George W. Bush Quotes
"If this were a
dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier...just as long as
I'm the dictator..."
--Washington, DC, Dec 18, 2000, during his first trip to Washington as President-Elect" (audio)
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." ---George W. Bush, September 17, 2002, addressing the East Literature Magnet School, Nashville, Tennessee
"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
"Rarely is the question asked: is our
--Florence, SC, Jan. 11, 2000
"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."
--Hardball, MSNBC, May 31, 2000
"It's clearly a budget. It's got a
lot of numbers in it."
--Reuters, May 5, 2000
"I think we agree, the past is
--On his meeting with John McCain, Dallas Morning News, May 10, 2000
"Laura and I really don't realize
how bright our children is sometime until we get an objective
--Meet the Press, April 15, 2000
"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."
--Los Angeles Times, April 8, 2000
"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
--Fritsche Middle School, Milwaukee, March 30, 2000
"The fact that he relies on facts --
says things that are not factual -- are going to undermine his
--New York Times, March 4, 2000 (of Al Gore)
"It is not Reaganesque to support a
tax plan that is Clinton in nature."
--Los Angeles, Feb. 23, 2000
"I understand small business growth.
I was one."
--New York Daily News, Feb. 19, 2000
"How do you know if you don't
measure if you have a system that simply suckles kids
--Explaining the need for educational accountability, Beaufort, S.C.,Feb.16, 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 (of Al Gore)
"If you're sick and tired of the
politics of cynicism and polls and principles, come and join this
--Hilton Head, S.C., Feb. 16, 2000
"We ought to make the pie
-South Carolina Republican Debate, Feb. 15, 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
--Meet The Press, Feb. 13, 2000
"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, 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 in the San Antonio Express News, Jan. 30, 2000"
"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.
"I know how hard it is for you to
put food on your family."
--Greater Nashua, N.H., Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 27, 2000
"This is still a dangerous world.
It's a world of madmen and uncertainty and potential mental
--At a South Carolina oyster roast; quoted in the Financial Times, Jan.14, 2000
"There needs to be debates, like
we're going through. There needs to be townhall meetings. There
needs to be travel. This is a huge country."
--Larry King Live, Dec. 16, 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; quoted in the New York Times, Oct. 23, 1999
"Keep good relations with the
--Quoted in the Economist, June 12, 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 discussing the Vietnam War as an undergraduate at Yale, in the Washington Post, July 27, 1999
"Put the 'off' button on."
--South Carolina, February 14, 2000
"I did denounce it. I de-I
denounced it. I denounced interracial dating. I denounced
anti-Catholic bigacy... bigotry."
--Referring to his Bob Jones University visit and the subsequent criticism, Virginia, February 25, 2000
"I would have said yes to
abortion if only it was right. I mean, yeah it's right. Well no
it's not right that's why I said no to it."
--South Carolina, February 14,2000
"My [tax cut] plan is realistic
because it avoids meaningless 15-year projections."
--George W. Bush goes to extraordinary lengths to defend his tax cut plan. (Quote is from a Bush speech in Iowa, 12/1/99)
"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."
--New York Times, 7/28/99
"There ought to be limits to
--at a Press conference at the Texas State House, May 21, 1999, referring to GWBush.com
"We have struggle to not proceed
but to preceed to the future of a nation's child."
--Journal Gazette 11/12/00
"My opponent seems to think that
Social Security is a federal program. I believe that money is
yours and you should be able to invest it yourself."
-The final Presidential debate
"Down in Washington they're
playing with Social Security like it's some kind of government
-NBC Nightly News (Date unknown)
"The reason we start a war is to
fight a war, win a war, thereby causing no more war!"
--The first Presidential debate
"They said, 'You know, this issue doesn't
seem to resignate [sic] with the people.' And I said, you know
something? Whether it resignates [sic] 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
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
"If affirmative action means what
I just described, what I'm for, then I'm for it."
--The Presidential Debates. St. Louis, Mo., October 18, 2000
"It's going to require numerous
--On Gore's tax plan, Greensboro, N.C., Oct. 10, 2000
"I don't think we need to be
subliminable [sic] about the differences between our views on
--Orlando, Fla., Sept. 12, 2000. He then repeatedly mispronounced the word after his press conference.
"I know the human being and fish
can coexist peacefully"
--Saginaw, Mich., Sept. 29, 2000
"Will the highways on the
Internet become more few?"
--Concord, N.H., Jan. 29, 2000
"It is clear our nation is
reliant upon big foreign oil. More and more of our imports come
--Beaverton, Ore., Sep. 25, 2000
"They misunderestimated me."
--Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 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
"Families is where our nation
finds hope, where wings take dream."
LaCrosse, Wis., Oct. 18, 2000"
"There's a huge trust. I see it
all the time when people come up to me and say, 'I don't want you
to let me down again.'"
Boston, Massachusetts, October 3, 2000
"I think if you know what you
believe, it makes it a lot easier to answer questions. I can't
answer your question"
--Reynoldsburg, Ohio, October 4, 2000
"You teach a
child to read and he or her will be able to pass a literacy
--February 21, 2001 - President Bush at Townsend Elementary School, touting his education reform plans.
"Republicans understand the importance of bondage
between mother and child." - Gov GWB
"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure." ...George W. Bush.
"Welcome to Mrs. Bush, and my fellow astronauts." ...Governor George W. Bush.
"Mars is essentially in the same orbit... Mars is somewhat the same distance from the Sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe." ...Gov GW Bush, Jr., 8/11/94
"The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in this century's history. But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century." GW Bush, 9/15/95
"I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward
more freedom and democracy, but that could change."
"One word sums up probably the responsibility of any Governor, and that one word is 'to be prepared'." ...Governor George W. Bush., 12/6/93
"Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things." ...Governor George W. Bush., 11/30/96
"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
"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 think we ought to raise the age at which juveniles can have a gun."
"Mr. Vice President, in all due respect, it isI'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."
"A tax cut is really one of the anecdotes to coming out of an economic illness." The Edge W/ Paula Zahn, Sept. 18, 2000
"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
"I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future." ...Governor George W. Bush.
"The future will be better tomorrow." ...Governor George W. Bush.
"We're going to have the best educated American people in the world." ...Governor George W. Bush, Jr., 9/21/97
"People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history." ...Governor George W. Bush.
"I stand by all the misstatements that I've made." GW Bush, Jr. to Sam Donaldson
"We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe." ...Governor George W. Bush.
"Public speaking is very easy." ...Governor George W. Bush. to reporters in 10/9
"I am not part of the problem. I am a Republican" ...George W. Bush,
"A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer
people going to the polls." ...Gov G W. Bush
"When I have been asked who caused the riots and the killing in LA, my answer has been direct and simple: Who is to blame for the riots? The rioters are to blame. Who is to blame for the killings? The killers are to blame". ...George W. Bush, Jr.
"Illegitimacy is something we should talk about in terms of not having it." ...Gov George W. Bush., 5/20/96
"We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur." ...Governor George W. Bush., 9/22/97
"For NASA, space is still a high priority." ...Governor George W. Bush, Jr., 9/5/93
"Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children." ...Governor George W. Bush., 9/18/95
"The American people would not want to know of any misquotes that George Bush may or may not make." ...Gov GW Bush.
"We're all capable of mistakes, but I do not care to enlighten you on the mistakes we may or may not have made." ...Governor George W. Bush.
"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it." ...Gov George W. Bush.