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The Very Best of George W Bush

G. Bush looking through binoculars still covered
G. Bush looking through binoculars still covered.
If you find the following quotes funny, well... Think again. The author was leading the most powerful nation, he was the Commander in Chief of the most powerful army in the world, he had the authority to declare war, he was one to authorize a nuclear strike...

Are you still smiling?

I'm conservative, but I'm not a nut about it.

This administration is doing everything we can to end the stalemate in an efficient way. We're making the right decisions to bring the solution to an end.

As Luce reminded me, he said, without data, without facts, without information, the discussions about public education mean that a person is just another opinion. [9 Sep 2003]

There's an old saying in Tennessee -- I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee...that says, fool me once, shame on...shame on you. Fool me...you can't get fooled again. [17 Sep 2002]

Our nation must come together to unite.

America is a friend to the people of Iraq. Our demands are directed only at the regime that enslaves them and threatens us. When these demands are met, the first and greatest benefit will come to Iraqi men, women and children.

In my sentences I go where no man has gone before.

I don't know why you're talking about Sweden. They're the neutral one. They don't have an army. [Dec 2002 Oval Office meeting with Rep. Tom Lantos, as reported by the New York Times]

We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease. [Gothenburg, Sweden, 14 Jun 2001]

I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings people together.

A lame duck session, for people who don't know what that means, it means the Senate is coming and the House is coming back between now and Christmas and they've got a few days to get some big things done. [7 Nov 2002]

He can't have it both ways. He can't take the high horse and then claim the low road.

For every fatal shooting, there were roughly three non-fatal shootings. And, folks, this is unacceptable in America. It's just unacceptable. And we're going to do something about it. [Philadelphia Penn., 14 May 2001]

America is a Nation with a mission - and that mission comes from our most basic beliefs. We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace - a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and woman.

America is the land of the second chance - and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life.

I was proud the other day when both Republicans and Democrats stood with me in the Rose Garden to announce their support for a clear statement of purpose, "You disarm, or we will." [5 Oct 2002]

The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorize himself. [Grand Rapids, Mich., 29 Jan 2003]

Tribal sovereignty means that; it's sovereign. I mean, you're a... you've been given sovereignty, and you're viewed as a sovereign entity. And therefore the relationship between the federal government and tribes is one between sovereign entities. [Washington D.C., 6 Aug 2004]

Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.

Whether or not it needed to happen, I'm still convinced it needed to happen. [explaining why he sent U.S. troops into Iraq, 12 Dec 2005]

As governor of Texas, I have set high standards for our public schools, and I have met those standards.

I saw a poll that said the right track/wrong track in Iraq was better than here in America. It's pretty darn strong. I mean, the people see a better future. [Washington D.C., 23 Sep 2004]

I am here to make an announcement that this Thursday, ticket counters and airplanes will fly out of Ronald Reagan Airport. [Washington D.C., 3 Oct 2001]

I appreciate that question because I, in the state of Texas, had heard a lot of discussion about a faith-based initiative eroding the important bridge between church and state.

Haven't we already given money to rich people? Why are we going to do it again? [discussing a second round of tax cuts, as quoted by former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neil, Washington D.C., 26 Nov 2002]

I believe a marriage is between a man and a woman.

People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history.

I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace.

I mean, there needs to be a wholesale effort against racial profiling, which is illiterate children.

I couldn't imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah. [at a White House menorah lighting ceremony, Washington D.C., 10 Dec 2001]

Should any Iraqi officer or soldier receive an order from Saddam Hussein.... don't follow that order. Because if you choose to do so, when Iraq is liberated, you will be treated, tried and persecuted as a war criminal. [22 Jan 03]

We need an energy bill that encourages consumption. [Trenton N.J., 23 Sep 2002]

See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.

After standing on the stage, after the debates, I made it very plain, we will not have an all-volunteer army. And yet, this week - we will have an all-volunteer army! [Daytona Beach Fla., 16 Oct 2004]

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. [27 Nov 2002]

One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures.

America stands for liberty, for the pursuit of happiness and for the unalienable right for life. This right to life cannot be granted or denied by government because it does not come from government, it comes from the creator of life.

Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB/GYN's aren't able to practice their, their love with women all across this country.

It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it.

We must all hear the universal call to like your neighbor just like you like to be liked yourself.

We look forward to analyzing and working with legislation that will make -- it would hope -- put a free press's mind at ease that you're not being denied information you shouldn't see.

You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.

There's not going to be enough people in the system to take advantage of people like me.

There's only one person who hugs the mothers and the widows, the wives and the kids upon the death of their loved one. Others hug but having committed the troops, I've got an additional responsibility to hug and that's me and I know what it's like. [13 Dec 2002]

We cannot let terrorists hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile.

Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?

The most important job is not to be governor, or first lady in my case.

I glance at the headlines just to kind of get a flavor for what's moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who are probably read the news themselves. [21 Sep 2003]

I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well.

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. [16 Nov 2002]

I can't wait to join you in the joy of welcoming neighbors back into neighborhoods, and small businesses up and running, and cutting those ribbons that somebody is creating new jobs.

They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program.

That woman who knew I had dyslexia: I never interviewed her.

For diplomacy to be effective, words must be credible - and no one can now doubt the word of America.

Free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don't attack each other. Free nations don't develop weapons of mass destruction.

Globalization has altered the dynamics in the White House, as well as between the White House and the Treasury.

Every nation in every region now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.

Will the highways on the Internet become more few?

We look forward to hearing your vision, so we can more better do our job. That's what I'm telling you.

Washington is a town where there's all kinds of allegations. You've heard much of the allegations. And if people have got solid information, please come forward with it. And that would be people inside the information who are the so-called anonymous sources, or people outside the information - outside the administration. [30 Sep 2003]

I want to thank you for taking time out of your day to come and witness my hanging.

One of the common denominators I have found is that expectations rise above that which is expected.

I mentioned early on that I recognize there are hurdles, and we're going to achieve those hurdles. [22 Jan 2003]

We are ready for any unforeseen event which may or may not happen.

I understand small business growth. I was one.

I believe the results of focusing our attention and energy on teaching children to read and having an education system that's responsive to the child and to the parents, as opposed to mired in a system that refuses to change, will make America what we want it to be - a more literate country and a hopefuller country. [Jan 2001]

The administration I'll bring is a group of men and women who are focused on what's best for America, honest men and women, decent men and women, women who will see service to our country as a great privilege and who will not stain the house.

A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it.

Anyway, I'm so thankful, and so gracious - I'm gracious that my brother Jeb is concerned about the hemisphere as well.

Do you have blacks, too? [to Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, Nov 2001]

Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.

First, let me make it very clear, poor people aren't necessarily killers. Just because you happen to be not rich doesn't mean you're willing to kill.

Home is important. It's important to have a home.

I am a person who recognizes the fallacy of humans. [on Oprah Winfrey Show, Sep 2000]

I firmly believe the death tax is good for people from all walks of life all throughout our society.

I have opinions of my own, strong opinions, but I don't always agree with them.

I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.

I know how hard it is to put food on your family.

I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe - I believe what I believe is right.

I think we ought to raise the age at which juveniles can have a gun.

I think you can judge from somebody's actions a kind of a stability and sense of purpose perhaps created by strong religious roots. I mean, there's a certain patience, a certain discipline, I think, that religion helps you achieve.

I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn't here. [speaking at President's Economic Forum, Waco, Texas, Aug 2002]

I recently met with the finance minister of the Palestinian Authority, was very impressed by his grasp of finances. [Washington, May 2003]

I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is underestimating.

I think war is a dangerous place.

I wish I wasn't the war president. Who in the heck wants to be a war president? I don't.

I'm not a very good novelist. But it'd make a pretty interesting novel. [Austin - Texas, Dec 2000]

If the terriers and bariffs are torn down, this economy will grow.

I'm also not very analytical. You know I don't spend a lot of time thinking about myself, about why I do things. [aboard Air Force One, Jun 2003]

I'm the commander - see, I don't need to explain - I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being President. [as quoted in Bob Woodward's Bush at War]

I'm the master of low expectations. [aboard Air Force One, Jun 2003]

I understand everybody in this country doesn't agree with the decisions I've made. And I made some tough decisions. But people know where I stand.

I understand I'm running against a person who is so anxious to become president, he will do whatever it takes.

I'll tell you what PAYGO means, when you're a senator from Massachusetts, when you're a colleague of Ted Kennedy, pay go means: You pay, and he goes ahead and spends.

I'm hopeful. I know there is a lot of ambition in Washington, obviously. But I hope the ambitious realize that they are more likely to succeed with success as opposed to failure.

If you're sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and principles, come and join this campaign.

Iraq is no diversion. It is a place where civilization is taking a decisive stand against chaos and terror, we must not waver.

It's going to be the year of the sharp elbow and the quick tongue.

John Kerry says we didn't have any allies in this war. What's he say to Tony Blair? What's he say to Alexander Kwasniewski of Poland? You can't expect to build an alliance when you denigrate the contributions of those who are serving.

Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods.

On September 11 2001, America felt its vulnerability even to threats that gather on the other side of the Earth. We resolved then, and we are resolved today, to confront every threat from any source that could bring sudden terror and suffering to America.

One of the common denominators I have found is that expectations rise above that which is expected.

Only a liberal senator from Massachusetts would say that a 49 percent increase in funding for education was not enough.

Our nation is somewhat sad, but we're angry. There's a certain level of blood lust, but we won't let it drive our reaction. We're steady, clear-eyed and patient, but pretty soon we'll have to start displaying scalps.

Redefining the role of the United States from enablers to keep the peace to enablers to keep the peace from peacekeepers is going to be an assignment.

Saddam Hussein is a homicidal dictator who is addicted to weapons of mass destruction.

Senator Kerry assures us that he's the one to win a war he calls a mistake, an error, and a diversion. But you can't win a war if you don't believe in fighting.

States should have the right to enact... laws... particularly to end the inhumane practice of ending a life that otherwise could live.

The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them.

The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law.

The momentum of freedom in our world is unmistakable - and it is not carried forward by our power alone. We can trust in that greater power Who guides the unfolding of the years. And in all that is to come, we can know that His purposes are just and true.

The story of America is the story of expanding liberty: an ever-widening circle, constantly growing to reach further and include more. Our nation's founding commitment is still our deepest commitment: In our world, and here at home, we will extend the frontiers of freedom.

The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got.

The terrorists are fighting freedom with all their cunning and cruelty because freedom is their greatest fear - and they should be afraid, because freedom is on the march.

The thing that's wrong with the French is that they don't have a word for entrepreneur.

The United States prefers that Iraq meet its obligations voluntarily, yet we are prepared for the alternative.

The wisest use of American strength is to advance freedom.

There's no such thing as legacies. At least, there is a legacy, but I'll never see it.

This young century will be liberty's century.

To those of you who received honours, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you, too, can be president of the United States.

Use power to help people. For we are given power not to advance our own purposes nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name. There is but one just use of power and it is to serve people.

We don't believe in planners and deciders making the decisions on behalf of Americans.

We know that dictators are quick to choose aggression, while free nations strive to resolve differences in peace.

We will stand up for our friends in the world. And one of the most important friends is the State of Israel. My administration will be steadfast in support Israel against terrorism and violence, and in seeking the peace for which all Israelis pray.

Well, I think if you say you're going to do something and don't do it, that's trustworthiness.

When I take action, I'm not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It's going to be decisive.

You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on.

I'm not the expert on how the Iraqi people think, because I live in America, where it's nice and safe and secure. [Washington D.C., 23 Sep 2004]

I'm honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein. [Washington D.C., 25 May 2004]

Then you wake up at the high school level and find out that the illiteracy level of our children are appalling. [Washington, D.C., 23 Jan 2004]

You never know what your history is going to be like until long after you're gone. [Washington, D.C., 5 May 2006]

The point now is how do we work together to achieve important goals. And one such goal is a democracy in Germany. [Washington, D.C., 5 May 2006]

It will take time to restore chaos and order - but we - order out of chaos.[speaking about Iraq, 13 Apr 2003]


Disclaimer
All of the above quotes are attributed to George W. Bush and were collected by me from various sources Internet, articles, e-mails and so on. I had no way of determining the authenticity of any of the above quotes. As is the case with any legendary figure, some of the quotes attributed to George W. Bush might have been distorted by the listeners, by the people quoting him throughout the Internet or by the media. The fact is that George W. Bush is one of the most quoted American Presidents and even if half of the above quotes are real he will still remain a legend.
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