2006
02.20

Happy President’s Day. Here are some of my favorite Bush quotes for your reading pleasure:

  • “I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.”
    — Saginaw, Mich., Sept. 29, 2000
  • “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.”
    — Washington, D.C., May 19, 2003
  • “I hope you leave here and walk out and say, ‘What did he say?'”
    — Beaverton, Oregon, Aug. 13, 2004
  • “They could still be hidden, like the 50 tons of mustard gas on a turkey farm.”
    — on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, Washington, D.C. , April 13, 2004
  • “I’m honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein.”
    — Washington, D.C., May 25, 2004
  • “Wow! Brazil is big.”
    — after being shown a map of Brazil by Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brasilia, Brazil, Nov. 6, 2005
  • “You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.”
    —Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001
  • “Tribal sovereignty means that; it’s sovereign. I mean, you’re a — you’ve been given sovereignty, and you’re viewed as a sovereign entity. And therefore the relationship between the federal government and tribes is one between sovereign entities.”
    —Washington, D.C., Aug. 6, 2004
  • “I think we are welcomed. But it was not a peaceful welcome.”
    — 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
  • “We had a chance to visit with Teresa Nelson who’s a parent, and a mom or a dad.” — Jacksonville, Florida, Sept. 9, 2003
  • “I recently met with the finance minister of the Palestinian Authority, was very impressed by his grasp of finances.”
    — Washington, D.C., May 29, 2003
  • “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”
    — Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002
  • “They misunderestimated me.”
    — Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000
  • “It’s about past seven in the evening here so we’re actually in different time lines.”
    — congratulating newly elected Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Washington, D.C., Jan. 2001
  • “Arbolist … Look up the word. I don’t know, maybe I made it up. Anyway, it’s an arbo-tree-ist, somebody who knows about trees.”
    — as quoted in USA Today, Aug. 21, 2001
  • “There’s no question that the minute I got elected, the storm clouds on the horizon were getting nearly directly overhead.”
    — May 11, 2001
  • “Anyway, I’m so thankful, and so gracious — I’m gracious that my brother Jeb is concerned about the hemisphere as well.”
    — June 4, 2001
  • “I’m sure you can imagine it’s an unimaginable honor to live here.”
    — addressing agricultural leaders at the White House, June 18, 2001
  • “I couldn’t imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah.”
    — at a White House Menorah lighting ceremony, Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 2001
  • “Now, we talked to Joan Hanover. She and her husband, George, were visiting with us. They are near retirement — retiring — in the process of retiring, meaning they’re very smart, active, capable people who are retirement age and are retiring.”
    — Alexandria, Va., Feb. 12, 2003
  • “See, free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don’t attack each other. Free nations don’t develop weapons of mass destruction.”
    — Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 3, 2003
  • “Keep good relations with the Greecians.”
    — as quoted in The Economist, April 9, 1999
  • “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”
    — to FEMA director Michael Brown, who resigned 10 days later amid criticism over his job performance, Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005

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