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These George Bushisms and Bush Speak were taken from various sources such as Presidential Speak and the big list on Slate.com. A Complete list of Bushisms are updated frequently by Jacob Weisberg on Slate. We will try and update these as well but Slate's list will always be the most current for the ones they find. Even though we believe that actions speak louder than words and one should always judge a politician by his deeds and actions and not his staged, media manipulated performances, we also felt that a four-page list this large and impressive speaks too loudly about the ignorance of the man. On our list you will find misuse of tense and other bad grammar, inconsistent thought, unintended thought, mangled words, made up words, and many other mistakes of speech. We couldn't make this stuff up if we tried. Enjoy!

"In terms of your Prime Minister, he's a--interesting guy. He's a lot of fun to be around. He promotes, uhh, serious business in a, in a, in a way that, uhh, endears himself to people...And, ummm, I was gonna say he's a piece of work, but that might not translate too well. Is that all right if I call you a piece of work?"--welcoming Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, White House, June 20, 2005

"I want to thank the President and the CEO of Constellation Energy, Mayo Shattuck. That's a pretty cool name, isn't it, Mayo? Pass the Mayo. His wife, Molly, appreciated that."--Lusby, Maryland, June 22, 2005

Bush: "I appreciate the Secretary of Energy joining me today. He's a good man; he knows a lot about the subject, you'll be pleased to hear. I was teasing--he taught at MIT, and--do you have a PhD?"
Secretary Samuel W. Bodman: "Yes."
Bush: "Yes, a PhD. Now I want you to pay careful attention to this--he's the PhD, and I'm the 'C' student, but notice who is the advisor and who is the President."--rubbing it in during a visit to Lusby, Maryland, June 22, 2005

"I'm looking forward to a good night's sleep on the soil of a friend."--remarking on an upcoming visit to Denmark, White House, June 29, 2005

"She's referring to the fact that my Attorney General, longtime friend, a guy who was my--close when I was the governor of Texas, came up to Washington with me as part of the movement of Texans south to north during the government."--speaking about Alberto Gonzales, Lyngby, Denmark, July 6, 2005

"I spent some time recently with the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and had an opportunity to express our heartfelt condolences to the people of London, people who lost lives."--speaking to the dead in Auchterarder, Scotland, July 7, 2005

"But I feel strongly in a heart of hearts that the decisions we have made will make it easier for our grandchildren to...say, thank goodness these people had the courage of their convictions."--Lyngby, Denmark, July 6, 2005

"When you ride hard on a mountain bike, sometimes you fall. Otherwise you're not riding hard."--Auchterarder, Scotland, July 7, 2005

"The best place for the facts to be done is by somebody who's spending time investigating it."--referring to the administration leak of CIA operator's identity, July 18, 2005

"You realize that if you're a two-working family...the sole surviving spouse can choose the benefits...."--discussing two-working families, Atlanta, GA, July 22, 2005

"First thing that Medicare has done is it says that if you're-when you join Medicare, you get preventative screenings. Put in Texas terms--in order to solve something, you got to diagnose it."--Atlanta, GA, July 22, 2005

"We got an issue in America. Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their--their love with women all across the country."--addressing a crowd at Poplar Bluff, Missouri, September 6, 2004

"Now, one of the important aspects of my vision is that this is not automatic citizenship. The American people must understand that. That if somebody who is here working wants to be a citizen, they can get in line like those who have been here legally and have been working to become a citizenship in a legal manner."--Washington, D.C., December 20, 2004

"Iraqis are sick of foreign people coming in their country and trying to destabilize their country."--speaking in Washington, D.C., May 5, 2004

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."--speaking in Washington, D.C., August 5, 2004

"Tens of millions of people are living with HIV--uh, virus."--speaking about the HIV/AID initiative, Philadelphia, PA, June 23, 2004

"Every man and woman and child who suffers from this addiction, from the streets of Philly to the villages of Africa, is a child of God who deserves our love and our help."--referring to "addicted" HIV/AIDS victims, Philadelphia, PA, June 23, 2004

"And trust and good will come more easily when men and women clear their minds, and their hearts, of suspicion and prejudiced and unreasoned fear."--speaking at Galatasary University, Istanbul, Turkey, June 29, 2004

"The way ahead is long and difficult, yet people of conscious go forward with hope."--speaking at Galatasary University, Istanbul, Turkey, June 29, 2004

"Our alliance is restructuring to oppose threat that arise beyond the borders of Europe."--speaking at Galatasary University, Istanbul, Turkey, June 29, 2004

"And are we succeeding? And if not, what is causing us - uh, what - what - what is frustrate - where are the bottlenecks to success?"--speaking at Washington Hilton and Towers, Washington, D.C., June 1, 2004

"I have to tell ya - I came from, uh - what I call a - a round table---the table happened to be square, but it's one of those government things--where we met with some healers and doers and community changers."--Washington, D.C., June 1, 2004

"There are men and women in our country who doubt, who have serious doubts, about what we call the American Dream, and that - as the President of a country who has herald the American Dream - that's troubling to realize...."--Washington, D.C., June 1, 2004

"I know Jim Ryun is here, the Congressman from Kansas, and his wife Anne. Thanks for comin'. There he is! My advice is, don't go joggin' with him."--Jim Ryun former congressman and world record holding middle distance runner, Washington, D.C., June 1, 2004

"Rick Sanchez has done a fabulous job. He's been there for a, uh, long time. His service has been exemplerary."--referring to the replacement of Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez as the top military commander in Iraq, White House, Washington, D.C., May 25, 2004

Dr. Ron Dwinnells: "We look at the total well-being of the person, not just the disease, but the overall total. It's a holistic approach.
Bush: "So you have volunteers there who help, uh--post surgery --uh, you know."
Dwinnells: "Well, they're not volunteers, we pay them. We have some volunteers."
Bush: "Paid volunteers. That's good."--discussing health care, Youngstown, OH, May 25, 2004

"We've got somebody who works for you here. Compton? Compton, I'm glad you're here. Comp's a doc. What kinda doc are ya?"--feeling overly friendly with Dr. Compton Girdharry an Obstetrician, Youngstown, OH, May 25, 2004

Bush: "Ron, you're the CEO of the Ohio North East Health Services, Inc. That's a long title for...."
Dr. Ron Dwinnells: "We call it 'One.' As in "number One.'"
Bush: "Number one? Okay. You're the health CEO of Number One, then."--speaking on health care, Youngstown, OH, May 25, 2004

"I mea--is - is - it - it - is---tell people why it's, uh - say I - eh - I mean, doesn't it - I, uh - I think they're cost-effective, otherwise I wouldn't be asking them to expand. Do you think they're - of course you think they're cost-effective. You're not a lawyer, but it's a leading question."--speaking to Dr. Dwinnells, Youngstown, OH, May 25, 2004

Dr. Ron Dwinnells: "The Youngstown site opened in 1988 and from '88 to '98 I was functioning primarily as a pediatrician and as a medical director and then in 1998 the CEO job was thrown at me. Uh, I wasn't----."
Bush: "Did ya wanna catch it?

Dwinnells: "I did not want to catch it at that time. I had no---."
"Bush: "You did though, didn't ya? Anyway -."--Dr. Ron Dwinnells is the CEO of Ohio North East Health Systems, Inc., speaking in Youngstown, OH. May 25, 2004

"Her job is - well, she's got a pretty fancy title. She's the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration - 'His-ra'--'her-ser-a' - in Rockville, Maryland."--referring to Dr. Elizabeth Duke who works at HRSA, pronounced "HERSA", Rockville, MD. May 25, 2004

Bush: "How does that work? You say it communicates with you?"
Bob McNeilly: "Well-I've got-I've got e-mail."
Bush: "Yeah, there you go. There you go. You look like an e-mailing kinda guy."--speaking with Bob McNeilly a patient at Vanderbilt University Medical Center about electronic medical records, Nashville, TN. May 27, 2004

Dr. Jim Jirjis: "Have any of you had to wait for a physician?"
Bush: "Well - not anymore!"--speaking with the assistant chief medical officer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN. May 27, 2004

"Good. I imagine they say, 'scrape your chin when you fell off the bicycle' the same in Tennessee as they do in Texas, though. What d'ya think?"-- Vanderbilt Univ. Medical Center, Nashville, TN. May 27, 2004

"One of the interesting challenges - evidently the medical lingo varies. In other words, part of your challenge has been to standardize, as well as develop a common vocabulary. Would you explain that so - obviously I can't. Would you explain it, please, so people can understand it better?"--searching for help at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN. May 27, 2004

"Privacy is really an important part of, in my judgment, of an American system that works well. I don't want some people looking at my records. Of course, my line of work, everybody gets to look at my records. It's too late for me."--speaking at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN. May 27, 2004

"In my job I got to pick just about everybody I work with. I've been happy with my choices - although I wish someone had warned me about all of Dick Cheney's wild partying."--speaking at LSU, Baton Rouge, LA. May 21, 2004

"For starters, be on time. It's polite and it shows your respect for others. Of course, it's easy for me to say. It's easy for me to be punctual when armed men stop all the traffic in town for ya."--commencement address at LSU, Baton Rouge, LA. May 21, 2004

"Others may have spent a little less time in the library - a little more itme keeping the stool warm down at The Chimes. But you earned your degrees, and you, too, can leave here with high hopes. I speak with some authority here - I've seen how things can work out pretty well for a 'C' student."--delivering the commencement address at LSU, Baton Rouge, LA. May 21, 2004

"It's great for the son of Barbara to be here with the Sons of Italy."--Sons of Italy Annual Education and Leadership Awards Gala, Washington, D.C., May 19, 2004

"And we honor the courage of men like Fabrizio Quattroni, a baker who went to Iraq to work as a security guard."--it would honor him more to get his name right - it's Quattrocchi, speaking at Sons of Italy Annual Education and Leadership Awards Gala, Washington, D.C. May 19, 2004

"Lukas is from the Czech Republic. He said - they tell me he talks a lot on the ice. He's a talkative guy, but he uses unique English to confuse the opponents. Kinda sounds like the strategy I use at the press conferences."--referring to Lukas Dora of the University of Denver Hockey Team, winners of the NCAA title, White House, Washington, D.C., May 19, 2004

"And I'm really happy the men's team is here as well. It's, uh - you know the NC2A Final Four is some kind of exciting for a lot of sports fans."--welcoming the NCAA winter sports champions to the White House, Washington, D.C., May 19, 2004

"Finally AIPAC elected a president I can kiss."--referring to American Israel Public Affairs Committee President Amy Friedkin, Washington, D.C., May 18, 2004

Mr. Badgley: "It's a very popular program, and the students--the program is open to high school juniors and seniors who have a 2.8 GPA and the recommendation of their principal or counselor to participate in the program."
Bush: "Yeah, that's neat."
--Joe Badgley is Dean of Academic Affairs, West Virginia University, Parkersburg, WV, May 12, 2004

"I'm gettin' there. Our panelists are about to fall out wonderin' - alright. As the old guy said, 'You're not a potted plant.'"--addressing students and faculty at Parkersburg South High School, West Virginia, MD, May 13, 2004

"It's kinda hard to teach character when you don't live character."--instructing students at Parkersburg South High School, West Virginia, MD, May 13, 2004

"First of all, thanks for the invite. Ya'll got the best seat in the house. At least you got the best view of me."--speaking to students and faculty at Parkersburg South High School in West Virginia, May 12, 2004

"If you can't read, it doesn't matter. That's just as simple as that. I mean, I know it doesn't sound very nuanced or sophisticated, but it's true. It's the absolute truth."--speaking at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD, May 12, 2004

"Good, well--I, uh, I, uh - anyway. This is based on science is what I'm tellin' ya."--Bush's response to an articulate speech by Dr. Reid Lyon, Bethesda, MD, May 12, 2004

"Ya know, people are gonna say, well that sounds good, but how do you know it works? And as you know, I'm a how-do-ya-know-it-works kinda guy."--speaking at the National Institute of Health on education, Bethesda, MD, May 12, 2004

"And Reid Lyon has been very much involved in figuring out what works and you'll hear him talk about pho-ne-mic awareness and phonics and fluency, and we'll let him describe what all those words mean."--Bethesada, MD, May 12, 2004

"Reido, how - I called him Reido - uuh, better be Dr. Lyons here, right?"--addressing Dr. Reid Lyons after his long articulate summation of work being conducted at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD, May 12, 2004

"It's really embodying the No Child Left Behind Act. Let me go through you real quick what that Act says."--discussing education at the National Institute of Health , May 12, 2004

"We got a problem in American and the problem is not every child can read at grade level. So we're here to discuss a strategy to insist that every child, uh, does read at grade level. To me it's a national - uh, we have an obligation nationally to make sure this--I'll never forget the reading czarina of Houston Independent School District...."--speaking at the National Institute of Health on education, May 12, 2004

"And finally, a responsibility society is one in which each of us loves our neighbor just as we'd like to be loved ourselves."--speaking to students at Butterfield Junior High, Van Buren, Arkansas, May 11, 2004

"Things are happenin' in the country."--speaking to students at Butterfield Junior High, Van Buren, Arkansas, May 11, 2004

"I better quit before some of us fall out. I know it, when you get the President and he blows a lotta hot air."--speaking to students at Butterfield Junior High, Van Buren, Arkansas, May 11, 2004

"I thank you, as well, for the honorary degree. I kinda like the sound -- 'Dr. Bush'. I don't think Laura's gonna call me that." --speaking to students and faculty at Concordia University, Mequon, WI, April 13, 2004

"I want to congratulate um, uh, the --people who work to make a team, ummmmhhhh, go well-the trainers and the person - the equipment, uh, personnel and the people who never get, like the whaaaa--you know-never get heraldeded." --ceremony for the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, White House, May 10, 2004

"I want to thank all the players who are here. Uh, for those of you who weren't here two years ago - it's a pretty cool place to come."--congratulating the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, Rose Garden, White House, May 10, 2004

"We have great respect for the people of Iraq and all their other peoples."--discussing the war in Iraq at the Pentagon, May 10, 2004

"Roger Noriega is with us. He's the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. That means, uh, he - he's at the State Department, in charge of affairs particularly with people who speak Spanish."--speaking at the White Houe, May 5, 2004

"We're encouraged to see more Iraqs take responsibility for resolving the standoff in Najaf."--speaking on situation in Iraq at Pentagon, May 10, 2004

"I'm proud that my long-time friend, Tony Garza, is with us today, the ambarluraah--uh, Mexico de Estados Unidos. Mr. Ambassador, thanks for coming."--he meant embajador, the Spanish word for ambassador, speaking about Cinco de Mayo at White House, May 5, 2004

"I want to thank Gaddi Vasquez for his service to our country as the Director of the Peace Corps. I think he is, uh, incredibly well suited to take on this important job of spreading peace and freedom and liberty throughout the world. Plus, you're a darn good introducer!"--speaking at the White House, May 5, 2004

"I mean, they've only...had this technology for two years. It's going to be life-saving and cost-saving and changing for the better. And that's what's so excited about it."--speaking on topic of electronic medical records, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, January 17, 2005

Bush: "Jorge del Castillo. See, I'm Jorge, too."
Dr. Del Castillo: "It's a good name."
Bush : "That means George. He's Jorge D., I'm Jorge W. Anyway--so where do you work?"--speaking with a physician at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, January 17, 2005

"So I've asked David to join us to kind of help explain what I'm desperately trying to explain to you--in English... "--Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, January 27, 2005

"There's good well-meaning folks who believe that the best health care system is run for Washington, D.C. makes the decisions."--Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, January 27, 2005

"I want to thank the Governor of the great state of Ohio for joining us. The last time I saw Taft, he was dancing on the stage at an inaugural ceremony. He's about a lousy a dancer as I am."--referring to Governor Bob Taft, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, January 27, 2005

"As you can see, I've asked some people who know what they're talking about to come..."--speaking at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, January 27, 2005

"I want to thank Toby Cosgrove, the doc, the CEO and chairman of this fantastic facility, for welcongming us, welconging us here."--Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, January 27, 2005

"He's been in the job 15 hours, and he hasn't made any mistakes yet...And you'll do fine. Fifteen hours and no errors is a good start."--exuding confidence and not demeaning Michael O. Leavitt, Secy of US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, January 27, 2005

"Thank you, Leavitt."--publicly thanking Michael O. Leavitt, Secy of US Dept. of Health and Human Services for introducing Bush at event hosted by the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, January 27, 2005

"In other words, we strongly believe at the federal level that federal money ought to be accessible on an equal playing field." --discussing fait- based programs at a charter school, Washington, D.C., April 1, 2005

"In other words, if you're an alcohol and drug rehabilitation program, you happen to associated with the Methodist church, you can't say only Methodists who are drunk can come here. You gotta say all drunks are able to come here." --speaking at a school, Washington, D.C., April 1, 2005

"You can't take federal money and discriminate against somebody based upon religion...In other words, there is some limitations." --discussing 'America's Youth' at a charter school, Washington, D.C., April 1, 2005

"The, uh, faith-based program is one that, uh, is gonna be remain a constant part of my administration." --speaking at the Paul Public Charter School, Washington, D.C., April 1, 2005

"Obviously, there's some limitations on the faith program. You can't take federal money to prothelasize." --speaking at Paul Public Charter School, Washington, D.C., April 1, 2005

"Government should be an advocate of faith-based and community-based programs, not an impotent to faith-based programs." --impeding his own message in Washington, D.C., April 1, 2005

"...a business person, came and mentored Vinnie and gave him an airplane ticket to fly back home. Said: 'If you need a problem, here's a house, here's a bed.'" --speaking at Paul Public Charter School, Washington, D.C., April 1, 2005

"One of the most important programs that we need to focus on is to helping a chld whose parent is or has been in prison." --speaking at Paul Public Charter School, Washington, D.C., April 1, 2005

"Of the more than 300 youngsters who take place in this program per year, 95 percent go to college." --discussion at Paul Public Charter School, Washington, D.C., April 1, 2005

"The more people own something in America the more likely it is a future generations of America will have a vital stake in the future of this country." --bad syntax, Detroit, MI, February 8, 2005

"And you learn a thing or two when you marry a teacher. You learn to behave yourself--most of the time." --speaking at Paul Public Charter School, Washington, D.C., April 1, 2005

"I can't--I can't tell you how exciting it is to meet a first-time homeowner. I've never seen this personally, as the President, but I can just imagine,...." --Gee, how exciting this must have been!, Detroit, MI, February 8, 2005

"If you're a younger person, you oughtta be askin' members of Congress and the United States Senate and the President what you intend to do about it."--forgetting that Congress is comprised of the House and the Senate speaking at Detroit Economic Club, Detroit, MI, February 8, 2005

"If you see a train wreck comin', you oughtta be sayin', 'What are you gonna do about it, Mr. Congressman, or Madam Congressman?.'"--speaking at Detroit Economic Club, Detroit, MI, February 8, 2005

"In other words, the formula that has uh, enabled them to, uh, to extent, to the extent, to uhh--to a certain extent, to--the formula they're relying on won't change, let me put it that way. I was trying to be really brilliant."--speaking to reporters at press conference, Washington, D.C., December 20, 2004

"If Congress fails to act...the death tax will come back to life."--speaking at Detroit Economic Club, Detroit, MI, February 8, 2005

"Sergeant Smith manned a 50-caliber machine gun atopped a damaged armor vehcle."--speaking in East Room of White House, April 4, 2005

"I want to thank you for your conversation on Moldova. I appreciate the discussion we had on--about Baylarue."--appreciating discussions on Belarus, joint press conference at White House with Ukrainian President, Viktor Yushchenko, Washington, D.C., April 4, 2005

"I want to thank you for our discussion we just had. We discussed a lot of matters. We talked about the neighborhood, of course."--joint press conference at White House with Ukrainian President, Viktor Yushchenko, Washington, D.C., April 4, 2005

"I want to thank, uh, His Excellency Marc Rovalaman, from the, uh--Madagascar, the President of that great country."--mispronounced "Ravalomanana" at National Prayer Breakfast, Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington, D.C., February 3, 2005

"The best way to diversify...is for us to take advantage of new technologies and expand safe nucular power in the United States of America. To me that would achieve several objective."-- roundtable discussion with 'young professionals' in Mainz, Germany, February 23, 2005

"One of the interesting things about being with a Chancellor, or in Putin's case, a President, is that we share something. We make decisions...They say to me, 'What's the President like, give me a job description.' The job description is, decision-maker."-- roundtable discussion with 'young professionals' in Mainz, Germany, February 23, 2005

"For years, there was this sense that we could tolerate tyranny for the sake of energy. And yet, beneath the surface of that policy lurked this hatred and feeling of opprssion and frustration and hopelessness, which lented up, lented, lented itself to an ideology of hatred that ended up manifesting their hatred on America."--roundtable discussion with 'young professionals' in Mainz, Germany, February 23, 2005

"Freedom is not a discriminatory thought...It's a universal thought, as far as I'm concerned." --meeting with 'young professionals' in Mainz, Germany, February 23, 2005

"The position of our government is Syrian must withdraw not only the troops, but its secret services from Lebanon." --press conference in Mainz, Germany with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder, December 23, 2005

"Any time of the year it's a time of sorrow and sadness when we lose a loss of life." -- Washington, D.C., December 21, 2004

"Whether it be ministry-building or training of law enforcement officers, those are invital contributions." -- press conference in Mainz, Germany with German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroder, February 23, 2005

"...and in order for Europe to be a strong, viable partner, Germany must be a strong and viable, as well." -- press conference in Mainz, Germany with German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroder, February 23, 2005

"The sign of a healthy and vibrant society is one in where there's an active press corps. Obviously, there is gotta be constraints, I mean, there's gotta be truth." -- press conference with Russian President Putin, Bratislava, Slovakia, February 24, 2005

"But we had a very frank discussions about a variety of issues..." -- press conference with Russian President Putin, Bratislava, Slovakia, February 24, 2005

"The summary statement that I think is important for people to hear in our country, is precisely his opening statement, uh, to, uh, King's question--speaking about monarchies. Anyway. Get it? (Sideways glance from President Putin)---it's late in the-it's late in the-it's late in the trip."--"Speaking of Monarchies?" - this after a 33-minute press conference committed almost exclusively to convincing a skeptical press that Putin was not consolidating power, and in so doing, eroding a democracy, press conference with Russian President Putin, Bratislava, Slovakia, February 24, 2005

"He asked what some of my concerns were, and he explained answers. I told him that it was very important that capital see rule of law...."--speaking at a press conference with Russian President Putin, Bratislava, Slovakia, February 24, 2005

"The most important responsibility we have at home is to make sure our people can find work. And the President put a flat tax in place; he simplified his tax code."-- Prime Minister George Bush congratulates President Mikulas Dzurinda of Slovakia, Bratislava, Slovakia, February 24, 2005

"The Slovakian people should see a different visa policy coming out of the United States because we've now got a road map that we both must work on. It won't happen instantly, the policy won't happen instantly, but the Prime Minister urged me to move down the road map."--meeting with Slovakian Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda, Bratislava, Slovakia, February 24, 2005

"Faith-based groups exist purely because they want to love somebody, or do love somebody."-- National Assoc. of Governors Meeting, Washington, D.C., February 28, 2005

Bush: "I appreciate the members of my Cabinet who are here. your name is?"
Mike Johanns: "Johanns."
Bush: "It takes a while to get to know every member of the Cabinet."
--pinning down the identity of the Secy of Agriculture, Mike Johanns, National Assoc. of Governors Meeting, Washington, D.C., February 28, 2005

Reporter: "When might they report back?"
Bush: "...Sometimes next month."
--answering WMD question at White House press conference, February 17, 2005

Reporter: "Could you talk a little bit about how you would like to see the landscape of the Middle East change over the next year? Can you talk about the specific changes you'd like to see across the region?"
Bush: "...It's kind of hard to have a summary because there's different countries, different places. But if I try to come up with one, I'd like to see more advance toward a free and--free and democratic states."
--White House press conference, February 17, 2005

Bush: "Herman."
Reporter: "Mr. President, good morning."
Bush: "A face made for radio, I might add."
Reporter: "Thank you. My mother appreciates it."--Bush designates a reporter to ask a question at a White House press conference, February 17, 2005

Chancellor Schroder: "If I had a glass, which unfortunately I don't, I would raise it and propose a toast to German-U.S. friendship and cooperation...."
Bush: "Gerhard, before I raise my imaginary glass--I do want to thank you for your hospitality."--speaking with German Chancellor Schroder in Mainz, Germany, February 23, 2005

"I like a country with a free press--an independent, free press. And there has been some moves where the Russian government, I guess for the better use of the word, didn't license certain members of the press ."--speaking with European Union leaders in Brussels, Belgium, February 22, 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."--meeting with European Union leaders in Brussels, Belgium, February 22, 2005

"The major issue that irritated a lot of Europeans was Iraq. I understand that. I can figure it out."--speaking in Brussels, Belgium at NATO headquarters, February 22, 2005

"And freedom is the direction of history, because freedom is the permanent hope of humanity. America holds these values because of ideals long held on this continent. We proudly stand in the tradition of the Magna Carter...."--speaking in Brussels, Belgium, February 21, 2005

"I want to thank you all for letting me use your stories, not only here, but during different events we've had in highlining the need for class-action reform..."-- speaking to plaintiffs of class-action lawsuits during bill signing at the White House, February 28, 2005

"More than two centuries ago, Benjamin Franklin arrived on this continent to great acclaim. An observer wrote, 'His reputation was more universal than Leibnitz or Newton, Frederick, or Voltaire, and his character more beloved and esteemed than any or all of them.' The observer went on to say, "There was scarcely a peasant or a citizen who did not consider him as a friend to human kind.' I have been hoping for a similar reception--but Secretary Rice told me I should be a realist."--speaking in Brussels, Belgium, February 21, 2005

"Congress made it clear their chance to exploits the class-action systen would soon be gone."--bill signing limiting class action lawsuits in East Room of White House, February 18, 2005

"Congress showed what is possible when we set aside partisan differences and focus on what's doin' right for Congress, and you all are to be--I mean, for the country..."--bill signing ceremony at White House, February 18, 2005.

Reporter: "President Bush...If, indeed, relations have improved...between France and the United States, are they good enough...to warrant an invitation to President Chirac to go to the United States, or even to your ranch?."
Bush: "I'm lookin' for a good cowboy."--meeting with French President Chirac in Belgium, February 21, 2005

"HHS Secretary Leavitt continues a distinguished career of public service...He is a proven ability to move beyond the partisan debate."--Dept. of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C., February 11, 2005

Bush: "Where do you live?
Alita Ditkowsky: "I live in Commack. Commack, Long Island."
Bush: State? New York?"
Alita Ditkowsky: "New York.
Bush: "Not everybody knows where Commack is. Of course, I did!"-- speaking at the Dept. of Commerce in Washington, D.C., February 9, 2005

"Under the old system, Medicare...didn't make any sense. It made no sense for our seniors; it made no sense for Americans taxpayers."--speaking at the Dept. of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C., February 11, 2005

Bush: "I want to thank you for your leadership on that, ah, issue, ah, Mr. Prime Minister. All in all -"
President Kwasniewski: "President."
Bush: "I mean, Mr. President. Excuse me. I demoted him. Well, it's not a demotion."
President Kwasniewski: "No."
.Bush: "It's a lateral transfer."--welcoming the Polish president to the White House, February 9, 2005

Reporter: "Do you often disagree with your wife?"
Bush: "Herman--Here's the way it is. She often disagrees with me. Thank you very much, Herman, for that."--speaking to reporters in Rose Garden, May 31, 2005

"And if that goal isn't bein' met, the question oughta be asked, 'Why isn't the goal being met?" And that's the questions we've been asking."--discussing budget in Cabinet Room, White House, February 7, 2005

"...Well, first of all, welcome. I'd like to welcome all the new faces--some prettier than others, I might add."--speaking to reporters in Washington, D.C., December 20, 2004

"...common trading areas are going to be needed in order to maintain lifestyle, particularly as the Far East begins to emerge as a strong competitors."-- speaking in Waco, TX, March 23, 2005

"Look forward to working with our respective countries on sharing technologies and how to move forward to come up with zero admissions coal-fired plants."--speaking at press conference, Waco, TX, March 23, 2005

"We felt like the actions taken with Congress was the best course of action...And now we'll watch the courts make its decisions."--speaking at Baylor University, Waco, TX, March 23, 2005

"We're also joined today by...members of Iraq's religious communities in town to learn about democracy and by others who helped organize the Iraq's elections held in the United States."--speaking at White House ceremony, March 29, 2005

"You know...they took a poll amongst 20-year-olders, and...they thought it was more likely they'd see a UFO than get a Social Security check...A lot of peple say 20-year-olders don't care about the issues...20-year-olders and 30-year-olders say..what are you going to do about it?"--speaking in Memphis, TN, March 11, 2005

"I repeat, peoples are gonna say, well, they're gonna let them put it in a risky adventures."--discussing allowing individual retirement accounts within social security, Memphis, TN, March 11, 2005

"How about letting people own a stake of the future of the country by having a ownerhsip in their own retirement plan?"- Memphis, TN, March 11, 2005

Mary Hine: "...So it's some--"
Bush: "No, I appreciate--sorry to interrupt. Now that I have, I better say somethin'."--Memphis, TN, March 11, 2005

"I don't care what the propagandas say. You're going to get your check."--discussing social security in Memphis, TN, March 11, 2005

Bush: "In other words, the deficit is less than we thought because the revenues is exceeding projections. And the reason why the revenues--the revenues are exceeding projections--sometimes I mangle the English laanguage. I get that."
Reporter: "Inside joke."
Bush: "Yes, very inside."--Not too inside. Speaking to reporters two days after his reelection, November 4, 2004

"There is a lot of people are learning what it means to invest their own money."--Shreveport, Louisiana, March 11, 2005

"All ideas should be on the table to make this system a permanently solved."--discussing social security reform in Shreveport, Louisiana, March 11, 2005

"I want to thank Mayor Keith Hightower, from the city of Shreveport, for being here. Mr. Mayor, I'm honored you're here. I appreciate you coming. Mayor George DeMent of Bossier City. Thank you, George. Proud you two guys are here. Just fill the potholes."--speaking at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 11, 2005

"Tim Penny here is on this stage. He is a former Democrat Congressman."--speaking in Shreveport, Louisiana, March 11, 2005

"I love to get out amongst the people and talk about big issues."-- Louisville, KY, March 10, 2005

"Yes, I couldn't agree more about your statement about the value and the worth of Social Security system. It is worked. And the quesstion is, can we make it continue to work?"--discussing social security in Louisville, KY, March 10, 2005

Larry Dean: "I'm 66 years of age...been drawing Social Security since I was 62...But I do have fears for my granddaughter, and all of my grandchildren, and even my children, your age-some about your age, as a matter of fact."
Bush: "I'm 58."
Larry Dean: "I'm sorry. They're not quite as old. "
Bush: "I was about to say, eight-year-old father, fantastic."
Larry Dean: "Well, I'm in Kentucky, you know?."
--speaking with retiree in Louisville, KY, March 10, 2005

"I have no idea whether we'll find out who the leaker is--partially because, in all due respect to your profession you do a very good job of protecting the leakers. But we'll find out."--responding to a question after a cabinet meeting about allegations of a senior adminstrative official - now known to be Karl Rove - leaked the name of a CIA operative, October 7, 2003

"In the 1950's, there was 16 to one, 16 payers for every beneficiary...but the pay-as-you-go system still worked, because there was a lot of workers paying in for the beneficiaries...In other words, there was still reasonable benefits, relative to the people paying in."--describing social security, Louisville, KY, March 10, 2005

"In Afghanistan, millions of people went to the polls. It wasn't all that long ago that the country was run by the Taliban, one of the--one of the most brutal regimes in the history of mankind. The country got liberated because we were acting in our self-interest, of course. But it was liberated."--speaking at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Louisville, KY, March 10, 2005

"Put your arm around somebody who hurts and tells 'em you love 'em."--speaking in Louisville, KY, March 10, 2005

"Thank you very much for--pretty darn articulate. I could use a few lessons."--speaking to Sarah Garrison Webster, a small business owner, at Auburn Univ on social security reform, March 10, 2005

"I've asked Jeff Brown to join me. He is a professor. He can tell you where--where do you profess?"--speaking at Auburn Univ on social security reform, March 10, 2005

Carlos Pagan: "I'm a fireman in the City of Patterson."
Bush: "Good, yes. Thank you. Staying in good shape?"
Carlos Pagan: "Yes, sir."
Bush: "One thing about those firefighters, they stay i good shape."--in Westfield, NJ to discuss social security reform, March 4, 2005

Bush: "Ed, and then Bob, and then I'm going to go eat lunch."
Reporter: "Are we invited?"
Bush: "It depends on your question."
Reporter: "Fair enough...How can the public differentiate between reality and politics, when you and your campaign have raised over $80 million and you're saying that the season has not started?"
Bush: "You're not invited to lunch."--speaking to the press in the Rose Garden, October 28, 2003

"This is state number 10, and tomorrow is 11, and I'm keepin' movin'."--movin' through Westfield, NJ, March 4, 2005

"See, I think the operative word is that he's not worried about getting his check."--Westfield, NJ, March 4, 2005

"See, there's something called the compounding rate of interest. That's when you set aside a dollar - or a series of dollars - and it grows over time."--explaining compound interest to a group in Westfield, NJ, March 4, 2005

"And I like doin' this, by the way. I like goin' around the country sayin', 'Folks, we have got a problem.'"--in Westfield, NJ discussing social security, March 4, 2005

"But you can serve your country, as well, by feeding the hungry; or finding shelter for the homeless; or helping a low-income person fill out a tax reform."--in Westfield, NJ to discuss social security reform, March 4, 2005

"But the safety net has got a hole in it, and we need to make sure we save that safety net for future generations of Americans to come."--in Westfield, NJ to discuss social security reform, March 4, 2005

"A hundred years since a President's been here? I don't know what took the other ones so long to get here."--opening comment at a gathering in Westfield, New Jersey to talk about social security reform, March 4, 2005

Jon Paul Surma: "I'm married to my job."
Bush: "Yeah, okay, well--You got plenty of time. Don't worry about it...You're not after---you're kind of one of these lonely heart things, trying to find a--?."
Jon Paul Surma: "I'm not going to lie. I was looking out in the crowd."
Bush: "Social Security."
Jon Paul Surma: "Okay, there you go. Like I was sayin'..."
--discussing social security with 24-year old business owner, South Bend, IN, March 4, 2005

Bush: "You're doin' great. Keep goin'."
Betty Batterbee: "I'll let Mark talk."
Bush: "You want to introduce Mark?"
Betty Batterbee: "This is my husband, I'll let him talk."
Bush: "I was wondering who he was -sittin' there, you konw?"
--discussing social security reform, South Bend, IN, March 4, 2005

Bush: "First I want to bring in Jeff Brown. What do you do, Jeff? That's a loaded question - I already knew the answer, of course."
Dr. Brown: "I'm a Ph.D. in economics and I'm a professor at one of the other great Midwestern universities."
Bush: "Ph.D. in economics. It's an interesting lesson, isn't it? He's the advisor and the Ph.D. I'm the President and a fair student."
--speaking about Social Security at Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, March 4, 2005

"I'll tell you another thing I like about it. I like the fact that people can own money."--referring to private accounts within Social Security, South Bend, IN, March 4, 2005

"You can't take the money and shoot dice with it."--referring to private accounts within Social Security at Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, March 4, 2005

"And if I'm a successful at doing that, then all of a sudden you can imagine where the debate will go."--speaking about social security at Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, March 4, 2005

"Here's the problem: Baby Boomers, like me, are gettin' ready to retire...We've got a lot of us. See, there's a bulge of retirees gettin' ready to retire."--speaking in South Bend, IN, March 4, 2005

"I come back as a graduate--well, kind of a graduate. I got a degree--honorary degree. For all you 'C' students out there, it's amazing what can happen to you if you keep working hard."--speaking at Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, March 4, 2005

"Reporter: And the second question--can you promise a year from now that you will have reduced the number of troops in Iraq?"
Bush: "Uhh, the second question is a trick question, so I won't answer it."--speaking to press in Rose Garden, October 28, 2003

"Clean coal technology is critical to the future of this country...We're developing technology so that we can build the world's first coal-fueled zero emission power plant...someday, we'll be able to energize this country."--discussing energy policy, Columbus, OH, March 9, 2005

"Someday somebody is going to walk in and say, 'Well, we got a lot of soy beans, Mr. President."--speaking on energy policy, Columbus, OH, March 9, 2005

"I believed it was possible before...then I talked to the people who know what they're talking about...and now I really believe it's posssible."--discussing energy policy in Columbus, OH, March 9, 2005

"I believe by utilizing the brains of America...we can come up with ways to burn coal cleanly."--discussing energy policy in Columbus, OH, March 9, 2005

"What were some of the true brains of America thinking about when it comes to encourage energy conservation?"--speaking on energy policy in Columbus, OH, March 9, 2005

"Pat Tiberi, appreciate you coming, Congressman. And Dave Hobson. Very nice of them to take the afternoon off. They flew down on Air Force One, and they're flying back on Air Force One. It's a convenient way to travel, isn't it, guys?"--In Columbus, Ohio to discuss energy policy, March 9, 2005

"Some day I hope that we're able to further the ability for parents to escape failure and go to any school they choose--or send their--send their children to any school they choose."--speaking at Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA, March 7, 2005

Bush: "I quit drinking in '86. But I bet some of the people out here use the product. I'm not going to point out which ones."
Mr. Thies: "Well, we did notice a dip in demand at a point in time - probably no relationship."
Bush: "Pretty observant fellow, aren't you?"--speaking at a BMW plant, Greer, S.C., November 10, 2003

"Three and a half years ago, the United States...gathered our resolved, and accepted a mission."--speaking at Ft. Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C., March 8, 2005

"One of the things we've done in the last couple of years through the Department of Labor was to encourage public-private partnerships. And we'll continue--going to do that over the next four years. That's --those are fancy words for saying, look, we're going to help employers and community colleges match up needs--demands with supply. That's what that means."--simplifying fancy words, Arnold, MD, March 2, 2005

"I mean, if all of a sudden, somebody pops up and says, we need more nurses...we'll help you put the curriculum in place to train people for nursing."--speaking at Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD, March 2, 2005

"Just catch this statistic: In 2027, the government will be $200 billion short."--speaking at Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD, March 2, 2005

"There's a lot of diplomacy on this issue. And that's why I was so pleased to be able to participate with our friends, France and Great Britain and Germany, to say to the Iranians, 'We speak with common voice...' And our diplomatic objective is to continue working with our friends to make it clear to Iran we speak with single voice."--White House, March 16, 2005

"There's a positive effect when you run for office. Maybe some will run for office and say, vote for me, I look forward to blowing up America. I don't know, I don't know if that will be their platform or not. But it's--I don't think so. I think people who generally run for office say, vote for me, I'm lookin' forward to fixing your potholes."--referring to struggle for democracy in Lebanon, White House press conference, March 16, 2005

"I'm here to tell you I've got a reason to seek the presidency again. There is a reason to want to serve, and that's to keep the country safer and stronger and better."--Lima, OH, August 28, 2004

"My grandfather was raised right here in Columbus, Ohio. Si I'm here to ask you that you send a homeboy back to Washington, D.C."--Columbus, OH, September 1, 2004

"...There was corporate scandals..."--Huntington, WV, September 10, 2004

"...The people who aren't in good shape are the children and grandchildren in this country, because there's a lot fewer payer-inners than there are recipients when it comes to Social Security."--Muskegon, MI, September 13, 2004

"...I didn't pick my Vice President for his hairdo." --Wilkes-Barre, PA, October 6, 2004

"Forty-three days before the election, my opponent has now suddenly settled on a proposal for what to do next, and it's exactly what we're currently doing. We're working with the international partners. We're training Iraqi troops. We're reconstructing the--reconstructing the company. We're preparing for elections."--Derry, NH, September 20, 2004

"We need a safety net for those with the greatest needs. I believe in community health centers, where low and poor can get their preventative and care." --Daytona Beach, FL, October 16, 2004

"We will not have an all-volunteer army. And yet, this week--we will have an all-volunteer army!" --Daytona Beach, FL, October 16, 2004

"Americans will go to the polls in a time of war and ongoing threats any unlike we have seen before." --Lakeland, FL, October 23, 2004

"And a political candidate who jumps to conclusions without knowing the facts is not a person you want as your Commander-in-Chief." --Lititz, PA, October 27, 2004

"I want to thank you all for your hard work. I was impressed every day by how hard and how skillful our team was."--Were they all horny men? Washington, D.C., November 3, 2004

"The Senator's willingness to trade principle for political convenience makes it clear that John Kerry is the wrong man for the wrong job at the wrong time." --Westlake, OH, October 28, 2004

"I'm also mindful that man should never try to put words in God's mouth. I mean, we shuld never ascribe natural disasters or anything else to God. We are in no way, shape, or form should a human being play God. "--Washington, D. C., January 14, 2005

"...freedom.... freedom.... freedom.... freedom.... freedom.... freedom.... freedom.... freedom....freedom....freedom....freedom.... freedom.... freedom.... freedom.... freedom.... freedom.... freedom.... freedom.... freedom.... freedom.... freedom.... freedom.... freedom.... freedom.... freedom.... freedom.... freedom.... liberty... liberty... liberty... liberty... liberty... liberty... liberty... liberty... liberty... liberty... liberty... liberty... liberty... liberty... "--Inaugural Address, Washington, D. C., January 20, 2005

"Surveys show that the vast majority of people do want to participate in democracy. And, ahh, some are feeling intimidated. I urge alls people to vote."--Washington, D.C., January 26, 2005

"Reporter: "Thank you, sir. Mr. President, your policies on the Middle East seem, so far, to have produced pretty meager results as the violence between Israelis and Palestinians--"
Bush: "Major or meager?"
Reporter: "Meager."
Bush: "Oh, okay."
Reporter: "Meager."
Bush: "Meager."--speaking to press in Rose Garden, October 28, 2003

"Federal money was not used to prothelasize...understand a faith-based program will not use money to prothelasize."-- Prothelasizing at the Faith-based Community Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C., March 1, 2005

"Listen, thank you all very much. I wish everybody-truly wish everybody a happy holidays. For those of you coming to Crawford, I look forward to not seeing you down there." --speaking to reporters in Washington, D.C., December 20, 2004

"If you're a Methodist church and you sponsor an alcohol treatment center, they can't say only Methodists, only Methodists who drink too much can come to our program - 'All drunks are welcome', is what the sign ought to say." --referring to faith based community programs, Washington, D.C., March 1, 2005

"So, like, what took you so long?" --opening statements to the World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox at White House, March 2, 2005

"Proud to be joined by the Vice President. He's a Chicago Cubs fan. So, like, he knows what you've been through." --speaking at White House to the World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox, March 2, 2005

"I appreciate the way this team played baseball. You know, it took a lotta guts and it took a lotta hair." --referring to the World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox at the White House, March 2, 2005

"I said, in my state of the Union address to our country, that I believe peace is within hand."--speaking from the Oval Office, March 15, 2005

"The Arab world must continue to work together to help Palestine build a necessary structures for democracy."--speaking to the press, Oval Office, March 15, 2005

"I think it's very important for the United States to continue to work with our friends and allies which believe that the Iranians want a nucular weapon and which know that Iran possessing a nucular weapon would be very destabilizing."--speaking to the press, White House, March 9, 2005

"I'd like to reinerate my call...-the Syrians must remove their troops."--speaking to press at Oval Office, March 9, 2005

"I think the world is, uh, you know, beginning to see a different impression of America."--Oval Office speaking about tsunami relief, March 8, 2005

"The bill will give governors the flexibility they need to meet strict new air quality standards, improve public health, and protect vulnerable echosystems from acid rain."--White House referring to Clear Sky Initiative, March 4, 2005

"I like to make decisions, and I make a lot of them."--White Houe press conference, March 16, 2005

"You don't have much time to sit around and wander, lonely, in the Oval Office, kind of asking different portraits, 'How do you think my standing will be?'"--White Houe press conference, March 16, 2005

"Today, I have a message for the people of Lebelon--Lebanon."--speaking at National Defense University, Fort Leslie J. McNair, Washington, DC, March 8, 2005

"Melissa happens to be a board of this community college system."--Community College of Allegheny College, Pittsburgh, PA, March 7, 2005

"And I think the patriotism of the 21st century is--can be found--when goes to the center we just came at and volunteer his or her time."--Community College of Allegheny College, Pittsburgh, PA, March 7, 2005

"The scales of justice must be balance and fair."--speaking in Columbus, OH, March 9, 2005

"It's exciting time around the world."--speaking at Auburn University, Montgomery, AL, March 10, 2005

"And I welcome Republican ideas, and I welcome Democrat ideas."--Columbus, OH, March 9, 2005

"You've put me under the spot here."--speaking to the press, April 13, 2004

"These athletes, in the most part, understand they have a responsibility uphold to the communities in which they live."--referring to the athletes of the NCAA fall championship teams at the White House, March 23, 2004

"I think they're being defeated and that's why they continue to fight.'" --referring to insurgency in Iraq, May 23, 2005

"They understand, it's one thing to be a champ on the field, it's another to be a champ off the field..by sendin' a good messages about right and wrong behavior." --welcoming the NCAA fall championship teams to the White House, March 23, 2004

"I believe that people whose skins aren't necessarily, or, you know, different color than white can self govern ."--speaking to press in Oval Office during an appearance by Canadian Prime Minister, Paul Martin, January 30, 2004

"It is critical that the President of the United States speak clearly."--Las Vegas, NV, September 14, 2004

"Laura recognized somebody by name. I am too."--White House, April 21, 2004

"And what must realize is happening in a place like Fallujah is, the closer we come to passing soverty the more likely it is that...friends of the, uh, Shia cleric will try to stop progress. That's what's happening. They want to kill innocent life."--Oval Office, April 28, 2004

"Canada is an independent nation."--Oval Office, April 30, 2004

"So, the Vice President and I were sittin' around and sayin', 'I wonder if we could get some people to come to a barbeque here on the South Lawn?'" -welcoming members of congress to a barbeque at White House, June 15, 2004

"Some are here to see the 80 year old dude...launch forth from a perfectly safe aerospace vehicle." -referring to his father's attempt to sky dive, June 12, 2004

"There has been enormous sacrifices made." -referring to fight against terrorism, White House press conference, January 26, 2005

"I appreciate the hard work of the United Nations which is providing, uh, a good leadership on the ground." -White House press conference, January 26, 2005

"If we'd been having this discussion a couple of years ago and I'd a stood up in front of you and said the Iraqi people would be voting, you'd look at me like some of you still look at me - with a kind of blank expression." -Washington, D.C., January 26, 2005

"The fact that they're voting in itself is, uh, successful. Again, this is a long process. Uh, it is a process that, uh, uh, will begin to write a constitution, uh, and then, uh, elect a permanent assembly." -White House press conference, January 26, 2005

"We're reflecting universal values and universal ideas that, uh, uh, that honor each man and woman - that, uh, recognize human rights and human dignity, uh, depends upon human liberty and uh, it's uh - I'm lookin' forward to the challenge." -White House press conference, January 26, 2005

"We just had a little discussion about how to make sure this conversation goes without flaw." -Bethesda, Maryland, January 26, 2005

Bush: "How old is your child, Carl?"
Carl: "14 years old, sir."
Bush: "Yeah, 14. Well if she were uh-"
Carl: "He, sir."
Bush: "He, excuse me. Shoulda done the background check. Uh, uh, she will-when she gets ready to, uh-when she's 50, the system will be broke, if my math is correct." -speaking with reporter at White House, January 26, 2005

"One gulp and were out of here."-Little Rock, Arkansas, November 18, 2004

"Tour Guide: "Usually, you might see some bass fisherman out there."
Bush: "A submarine could take this place out."-Little Rock, Arkansas, November 18, 2004

"He got him 175 employees, which is a good size company." -Nashua, NH, March 25, 2004

"We increased expenses, particularly in two areas - the military." -Nashua, NH, March 25, 2004

"We're really proud of you. I love the story. It's what I love about our country, isn't it?" -Nashua, NH, March 26, 2004

"Today when I landed, I met a fellow named Irving Hall. Where are you, Irving? Right there - stand up. Now you can sit down. Irving Hall works for our government at the laboratories, the high tech - Sandia - I think you worked there, didn't you, Irving? Yes. He worked there, and came time to retire and his boss said, 'What are you going to do, Irving?' He said, 'Why don't you make a difference' - I believe that's what your boss told me - what you told me your boss said. See, he met me at the airplane. I'd never meet Irving before." -Albuquerque, NM, March 26, 2004

"One of my hardest parts of my job is to console the famiy members who have lost their life." -White House, April 13, 2004

"Ehud Olmert is wth us. Ehud, it's good to see you again. thank you sir. I remember the first time we visited in 1998. I had just been re-elected as the governor of Texas. I went to Israel, and Ehud welcomed me and three other governors, uh, to, uh, I guess, your office. Your were the Mayor, if I'm not mistaken, at that point in time. and you were focused on filling potholes and emptying the garbage of the people." -Washington, D.C., May 18, 2004

"I'm honored to, uh, shake the hand - of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein." -White House, May 25, 2004

"You just interrupted a conversation about how we're working on a strategy to help the Iraqis become a free nation." -Washington, D.C., May 19, 2004

Reporter: "Once President Kennedy said, 'Everyone has two countries, their own, and France.' And why is it that your policy tends to be pushing your country and France to divorce? Second point, some in public opinion have accused you of state terrorism, and do you not believe that what has happened in Abu Ghraib has put you in the same basket, as it were, of Saddam Husseiin, especially in the eyes of an international tribunal, and especially in light of the unfound weapons of mass destruction?."
Bush: "To paraphrase President Kennedy. 'There's America, and then there's Texas.'" -Paris, Texas., June 5, 2004

"We don't want to discourage the innovators and those who take risks becuse they're afraid of getting sued by a lawsuit." Washington, D.C., June 24, 2004

"Free societies are hopeful societies. And free societies will be allies against these hateful few who have no conscience, who kill at the whim of a hat." Washington, D.C., September 17, 2004

"Listen, the other day I was asked about the National Intelligence Estimate, which is a nation intelligence estimate." Washington, D.C., September 23, 2004

"I frankly, felt like the reception we received on the way in from the airport was very warm and hospitable, and I want to thank the Canadian people who came out to wave - with all five fingers - for - for their hospitality." -Ottawa, Canada, November 30, 2004

"A couple of days ago, in New York, I was having a Diet Coke with my friend, Prime Minister Koizumi. He's the Prime Minister of Japan." -Bangor, Maine, September 23, 2004

"Now, the temptation is going to be,...to get me to negotiate with myself...And I said, 'I'm not going to negotiate with myself.'"-Washington, D.C., December 20, 2004

"Margaret Spellings, Madam Secretary, thank you for coming. I appreciate you...I want to appreciate everyone else is here..."-appreciating the Secretary of the Dept. of Education, Washington, D.C., March 1, 2005

"I appreciate three members of the United States Congress who have joined us...Congressman Jim Ryun, from Kansas. I'm not interested in jogging, if you know what I mean."-appreciating the former world record holder, Washington, D.C., March 1, 2005

"I appreciate the leaders in--the armies of compassion. It's a strong word isn't it?"-Washington, D.C., March 1, 2005

"In this country...we're great because you choose whatever faith you choose." -Washington, D.C., March 1, 2005

"In this country, if you choose no faith at all, you're still equally American."-addressing a leadership conference, March 1, 2005

"...FEMA money were going out to help lessen the effects of a disaster..." -Washington, D.C., March 1, 2005

"I like to ask questions. The Job of a President is to call people and say, 'How we doing?'" -Washington, D.C., March 1, 2005

"In order to make sure people feel comfortable accessing the grant-making process...there's an office in these different bureaucracies." -Washington, D.C., March 1, 2005

"And so, six months from now, I'm going to say, 'Jim, how are we doing?' Then he's going to call the faith-based officer and he's going to say, 'The President wants to know how you're doing.'"--referring to Jim Towey, Director of White House Faith-based Office, March 1, 2005

So this little program, in a dark neighborhood,...heard a call...to try to help people on need."--Washington, D.C., March 1, 2005

"Are we encouraging social entrepreneurship in America? That's one of my favorite words. Think about it - social entrepreneurship."--Washington, D.C., March 1, 2005

Agent Ahearn : "We were able to share the intelligence..and pass it to the intel community that led to...part of this investigation that was overseas..."
Bush: "Right. some of the people in the cell here actually were traveling overseas, as I recall. We got a couple of them overseas, isn't that right?"
Agent Ahearn : "Yes, sir. Yes, we did."
Bush: "Maybe I wasn't supposed to say that."--in Buffalo, NY, April 20, 2004

Mark Trahant: "Most school kids learn about government in the context of city, county, state, and federal and of course tribal governments are not part of that at all. Mr. President, you've been a governor and a president so you have a unique experience looking at it from two directions. What do you think tribal sovereignty means in the 21st centruy and how do we resolve conflicts between tribes and the federal and state governments?"
Bush: "Yeah. Uh, tribal sovereignty means that, it's sovereign. I mean, it's, you're a--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 s-sovereign entities."--speaking at Unity Conference, Washington, D.C.,August 6, 2004

"Self governing relies on the governing of the self."--Inaugural address, Washington, D.C., January 20, 2005

"I know we've got state and local authorities who are here. I appreciate your service. For the local authorities, my only advice is make sure you fill the potholes. empty the garbage. Answer the phone calls."--Buffalo, NY, April 20, 2004

"The first thing we do is we find killers before they kill us...to find 'em, to rout 'em out."-- Buffalo, NY, April 20, 2004

"Now the enemy hides in caves. They lurch in the shadows of the world."--Buffalo, NY, April 20, 2004

"Part of the problems we faced was that there was laws and a bureaucratic mind-sets that prevented the sharing of information."-- speaking to first responders about the Patriot Act, Buffalo, NY, April 20, 2004

"Administrative subpoenas, I guess, is kind of an ominous sounding word."-- discussing the Patriot Act in New York, April 20, 2004

"First of all, congratulations. We put you in there because we want you to--get 'em and lock 'em up."-- commending Mike Battle, the US Attorney for the Western District of New York, April 20, 2004

"Pete Ahern is with us with the FBI. Uh, Pete, why don't you share with us, like (very long pause) what, what it was like not to talk to somebody."-- Buffalo, NY, April 20, 2004

"The March to War affected the people's confidence. It's hard to make investment. See, if you're a small business owner or a larger business owner and you're thinking about investing, you've got to be optimistic when you invest. Except when you're marching to war, it's not a very optimistic thought, is it? In other words, it's the opposite of optimistic when you're thinking you're going to war." -- Springfield, Missouri, February 9, 2004

"We want to make sure our wallets all across the country are healthy."-- Philadelphia, PA, January 11, 2004

"Recession means taht people's incomes, at the employer level, are giong down. Basically, relative to costs, people are getting laid off."--Washington, D.C., February 19, 2004

"And we began to recover from the attacks on September the 11th because were a strong people. we're resilient because there's an ownership society, a culture of ownership in America."-- Bakersfield, CA, March 4, 2004

"That's what we're here to discuss. It's an economic lesson. But we're not using Ph.D.s. Well, we're using Ph.D.s in the sense that we're talking to entrepreneurs who are on the front lines of making capital decisions every day."-- Washington, D.C., March 16, 2004

"Heck, we're five percent of the world's population, which means there's 95 percent of the people ready for products that say, 'Made in the USA'."-- Washington, D.C., March 16, 2004

"I think 2004 is going to be a great year. And in the spirit of great years, I'll answer a few questions." --Falfurrios, Texas, January 1, 2004

"But the Congress giveth, the Congress taketh away. And these tax relief will be--will expire on an irregular basis."-- Washington, D.C., February 19, 2004

"I want to thank you all for coming today to give me a chance to spell out a practical way to make life a more hopeful place for America and small business owners." --Washington, D.C., February 19, 2004

"I always, always--sometimes--say, government can hand out money..." --Los Angeles, CA, March 3, 2004

"There's two things I want to share with you on that. One, there's nothing better than a society which encourages people to own something, isn't there? Either to own your own business--how about the fact that this is a fellow who is born in El Salvador, comes here to our country, and now owns his own home? Isn't that one of the spectacular aspects?" --Bay Shore, NY, March 11, 2004

"The March to War hurt the economy. Laura reminded me awhile ago that remember what was on the TV screens--she calls me, 'Goerge W.', 'George W'. I call her "First Lady". No anyway--she said, we said, March to War on our TV screen." --Bay Shore, NY, March 11, 2004 [Does anyone understand what he is saying here?]

"Home ownership is at the highest rate ever. That means there's more people ever in our history are able to say, 'I own something. I own my own home'. I went to Pearl's home and it was pretty special. Really special, wasn't it? She said, 'This is my home.' When I walked up the stairs, she didn't say this is anybody else's home, but her home, She said, 'Would you come into my home, please?.'" --Ardmore, PA, March 15, 2004

"A small business owner's outlook is improved when there's a new product available that says, gosh, I'm meeting the needs of my employees and also being able to better control costs." --Washington, D.C., March 16, 2004

"A lot of times this country taalks about our strengths, and we should. We talk about the military strength of America, and that's important. And we're going to keep us strong." --Springfield, Missouri, February 9, 2004

"My view are one that speaks to freedom." --Washington, D.C., February 8, 2004

"What's it like when you come here? It's like being in a place with people who are willing to stand up to values that are important in this country." --Dallas, TX, March 8, 2004

"We can outcompete with anybody."--Bayshore, N., March 11, 2004

"It's hard to be successful if you don't make something somebody doesn't want to buy." --Arlington, VA, March 9, 2004

"Earlier today, the Libyan government released Fathi Jahmi. She's a local government official who was imprisoned in 2002 for advocating free speech and democracy."--Washington, D.C., March 12, 2004

"If an insurance carrier can spread risk across a variety of people or a variety of firms, it makes it more likely his health care goes down."--Washington, D.C., March 16, 2004

"...sometimes when you don't measure, you just shuffle kids through. Then you wake up at the high school level and find out that the illiteracy level of our children are appalling."--Washington, D.C., January 23, 2003

"It's hard to be a manufacturer in the state of Pennsylvania if you're worried about where yor next energy is coming from."--Ardmore, PA, March 15, 2003

"Congress wouldn't act, so I signed an executive order. That means I did it on my own."--Los Angeles, CA, March 3, 2004

"It's not a dictatorship in Washington, but I tried to make it one in that instance."--referring to making federal funds available to faith-based organizations, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 15, 2004

"I'm a war president. I make decisions here in the Oval Office in foreign policy matters with war on my mind."--speaking on Meet the Press, February 8, 2004

"See, one of the interesting things in the Oval Office--I love to bring people into the Oval Office--right around the corner from here--and say, this is where I office."--Washington, D.C., February 18, 2004

"This country is a fabulous country because we've got good, honorable people who are willing to serve at all levels of government. And one of the key levels of government, of course, is running the city hall."--Washington, D.C., January 23, 2004

"The Oval Office is an interesting place to meet, particularly people who are beginning to struggle with democracy and freedom because it's a reminder that the institutions, at least in this country, are always bigger than the people. Sometimes we've got an all-right president, sometimes not all right. But the presidency, itself, exists."--Roswell, NM, January 22, 2004

"I appreciate Charlie Curie here. He's the administration of the Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services of the Department of Health and Human Services."--Los Angeles, CA, March 3, 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."--Los Angeles, CA, March 3, 2004

"Dr. [Raja] Khuzai also was there to have Thanksgiving dinner with our troops. And it turned out to be me, as well."--referring to his own surprise visit to Baghdad on Thanksgiving day 2003, Washington, D.C., March 12, 2004

"In 1994, there were 67 schools in Texas that were rated 'exemplorary' according to our own tests."--Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, NY, October 5, 1999

"No, I know all the war rhetoric, but it's all aimed at achieving peace."--Madison, MS, August 7, 2002

"Small business owners like Joe may have problems passing their business off to a child or somebody they choose to pass their business off of."--St. Louis, MO, January 22, 2003

"For years the freedom of our people were really never in doubt." --FBI headquarters, Washington, D.C., February 14, 2003

"The American people is this country's greatest asset."--Alexandria, Virginia, February 12, 2003

"I know there's a lot of young ladies who are growing up wondering whether or not they can be champs. And they see the championship teams from USC and University of Portland here--girls who worked hard to get to where they are, and they're wondering about the example they're setting. What is life choices about?" -- White House, February 24, 2003

"It's clear this guy [Saddam Hussein] could even care less about the first [U.N.] resolution..could care less about human condition inside Iraq." -- Washington, D.C., February 18 & 25, 2003

"Wow! Brazil is big." -- after being shown a map of Brazil by President Lula da Silva, November 6, 2005

"There is all kinds of estimates about the cost of war...There's strong signals that this economy will improve."-- Washington, D.D., February 25 and 27, 2003

"Many doctors serve their fellow humans in the most compassionate ways. I went down to Mississippi met a man who had moved to Mississippi to provide health care for some of our most neediest citizens."--speaking at AMA national conference, Washington, D.D., March 4, 2003

"There is such hope here in Northern Ireland that the past can be broken." --Belfast, Northern Ireland, April 8, 2003

"Laura reminded me - in July of 2002, on the television screens, came to the notation: 'America is Marching to War.'"--Louisville, KY, February 26, 2004

"Overwhelmingly, yet carefully targeted air strikes left entire enemy divisions without armor and without organization."--St. Louis, MO, April 16, 2003

"Work is not done. There's still dangers and challenges to remain."--Lima, OH, April 24, 2003

"Al-Qaida is a group of people that they don't care about taking innocent life."--May 13, 2003

"...nucular... nucular... nucular... nucular... nucular... nucular... nucular... nucular... nucular... nucular... nucular.."--Crawford, TX, May 23, 2003

"Listen, I recognize there's going to be extremes, particularly in the Palestinian territories, that want to blow up peace." --Washington, D.C., June 9, 2003

"Israel must make sure there's a continuous territory that the Palestinians can call home."--Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, June 3, 2003

"Wait for us to succeed peace."--Kennebunkport, Maine, June 15, 2003

"The other issue regarding health care is whether or not health care is affordable and available. And one reason it's not in certain communities is because there is too many lawsuits."--Fridley, MN, June 19, 2003

"We have faced challenge in this nation."--Fridley, MN, June 19, 2003

"And, anyway, no, listen, let me speak specifically to Nigeria. I have got good relations with President Obasanjo. Every time we have visited it has been a very cordial, up-front way."--Washington, D.C., July 1, 2003

"I will continue to speak as clearly as I can that an attack on the Iraqi infrastructure by the Baathist is an attack on the Iraqi people. And it's those Iraqis are causing the continued suffering, where there's suffering in Iraq." --Abuja, Nigeria, July 12, 2003

"A free, peaceful Zimbabwe has got the capacity to deliver a lot of goods and services which are needed on this continent in order to help aleve suffering."--Pretoria, South Africa, July 9, 2003

"We've got to make sure there is more affordable homes."--Washington, D.C., July 16, 2003

"There's a lot of initiatives around from the faith-based program that track the child who needs to be mentored. And the best place to find mentors, of course, is you can find them every Sunday."--Washington, D.C., July 16, 2003

"That's the basic principles of the faith-based initiative which you've heard a lot about."--Washington, D.C., July 16, 2003

"In 2000 alone, obesity costs totaled the country an estimated cost of $117 billion."--speaking in Dallas, TX, July 18, 2003

"See, our job as policy people and members of Congress have got to fix problems when we see them--they don't ignore problems, they don't hope the problems go away." --Summerhaven, AZ, August 11, 2003

"We're, uhh, conscience of, uh, of uh, folks flying--you know, getting lists of people flying into our country and matching them now with a much improved database."--White House, Washington, D.C., July 30, 2003

"And a free Iraq in the heart of the Middle East will make it more easy for us to not only secure America and other free nations, but will make it easier for there to be peace in the long run."-- Washington, D.C., September 11, 2003

"There's a lot of Pakistani Americans who are pleased you are here today, sir."-- Washington, D.C., October 1, 2003

"We had a great visit on the plane. There is no air raids on Air Force One, by the way."-- Milwaukee, WI , October 3, 2003

"The world is a better place when we got rid of Saddam Hussein."-- Washington, D.C., October 6, 2003

"I expressed our nation's condolences at the needless murder of innocent people by the latest suicider."--Washington, DC, October 6, 2003

"This is historic times."--Washington, DC, October 8, 2003

"You see, the enemies want to create a sense of fear and intrepidation."--speaking in Washington, DC, October 8, 2003

"I love the story of America. I love the fact that people who started with nothing and have built a fantastic food processing business."--speaking in Fresno, CA, October 14, 2003

"There's a lot of things that there's misconceptions. Evidently it's a misconceptions that Americans believe that Muslims are terrorists." --speaking on Air Force One, October 22, 2003

"The basic tenets of Islam is peace and respect and tolerance. And that's what they wanted to make the point to me, that we are--that's the way we are."--Onboard Air Force One, October 22, 2003

"It's in the interest of--uh--uhh, long-term peace in the world that we--uhh--work for a free and secure and peaceful Iraq. A peeance, freeance secure Iraq in the midst of the Middle East will have enormous historical impact." -- October 17, 2003

"And, as you notice, yesterday one fellow tried to--was done in as, uh, he tried to conduct a suicide mission. In other words, an Iraqi policeman did their job." --White House, Washington, D.D., October 28, 2003

"America has got some wonderful citizenry who just refuse to be defeated." --Harbison Canyon, CA., November 4, 2003

"America stands for liberty, for the pursuit of happiness and for the unalieinalienable right of life." --Washington, D.C., November 5, 2003

"I mean, he's a man who has presided over suiciders." --aired on BBC Breakfast with Frost, November 16, 2003

"The manufacturing sector has been hit. The textile industry has been hit. People have lost work. And yet in other sectors of the economy here in North Carolin are growing."--Winston-Salem, NC, November 7, 2003

"Mark McClellan's here with us of the director of the Food and Drug Administration. I appreciate your leadership, Mark, on this, this incredibly important agency ."--speaking at National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD, February 3, 2003

"The country was resilient, tough and strong--determined to defeat terror and determined to go about our life no matter what the threat."--speaking at Charles Schwab, Alexandria, VA, February 12, 2003

"It used to be, you know, when you talked about stocks and bonds, it probably wasn't all that long ago you'd say, 'Well gosh, how's your portfolio?' and that would probably pertain to, you know, a handful of people that lived, you know, I dunno, uh, knew something about Wall Street."--speaking at Charles Schwab, Alexandria, VA, February 12, 2003

"I think I'll leave the talent to my great friend, Michael W. Smith, and Sarah Paul Brummett. It's good to see Michael 'W'. I like a man whose middle name is "W'". --Nashville, TN, February 10, 2003

"For the sake of job growth, let's put those tax cuts we've already got in place, in place today so people can find work." --Santa Clara, CA, May 2, 2003

"But there is a difference of opinion about who best to spend your money in Washington, D. C. Sometimes they forget whose money your're spending. Listen to the rhetoric."--St. Louis, Missouri, January 22, 2003

"But one of the problems of being a productive economy is that a worker can--one worker puts out. There's better output per worker, let me put it to you that way."-- speaking in Little Rock, Arkansas, May 5, 2003

"We got into deficit because the economy went into the recession--is how we got into deficit."-- speaking in Little Rock, Arkansas, May 5, 2003

"We said loud and clear, if you cheat the shareholder and your employees, you will be held responsible for those decisions. The world is now more peaceful because we acted."-- Fridley, MN, June 19, 2003

"More Muslims have died at the hands of killers than--I say more Muslims--a lot of Muslims have died--I don't know the exact count--at Istanbul. Look at these different places around the world where there's been tremendous death and destruction because killers kill."-- Washington, DC, February 18, 2004

"I said you were a man of peace. I want you to know I took immense crap for that."-- conversion with Ariel Sharon reported in Washington Post, June 3, 2003

"You see, when Al and his company decided to buy a machine, somebody has got to make that machine. And that means somebody in the machine-making company is more likely to find a job, as well."--speaking in Milwaukee, WI, October 3, 2003

"I show up when they need me to call people to account, to praise, or to say, wait a minute. You told me in Jordan that you would do this,. You haven't done it. Why? How come? What is it? It's to keep the thing moving, keep the processes moving. They've got the man on the ground that is going to--he's just going to--I used the expression, 'ride herd'. I don't know if anybody understood the meaning. It's a little informal in diplomatic terms. I said, 'We're going to put a guy on the ground to ride herd on the process.' See them all scratching their heads." -discussing meeting Palestinian and Isaeli leaders on Air Force One, June 4, 2003

Jacob Weisberg is editor of Slate. You can e--mail him at ballotbox@slate.com.



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