Presidential quotes from  George W. Bush

 

1st President selected by the U.S. Supreme Court  2001-?

  • "People don't need to worry about security. This deal wouldn't go forward if we were concerned about the security for the United States of America." óGeorge W. Bush, on the deal to hand over U.S. port security to a company operated by the United Arab Emirates, Washington, D.C., Feb. 23, 2006

  • "You took an oath to defend our flag and our freedom, and you kept that oath underseas and under fire." óGeorge W. Bush, addressing war veterans, Washington, D.C., Jan. 10, 2006

  • "As you can possibly see, I have an injury myself ó not here at the hospital, but in combat with a cedar. I eventually won. The cedar gave me a little scratch. As a matter of fact, the Colonel asked if I needed first aid when she first saw me. I was able to avoid any major surgical operations here, but thanks for your compassion, Colonel." óGeorge W. Bush, after visiting with wounded veterans from the Amputee Care Center of Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 1, 2006

  • "I think we are welcomed. But it was not a peaceful welcome." óGeorge W. Bush, defending Vice President Dick Cheney's pre-war assertion that the United States would be welcomed in Iraq as liberators, NBC Nightly News interview, Dec. 12, 2005

  • "Wow! Brazil is big." óGeorge W. Bush, after being shown a map of Brazil by Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brasilia, Brazil, Nov. 6, 2005

  • "I'm looking forward to a good night's sleep on the soil of a friend." óGeorge W. Bush, on visiting Denmark, Washington D.C., June 29, 2005

  • "We discussed the way forward in Iraq, discussed the importance of a democracy in the greater Middle East in order to leave behind a peaceful tomorrow." óGeorge W. Bush, Tbilisi, Georgia, May 10, 2005

  • "I can only speak to myself." óGeorge W. Bush, Washington, D.C., April 28, 2005

  • "This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous. And having said that, all options are on the table." --Brussels, Belgium, Feb. 22, 2005

  • "I think I may need a bathroom break. Is this possible?" --in a note to to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a U.N. Security Council meeting, September 14, 2005

  • "See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." --Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005

  • "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job." --to FEMA director Michael Brown, who resigned 10 days later amid criticism over his handling of the Hurricane Katrina debacle, Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005

  • "You work three jobs? Ö Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that." --to a divorced mother of three, Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 4, 2005

  • "I'm going to spend a lot of time on Social Security. I enjoy it. I enjoy taking on the issue. I guess, it's the mother in me." --Washington D.C., April 14, 2005

  • "Because he's hiding." óGeorge W. Bush, responding to a reporter who asked why Osama bin Laden had not been caught, aboard Air Force One, Jan. 14, 2005

  • "Who could have possibly envisioned an erection ó an election in Iraq at this point in history?" óGeorge W. Bush, at the white House, Washington, D.C., Jan. 10, 2005

  • "I have a record in office, as well. And all Americans have seen that record. September the 4th, 2001, I stood in the ruins of the Twin Towers. It's a day I will never forget." óGeorge W. Bush, Marlton, New Jersey, Oct. 18, 2004

  • "The truth of that matter is, if you listen carefully, Saddam would still be in power if he were the president of the United States, and the world would be a lot better off." óGeorge W. Bush, second presidential debate, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 8, 2004

  • "I'm not the expert on how the Iraqi people think, because I live in America, where it's nice and safe and secure." óGeorge W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2004

  • "I hope you leave here and walk out and say, 'What did he say?'" óGeorge W. Bush, Beaverton, Oregon, Aug. 13, 2004

  • "Let me put it to you bluntly. In a changing world, we want more people to have control over your own life." óGeorge W. Bush, Annandale, Va, Aug. 9, 2004

  • "We actually misnamed the war on terror. It ought to be the Struggle Against Ideological Extremists Who Do Not Believe in Free Societies Who Happen to Use Terror as a Weapon to Try to Shake the Conscience of the Free World." óGeorge W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Aug. 6, 2004

  • "I wish I wasn't the war president. Who in the heck wants to be a war president? I don't." óGeorge W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Aug. 6, 2004

  • "I want to thank my friend, Senator Bill Frist, for joining us today. You're doing a heck of a job. You cut your teeth here, right? That's where you started practicing? That's good. He married a Texas girl, I want you to know. Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me." óGeorge W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., May 27, 2004

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

  • "Iraqis are sick of foreign people coming in their country and trying to destabilize their country." óGeorge W. Bush, interview with Al Arabiya Television, May 5, 2004

  • "They could still be hidden, like the 50 tons of mustard gas on a turkey farm." óGeorge W. Bush, on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, Washington, D.C. , April 13, 2004

  • "God loves you, and I love you. And you can count on both of us as a powerful message that people who wonder about their future can hear." óGeorge W. Bush, Los Angeles, Calif., March 3, 2004

  • "Just remember it's the birds that's supposed to suffer, not the hunter." óGeorge W. Bush, advising quail hunter and New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici, Roswell, N.M., Jan. 22, 2004

  • "This very week in 1989, there were protests in East Berlin and in Leipzig. By the end of that year, every communist dictatorship in Central America had collapsed." óGeorge W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Nov. 6, 2003

  • "See, free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don't attack each other. Free nations don't develop weapons of mass destruction." óGeorge W. Bush, Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 3, 2003

  • "I glance at the headlines just to kind of get a flavor for what's moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who are probably read the news themselves." óGeorge W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Sept. 21, 2003

  • "Security is the essential roadblock to achieving the road map to peace." óGeorge W. Bush, Washington, D.C., July 25, 2003

  • "My answer is bring them on."óOn Iraqi insurgents attacking U.S. forces, George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., July 3, 2003

  • "I'm the master of low expectations." óGeorge W. Bush, aboard Air Force One, June 4, 2003

  • "First, let me make it very clear, poor people aren't necessarily killers. Just because you happen to be not rich doesn't mean you're willing to kill." óGeorge W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 19, 2003

  • "We ended the rule of one of history's worst tyrants, and in so doing, we not only freed the American people, we made our own people more secure." óGeorge W. Bush, Crawford, Texas, May 3, 2003

  • "I don't bring God into my life to ó to, you know, kind of be a political person." óGeorge W. Bush, interview with Tom Brokaw aboard Air Force One, April 24, 2003

  • "When Iraq is liberated, you will be treated, tried and persecuted as a war criminal." óGeorge W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 22, 2003

  • "Haven't we already given money to rich people? Why are we going to do it again?" óGeorge W. Bush, to economic advisers discussing a second round of tax cuts, as quoted by Paul O'Neil, Washington, D.C., Nov. 26, 2002

  • "We need an energy bill that encourages consumption." óGeorge W. Bush, Trenton, N.J., Sept. 23, 2002

  • "See, we love ó we love freedom. That's what they didn't understand. They hate things; we love things. They act out of hatred; we don't seek revenge, we seek justice out of love." óGeorge W. Bush, Oklahoma City, Aug. 29, 2002

  • "Tommy (Thompson) is a good listener, and he's a pretty good actor, too." óGeorge W. Bush, apparently confusing his Health and Human Services secretary with Sen. Fred Thompson, Waco, Texas, Aug. 13, 2002

  • "The problem with the French is that they don't have a word for entrepreneur." óGeorge W. Bush, discussing the decline of the French economy with British Prime Minister Tony Blair

  • "I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace." óGeorge W. Bush, June 18, 2002

  • "Do you have blacks, too?" óGeorge W. Bush, to Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, Nov. 8, 2001, as reported in an April 28, 2002, Estado Sao Pauloan column by Fernando Pedreira, a close friend of President Cardoso

  • "This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating." óGeorge W. Bush, as quoted by the New York Daily NewsApril 23, 2002

  • "Sometimes when I sleep at night I think of (Dr. Seuss's) 'Hop on Pop.'" óGeorge W. Bush, in a speech about childhood education, Washington, D.C., April 2, 2002

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

  • "I want to thank you for taking time out of your day to come and witness my hanging." óGeorge W. Bush, at the dedication of his portrait, Austin, Texas, Jan. 4, 2002

  • "I couldn't imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah." óGeorge W. Bush, at a White House Menorah lighting ceremony, Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 2001

  • "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." óGeorge W. Bush, Washington, D.C. Sept. 19, 2001

  • "Brie and cheese." óGeorge W. Bush, to reporters, on what he imagines reporters eat, Crawford, Texas, Aug. 23, 2001

  • "A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it." óGeorge W. Bush, July 27, 2001

  • "You saw the president yesterday. I thought he was very forward-leaning, as they say in diplomatic nuanced circles." óGoerge W. Bush, referring to his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, July 23, 2001

  • "I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthyÖ.I was able to get a sense of his soul." óGeorge W. Bush, after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin, June 16, 2001

  • "It's amazing I won. I was running against peace, prosperity, and incumbency." óGeorge W. Bush, June 14, 2001, speaking to Swedish Prime Minister Goran Perrson, unaware that a live television camera was still rolling.

  • "So on behalf of a well-oiled unit of people who came together to serve something greater than themselves, congratulations." óGeorge W. Bush, in remarks to the University of Nebraska women's volleyball team, the 2001 national champions, May 31, 2001

  • "Neither in French nor in English nor in Mexican." óGeorge W. Bush, declining to take reporters' questions during a photo op with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, April 21, 2001

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

  • "Well, I think if you say you're going to do something and don't do it, that's trustworthiness." óGeorge W. Bush, in a CNN online chat, Aug. 30, 2000

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

  • "One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures." óGeorge W. Bush, Jan. 3, 2000

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