Top Twenty Bushisms
“Will the highways on the Internet become more few?” George W Bush, January 2000.
If there is only one thing that the George W Bush Presidency will be remembered for, it is almost certainly Bushisms, the bizarre nuggets of unintelligible wisdom that frequently fall from the lips of the world’s most powerful man. In honour of the worlds most powerful man here is a list of twenty favourite Bushisms.
“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.” September, 2002
“It’s totally wiped out. … It’s devastating, it’s got to be doubly devastating on the ground.” – To his aides while surveying Hurricane Katrina flood damage from Air Force One, August, 2005
“I’m honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein.” May, 2004
“People say, how can I help on this war against terror? How can I fight evil? You can do so by mentoring a child; by going into a shut-in’s house and say I love you.” September, 2000
“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.” August, 2004
“We actually misnamed the war on terror. It ought to be the Struggle Against Ideological Extremists Who Do Not Believe in Free Societies Who Happen to Use Terror as a Weapon to Try to Shake the Conscience of the Free World.” August, 2004
“I have a record in office, as well. And all Americans have seen that record. September the 4th, 2001, I stood in the ruins of the Twin Towers. It’s a day I will never forget.” October, 2004
“And so, in my State of the – my State of the Union – or state – my speech to the nation, whatever you want to call it, speech to the nation – I asked Americans to give 4,000 years – 4,000 hours over the next – the rest of your life – of service to America. That’s what I asked – 4,000 hours.” April, 2002
“I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn’t here.” August, 2002
“For every fatal shooting, there were roughly three non-fatal shootings. And, folks, this is unacceptable in America. It’s just unacceptable. And we’re going to do something about it.” May, 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.” July, 2001
“When I take action, I’m not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It’s going to be decisive.” September, 2001
“My answer is bring them on.” -On Iraqi insurgents attacking US forces, July, 2003
“I understand small business growth. I was one.” February, 2000
“It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.” May, 2000
“We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile.” August, 2000
“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.” August, 2004
“I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.” September, 2000
“Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.” October, 2000
“They misunderestimated me.” November, 2000
The top 10 Bushisms of 2006
Each year, it has become something of a tradition for the American press to compile round-ups of the year’s finest Bushisms. But why should America have all the fun?
In the words of the man himself, “we shouldn’t fear a world that is more interacted”, so here are more favourite nuggets of wisdom that have left the lips of President George W Bush in 2006.
“You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror.” – Interview with CBS News.
“I think – tide turning – see, as I remember – I was raised in the desert, but tides kind of – it’s easy to see a tide turn – did I say those words?” – Response when asked if the tide was turning in Iraq.
“I would say the best moment of all was when I caught a 7.5 pound largemouth bass in my lake.” – Response when a German journalist asked him to name his best moment in office.
“And I suspect that what you’ll see, Toby, is there will be a momentum, momentum will be gathered. Houses will begat jobs, jobs will begat houses.” – Talking to reporters along the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast.
“I would guess, I would surmise that some of the more spectacular bombings are done by al Qaeda suiciders.” – On violence in Iraq.
“The point now is how do we work together to achieve important goals. And one such goal is a democracy in Germany.”
“I can look you in the eye and tell you I feel I’ve tried to solve the problem diplomatically to the max, and would have committed troops both in Afghanistan and Iraq knowing what I know today.” – Demonstrating that he is not fur turning.
“As you can possibly see, I have an injury myself, not here at the hospital, but in combat with a cedar. I eventually won. The cedar gave me a little scratch. As a matter of fact, the Colonel asked if I needed first aid when she first saw me. I was able to avoid any major surgical operations here, but thanks for your compassion, Colonel.” Visiting with wounded veterans from the Amputee Care Center of Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas.
“I think it’s really important for this great state of baseball to reach out to people of all walks of life to make sure that the sport is inclusive. The best way to do it is to convince little kids how to – the beauty of playing baseball.”
“One has a stronger hand when there’s more people playing your same cards.”