George W. Bush

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George Walker Bush (born July 6 1946) is the 43rd President of the United States, a son of George H. W. Bush, the husband of Laura Welch Bush, and a grandson of Prescott Bush.



  • You don't get everything you want. A dictatorship would be a lot easier.


  • Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is.
  • I would define the mission as to restoring Kosovo so the Kosovoians can move back in and at the same time teach Mr. Milosevic that NATO and its allies and the United States will not tolerate genocide.
  • The important question is, how many hands have I shaked?
  • I watched his interview with her, though. He asked her real difficult questions, like 'What would you say to Governor Bush?' 'What was her answer?' I wonder. 'Please,' Bush whimpers, his lips pursed in mock desperation, 'don't kill me.'
    • From: "Devil May Care" by Tucker Carlson, Talk Magazine, September 1999, p. 106 (During the Larry King-Karla Faye Tucker exchange, Tucker never actually asked to be spared)
  • I don't believe witchcraft is a religion and I think the military should be re-examine their standards.
    • ABC morning show on the topic of possibly barring pagans from military service as brought to the floor by then Congressman Barr.
  • My appointees to the [Texas] board of pardons and paroles reflect my no-nonsense approach to crime and punishment. They believe people who commit crimes against innocent Texans should pay the consequences; they believe sentences imposed by juries should be carried out.


  • One of the great things about books is, sometimes there are some fantastic pictures.
  • I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.
  • Will the highways on the Internet become more few?
  • The state can do what they want to do. Don't try to trap me in this state's issue like you're trying to get me into.
  • We ought to make the pie higher.
  • I understand small business growth. I was one.
  • Reading is the basics for all learning.
  • I was raised in the west. The west of Texas. It's pretty close to California. In more ways than Washington, D.C., is close to California.
  • I hope we get to the bottom of the answer. It's what I'm interested to know.
  • It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it.
  • I think we all agree, the past is over.
  • This case has had full analyzation and has been looked at a lot. I understand the emotionality of death penalty cases.
  • I want you to know that farmers are not going to be secondary thoughts to a Bush administration. They will be in the forethought of our thinking.
  • I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings people together.
  • I don't know whether I'm going to win or not. I think I am. I do know I'm ready for the job. And, if not, that's just the way it goes.
  • Well, I think if you say you're going to do something and don't do it, that's trustworthiness.
  • The best way to relieve families from time is to let them keep some of their own money.
  • We can do better in Washington D.C. We can have new leadership in Washington D.C., leadership that will lift this country's spirits and raise our sights. George P. knows what thousands of other youngsters know, that just because the White House has let us down in the past, that doesn't mean it's going to happen in the future. George P. joins us in a campaign that's going to restore honor and dignity to the White House.
  • I know that the human being and the fish can coexist peacefully.
  • If we're an arrogant nation, they'll resent us; if we're a humble nation, but strong, they'll welcome us.
  • I think we ought to raise the age at which juveniles can have a gun.
  • Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.
  • We need to send a message to terrorists that there is going to be a price to pay. If you mess with the United States and kill our citizens, there will be a serious price to pay. I will decide what that consequence is when I'm the president.
  • I will swear to not, to uphold the laws of the land.
  • They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program.
  • I told all four [congressional leaders] that I felt like this election happened for a reason; that it pointed out — the delay in the outcome should make it clear to all of us — that we can come together to heal whatever wounds may exist, whatever residuals there may be. And I really look forward to the opportunity. I hope they've got my sense of optimism about the possible, and enthusiasm about the job. I told all four that there are going to be some times where we don't agree with each other, but that's okay. If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier... [Bush laughs out loud, audience laughs out loud] ...just so long as I'm the dictator [more laughter].
    • Online NewsHour interview, Washington, DC, (December 18, 2000)' during his first trip to Washington as President-elect. The last sentence is also included in Fahrenheit 9/11.
  • I am mindful of the difference between the executive branch and the legislative branch. I assured all four of these leaders that I know the difference, and that difference is they pass the laws and I execute them.


  • I'm going to work with every Cabinet member to set a series of goals for each Cabinet.
  • I want everybody to hear loud and clear that I'm going to be the president of everybody.
  • The thing that's important for me is to remember what's the most important thing.
  • Home is important. It's important to have a home.
  • I think there is some methodology in my travels.
  • I suspect that had my dad not been president, he'd be asking the same questions: How'd your meeting go with so-and-so?... How did you feel when you stood up in front of the people for the State of the Union Address- state of the budget address, whatever you call it.
  • We'll be a great country where the fabrics are made up of groups and loving centers.
  • I've coined new words, like 'misunderstanding' and 'Hispanically'.
    • Radio and Television Correspondents' Dinner (March 29, 2001)
  • First, we would not accept a treaty that would not have been ratified, nor a treaty that I thought made sense for the country.
  • There's no question that the minute I got elected, the storm clouds on the horizon were getting nearly directly overhead.
  • For every fatal shooting, there were roughly three non-fatal shootings. And, folks, this is unacceptable in America...And we're going to do something about it.
  • Anyway, I'm so thankful and so gracious- I'm gracious that my brother Jeb is concerned about the hemisphere as well.
  • As I'm sure you can imagine, it is an unimaginable honor to live here.
  • It's my honor to speak to you as the leader of your country. And the great thing about America is you don't have to listen unless you want to.
  • She was neat.
    • on meeting Queen Elizabeth II, Times of London (July 18, 2001)
  • I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe- I believe what I believe is right.
  • Dealing with Congress is a matter of give and take. The president doesn't get everything he wants, the Congress doesn't get everything they want. But we're finding good common ground. A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it.

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(September 11, 2006)



Grammatical errors

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Grammatical errors are words, phrases, or other grammatical configurations that are incorrect.


A Period of Consequences (September 23, 1999)

Speech at the Citadel, Military College of South Carolina

A Distinctly American Internationalism (November 19, 1999)

Speech at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California

First Inaugural Address (January 20, 2001)

Washington, DC [86]

Remarks by the President to United Nations General Assembly (November 10, 2001)

Address to the National Endowment for Democracy (November 6, 2003)

United States Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC [87]

Remarks on U.S.-British relations and foreign policy (November 19, 2003)

Whitehall Palace, London [88]

Speech to United Nations General Assembly (September 21, 2004)

UN Headquarters, New York, NY [89]

Second Inaugural Address (January 20, 2005)

Address to the National Endowment for Democracy (October 6, 2005)

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, DC [90]

Address to the Nation on Iraqi Elections (December 18th, 2005)


State of the Union (January 31, 2006)


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United Nations General Assembly in September 2006





Secondhand quotes

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said as the Iraqis stand
up, we will stand down.


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