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Alan M. Dershowitz "The very first act of the new Bush administration was to have a Protestant Evangelist minister officially dedicate the inauguration to Jesus Christ, whom he declared to be 'our savior.' Invoking 'the Father, the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ' and 'the Holy Spirit,' Billy Graham's son, the man selected by President George W Bush to bless his presidency, excluded the tens of millions of Americans who are Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Shintoists, Unitarians, agnostics, and atheists from his blessing by his particularistic and parochial language.
    
"The plain message conveyed by the new administration is that George W Bush's America is a Christian nation and that non-Christians are welcome into the tent so long as they agree to accept their status as a tolerated minority rather than as fully equal citizens. In effect, Bush is saying: 'This is our home, and in our home we pray to Jesus as our savior. If you want to be a guest in our home, you must accept the way we pray.'"
  -- Alan M Dershowitz, in "Bush Starts Off by Defying the the Constitution," Los Angeles Times, January 24, 2001

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God told me to strike at al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them.
-- George W Bush, according to Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, from minutes acquired by Haaretz from cease-fire negotiations between Abbas and faction leaders from the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular and Democratic Fronts (circa, June, 2003), quoted from Arnon Regular, "'Road map is a life saver for us,' PM Abbas tells Hamas" (Haaretz.com: June 27, 2003), quoted from EvilOz (The Iterative Record)

This crusade, this war on terrorism is going to take a while.
-- George W Bush, using a loaded term which recalls the Christians' Medieval wars against Muslims in the so-called Holy Land, after stepping off the presidential helicopter on Sunday, September 16, 2001, quoted from Jonathan Lyons, "Bush enters Mideast's rhetorical minefield " (Reuters: September 21, 2001). Bush later apologized for this remark.

Pounding it down at the August 29, 1992 wedding of Jamie WeissI 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.
-- George W Bush, proving that he has it backwards: it's a "wall" separating religion from government, not a "bridge" joining the two, January 29, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

First, we would not accept a treaty that would not have been ratified, nor a treaty that I thought made sense for the country.
-- George W Bush, regarding the Kyoto accord, in a Washington Post, interview, April 24, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

I expect you to work hard on our agenda.
-- George W Bush, describing his "life's mission, the task by which he will be defined and judged," but making more than a few of us nervous after observing how he has approached this "mission" thus far, to his full cabinet meeting in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, quoted from Frank Bruni, "For Bush, a Mission and a Defining Moment" (September 22, 2001)

They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program.
-- George W Bush, St Charles, Missouri, November 2, 2000

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.
-- George W Bush, Austin, Texas, January 8, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

As young Americans, you have an important responsibility, which is to become good citizens.
-- George W Bush, in a June, 2001, letter to British students at Oakhill College in Lancashire, England: but giving the benefit where doubt is due, we ask, had they been Americans, wouldn't they already be citizens? Quoted from Randy Cassingham, "This is True" (24 June 2001).

To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say, well done. And to the C students, I say to you: you, too, can be president of the United States.
-- George W Bush, receiving an honorary degree at Yale, quoted from Newsweek, June, 4, 2001

Dee-Dubya-Eye: Operating Under the Influence in 1976, age 30No.
-- George W Bush, responding to Dallas Morning News reporter Wayne Slater's 1998 question asking "Were you ever arrested after 1968?" Quoted from The New Republic, November, 1999; also quoted in MSNBCcom Headline News, November 3, 2000.

Neither in French nor in English nor in Mexican.
-- George W Bush, refusing to answer reporters' questions at the Summit of the Americas, Quebec City, Canada, April 21, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Please don't kill me!
-- George W Bush, sadistically mocking condemned killer Karla Faye Tucker, complete with whimpering voice, in an interview with Talk Magazine's Tucker Carlson, quoted from J H Hatfield, Favorite Son (2000), caption of photo opposite page 165

There ought to be limits to freedom.
-- George W Bush, complaining about a website (www.gwbush.com) critical of him, at an Austin Press Conference, May 21, 1999, quoted from www.gwbush.com and the Democratic Alliance, "Yes, They Really Said It!"

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George Soros"The supremacist ideology of the Bush Administration stands in opposition to the principles of an open society, which recognize that people have different views and that nobody is in possession of the ultimate truth. The supremacist ideology postulates that just because we are stronger than others, we know better and have right on our side."
  -- George Soros, in "The Bubble of American Supremacy" (The Atlantic Monthly: December 2003)

 
 

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Bush: 'Crusade'; Rumsfeld: 'Infinite Justice' -- Connotations of Christian Holy War?

Benson's 'Winston W. Bush'God told me to strike at al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them.
-- George W Bush, according to Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, from minutes acquired by Haaretz from cease-fire negotiations between Abbas and faction leaders from the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular and Democratic Fronts (circa June, 2003), quoted from Arnon Regular, "'Road map is a life saver for us,' PM Abbas tells Hamas" (Haaretz.com:June 27, 2003), quoted from EvilOz (The Iterative Record)

To date, we've arrested or otherwise dealt with many key commanders of al Qaeda.... All told, more than 3,000 suspected terrorists have been arrested in many countries. Many others have met a different fate. Let's put it this way -- they are no longer a problem to the United States and our friends and allies. [Applause.]
-- George W Bush, admitting to having ordered disappearances, kidnappings, torture, assassinations, summary executions, and murders of untried people, in his State of the Union Address (February 4, 2003)

Every nation in every region now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.
-- George W Bush, echoing the either-or, black-and-white thinking practiced by the Jesus character of the Christian Gospel stories ("He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad." -- Matthew 12:30) and thereby leaving room for no other options, in his September 20, 2001, "war whoop of folly" speech, ... cheered on by a Congress "overcome with grief and drunk with patriotism," quoted in and adjectives lifted from Matthew Rothschild, "War Whoop of Folly," in The Progressive (September 21, 2001)

These demands are not open to negotiation or discussion.
-- George W Bush, in his "war whoop" speech to Congress, September 20, 2001, quoted from Matthew Rothschild, "War Whoop of Folly," in The Progressive (September 21, 2001)

[T]o give law enforcement the additional tools it needs to track down terror here at home.
-- George W Bush, promising to chisel away at our most cherished freedoms, in his "war whoop" speech to Congress, September 20, 2001, quoted from Matthew Rothschild, "War Whoop of Folly," in The Progressive (September 21, 2001)

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.
-- George W Bush, in other words, God is on our side (heard that before?), in his "war whoop" speech to Congress, September 20, 2001

This crusade, this war on terrorism is going to take a while.
-- George W Bush, using a loaded term that recalls the Christians' Medieval wars against Muslims in the so-called Holy Land, after stepping off the presidential helicopter on Sunday, September 16, 2001, quoted from Jonathan Lyons, "Bush enters Mideast's rhetorical minefield " (Reuters: September 21, 2001). Bush later apologized for this remark.

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.
-- George W Bush, to senators Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer of New York and senators John Warner and George Allen of Virginia, quoted by Howard Fineman, "A President Finds His True Voice" (Newsweek: September 24, 2001)

[I encourage] employers to permit their workers time off during the lunch hour to attend the noontime services to pray for our land.
-- George W Bush, ordering the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance which was held on September 14, 2001, quoted from Josh Karpf, "Atheism in the New Holy War"

George W. Bush making a show of patriotism as he tramples our Constitution for the sake of his pompous show of pietyWe come before God to pray for the missing and the dead, and for those who loved them.... Our purpose as a nation is firm, yet our wounds as a people are recent and unhealed and lead us to pray.... This world he created is of moral design. Grief and tragedy and hatred are only for a time. Goodness, remembrance, and love have no end, and the Lord of life holds all who die and all who mourn.... Neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities, nor powers nor things present nor things to come nor height nor depth can separate us from God's love.
-- George W Bush, in his sermon for the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance which was held on September 14, 2001, wherein Bush quoted the New Testament passage of Romans 8:38 (angels? principalities? powers?), quoted from Josh Karpf, "Atheism in the New Holy War"

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Ron Barrier"This isn't about feeding the poor or giving people job skills. There are already programs to do that, and if religious groups supported those goals, they'd pass the plate and make a contribution.
    
"This is about smuggling religion into social programs, and preying on some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
    
"This will also involve the government into making unconstitutional decisions as to what qualifies as legitimate 'faith' and into funding an already multi-billion-dollar industry that would be able to discriminate in its hiring practices."
-- Ron Barrier, Communications Director for American Atheists, in the American Atheists Press Release of February 12, 2001, titled, "American Atheists Launches Petition Drive; Names to Be Presented to White House at Saturday, February 24 Demo"

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)The Role Religion Plays In Bush's Approach to Government

Through my Faith-Based and Community Initiative, my Administration continues to encourage the essential work of faith-based and community organizations. Governments can and should support effective social services, including those provided by religious people and organizations. When government gives that support, it is important that faith-based institutions not be forced to change their religious character.
-- George W Bush, shamelessly promoting the idea that government ought to overturn decades -- centuries -- of civil rights progress by paying religious organizations to discriminate on the basis of religious adherence -- one of the very reasons why our Constitutison's Bill of Rights forbids our government from "respecting an establishment of religion" -- in his Proclamation: "Religious Freedom Day, 2004" (January 16, 2004)

Catholic schools carry out a great mission, to serve God by building knowledge and character.... By teaching the word of God, you prepare your students to follow a path of virtue.
-- George W Bush, helping to soften the blows of justice in asking (requiring, really) taxpayers to bail out Roman Catholic schools through a publicly funded voucher program after numerous Roman Catholic parishes and dioceses being held financially accountable for clerics who terrorized and molested young boys and girls over a period of decades in the pedophile priest scandal, at a White House ceremony whose audience included more over 200 Roman Catholic officials; quoted from American Atheists Press Reelease, "Bush off Key in Singing Praises of Parochial Schools" (January 12, 2004: source citation based in part upon American Atheists' president Ellen Johnson's written response to this incident)

[Immigrants] bring to America the values of faith in God, love of family, hard work and self reliance -- the values that made us a great nation to begin with. We've all seen those values in action, through the service and sacrifice of more than 35,000 foreign-born men and women currently on active duty in the United States military.
-- George W Bush, forgetting his history (again) in the fact that many came to America seeking freedom from religion, needlessly dividing the nation, and marginalizing tens of millions of Americans who have no belief in deities and practice no adherence to creeds, from his speech, "President Bush Proposes New Temporary Worker Program" (January 7, 2004)

About 14 percent of our nation's civilian workforce is foreign-born.
-- George W Bush, almost completely ignorant as to the makeup of his constituency, he is oblivious to the fact that about 14 percent of the people in our nation's workforce hold no god-beliefs of any kind, from his speech, "President Bush Proposes New Temporary Worker Program" (January 7, 2004)

I am mindful that we're all sinners...
-- George W Bush, speaking for -- uh, somebody -- umm, and, uh, showing just how out of touch he really is with everybody (except Evangelical Christians of the politically idolatrous variety). Bush is saying that there ought to be a law that would deny Americans the basic right to enter into a union with a partner of their choice and receive the same benefits as anyone who practices the Christian rite of monogamous heterosexual marriage -- even though there already is such a law, the Defense of Marriage Act, signed by President Clinton in 1996; speaking at a Rose Garden news conference on July 30, 2003. Quoted from Neil A Lewis, "Bush Backs Bid to Block Gays From Marrying" (The New York Times: July 30, 2003)

We waited for Congress to act. They couldn't act on the issue. So I just went ahead and signed an executive order which will unleash -- [applause] -- which says the federal agencies will not discriminate against faith-based programs. They ought to welcome the armies of compassion as opposed to turning them away.
-- George W Bush, unleashing -- uh, something -- umm, to the citizens of the United States (who, um, er, uh, used to be progected by this thing called the Bill of Rights, a document we cannot remember Mr Bush ever having mentioned, much less obeyed) speaking to a select group of "Urban Leaders" (selected, obviously, because they eagerly anticipate getting their hands on some of this money) in Room 450 of the Dwight D Eisenhower Executive Office Building, quoted from the White House's official text of the speech, "President Bush Discusses Faith-Based Initiative with Urban Leaders" (July 16, 2003)

God told me to strike at al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them.
-- George W Bush, according to Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, from minutes acquired by Haaretz from cease-fire negotiations between Abbas and faction leaders from the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular and Democratic Fronts (circa June, 2003), quoted from Arnon Regular, "'Road map is a life saver for us,' PM Abbas tells Hamas" (Haaretz.com:June 27, 2003), quoted from EvilOz (The Iterative Record)

Tyrants and dictators will accept no other gods before them. They require disobedience to the First Commandment. They seek absolute control and are threatened by faith in God. They fear only the power they cannot possess -- the power of truth. So they resent the living example of the devout, especially the devotion of a unique people chosen by God.
-- George W Bush, blaming the Holocaust on godlessness, rather than on Christian anti-Semitism of Martin Luther, St Paul, and the Jesus of Matthew's and John's Gospels, and ignoring the fact that Adolf Hitler repeatedly called himself a Christian, pretended to be obeying Christ, and cannot be shown to have been an atheist, at the National Commemoration of the Days of Remembrance at the US Capitol on April 19, 2001, quoted from Freedom From Religion Foundation, "Bush's Holocaust Remarks Distort History, Scapegoat Freethinkers" April 25, 2001

I really appreciate leaders from around the globe who have come to share in prayer with us today. It reminds me that the Almighty God is a God to everybody, every person.
-- George W Bush, making a welcoming gestu-- er, uh, claim, in which he speaks on behalf of you and me -- on behalf of everybody, every person -- even though the very Supreme law of the land protects us from such abuse at the hands of our elected leaders, during his speech before the 51st Annual Congressional Prayer Breakfast, quoted from "President Bush Addresses the 51st Annual Prayer Breakfast" (February 6, 2003)

It is fitting that we have a National Prayer Breakfast. It is the right thing to do, because this is a nation of prayer. I know, from firsthand knowledge, that this is a nation of prayer. See, I work the ropelines a lot, and I hear all kinds of things on the ropelines. But the thing I hear the most, the comment I hear the most from our fellow citizens, regardless of their political party or philosophy, is, Mr President, I pray for you and your family, and so does my family. That's what I hear. I turn to them without hesitation and say, it is the greatest gift you can give anybody, is to pray on their behalf.-- George W Bush, although the Encarta World Dictionary of the English Language displays noknown meaning for the word ropelines, this is where our President tells us he obtains his "Statistics of Small Numbers" with which he backs up his claim that such a large percentage of the populace practices the religious ritual of prayer to such an extent and with such fervance as to justify describing the United States as "a nation of prayer," during his speech before the 51st Annual Congressional Prayer Breakfast, quoted from "President Bush Addresses the 51st Annual Prayer Breakfast" (February 6, 2003)

We should fund the armies of compassion, we should not discriminate against faith-based programs.
-- George W Bush, still confusing the constitutional mandate of government neutrality toward religion, at Notre Dame University on May 24, 2001

Scripture says: "Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted." I call on every American family and the family of America to observe a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance, honoring the memory of the thousands of victims of these brutal attacks and comforting those who lost loved ones. We will persevere through this national tragedy and personal loss. In time, we will find healing and recovery; and, in the face of all this evil, we remain strong and united, "one Nation under God."
-- George W Bush, directing the religious exercises of his constituents and proclaiming a strange unity which omits at least ten percent of the population: "National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims Of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001" (September 14, 2001)

God's signs are not always the ones we look for. We learn in tragedy that his purposes are not always our own. Yet the prayers of private suffering, whether in our homes or in this great cathedral, are known and heard, and understood.
     There are prayers that help us last through the day, or endure the night. There are prayers of friends and strangers, that give us strength for the journey. And there are prayers that yield our will to a will greater than our own....
     On this National Day of Prayer and Remembrance, we ask almighty God to watch over our nation, and grant us patience and resolve in all that is to come. We pray that He will comfort and console those who now walk in sorrow. We thank Him for each life we now must mourn, and the promise of a life to come.
-- George W Bush, "President's Remarks at National Day of Prayer and Remembrance" at the The National Cathedral (September 14, 2001)

Bush in a public display of prayer (Matthew 6:5-6), exercises his authority to force the rest of us to do the same - or at least to stand there and watch him while he does it.My administration will be more supportive of the good works done here than any administration in the history of this country because I understand the power of faith, that faith can change lives.
-- George W Bush, still refusing to admit that "faith-based" programs have not been shown to be more effective than secular programs, and yet still ignoring the facts that (1) "faith-based" programs are typically unfair in thier administration and hiring and (2) "faith-based" programs more often than not exploit thier often-captive audiences to make sales pitches for "The Lord," at Notre Dame University on May 24, 2001

And I strongly support the faith-based initiative that we're proposing, because I don't believe it violates the line between the separation of church and state, and I believe it's going to make America a better place.
-- George W Bush, making a muddled reference to the Establishment Clause, quoted from Conrad Goeringer, AANEWS #889 (February 28, 2001) from American Atheists

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.
-- George W Bush, proving that he has it backwards: it's a "wall" separating religion from government, not a "bridge" joining the two, during a question and answer session with the press, January 29, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Take the life issue. This issue requires a president and an administration leading our nation to understand the importance of life. This whole faith-based initiative really ties into a larger cultural issue that we're working on. It begins to affect the life issue, as well as the human dignity issue, because when you're talking about welcoming people of faith to help people who are disadvantaged and are unable to defend themselves, the logical step is also those babies.
-- George W Bush, unaware that a press microphone was on, telling Roman Catholic "faith-based" subsidy supporters that they are "vital allies" because they won't "be eroded by political correctness or whatever," and assuring them that his scheme to give tax money to religious groups will help them promote opposition to legal abortion, at the White House on January 31, 2001, quoted from Margaret Sykes, "Bush Caught on Tape -- Again: Says he'll use tax dollars to help religious groups oppose abortion," About Pro-Choice Views, February 1, 2001

We've got a cultural issue in America. We've got to change the whole way the issue is looked at. That's the mission. Some in the political process don't have enough patience for that, and I probably don't either.
-- George W Bush, unaware that a press microphone was on, while telling Roman Catholic "faith-based" subsidy supporters that his scheme to give tax money to religious groups will help them promote opposition to legal abortion, at the White House on January 31, 2001, quoted from Margaret Sykes, "Bush Caught on Tape -- Again: Says he'll use tax dollars to help religious groups oppose abortion," About Pro-Choice Views, February 1, 2001

The days of discriminating against religious institutions simply because they are religious must come to an end.
-- George W Bush, willfully misrepresenting, once again, the whole point of state-church separation, at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, for which organizers refused to release a full list of attendees, February 1, 2001, quoted from Conrad Goeringer, "Bush Promotes Faith at Prayer Breakfast: Bipartisan Support for New White House Office," AANEWS 881, February 2, 2001, from American Atheists

Faith crosses every border and touches every heart in every nation.
-- George W Bush, with a slap in the fact to the ten percent of Americans who are not religious, at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, for which organizers refused to release a full list of attendees, February 1, 2001, quoted from Conrad Goeringer, "Bush Promotes Faith at Prayer Breakfast: Bipartisan Support for New White House Office," AANEWS 881, February 2, 2001, from American Atheists

We do not prescribe any prayer; we welcome all prayer.
-- George W Bush, promoting religion over nonreligion at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, for which organizers refused to release a full list of attendees, February 1, 2001, quoted from Conrad Goeringer, "Bush Promotes Faith at Prayer Breakfast: Bipartisan Support for New White House Office," AANEWS 881, February 2, 2001, from American Atheists

It has sustained me in moments of success and in moments of disappointment. Without it, I'd be a different person. And without it, I doubt I'd be here today.
-- George W Bush, promoting the Christian faith at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, for which organizers refused to release a full list of attendees, February 1, 2001, quoted from Conrad Goeringer, "Bush Promotes Faith at Prayer Breakfast: Bipartisan Support for New White House Office," AANEWS 881, February 2, 2001, from American Atheists

Our plan will not favor religious institutions over nonreligious institutions. As president, I'm interested in what is constitutional and I'm interested in what works.
-- George W Bush, promoting his scheme to funnel tax dollars into religoius "charities" which will not be held accountable for discriminating against nonreligious and other-religious workers, and the validity of which religious groups are worthy of being funded will be decided by the government (Bush has already stated that the Nation of Islam will not qualify), at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, for which organizers refused to release a full list of attendees, February 1, 2001, quoted from Conrad Goeringer, "Bush Promotes Faith at Prayer Breakfast: Bipartisan Support for New White House Office," AANEWS 881, February 2, 2001, from American Atheists

We have set out to promote the work of community and faith-based charities. Government cannot be replaced by charities, but it can welcome them as partners instead of resenting them as rivals.
-- George W Bush, softening the criticism against his scheme to funnel tax money into reigious "outreach" organizations (read: evangelistic efforts), at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, for which organizers refused to release a full list of attendees, February 1, 2001, quoted from Conrad Goeringer, "Bush Promotes Faith at Prayer Breakfast: Bipartisan Support for New White House Office," AANEWS 881, February 2, 2001, from American Atheists

It is one of the great goals of my administration to invigorate the spirit of involvement and citizenship. We will encourage faith-based and community programs without changing their mission.
-- George W Bush, establishing a White House office dedicated to encouraging faith-based organizations to seek federal funds to help solve social problems like drug addiction and homelessness, while allowing organized religion to continue to exploit its new captive audience through evangelistic efforts, and potentially allowing state-funded religious groups to discriminate both against those who seek help and those who seek emplyment, quoted from Steve Holland, "Bush Sets Up Faith-Based Office at White House," Reuters, January 29, 2001

And this is my solemn pledge: I will work to build a single nation of justice and opportunity. I know this is in our reach because we are guided by a power larger than ourselves who creates us equal in His image.
-- George W Bush, showing gross insensitivity to the constitutional principle of government neutrality on religion, as well as showing that he's oblivious both to the diversity in the nation he now leads and to the very concept of unity, in his Inauguration Address, January 20, 2001

I ask Americans to bow our heads in humility before our Heavenly Father, a God who calls us not to judge our neighbors, but to love them, to ask His guidance upon our nation and its leaders in every level of government.
-- George W Bush, National Day of Prayer Proclamation, January 20, 2001, one of his first acts as United States President, quoted from "President Bush Announces Religious Agenda on Inauguration Day: Bush Presents Himself as 'Determined Foe of Church-State Separation,' Says Americans United," January 20, 2001

Together, we will reclaim America's schools, before ignorance and apathy claim more young lives.
-- George W Bush, Inauguration Address, January 20, 2001, preparing us for his already-announced plans to unveil an education plan on Tuesday that will feature taxpayer-funded vouchers for religious schools, in his Inauguration Address, January 20, 2001, quoted from Americans United press release titled, "President Bush Announces Religious Agenda on Inauguration Day: Bush Presents Himself as 'Determined Foe of Church-State Separation,' Says Americans United"

And some needs and hurts are so deep they will only respond to a mentor's touch or a pastor's prayer. Church and charity, synagogue and mosque, lend our communities their humanity, and they will have an honored place in our plans and laws.
-- George W Bush, Inauguration Address, January 20, 2001

In every instance when my administration sees a responsibility to help people, we will look first to faith-based institutions, to charities and to community groups that have shown their ability to save and change lives.
-- George W Bush, at a rally in Indianapolis, Indiana, July 22, 1999, quoted from Americans United press release titled, "President Bush And 'Faith-Based' Initiatives: AU Report And Answers to Frequently Asked Questions"

We will keep a commitment to pluralism [and] not discriminate for or against Methodist or Mormons or Muslims or good people with no faith at all.
-- George W Bush, promising equal opportunity to all religious groups for receiving tax money, at a rally in Indianapolis, Indiana, July 22, 1999, quoted from Americans United press release titled, "President Bush And 'Faith-Based' Initiatives: AU Report And Answers to Frequently Asked Questions"

I don't see how we can allow public dollars to fund programs where spite and hate is the core of the message. Louis Farrakhan preaches hate.
-- George W Bush, reneging on the above promise, on being asked by a reporter if the Nation of Islam would be eligible for federal money, but failing to distinguish between the "hate" that he says Farrakhan preaches and the hate (against atheists and other non-Christians) that many Christian churches preach, while speaking with reporters on March 1, 2000, as quoted in the Austin American-Statesman, March 2, 2000, p A-9, quoted from Americans United press release of January 29, 2001, titled, "President Bush And 'Faith-Based' Initiatives: AU Report And Answers to Frequently Asked Questions"

I support voluntary, student-led prayer and am committed to the First Amendment principles of religious freedom, tolerance, and diversity. Whether Mormon, Methodist, or Muslim, students in America should be able to participate in their constitutional free exercise of religion. I believe it is wrong to forcefully expunge any mention of religion, or dilute its impact and importance, when discussing world affairs. Religion is a personal, private matter and parents, not public school officials, should decide their children's religious training. We should not have teacher-led prayers in public schools, and school officials should never favor one religion over another, or favor religion over no religion (or vice versa). I also believe that schools should not restrict students' religious liberties. The free exercise of faith is the fundamental right of every American, and that right doesn't stop at the schoolhouse door.
-- George W Bush, responding to an October, 2000, Associated Press questionnaire, quoted from AANEWS #831, October 9, 2000, from American Atheists

George W. Bush bringing reason to the discussions about science educationI believe God did create the world. And I think we're finding out more and more and more as to how it actually happened.
-- George W Bush, interview, US News, "George W Bush: Running on his faith," December 6, 1999

After all, religion has been around a lot longer than Darwinism.
-- George W Bush, in a speech lauding the fact that the demon possession model of mental health "has been around a lot longer than" psychiatry, quoted from Aaron Latham, "How George W Found God," George Magazine, September, 2000

In spite of conflicting signals -- and in spite of a popular culture that sometimes puts down their innocence -- most of our kids are good kids. Large numbers do volunteer work. Nearly all believe in God, and most practice their faith. Teen pregnancy and violence are actually going down. Across America, under a program called True Love Waits, nearly a million teens have pledged themselves to abstain from sex until marriage.
-- George W Bush, during a November, 1999, campaign stop in Gorham, New Hampshire. Bush stated later that under his presidential administration, funding for Christian chastity outreaches will soar from $80 million to $139 million per year, sending public money to Bible fundamentalist groups such as True Love Waits, a Christian chastity advocacy group which conducts "Bible studies, discipling experiences, worship services, ring ceremonies, retreats, DiscipleNow weekends, campus club Bible studies and other experiences to prepare students for a commitment to purity." Quoted in AANEWS #861, December 24, 2000.

We need to have mentoring programs energized by government, paid for by government, but who exist not because of government. Teen Challenge is a way to get people off drugs and alcohol. Teen Challenge is a faith-based program that changes people's hearts.
-- George W Bush, in a campaign speech, quoted from AANEWS #915 from American Atheists, May 25, 2001. Teen Challenge executive director John Castellani testified before Congress on May 23 that many of the Jews who complete the Teen Challenge program become "completed Jews," a phrase common in fundamentalist circles to refer to Jews who later convert to fundamentalist Christianity -- strongly implying that regular Jews are somehow "incomplete."

Our priorities is our faith.
-- George W Bush, Greensboro, North Carolina, October 10, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

We will allow private and religious groups to compete to provide services in every federal, state and local social program.
-- George W Bush, to an audience at an Indianapolis church when he announced his proposal for an "Office of Faith-Based Action" as a "clearinghouse for information on effective religious organizations and assisting them in their dealings with the federal government." Quoted from "Jesus in Charge? Whose Election Is it Anyway?" by American Atheists.

Our new faith-based laws have removed government as a roadblock to people of faith who hear the call.
-- George W Bush, quoted from Aaron Latham, "How George W Found God," George Magazine, September, 2000

We should -- we will -- welcome people of faith into the political process.... It is essential that believers enter the arena. Your involvement in politics helps determine how well our democracy works. We have finally learned that government programs cannot solve our problems. Government can hand out money, but government cannot put hope in our hearts or a sense of purpose in our lives.
-- George W Bush, quoted from Aaron Latham, "How George W Found God," George Magazine, September, 2000

I've heard the call. I believe God wants me to run for president.
-- George W Bush, quoted from Aaron Latham, "How George W Found God," George Magazine, September, 2000

Do I think faith will be an important part of being a good president? Yes, I do.
-- George W Bush, interview, US News, "George W Bush: Running on his faith," December 6, 1999

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.
-- George W Bush, interview, US News, "George W Bush: Running on his faith," December 6, 1999

When you turn your heart and your life over to Christ, when you accept Christ as the savior, it changes your heart.
-- George W Bush, in Des Moines, when three of six candidates named Jesus Christ as role models, December, 1999, quoted in "Jesus in Charge? Whose Election Is it Anyway?" by American Atheists

I understand religion is a walk, it's a journey. And I fully recognize that I'm a sinner, just like you.
-- George W Bush, quoted from Aaron Latham, "How George W Found God," George Magazine, September, 2000

There's Adam Clymer, major league asshole from The New York Times.
-- George W Bush, to running mate Dick Cheney, who replied, "Oh, yeah, big time," at a campaign rally in Naperville, Illinios: both were unaware that the podium microphone was on, quoted from CNN, "Bush uses expletive to describe Times reporter," September 4, 2000.
     Karen Hughes, the communications director for the Bush campaign said, "It was meant to be a whispered aside to his running mate. It was not intended to be a public comment."
     "Duh-ee! Which way did he go, George? Which way did he go?" -- unnamed dog-like character in a legacy Warner Brothers generic cartoon.

I urge all Texans to answer the call to serve those in need. By volunteering their time, energy or resources to helping others, adults and youngsters follow Christ's message of love and service in thought and deed.
     Therefore, I, George W Bush, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim June 10, 2000, Jesus Day in Texas and urge the appropriate recognition whereof,
     In official recognition whereof,
     I hereby affix my signature this
     17th day of April, 2000.
     -- George W Bush, "Jesus Day 2000" Proclamation, quoted from tompaine.com

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Subverting Religious Liberty by Redefining the Word Religion

Religious freedom and tolerance is a protected right. I am committed to the First Amendment principles of religious freedom, tolerance, and diversity.
     Whether Mormon, Methodist, Jewish, or Muslim, Americans should be able to participate in their constitutional free exercise of religion.
     I do not think witchcraft is a religion, and I do not think it is in any way appropriate for the US military to promote it.
     -- George W Bush, second remark, October 15, 2000, Web, White & Blue 2000, Rolling Cyber Debate question: "With religious diversity increasing, what are your thoughts on the protection of religious freedom and the separation of church and state? Should religions like Wicca be banned from recognition by the military, as some legislators suggest?" Bush honors diversity, but only within certain bounds, saying nothing in favor of one's Constitutional right to freedom from religion (he's against it: see below) and speaking out once again against Americans' right to practice the Wiccan religion with the same freedoms enjoyed by those who practice Bush's own religion of Evangelical Christianity.
     Notice how Bush does away with the Wiccan's right to religious liberty by redefining Wicca as not a religion and further denigrating it with the term witchcraft. In the same way, atheism, that is, the freedom from government-imposed or government-sponsored religious intrusion, being not itself a bona fide religion, is twisted by Bush to become a viewpoint or practice or right that is not covered under the First Amendment guarantee of religious Liberty. (To be fair as well as honest, Bush's opponent, Al Gore, slyly ans
wered every other element of the same question, but silently passed over the part about Wicca.)

I don't think that witchcraft is a religion. I wish the military would rethink this decision.
-- George W Bush, earlier remark, June, 1999, to ABC News, regarding Ft Hood's decision to allow Wiccan rituals just as all military bases allow rituals of the Christian faith (in a letter to Cliff Walker, the Bush Campaign HQ backpedaled, calling this Bush's personal opinion; later, however, it becomes an integral part of his campaign)
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Steve Allen, 1993"There is something about the appeal of irrationality which has always eluded me. We're going to have to make this a national issue. I don't think anyone short of the president, any president, can do this. I think he actually has to rub our noses in our present predicament."
  -- Steve Allen, interview with Dwayne Walker (1993), casting an irony of cosmic impact that not even Allen himself could have dreamed up -- considering that more than a few English teachers have already put the following material to use as "What's Wrong With This Picture?" exercises!
     Rub our noses in it? Indeed!

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Bush locates the credibility gapMost 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.
-- George W Bush, plugging Weinberg's book, The Complete Bushisms, at the Radio-Television Correspondents Association dinner, Washington, DC, March 29, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

I've coined new words, like, misunderstanding and Hispanically.
-- George W Bush, plugging (and unwittingly providing material for the second edition of) Weinberg's book, The Complete Bushisms, at the Radio-Television Correspondents Association dinner, Washington, DC, March 29, 2001. Bush was probably trying to read the letter sequence misunderestimating from the blurb, a "word" that he has used in public speech. Quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms."

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Condoleezza Rice shading the shady one.God told me to strike at al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them.
-- George W Bush, according to Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, from minutes acquired by Haaretz from cease-fire negotiations between Abbas and faction leaders from the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular and Democratic Fronts (circa June, 2003), quoted from Arnon Regular, "'Road map is a life saver for us,' PM Abbas tells Hamas" (Haaretz.com:June 27, 2003), quoted from EvilOz (The Iterative Record)

Do you have blacks, too?
-- George W Bush, meeting with Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso; allegedly, in this incident, reportedly witnessed only by members of the White House Press Corps, Condoleezza Rice was present and jumped in to save Cardoso from having to answer, informing Bush that in fact Brazil is home to more blacks than any country outside Africa (unverified: November 2, 2001?)

We're fighting people that hates our values. They can't stand what America stands for.
-- George W Bush, in his speech, "President Bush on Retaliation and State of the Economy" (October 26, 2001)

Gee DumbyaWe're now interested in finding those who may attack America and arrest them before they do. We've had over nearly a thousand people have been detained in America and questioned about their motives and their intentions.
-- George W Bush, in his speech, "President Bush on Retaliation and State of the Economy" (October 26, 2001)

As I mentioned we have arrested or detained over 1,000 people here in America to determine to find out what they know.
-- George W Bush, in his speech, "President Bush on Retaliation and State of the Economy" (October 26, 2001)

There's been shock waves sent throughout all parts of the nation's economic fabric.
-- George W Bush, in his speech, "President Bush on Retaliation and State of the Economy" (October 26, 2001)

You know, if you find a person that you've never seen before getting in a crop-duster that doesn't belong to you, report it.
-- George W Bush, in an aside to his description of the state of Bush's Holy War (Jihad) against Afghanistan, quoted from Washington Post, "Bush on State of War" (October 11, 2001)

Well, you know, I think the American people are sacrificing now. I think they're waiting in airport lines longer than they've ever had before.
-- George W Bush, describing the state of Bush's Holy War (Jihad) against Afghanistan, quoted from Washington Post, "Bush on State of War" (October 11, 2001)

We've been able to watch on our television screens sophisticated weaponry find a building; and we've seen dramatic reports from the front where Pulitzer Prize-to-be winning reporters stood up and declared, the United States is attacked, and all that.
-- George W Bush, remarks by the President to Employees at the Pentagon, "Guard and Reserves 'Define Spirit of America'" (September 17, 2001)

This crusade, this war on terrorism is going to take a while.
-- George W Bush, using a loaded term that recalls the Christians' Medieval wars against Muslims in the Holy Land, after stepping off the presidential helicopter on Sunday, September 16, 2001, quoted from Jonathan Lyons, "Bush enters Mideast's rhetorical minefield " (Reuters: September 21, 2001). Bush later apologized for this remark.

The suicide bombings have increased. There's too many of them.
-- George W Bush, Albuquerque, New Mexico, August 15, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg and Bryan Curtis, "The Complete Bushisms"

Brie and cheese.
-- George W Bush, taunting a reporter who had recently spent time on the West Coast, in Crawford, Texas, August 23, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, talking about his education bill in Independence, Missouri, August 21, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

One of the interesting initiatives we've taken in Washington, DC, 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.
-- George W Bush, Denver, Colorado, August 14, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Crawford, Texas, August 13, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Spend Your Tax Refund HereThere'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.
-- George W Bush, trying to discuss former Sen. George Mitchell's report on Middle East peace, Crawford, Texas, August 13, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

You saw the president yesterday. I thought he was very forward-leaning, as they say in diplomatic nuanced circles.
-- George W Bush, on his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Rome on July 23, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe -- I believe what I believe is right.
-- George W Bush, visiting Rome, July 22, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, visiting the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, DC, July 2, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, visiting the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, DC, July 2, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say, well done. And to the C students, I say to you: you, too, can be president of the United States.
-- George W Bush, receiving an honorary degree at Yale, quoted from Newsweek, June, 4, 2001

As young Americans, you have an important responsibility, which is to become good citizens.
-- George W Bush, June, 2001, letter to British students at Oakhill College in Lancashire, England: had they been Americans, wouldn't they already be citizens? Quoted from Randy Cassingham, "This is True" (24 June 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.
-- George W Bush, Washington, DC, June 18, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease.
-- George W Bush, Gothenburg, Sweden, June 14, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, discussing the McCain-Kennedy Patients' Bill Of Rights, Brussels, Belgium, June 13, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Can't living with the bill means it won't become law.
-- George W Bush, discussing the McCain-Kennedy Patients' Bill Of Rights, Brussels, Belgium, June 13, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Anyway, I'm so thankful, and so gracious -- I'm gracious that my brother Jeb is concerned about the hemisphere as well.
-- George W Bush, Miami, Florida, June 4, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Our nation must come together to unite.
-- George W Bush, Tampa, Florida, June 4, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

So on behalf of a well-oiled unit of people who came together to serve something greater than themselves, congratulations.
-- George W Bush, to the University of Nebraska women's volleyball team upon their becoming the 2001 national champions, Washington, DC, May 31, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, to the University of Nebraska women's volleyball team upon their becoming the 2001 national champions, Washington, DC, May 31, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute, Washington, DC, May 22, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Conestoga, Pennsylvania, May 18, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Presidents, whether things are good or bad, get the blame. I understand that.
-- George W Bush, Washington, DC, May 11, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 14, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

There's no question that the minute I got elected, the storm clouds on the horizon were getting nearly directly overhead.
-- George W Bush, still pretending both that he was elected and that he has a way with words, in Washington, DC, May 11, 2001, quoted from Strom Watch

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.
-- George W Bush, Washington, DC, May 1, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Whatever it took to help Taiwan defend theirself.
-- George W Bush, speaking on n how far we'd be willing to go to defend Taiwan, on television's Good Morning America, April 25, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

First, we would not accept a treaty that would not have been ratified, nor a treaty that I thought made sense for the country.
-- George W Bush, regarding the Kyoto accord, in a Washington Post interview, April 24, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

It's very important for folks to understand that when there's more trade, there's more commerce.
-- George W Bush, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, April 21, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Neither in French nor in English nor in Mexican.
-- George W Bush, refusing to answer reporters' questions at the Summit of the Americas, Quebec City, Canada, April 21, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

We must have the attitude that every child in America -- regardless of where they're raised or how they're born -- can learn.
-- George W Bush, New Britain, Connecticut, April 18, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, remarking on "parental empowerment in education," Washington, DC, April 12, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Concord Middle School, Concord, North Carolina, April 11, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Copyright © 2001 by Richard Bartholomew, All Rights Reserved.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.
-- George W Bush, Washington, DC, April 10, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Washington, DC, April 5, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, press conference, Washington, DC, March 29, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, press conference, Washington, DC, March 29, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, at a photo opportunity with Ariel Sharon, Washington, DC, March 20, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Washington, DC, March 19, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, at a media round table, Washington, DC, March 13, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, at a media roundtable, Washington, DC, March 13, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, March 12, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, interview, Washington Post, March 9, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Chicago, March 6, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

I think there is some methodology in my travels.
-- George W Bush, Washington, DC, March 5, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Ann and I will carry out this equivocal message to the world: Markets must be open.
-- George W Bush, at the swearing-in ceremony for Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman, Washington, DC, March 2, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Those of us who spent time in the agricultural sector and in the heartland, we understand how unfair the death penalty is.
-- George W Bush, Omaha, Nebraska, February 28, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Of all states that understands local control of schools, Iowa is such a state.
-- George W Bush, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Fevruary 28, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

My pan plays down an unprecedented amount of our national debt.
-- George W Bush, Budget address to Congress, February 27, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

And I strongly support the faith-based initiative that we're proposing, because I don't believe it violates the line between the separation of church and state, and I believe it's going to make America a better place.
-- George W Bush, making a muddled reference to the Establishment Clause, quoted from Beth Corbin, "Bush 'Faith-based' Plan Meets with Media Skepticism at White House Press Conference" (February 23, 2001) from Americans United for the Separation of Church and State

I have said that the sanction regime is like Swiss cheese -- that meant that they weren't very effective.
-- George W Bush, White House press conference, Washington, DC, February 22, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.
-- George W Bush, Townsend, Tennessee, February 21, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Home is important. It's important to have a home.
-- George W Bush, Crawford, Texas, February 18, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Nalle Elementary School, Washington, DC, February 9, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Washington, DC, February 8, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

We're concerned about AIDS inside our White House -- make no mistake about it.
-- George W Bush, Washington, DC, February 7, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

I confirmed to the prime minister that we appreciate our friendship.
-- George W Bush, describing his meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, February 5, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, White House press conference, Washington, DC, February 5, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

There's no such thing as legacies. At least, there is a legacy, but I'll never see it.
-- George W Bush, to Roman Catholic leaders at the White House, January 31, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, proving that he has it backwards: it's a "wall" separating religion from government, not a "bridge" joining the two, during a question and answer session with the press, January 29, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well.
-- George W Bush, Washington, DC, January 29, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, January 23, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Comic: ''Electile Dysfunction'' {source unknown}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.
-- George W Bush, in a pre-Inaugural interview with US News & World Report, published in the January 22, 2001 issue, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Our democratic faith is more than the creed of our country, it is the inborn hope of our humanity, an ideal we carry but do not own, a trust we bear and pass along. And even after nearly 225 years, we have a long way yet to travel.
-- George W Bush, forgetting that the United States of America was not formed until 1789, in his Inauguration Address, January 20, 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.
-- George W Bush, Interview, Associated Press, January 18, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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 openminded, inclusive person.
-- George W Bush, NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw, January 14, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

She's just trying to make sure Anthony gets a good meal -- Antonio.
-- George W Bush, upon Laura Bush inviting Justice Antonin Scalia to dinner at the White House, NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw, January 14, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Interview, The New York Times, January 14, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

The California [power] crunch really is the result of not enough power-generating plants and then not enough power to power the power of generating plants.
-- George W Bush, Interview, The New York Times, January 14, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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 more literate country and a hopefuller country.
-- George W Bush, Washington, DC, January 11, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Austin, Texas, January 8, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Austin, Texas, January 8, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Austin, Texas, January 4, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Austin, Texas, January 4, 2001, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Let me put it to you this way, I am not a revengeful person.
-- George W Bush, Interview in Time magazine, December 25, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

I also have picked a secretary for Housing and Human Development. Mel Martinez from the state of Florida.
-- George W Bush, Austin, Texas, December 20, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Let me put it to you this way, I am not a revengeful person.
-- George W Bush, interview, Time magazine, December 25, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)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.
-- George W Bush, Washington, DC, December 18, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator.
-- George W Bush, half-joking about his transition in Washington, DC, December 18, 2000, quoted from CNN, "Bush to meet with Clinton as Cabinet building continues"

The great thing about America is everybody should vote.
-- George W Bush, Austin, Texas, December 8, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, 60 Minutes II, December 5, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

I knew it might put him in an awkward position that we had a discussion before finality has finally happened in this presidential race.
-- George W Bush, describing a phone call to Senator John Breaux, Crawford, Texas, December 2, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Crawford, Texas, November 30, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Like I said, the legislature's job is to write law, and it's the executive branch's job to interpret the law.
-- George W Bush, Q&A session following press conference of November 22, 2000, as seen on cnn.com, quoted from Charles Rich in a letter to Cliff Walker

They misunderestimated me.
-- George W Bush, Bentonville, Arkansas, November 6, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Pick a Winner!They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program.
-- George W Bush, St Charles, Missouri, November 2, 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?
-- George W Bush, Minneapolis, November 1, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Portland, Oregon, October 31, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Toledo, Ohio, October 27, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, discussing the Lewinsky scandal, Arlington Heights, Illinois, October 24, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Arlington Heights, Illinois, October 24, 2000 "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Des Moines, Iowa, October 23, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.
-- George W Bush, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, October 18, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

It's your money. You paid for it.
-- George W Bush, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, October 18, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

If I'm the president, we're going to have emergency-room care, we're going to have gag orders.
-- George W Bush, St Louis, Missouri, October 18, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Drug therapies are replacing a lot of medicines as we used to know it.
-- George W Bush, St Louis, Missouri, October 18, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

It's one thing about insurance, that's a Washington term.
-- George W Bush, St Louis, Missouri, October 18, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Gee DubyaI think we ought to raise the age at which juveniles can have a gun.
-- George W Bush, St Louis, Missouri, October 18, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, St Louis, Missouri, October 18, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Quotas are bad for America. It's not the way America is all about.
-- George W Bush, St Louis, Missouri, October 18, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

If affirmative action means what I just described, what I'm for, then I'm for it.
-- George W Bush, St Louis, Missouri, October 18, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Our priorities is our faith.
-- George W Bush, Greensboro, North Carolina, October. 10, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

I mean, there needs to be a wholesale effort against racial profiling, which is illiterate children.
-- George W Bush, Second presidential debate, October 11, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

It's going to require numerous IRA agents.
-- George W Bush, on Gore's tax plan, Greensboro, North Carolina, October 10, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

I think if you know what you believe, it makes it a lot easier to answer questions. I can't answer your question.
-- George W Bush, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, October 4, 2000, answering a question about whether he wished he could take back any of his answers in the first debate, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

I would have my secretary of treasury be in touch with the financial centers, not only here but at home.
-- George W Bush, Boston, October 3, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.
-- George W Bush, Saginaw, Michigan, September 29, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

I will have a foreign-handed foreign policy.
-- George W Bush, Redwood, California, September 27, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)One of the common denominators I have found is that expectations rise above that which is expected.
-- George W Bush, Los Angeles, September 27, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

It is clear our nation is reliant upon big foreign oil. More and more of our imports come from overseas.
-- George W Bush, Beaverton, Oregon, September 25, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, MSNBC, September 20, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

I am a person who recognizes the fallacy of humans.
-- George W Bush, Oprah, September 19, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

A tax cut is really one of the anecdotes to coming out of an economic illness.
-- George W Bush, The Edge With Paula Zahn, September 18, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

The woman who knew that I had dyslexia -- I never interviewed her.
-- George W Bush, Orange, California, September 15, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

The best way to relieve families from time is to let them keep some of their own money.
-- George W Bush, Westminster, California, September 13, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

They have miscalculated me as a leader.
-- George W Bush, Westminster, California, September 13, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

I want to make it clear to people that the idea of putting subliminable messages into ads is ridiculous.
-- George W Bush, Orlando, Florida, September 12, 2000, quoted from "How dumb is too dumb?"

Conspiracy theories abound in American politics. I don't think we need to be subliminable about the differences between our views on prescription drugs.
-- George W Bush, Orlando, Florida, September 12, 2000, quoted from "How dumb is too dumb?"

This is what I'm good at. I like meeting people, my fellow citizens, I like interfacing with them.
-- George W Bush, outside Pittsburgh, September 8, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Westland, Michigan, September 8, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Detroit, September 7, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

We'll let our friends be the peacekeepers and the great country called America will be the pacemakers.
-- George W Bush, Houston, Texas, September 6, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

We don't believe in planners and deciders making the decisions on behalf of Americans.
-- George W Bush, Scranton, Pennsylvania, September 6, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

''Not arrested since 1968''I regret that a private comment I made to the vice presidential candidate made it through the public airways.
-- George W Bush, Allentown, Pennsylvania, September 5, 2000, Bush's "apology" to Adam Clymer (see below), quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

There's Adam Clymer, major league asshole from The New York Times.
-- George W Bush, to running mate Dick Cheney, who replied, "Oh, yeah, big time," at a campaign rally in Naperville, Illinios: both were unaware that the podium microphone was on, quoted from CNN, "Bush uses expletive to describe Times reporter," September 4, 2000. Karen Hughes, the communications director for the Bush campaign said, "It was meant to be a whispered aside to his running mate. It was not intended to be a public comment."

The point is, this is a way to help inoculate me about what has come and is coming.
-- George W Bush, remarking on his anti-Gore ad, interview, New York Times, September 2, 2000 , quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

As governor of Texas, I have set high standards for our public schools, and I have met those standards.
-- George W Bush, CNN online chat, August 30, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Well, I think if you say you're going to do something and don't do it, that's trustworthiness.
-- George W Bush, CNN online chat, August 30, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Des Moines, Iowa, August 21, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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 ahead.
-- George W Bush, Des Moines, Iowa, August 21, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile.
-- George W Bush, Des Moines, Iowa, August 21, 2000, quoted from "How dumb is too dumb?"

I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings people together.
-- George W Bush, Bartlett, Tennessee, August 18, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Associated Press Interview, August 11, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Salinas, California, August 10, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

You might want to comment on that, Honorable.
-- George W Bush, to New Jersey's secretary of state, the Hon DeForest Soaries, Jr, as quoted by Dana Milbank in the Washington Post, July 15, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Cleveland, July 1, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Cleveland, June 29, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, in Wayne, Michigan, as quoted by Katharine Q Seelye in the New York Times, June 28, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

This case has had full analyzation and has been looked at a lot. I understand the emotionality of death penalty cases.
-- George W Bush, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 23, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, All Things Considered, NPR, June 16, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

There's not going to be enough people in the system to take advantage of people like me.
-- George W Bush, on the coming Social Security crisis; Wilton, Connecticut, June 9, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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 is the 16th of September, Hardball, MSNBC, May 31, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, on abortion, Hardball, MSNBC; May 31, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Hardball, MSNBC, May 31, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Washington Post, May 31, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, on Rudy Giuliani, The Edge With Paula Zahn, May 18, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

I think we agree, the past is over.
-- George W Bush, on his meeting with John McCain, Dallas Morning News, May 10, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

"Got Coke? PosterIt's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it.
-- George W Bush, Reuters, May 5, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

GOVERNOR 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.
GOVERNOR BUSH: Florida. The state of the Florida.
-- George W Bush, The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer, April 27, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

I hope we get to the bottom of the answer. It's what I'm interested to know.
-- George W Bush, on what happened in negotiations between the Justice Department and Elián González's Miami relatives, as quoted by the Associated Press, April 26, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Laura and I really don't realize how bright our children is sometimes until we get an objective analysis.
-- George W Bush, Meet the Press, April 15, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

I was raised in the West. The west of Texas. It's pretty close to California. In more ways than Washington, DC, is close to California.
-- George W Bush, in The Los Angeles Times as quoted by The Los Angeles Times, April 8, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

You subscribe politics to it. I subscribe freedom to it.
-- George W Bush, responding to a question about whether he and Al Gore were making the Elián González case a political issue, in Palm Beach, Florida, as quoted by the Associated Press, April 6, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is underestimating.
-- George W Bush, US News & World Report, April 3, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, at Fritsche Middle School, Milwaukee, March 30, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

Reading is the basics for all learning.
-- George W Bush, announcing his "Reading First" initiative in Reston, Virginia, March 28, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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

Anti-Dubya Bumper Stickers (animated)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.
-- George W Bush, Interview in the Washington Post, March 23, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Interview in The New York Times, March 15, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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.
-- George W Bush, Interview in Associated Press, March 8, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

The fact that he relies on facts -- says things that are not factual -- are going to undermine his campaign.
-- George W Bush, New York Times, March 4, 2000, quoted from Jacob Weinberg, "The Complete Bushisms"

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?
-- George W Bush, Newsweek, February 28, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

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.
-- George W Bush, Newsweek, February 28, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

It is not Reaganesque to support a tax plan that is Clinton in nature.
-- George W Bush, Los Angeles, February 23, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

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.
-- George W Bush, Today, February 23, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

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.
-- George W Bush, to Cokie Roberts, This Week, February 20, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

I understand small business growth. I was one.
-- George W Bush, New York Daily News, February 19, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

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The 43rd President of the United States (2001)

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)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.
-- George W Bush, to reporters in Florence, South Carolina, February 17, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

If you're sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and principles, come and join this campaign.
-- George W Bush, Hilton Head, South Carolina, February 16, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

How do you know if you don't measure if you have a system that simply suckles kids through?
-- George W Bush, explaining the need for educational accountability in Beaufort, South Carolina, February 16, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

We ought to make the pie higher.
-- George W Bush, South Carolina Republican Debate, February 15, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

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.
-- George W Bush, Meet The Press, February 13, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

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.
-- George W Bush, Meet The Press, February 13, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

I think we need not only to eliminate the tollbooth to the middle class, I think we should knock down the tollbooth.
-- George W Bush, Nashua, New Hampshire, as quoted by Gail Collins in The New York Times, February 1, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

The most important job is not to be governor, or first lady in my case.
-- George W Bush, Pella, Iowa, as quoted by the San Antonio Express-News, January 30, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

Will the highways on the Internet become more few?
-- George W Bush, Concord, New Hampshire, January 29, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

This is Preservation Month. I appreciate preservation. It's what you do when you run for president. You gotta preserve.
-- George W Bush, speaking during "Perseverance Month" at Fairgrounds Elementary School in Nashua, New Hampshire, as quoted in the Los Angeles Times, January 28, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.
-- George W Bush, Greater Nashua, New Hampshire, Chamber of Commerce, January 27, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

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.
-- George W Bush, quoted by Molly Ivins, the San Francisco Chronicle, January 21, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

When I was coming up, it was a dangerous world, and you knew exactly who they were ... It was us versus them, and it was clear who them was. Today, we are not so sure who the they are, but we know they're there.
-- George W Bush, Iowa Western Community College, January 21, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

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.
-- George W Bush, Des Moines Register debate, Iowa, January 15, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)This is still a dangerous world. It's a world of madmen and uncertainty and potential mential losses.
-- George W Bush, at a South Carolina oyster roast, as quoted in the Financial Times, January 14, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

We must all hear the universal call to like your neighbor just like you like to be liked yourself.
-- George W Bush, at a South Carolina oyster roast, as quoted in the Financial Times, January 14, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?
-- George W Bush, Florence, South Carolina, January 11, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

Governor Bush will not stand for the subsidation of failure.
-- George W Bush, Florence, South Carolina, January 11, 2000, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

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.
-- George W Bush, Larry King Live, December 16, 1999, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

I read the newspaper.
-- George W Bush, in answer to a question about his reading habits, New Hampshire Republican Debate, December 2, 1999, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

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.
-- George W Bush, Meet the Press, November 21, 1999, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

It is incredibly presumptive for somebody who has not yet earned his party's nomination to start speculating about vice presidents.
-- George W Bush, Keene, New Hampshire, October 22, 1999, quoted in the New Republic, November 15, 1999, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

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

The important question is, How many hands have I shaked?
-- George W Bush, answering a question about why he hasn't spent more time in New Hampshire, in the New York Times, October 23, 1999, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

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.
-- George W Bush, on discussions of the Vietnam War when he was an undergraduate at Yale, Washington Post, July 27, 1999, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

It's my first trip as president of the United States.
-- George W Bush, fast-forwarding through the Silicon Valley, in the Washington Post, July 2, 1999, quoted from the Democratic Alliance, "Yes, They Really Said It!"

The only thing I know about Slovakia is what I learned first-hand from your foreign minister, who came to Texas.
-- George W Bush, 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, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

Burbon-free since 1988--er, 92!If the East Timorians decide to revolt, I'm sure I'll have a statement.
-- George W Bush, quoted by Maureen Dowd in The New York Times, June 16, 1999, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

Keep good relations with the Grecians.
-- George W Bush, quoted in The Economist, June 12, 1999, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

Kosovians can move back in.
-- George W Bush, CNN Inside Politics, April 9, 1999, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

It was just inebriating what Midland was all about then.
-- George W Bush, from a 1994 interview, as quoted in First Son, by Bill Minutaglio, quoted from Michael Klein via Humour-Nette

You know I could run for governor but I'm basically a media creation. I've never done anything. I've worked for my dad. I worked in the oil business. But that's not the kind of profile you have to have to get elected to public office.
-- George W Bush, in 1989, quoted from JH Hatfield, Fortunate Son

You fucking son of a bitch. I saw what you wrote. We're not going to forget this.
-- George W Bush, to writer and editor Al Hunt (1988), quoted from JH Hatfield, Fortunate Son

Dubya! What in Tarnation!? Why, I'll tan yer hide fer this!So, what's sex like after fifty, anyway?
-- George W Bush, to his mother's dear friend at a coctail party during Christmas break from Yale (1966?), quoted from JH Hatfield, Fortunate Son, page 36

We say to seniors, we understand how important prescription drug coverage, so prescription drugs will be an ingrinable part of the Medicare plan.
-- George W Bush, in St Charles, Missouri, date unknown, quoted from "How dumb is too dumb?"

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Rev Billy Graham
Still croaking as America's self-appointed Chaplain to the Presidency

"From a personal perspective, I agree with what George is saying. The New Testament has been my guide. But I want to caution you both. Don't play God. Who are you two to be God?"
-- Rev Billy Graham, to George W Bush via his mother, Barbara Bush, as quoted in Aaron Latham, "How George W Found God," George Magazine, September, 2000

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Laura Bush
First Lady, Wife of George W

"... the first President to provide federal funding for stem cell research ..."
-- Laura Bush, speaking to the 2004 Republican National Convention in an attempt to make her husband appear to be in favor of stem cell research, when the truth is he froze federal funding for everything but work on existing lines, severely inhibiting real progress in this science; those who control Bush, the members of the Radical Religious Right, are dead-set against stem cell research; that Convention organizers deliberately tried to paint Bush as the moderate that he is not was also shown by their scheduling Right-Wingers such as Senators Elizabeth Dole and Sam Brownback early in the evening, before network cameras began rolling; quoted from Mike Lux, "Compassionate Conservatism's True Lies," BushRecall.org

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"We are ready for any unforeseen event which may or may not happen."
-- Dan Quayle (September 22, 1990)

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William S. Burroughs"I think that Richard Nixon will go down in history as a true folk hero, who struck a vital blow to the whole diseased concept of the revered image and gave the American virtue of irreverence and skepticism back to the people."
  -- William S Burroughs, explaining how a man like George W Bush might possibly be considered serious presidential material, in, "A Word to the Wise Guy," from The Adding Machine (1985); compare WSB's thesis with that of Larry King in the latter's 2000 book, Anything Goes

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