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[Nettime-bold] Great book to read while you can still find something funny to laugh about!

The Complete Bushisms
Updated frequently.
By Jacob Weisberg and Bryan Curtis
Updated Wednesday, April 10, 2002, at 4:21 PM PT

Bush on Bushisms!

"Most of you probably didn't know that I have a new book out. Some guy put
together a collection of my wit and wisdom-or, as he calls it, my accidental
wit and wisdom. [Laughter.] But I'm kind of proud that my words are already
in book form."-Radio-Television Correspondents Association dinner,
Washington, D.C., March 29, 2001 (Click here to see Bush introduce Bushisms
and here for the full transcript.)

To buy a paperback version of the collected Bushisms, click here.

"It would be a mistake for the United States Senate to allow any kind of
human cloning to come out of that chamber."-Washington, D.C., April 10, 2002

"For a century and a half now, America and Japan have formed one of the
great and enduring alliances of modern times."-Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 18, 2002

"We've tripled the amount of money-I believe it's from $50 million up to
$195 million available."-Lima, Peru, March 23, 2002

"We've got pockets of persistent poverty in our society, which I refuse to
declare defeat-I mean, I refuse to allow them to continue on. And so one of
the things that we're trying to do is to encourage a faith-based initiative
to spread its wings all across America, to be able to capture this great
compassionate spirit."-O'Fallon, Mo., Mar. 18, 2002

"There's nothing more deep than recognizing Israel's right to exist. That's
the most deep thought of all. ... I can't think of anything more deep than
that right."-Washington, D.C., March 13, 2002

"I understand that the unrest in the Middle East creates unrest throughout
the region."-Washington, D.C., March 13, 2002

"The suicide bombings have increased. There's too many of
them."-Albuquerque, N.M., Aug. 15, 2001

"Brie and cheese."-Taunting a reporter who recently spent time on the West
Coast, Crawford, Texas, Aug. 23, 2001

"You'll hear people say it's racist to test. Folks, it's racist not to test.
Because guess who gets shuffled through the system oftentimes? Children
whose parents don't speak English as a first language, inner-city kids. It's
so much easier to quit on somebody than to remediate."-Referring to his
education bill, Independence, Mo., Aug. 21, 2001 (Thanks to Julie Reagan.)

"One of the interesting initiatives we've taken in Washington, D.C., is
we've got these vampire-busting devices. A vampire is a-a cell deal you can
plug in the wall to charge your cell phone."-Denver, Aug. 14, 2001

"There's a lot of people in the Middle East who are desirous to get into the
Mitchell process. And-but first things first. The-these terrorist acts and,
you know, the responses have got to end in order for us to get the
framework-the groundwork-not framework, the groundwork to discuss a
framework for peace, to lay the-all right."-Referring to former Sen. George
Mitchell's report on Middle East peace, Crawford, Texas, Aug. 13, 2001
(Thanks to Michael Shively.)

"My administration has been calling upon all the leaders in the-in the
Middle East to do everything they can to stop the violence, to tell the
different parties involved that peace will never happen."-Crawford, Texas,
Aug, 13, 2001 (Thanks to Michael Shively.)

"You saw the president yesterday. I thought he was very forward-leaning, as
they say in diplomatic nuanced circles."-Referring to his meeting with
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Rome, July 23, 2001 (Thanks to Alex

''I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and
what I believe-I believe what I believe is right."-Rome, July 22, 2001

"I can't tell you what it's like to be in Europe, for example, to be talking
about the greatness of America. But the true greatness of America are the
people."-Visiting the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C., July 2, 2001

"Well, it's an unimaginable honor to be the president during the Fourth of
July of this country. It means what these words say, for starters. The great
inalienable rights of our country. We're blessed with such values in
America. And I-it's-I'm a proud man to be the nation based upon such
wonderful values."-Visiting the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C., July
2, 2001

"I want to thank you for coming to the White House to give me an opportunity
to urge you to work with these five senators and three congressmen, to work
hard to get this trade promotion authority moving. The power that be, well
most of the power that be, sits right here."-Washington, D.C., June 18, 2001

"We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a
nation that suffers from incredible disease."-Gothenburg, Sweden, June 14,

"I haven't had a chance to talk, but I'm confident we'll get a bill that I
can live with if we don't."-Referring to the McCain-Kennedy patients' bill
of rights, Brussels, Belgium, June 13, 2001

"Can't living with the bill means it won't become law."-Referring to the
McCain-Kennedy patients' bill of rights, Brussels, Belgium, June 13, 2001

"Russia is no longer our enemy and therefore we shouldn't be locked into a
Cold War mentality that says we keep the peace by blowing each other up. In
my attitude, that's old, that's tired, that's stale."-Des Moines, Iowa, June
8, 2001

"Anyway, I'm so thankful, and so gracious-I'm gracious that my brother Jeb
is concerned about the hemisphere as well."-Miami, Fla., June 4, 2001

"It's important for young men and women who look at the Nebraska champs to
understand that quality of life is more than just blocking shots."-Remarks
to the University of Nebraska women's volleyball team, the 2001 national
champions, Washington, D.C., May 31, 2001

"Our nation must come together to unite."-Tampa, Fla., June 4, 2001

"So on behalf of a well-oiled unit of people who came together to serve
something greater than themselves, congratulations."-Remarks to the
University of Nebraska women's volleyball team, the 2001 national champions,
Washington, D.C., May 31, 2001

"If a person doesn't have the capacity that we all want that person to have,
I suspect hope is in the far distant future, if at all."-Remarks to the
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute, Washington, D.C., May 22, 2001

"Thirdly, the explorationists are willing to only move equipment during the
winter, which means they'll be on ice roads, and remove the equipment as the
ice begins to melt, so that the fragile tundra is protected."-Conestoga,
Pa., May 18, 2001

"Presidents, whether things are good or bad, get the blame. I understand
that."-Washington, D.C., May 11, 2001 (Thanks to Jay Schlossberg.)

"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, May 14, 2001 (Thanks to
John Brooks.)

"There's no question that the minute I got elected, the storm clouds on the
horizon were getting nearly directly overhead."-Washington, D.C., May 11,

"But I also made it clear to [Vladimir Putin] that it's important to think
beyond the old days of when we had the concept that if we blew each other
up, the world would be safe."-Washington, D.C., May 1, 2001 (Thanks to Gene

"Whatever it took to help Taiwan defend theirself."-On how far we'd be
willing to go to defend Taiwan, Good Morning America, April 25, 2001

"First, we would not accept a treaty that would not have been ratified, nor
a treaty that I thought made sense for the country."-On the Kyoto accord in
an interview with the Washington Post, April 24, 2001

"It's very important for folks to understand that when there's more trade,
there's more commerce."-Quebec City, Canada, April 21, 2001

"Neither in French nor in English nor in Mexican."-Declining to answer
reporters' questions at the Summit of the Americas, Quebec City, Canada,
April 21, 2001

"We must have the attitude that every child in America-regardless of where
they're raised or how they're born-can learn."-New Britain, Conn., April 18,
2001 (Thanks to Eric Beerbohm.)

"It is time to set aside the old partisan bickering and finger-pointing and
name-calling that comes from freeing parents to make different choices for
their children."-Remarks on "parental empowerment in education," Washington,
D.C., April 12, 2001 (Thanks to J.R. Taylor.)

I think we're making progress. We understand where the power of this country
lay. It lays in the hearts and souls of Americans. It must lay in our
pocketbooks. It lays in the willingness for people to work hard. But as
importantly, it lays in the fact that we've got citizens from all walks of
life, all political parties, that are willing to say, I want to love my
neighbor. I want to make somebody's life just a little bit better."-Concord
Middle School, Concord, N.C., April 11, 2001

"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."-Washington, D.C., April 10, 2001

"The Senate needs to leave enough money in the proposed budget to not only
reduce all marginal rates, but to eliminate the death tax, so that people
who build up assets are able to transfer them from one generation to the
next, regardless of a person's race."-Washington, D.C., April 5, 2001

"It would be helpful if we opened up ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge).
I think it's a mistake not to. And I would urge you all to travel up there
and take a look at it, and you can make the determination as to how
beautiful that country is."-Press conference, Washington, D.C., March 29,

"I've coined new words, like, misunderstanding and
Hispanically."-Radio-Television Correspondents Association dinner,
Washington, D.C., March 29, 2001

"And we need a full affront on an energy crisis that is real in California
and looms for other parts of our country if we don't move quickly."-Press
conference, Washington, D.C., March 29, 2001

"I assured the prime minister, my administration will work hard to lay the
foundation of peace in the Middle-to work with our nations in the Middle
East, give peace a chance. Secondly, I told him that our nation will not try
to force peace, that we'll facilitate peace and that we will work with those
responsible for a peace."-Photo opportunity with Ariel Sharon, Washington,
D.C., March 20, 2001 (Thanks to Scott Beber.)

"There are some monuments where the land is so widespread, they just
encompass as much as possible. And the integral part of the-the precious
part, so to speak-I guess all land is precious, but the part that the people
uniformly would not want to spoil, will not be despoiled. But there are
parts of the monument lands where we can explore without affecting the
overall environment."-Media round table, Washington, D.C. March 13, 2001

"A lot of times in the rhetoric, people forget the facts. And the facts are
that thousands of small businesses-Hispanically owned or otherwise-pay taxes
at the highest marginal rate."-to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce;
Washington, D.C., March 19, 2001

"But the true threats to stability and peace are these nations that are not
very transparent, that hide behind the-that don't let people in to take a
look and see what they're up to. They're very kind of authoritarian regimes.
The true threat is whether or not one of these people decide, peak of anger,
try to hold us hostage, ourselves; the Israelis, for example, to whom we'll
defend, offer our defenses; the South Koreans."-Media roundtable,
Washington, D.C., March 13, 2001 (Thanks to Peter Sagal)

"I do think we need for a troop to be able to house his family. That's an
important part of building morale in the military."-Tyndall Air Force Base,
Florida, March 12, 2001

"I suspect that had my dad not been president, he'd be asking the same
questions: How'd your meeting go with so-and-so? . How did you feel when you
stood up in front of the people for the State of the Union Address-state of
the budget address, whatever you call it."-Interview with the Washington
Post, March 9, 2001

"I think there is some methodology in my travels." -Washington, D.C., March
5, 2001

"I'm also honored to be here with the speaker of the House-just happens to
be from the state of Illinois. I'd like to describe the speaker as a
trustworthy man. He's the kind of fellow who says when he gives you his word
he means it. Sometimes that doesn't happen all the time in the political
process."-Chicago, March 6, 2001 (Thanks to Gary Belkin.)

"Ann and I will carry out this equivocal message to the world: Markets must
be open."-Swearing-in ceremony for Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman,
Washington, D.C., March 2, 2001

"Of all states that understands local control of schools, Iowa is such a
state."-Council Bluffs, Iowa, Feb. 28, 2001 (Thanks to Peter Sagal)

"Those of us who spent time in the agricultural sector and in the heartland,
we understand how unfair the death penalty is."-Omaha, Neb., Feb. 28, 2001

"My pan plays down an unprecedented amount of our national debt."-Budget
address to Congress, Feb. 27, 2001

"The budget caps were busted, mightily so. And we are reviewing with people
like Judd Gregg from New Hampshire and others some budgetary reform measures
that will reinstate-you know, possibly reinstate budgetary discipline. But
the caps no longer-the caps, I guess they're there. But they didn't mean
much."-Washington, D.C., Feb. 5, 2001 (Thanks to Ehren Meditz)

"I have said that the sanction regime is like Swiss cheese-that meant that
they weren't very effective."-White House press conference, Washington,
D.C., Feb. 22, 2001

"You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy
test.''-Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001

"Home is important. It's important to have a home."-Crawford, Texas, Feb.
18, 2001

"One reason I like to highlight reading is, reading is the beginnings of the
ability to be a good student. And if you can't read, it's going to be hard
to realize dreams; it's going to be hard to go to college. So when your
teachers say, read-you ought to listen to her."-Nalle Elementary School,
Washington, D.C., Feb 9, 2001

"It's good to see so many friends here in the Rose Garden. This is our first
event in this beautiful spot, and it's appropriate we talk about policy that
will affect people's lives in a positive way in such a beautiful, beautiful
part of our national-really, our national park system, my guess is you would
want to call it."-Washington, D.C., Feb. 8, 2001

"We're concerned about AIDS inside our White House-make no mistake about
it."-Washington, D.C., Feb. 7, 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."-Question and answer session with the
press, Jan. 29, 2001 (Thanks to Tim Santry.)

"I confirmed to the prime minister that we appreciate our friendship."-After
meeting with Prime Minister Jean Chrétien of Canada, Feb. 5, 2001

"There's no such thing as legacies. At least, there is a legacy, but I'll
never see it."-To Catholic leaders at the White House, Jan. 31, 2001

"I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for
predecessors as well."-Washington, D.C., Jan. 29, 2001

"My pro-life position is I believe there's life. It's not necessarily based
in religion. I think there's a life there, therefore the notion of life,
liberty and pursuit of happiness."-Quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle,
Jan. 23, 2001

"Then I went for a run with the other dog and just walked. And I started
thinking about a lot of things. I was able to-I can't remember what it was.
Oh, the inaugural speech, started thinking through that."-Pre-inaugural
interview with U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 22, 2001 issue

"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."-Interview with the New York Times, Jan. 14, 2001 (Thanks to
Rachael Contorer.)

"The California crunch really is the result of not enough power-generating
plants and then not enough power to power the power of generating
plants."-Interview with the New York Times, Jan. 14, 2001

"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."-Interview with the Associated Press, Jan.
18, 2001 (Thanks to M. Bateman.)

"If he's-the inference is that somehow he thinks slavery is a-is a noble
institution I would-I would strongly reject that assumption-that John
Ashcroft is a open-minded, inclusive person."-NBC Nightly News With Tom
Brokaw, Jan. 14, 2001

"She's just trying to make sure Anthony gets a good meal-Antonio."-On Laura
Bush inviting Justice Antonin Scalia to dinner at the White House. NBC
Nightly News With Tom Brokaw, Jan. 14, 2001

"I want it to be said that the Bush administration was a results-oriented
administration, because 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 literate
country and a hopefuller country."-Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2001

"I would have to ask the questioner. I haven't had a chance to ask the
questioners the question they've been questioning. On the other hand, I
firmly believe she'll be a fine secretary of labor. And I've got confidence
in Linda Chavez. She is a-she'll bring an interesting perspective to the
Labor Department."-Austin, Texas, Jan. 8, 2001

"I do remain confident in Linda. She'll make a fine labor secretary. From
what I've read in the press accounts, she's perfectly qualified."-Austin,
Texas, Jan. 8, 2001

"I mean, these good folks are revolutionizing how businesses conduct their
business. And, like them, I am very optimistic about our position in the
world and about its influence on the United States. We're concerned about
the short-term economic news, but long-term I'm optimistic. And so, I hope
investors, you know-secondly, I hope investors hold investments for periods
of time-that I've always found the best investments are those that you salt
away based on economics."-Austin, Texas, Jan. 4, 2001

"The person who runs FEMA is someone who must have the trust of the
president. Because the person who runs FEMA is the first voice, often times,
of someone whose life has been turned upside down hears from."-Austin,
Texas, Jan. 4, 2001

"She is a member of a labor union at one point."-Announcing his nomination
of Linda Chavez as secretary of labor. Austin, Texas, Jan. 2, 2001

"Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because
it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods."-Austin, Texas, Dec.
20, 2000

"I also have picked a secretary for Housing and Human Development. Mel
Martinez from the state of Florida."-Austin, Texas, Dec. 20, 2000

"Let me put it to you this way, I am not a revengeful person."- Interview
with Time magazine in the Dec. 25, 2000, issue.

"I am mindful of the difference between the executive branch and the
legislative branch. I assured all four of these leaders that I know the
difference, and that difference is they pass the laws and I execute
them."-Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2000

"The great thing about America is everybody should vote."-Austin, Texas,
Dec. 8, 2000

"Dick Cheney and I do not want this nation to be in a recession. We want
anybody who can find work to be able to find work."-60 Minutes II, Dec. 5,

"I knew it might put him in an awkward position that we had a discussion
before finality has finally happened in this presidential race."

-Describing a phone call to Sen. John Breaux. Crawford, Texas, Dec. 2, 2000

"As far as the legal hassling and wrangling and posturing in Florida, I
would suggest you talk to our team in Florida led by Jim Baker."-Crawford,
Texas, Nov. 30, 2000

"The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to
interpret law."-Austin, Texas, Nov. 22, 2000

"They misunderestimated me."-Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000

"Think about that. Two hundred and eighty-five new or expanded programs, $2
trillion more in new spending, and not one new bureaucrat to file out the
forms or answer the phones?"-Minneapolis, Nov. 1, 2000

"They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some
kind of federal program."-St. Charles, Mo., Nov. 2, 2000

"They said, 'You know, this issue doesn't seem to resignate with the
people.' And I said, you know something? Whether it resignates or not
doesn't matter to me, because I stand for doing what's the right thing, and
what the right thing is hearing the voices of people who work."-Portland,
Ore., Oct. 31, 2000

"Anyway, after we go out and work our hearts out, after you go out and help
us turn out the vote, after we've convinced the good Americans to vote, and
while they're at it, pull that old George W. lever, if I'm the one, when I
put my hand on the Bible, when I put my hand on the Bible, that day when
they swear us in, when I put my hand on the Bible, I will swear to not-to
uphold the laws of the land."-Toledo, Ohio, Oct. 27, 2000

"It's your money. You paid for it."-LaCrosse, Wis., Oct. 18, 2000

"That's a chapter, the last chapter of the 20th, 20th, the 21st century that
most of us would rather forget. The last chapter of the 20th century. This
is the first chapter of the 21st century. "-On the Lewinsky scandal,
Arlington Heights, Ill., Oct. 24, 2000

"It's important for us to explain to our nation that life is important. It's
not only life of babies, but it's life of children living in, you know, the
dark dungeons of the Internet."-Arlington Heights, Ill., Oct. 24, 2000

"I don't want nations feeling like that they can bully ourselves and our
allies. I want to have a ballistic defense system so that we can make the
world more peaceful, and at the same time I want to reduce our own nuclear
capacities to the level commiserate with keeping the peace."-Des Moines,
Iowa, Oct. 23, 2000

"Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream."-LaCrosse,
Wis., Oct. 18, 2000

"If I'm the president, we're going to have emergency-room care, we're going
to have gag orders."

"Drug therapies are replacing a lot of medicines as we used to know it."

"It's one thing about insurance, that's a Washington term."

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

"Mr. Vice President, in all due respect, it is-I'm not sure 80 percent of
the people get the death tax. I know this: 100 percent will get it if I'm
the president."

"Quotas are bad for America. It's not the way America is all about."

"If affirmative action means what I just described, what I'm for, then I'm
for it."-St. Louis, Mo., October 18, 2000

"Our priorities is our faith."-Greensboro, N.C., Oct. 10, 2000

"I mean, there needs to be a wholesale effort against racial profiling,
which is illiterate children."-Second presidential debate, Oct. 11, 2000
(Thanks to Leonard Williams.)

"It's going to require numerous IRA agents."-On Gore's tax plan, Greensboro,
N.C., Oct. 10, 2000

"I think if you know what you believe, it makes it a lot easier to answer
questions. I can't answer your question."-In response to a question about
whether he wished he could take back any of his answers in the first debate.
Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Oct. 4, 2000 (Thanks to Peter Feld.)

"I would have my secretary of treasury be in touch with the financial
centers, not only here but at home."-Boston, Oct. 3, 2000 (Thanks to M.

"I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully."-Saginaw, Mich.,
Sept. 29, 2000

"I will have a foreign-handed foreign policy."-Redwood, Calif., Sept. 27,

"One of the common denominators I have found is that expectations rise above
that which is expected."-Los Angeles, Sept. 27, 2000

"It is clear our nation is reliant upon big foreign oil. More and more of
our imports come from overseas."-Beaverton, Ore., Sep. 25, 2000

"Well, that's going to be up to the pundits and the people to make up their
mind. I'll tell you what is a president for him, for example, talking about
my record in the state of Texas. I mean, he's willing to say anything in
order to convince people that I haven't had a good record in Texas."-MSNBC,
Sept. 20, 2000 (Thanks to Gregory H. Monberg.)

"I am a person who recognizes the fallacy of humans."-Oprah, Sept. 19, 2000

"A tax cut is really one of the anecdotes to coming out of an economic
illness."-The Edge With Paula Zahn, Sept. 18, 2000

"The woman who knew that I had dyslexia-I never interviewed her."-Orange,
Calif., Sept. 15, 2000

"The best way to relieve families from time is to let them keep some of
their own money."-Westminster, Calif., Sept. 13, 2000

"They have miscalculated me as a leader."-Ibid.

"I don't think we need to be subliminable about the differences between our
views on prescription drugs."-Orlando, Fla., Sept. 12, 2000

"This is what I'm good at. I like meeting people, my fellow citizens, I like
interfacing with them."-Outside Pittsburgh, Sept. 8, 2000

"That's Washington. That's the place where you find people getting ready to
jump out of the foxholes before the first shot is fired."-Westland, Mich.,
Sept. 8, 2000

"Listen, Al Gore is a very tough opponent. He is the incumbent. He

represents the incumbency. And a challenger is somebody who generally

comes from the pack and wins, if you're going to win. And that's where

I'm coming from."-Detroit, Sept. 7, 2000 (Thanks to Michael Butler, Houston,

"We'll let our friends be the peacekeepers and the great country called
America will be the pacemakers."-Houston, Texas, Sept. 6, 2000

"We don't believe in planners and deciders making the decisions on behalf of
Americans."-Scranton, Pa., Sept. 6, 2000

"I regret that a private comment I made to the vice presidential candidate
made it through the public airways."-Allentown, Pa., Sept. 5, 2000.

"The point is, this is a way to help inoculate me about what has come and is
coming."--on his anti-Gore ad, in an interview with the New York Times,
Sept. 2, 2000

"As governor of Texas, I have set high standards for our public schools, and
I have met those standards."--CNN online chat, Aug. 30, 2000

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

"I don't know whether I'm going to win or not. I think I am. I do know I'm
ready for the job. And, if not, that's just the way it goes."-Des Moines,
Iowa, Aug. 21, 2000

''This campaign not only hears the voices of the entrepreneurs and the
farmers and the entrepreneurs, we hear the voices of those struggling to get

"We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold
our allies hostile.''-Ibid.

"I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings
people together."-Bartlett, Tenn., Aug. 18, 2000 (Thanks to Tarja Black.)

"I think he needs to stand up and say if he thought the president were wrong
on policy and issues, he ought to say where."-Interview with the Associated
Press, Aug. 11, 2000 (Thanks to Ryan Rhodes.)

"I want you to know that farmers are not going to be secondary thoughts to a
Bush administration. They will be in the forethought of our
thinking."-Salinas, Calif., Aug. 10, 2000 (Thanks to Kris Sester.)

"And if he continues that, I'm going to tell the nation what I think about
him as a human being and a person."-President George H.W. Bush, on the Today
show, Aug. 1, 2000

"You might want to comment on that, Honorable."--To New Jersey's secretary
of state, the Hon. DeForest Soaries Jr., as quoted by Dana Milbank in the
Washington Post, July 15, 2000

"This case has had full analyzation and has been looked at a lot. I
understand the emotionality of death penalty cases."--Seattle
Post-Intelligencer, June 23, 2000 (Thanks to Johnny Green.)

"States should have the right to enact reasonable laws and restrictions
particularly to end the inhumane practice of ending a life that otherwise
could live."-Cleveland, June 29, 2000 (Thanks to Douglas Basford.)

"Unfairly but truthfully, our party has been tagged as being against things.
Anti-immigrant, for example. And we're not a party of anti-immigrants. Quite
the opposite. We're a party that welcomes people."-Cleveland, July 1, 2000
(Thanks to M. Bateman.)

"The fundamental question is, 'Will I be a successful president when it
comes to foreign policy?' I will be, but until I'm the president, it's going
to be hard for me to verify that I think I'll be more effective."-In Wayne,
Mich., as quoted by Katharine Q. Seelye in the New York Times, June 28, 2000

"The only things that I can tell you is that every case I have reviewed I
have been comfortable with the innocence or guilt of the person that I've
looked at. I do not believe we've put a guilty ... I mean innocent person to
death in the state of Texas." All Things Considered, NPR, June 16, 2000
(Thanks to Andy Nouraee.)

"I'm gonna talk about the ideal world, Chris. I've read-I understand
reality. If you're asking me as the president, would I understand reality, I
do."-On abortion, Hardball, MSNBC; May 31, 2000

 "There's not going to be enough people in the system to take advantage of
people like me."-On the coming Social Security crisis; Wilton, Conn.; June
9, 2000 (Thanks to Andy Mais.)

"I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is
underestimating."-U.S. News & World Report, April 3, 2000 (Thanks to Alfred
Stanley, Austin, Texas.)

Bush: "First of all, Cinco de Mayo is not the independence day. That's
dieciséis de Septiembre, and ..."

Matthews: "What's that in English?"

Bush: "Fifteenth of September." (Dieciséis de Septiembre = Sept. 16)

-Hardball, MSNBC, May 31, 2000 (Thanks to numerous readers.)

"Actually, I-this may sound a little West Texan to you, but I like it. When
I'm talking about-when I'm talking about myself, and when he's talking about
myself, all of us are talking about me."-Ibid.

"This is a world that is much more uncertain than the past. In the past we
were certain, we were certain it was us versus the Russians in the past. We
were certain, and therefore we had huge nuclear arsenals aimed at each other
to keep the peace. That's what we were certain of. ... You see, even though
it's an uncertain world, we're certain of some things. We're certain that
even though the 'evil empire' may have passed, evil still remains. We're
certain there are people that can't stand what America stands for. ... We're
certain there are madmen in this world, and there's terror, and there's
missiles and I'm certain of this, too: I'm certain to maintain the peace, we
better have a military of high morale, and I'm certain that under this
administration, morale in the military is dangerously low."-Albuquerque,
N.M., the Washington Post, May 31, 2000

"He has certainly earned a reputation as a fantastic mayor, because the
results speak for themselves. I mean, New York's a safer place for him to
be."-On Rudy Giuliani, The Edge With Paula Zahn, May 18, 2000 (Thanks to
Peter Goldman.)

"The fact that he relies on facts-says things that are not factual-are going
to undermine his campaign."-New York Times, March 4, 2000 (Thanks to Garry

"I think we agree, the past is over."-On his meeting with John McCain,
Dallas Morning News, May 10, 2000

"It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it."--Reuters, May 5,
2000 (Thanks to Allison Fansler.)

GOV. BUSH: Because the picture on the newspaper. It just seems so
un-American to me, the picture of the guy storming the house with a scared
little boy there. I talked to my little brother, Jeb-I haven't told this to
many people. But he's the governor of-I shouldn't call him my little
brother--my brother, Jeb, the great governor of Texas.

JIM LEHRER: Florida.

GOV. BUSH: Florida. The state of the Florida.-The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer,
April 27, 2000

"I hope we get to the bottom of the answer. It's what I'm interested to
know."-On what happened in negotiations between the Justice Department and
Elián González's Miami relatives, as quoted by the Associated Press, April
26, 2000 (Thanks to Saul Selzer.)

"Laura and I really don't realize how bright our children is sometimes until
we get an objective analysis."-CNBC, April 15, 2000

"You subscribe politics to it. I subscribe freedom to it."-Responding to a
question about whether he and Al Gore were making the Elián González case a
political issue. In Palm Beach, Fla., as quoted by the Associated Press,
April 6, 2000 (Thanks to Helen Kennedy.)

"I was raised in the West. The west of Texas. It's pretty close to
California. In more ways than Washington, D.C., is close to California."-In
Los Angeles as quoted by the Los Angeles Times, April 8, 2000

"Reading is the basics for all learning."-Announcing his "Reading First"
initiative in Reston, Va., March 28, 2000 (Thanks to Carl LaRocca.)

"We want our teachers to be trained so they can meet the obligations, their
obligations as teachers. We want them to know how to teach the science of
reading. In order to make sure there's not this kind of federal-federal
cufflink."-At Fritsche Middle School, Milwaukee, March 30, 2000

"Other Republican candidates may retort to personal attacks and negative
ads."-Fund-raising letter from George W. Bush, quoted in the Washington
Post, March 24, 2000

"I've got a reason for running. I talk about a larger goal, which is to call
upon the best of America. It's part of the renewal. It's reform and renewal.
Part of the renewal is a set of high standards and to remind people that the
greatness of America really does depend on neighbors helping neighbors and
children finding mentors. I worry. I'm very worried about, you know, the kid
who just wonders whether America is meant for him. I really worry about
that. And uh, so, I'm running for a reason. I'm answering this question here
and the answer is, you cannot lead America to a positive tomorrow with
revenge on one's mind. Revenge is so incredibly negative. And so to answer
your question, I'm going to win because people sense my heart, know my sense
of optimism and know where I want to lead the country. And I tease people by
saying, 'A leader, you can't say, follow me the world is going to be worse.'
I'm an optimistic person. I'm an inherently content person. I've got a great
sense of where I want to lead and I'm comfortable with why I'm running. And,
you know, the call on that speech was, beware. This is going to be a tough
campaign."-Interview with the Washington Post, March 23, 2000

"People make suggestions on what to say all the time. I'll give you an
example; I don't read what's handed to me. People say, 'Here, here's your
speech, or here's an idea for a speech.' They're changed. Trust
me."-Interview with the New York Times, March 15, 2000

"It's evolutionary, going from governor to president, and this is a
significant step, to be able to vote for yourself on the ballot, and I'll be
able to do so next fall, I hope."-In an interview with the Associated Press,
March 8, 2000 (Thanks to Joshua Micah Marshall.)

"It is not Reaganesque to support a tax plan that is Clinton in
nature.''-Los Angeles, Feb. 23, 2000

"I don't have to accept their tenants. I was trying to convince those
college students to accept my tenants. And I reject any labeling me because
I happened to go to the university."-Today, Feb. 23, 2000

"I understand small business growth. I was one."-New York Daily News, Feb.
19, 2000

"The senator has got to understand if he's going to have-he can't have it
both ways. He can't take the high horse and then claim the low road."-To
reporters in Florence, S.C., Feb. 17, 2000

"Really proud of it. A great campaign. And I'm really pleased with the
organization and the thousands of South Carolinians that worked on my
behalf. And I'm very gracious and humbled."-To Cokie Roberts, This Week,
Feb. 20, 2000

"I don't want to win? If that were the case why the heck am I on the bus 16
hours a day, shaking thousands of hands, giving hundreds of speeches,
getting pillared in the press and cartoons and still staying on message to
win?"-Newsweek, Feb. 28, 2000

"I thought how proud I am to be standing up beside my dad. Never did it
occur to me that he would become the gist for cartoonists."-ibid.

"If you're sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and
principles, come and join this campaign."-Hilton Head, S.C., Feb. 16, 2000

"How do you know if you don't measure if you have a system that simply
suckles kids through?"-Explaining the need for educational accountability in
Beaufort, S.C., Feb. 16, 2000

"We ought to make the pie higher."-South Carolina Republican Debate, Feb.
15, 2000

"I do not agree with this notion that somehow if I go to try to attract
votes and to lead people toward a better tomorrow somehow I get subscribed
to some-some doctrine gets subscribed to me."-Meet The Press, Feb. 13, 2000

"I've changed my style somewhat, as you know. I'm less-I pontificate less,
although it may be hard to tell it from this show. And I'm more interacting
with people."-ibid

"I think we need not only to eliminate the tollbooth to the middle class, I
think we should knock down the tollbooth."-Nashua, N.H., as quoted by Gail
Collins in the New York Times, Feb. 1, 2000

"The most important job is not to be governor, or first lady in my
case."-Pella, Iowa, as quoted by the San Antonio Express-News, Jan. 30, 2000

"Will the highways on the Internet become more few?"-Concord, N.H., Jan. 29,

"This is Preservation Month. I appreciate preservation. It's what you do
when you run for president. You gotta preserve."-Speaking during
"Perseverance Month" at Fairgrounds Elementary School in Nashua, N.H. As
quoted in the Los Angeles Times, Jan. 28, 2000

"I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family."-Greater Nashua,
N.H., Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 27, 2000

"What I am against is quotas. I am against hard quotas, quotas they
basically delineate based upon whatever. However they delineate, quotas, I
think vulcanize society. So I don't know how that fits into what everybody
else is saying, their relative positions, but that's my position.''-Quoted
by Molly Ivins, the San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 21, 2000 (Thanks to Toni
L. Gould.)

"When I was coming up, it was a dangerous world, and you knew exactly who
they were," he said. "It was us vs. them, and it was clear who them was.
Today, we are not so sure who the they are, but we know they're there."-Iowa
Western Community College, Jan 21, 2000

"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."-Des Moines Register debate, Iowa, Jan. 15, 2000

"This is still a dangerous world.  It's a world of madmen and uncertainty
and potential mential losses."-At a South Carolina oyster roast, as quoted
in the Financial Times, Jan. 14, 2000

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

"Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?"-Florence, S.C.,
Jan. 11, 2000

"Gov. Bush will not stand for the subsidation of failure."-ibid.

"There needs to be debates, like we're going through. There needs to be
town-hall meetings. There needs to be travel. This is a huge country."-Larry
King Live, Dec. 16, 1999

"I read the newspaper."-In answer to a question about his reading habits,
New Hampshire Republican Debate, Dec. 2, 1999

"I think it's important for those of us in a position of responsibility to
be firm in sharing our experiences, to understand that the babies out of
wedlock is a very difficult chore for mom and baby alike. ... I believe we
ought to say there is a different alternative than the culture that is
proposed by people like Miss Wolf in society. ... And, you know, hopefully,
condoms will work, but it hasn't worked."-Meet the Press, Nov. 21, 1999

"The students at Yale came from all different backgrounds and all parts of
the country. Within months, I knew many of them."-From A Charge To Keep, by
George W. Bush, published November 1999

"It is incredibly presumptive for somebody who has not yet earned his
party's nomination to start speculating about vice presidents."-Keene, N.H.,
Oct. 22, 1999, quoted in the New Republic, Nov. 15, 1999

"The important question is, How many hands have I shaked?"-Answering a
question about why he hasn't spent more time in New Hampshire, in the New
York Times, Oct. 23, 1999

"I don't remember debates. I don't think we spent a lot of time debating it.
Maybe we did, but I don't remember."-On discussions of the Vietnam War when
he was an undergraduate at Yale, Washington Post, July 27, 1999

"The only thing I know about Slovakia is what I learned first-hand from your
foreign minister, who came to Texas."-To a Slovak journalist as quoted by
Knight Ridder News Service, June 22, 1999. Bush's meeting was with Janez
Drnovsek, the prime minister of Slovenia.

"If the East Timorians decide to revolt, I'm sure I'll have a
statement."-Quoted by Maureen Dowd in the New York Times, June 16, 1999

"Keep good relations with the Grecians."-Quoted in the Economist, June 12,

"Kosovians can move back in."-CNN Inside Politics, April 9, 1999

"It was just inebriating what Midland was all about then."-From a 1994
interview, as quoted in First Son, by Bill Minutaglio


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