Presidential quotes from Richard M. Nixon to George W. Bush

George H. W. Bush  41st President  1989-1993


"Read my lips, no new taxes."

"I can't think of any existing law that's in force that wasn't before."

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

"Boy, they were big on crematoriums, weren't they?"
George Bush, (Comment made on tour of Auschwitz)

"I will never apologize for the United States of America - I don't care what the facts are."
George Bush, Newsweek, (Commenting on the shooting down of an Iranian airliner by the U.S. warship Vincennes, killing 290 passengers.), August 15, 1989

"I’m not what you call your basic intellectual."

"Flag burning is wrong. I believe the importance of this issue compels me to call for a constitutional amendment."

"This is a fact: Strength in the pursuit of peace is no vice; isolation in the pursuit of security is no virtue."

"We’re enjoying sluggish times and not enjoying them very much."

"I have opinions of my own—strong opinions—but I don’t always agree with them."

  "The Congress will push me to raise taxes, and I’ll say no, and they’ll push, and I’ll say no, they’ll push again and I’ll say to them, read my lips, no new taxes."

"The notion of political correctness has ignited controversy across the land. And although the movement arises from the laudable desire to sweep away the debris of racism and sexism and hatred it replaces old prejudices with new one. It declares certain topics off-limits, certain expressions off-limits, even certain gestures off-limits. What began as a crusade for civility has soured into a cause of conflict and even censorship."

"For more than forty years, America and its allies held communism in check and insured that democracy would continue to exist. And today, with communism crumbling, our aim must be to insure democracy’s advance, to take the lead in forging peace and freedoms best hope, a great and growing commonwealth of free nations."

"Competence is a narrow ideal. Competence makes the trains run on time but doesn’t know where they are going." (Speech accepting the nomination for president, 1988)

"If anyone tells you that America’s best days are behind her, they’re looking the wrong way."

"A government that remembers that the people are its master is a good and needed thing."

"America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world."

"Appeasement does not work. As was the case in the 1930s, we see in Saddam Hussein an aggressive dictator threatening his neighbors."

"When Bill Clinton blows his taxphone, America will be singing the blues."

I wonder if the "Liberal Media" ever made Poppa Bush eat those words above?

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