folks at the Crawford, Texas coffee shop, when I was traveling around the country with Theodore Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, thanking him for working on this bill. But we put it all aside, all the typical Washington, D.C. bickering and name-calling, and decided to do something right for the children, and passed a great piece of education reform.
Senator Kennedy's full name is Edward Moore Kennedy, Chicago, Illinois, May 13, 2002

We've got money in our budget for first-time responders those are your police and your fire and your emergency medical teams so that they can have a capacity to respond to any emergency that may occur, if one does.
Look for more examples of this misstatement on the Repeat Offender page. Dubya means to say "first responders" rather than "first-time responders", which makes these emergency crews sound like rookies on their first watch, Washington, D.C., Apr. 16, 2002

And so, in my State of the my State of the Union or state my speech to the nation, whatever you wanna call it, speech to the nation I asked Americans to give 4,000 years 4,000 hours over the next of the rest of your life of service to America. That's what I asked. I said 2 4,000 hours.
The medicine seems to be wearing off, Bridgeport, Connecticut, Apr. 9, 2002

I appreciate Lieutenant Governor Judi Kell for being here. Great to see you again, Judi.
Genuine expression of appreciation (?) offered to Connecticut's Lieutenant Governor - Jodi Rell, Bridgeport, Connecticut, Apr. 9, 2002

For those of you out there who are interested in participating, I want you to call up this number, 1-800-USA-CORPS, or to dial up on the Internet, www.citizencorps.gov.
The correct phone number is 1-877-USA-CORPS (the one Dubya mentioned is the toll-free number for AppleOne Employment Services Inc. of Glendale, California), Knoxville, Tennessee, Apr. 8, 2002

I've got a pretty good handle on what happens in rural Georgia. I cut my teeth on rural Georgia in 1968 and '69 as a pilot trainee in Valdosta, Georgia, home of the mighty Bulldogs, I think they're called.
A pretty good handle, indeed, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, Mar. 27, 2002

We're in for a long struggle, and I think Texans understand that. And so do Americans.
Texans and Americans are apparently completely separate entities, El Paso, Texas, Mar. 21, 2002

Let me see if I can put this into English, or Texan.
I think we'd settle with "intelligible", remarks at Albers Manufacturing, O'Fallon, Missouri, Mar. 18, 2002

Uhh, he [Osama bin Laden] is, uhh you know, as I mentioned in my speech, I do mention the fact that this is a fella who is willing to commit youngsters to their death and he, himself, tries to hide, if, in fact, he's hiding at all. So I, I don't know where he is. Nor do you know, I just don't spend that much time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you. I, I'm more worried about making sure that our soldiers are well-supplied, that the strategy is clear, that the coalition is strong, that when we find, uhh, enemy bunched up like we did in Sharikot Mountains that the, uhh, that, that the military has all the support its need, it needs, to go in and do the job, which they did.
Amidst all the verbal wreckage, Dubya makes reference to the Sharikot Mountains, an area which is actually known as the Shah-i-Kot Valley. This is significant as it was the location in Afghanistan where US troops were in engaged in battle at the time of these comments. White House, Mar. 13, 2002

We were especially touched, especially touched that the people of "Ee-hay-mee" Prefecture sent a donation to the families of victims, showing empathy for loss, even when their own loss was so recent. This is a gesture of friendship my nation will never forget.
Apparently forgetting his aides' notes on the pronunciation of Ehime Prefecture, which is pronounced "eh-hee-meh", Remarks to the Diet, Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 18, 2002

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