Gordon Swaby

50 Dumbest Things Bush Ever Said

I saw it a while back but never posted it so here goes:

50. “I promise you I will listen to what has been said
here, even though I wasn’t here.” —at the President’s Economic Forum in
Waco, Texas, Aug. 13, 2002

49. “We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should.
Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease.” —Gothenburg,
Sweden, June 14, 2001

48. “You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.” —Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001

47. “We both use Colgate toothpaste.” —after a reporter asked what
he had in common with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Camp David,
Md., Feb. 23, 2001

46. “Tribal sovereignty means that; it’s sovereign. I mean, you’re a
— you’ve been given sovereignty, and you’re viewed as a sovereign
entity. And therefore the relationship between the federal government
and tribes is one between sovereign entities.” —Washington, D.C., Aug.
6, 2004

45. “I glance at the headlines just to kind of get a flavor for
what’s moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who
are probably read the news themselves.” —Washington, D.C., Sept. 21,
2003

44. “I’m the commander — see, I don’t need to explain — I do not
need to explain why I say things. That’s the interesting thing about
being president.” —as quoted in Bob Woodward’s Bush at War

43. “I am here to make an announcement that this Thursday, ticket
counters and airplanes will fly out of Ronald Reagan Airport.”
—Washington, D.C., Oct. 3, 2001

42. “The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature
of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness
to terrorize himself.” —Grand Rapids, Mich., Jan. 29, 2003

41. “I saw a poll that said the right track/wrong track in Iraq was
better than here in America. It’s pretty darn strong. I mean, the
people see a better future.” —Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2004

40. “Oh, no, we’re not going to have any casualties.” —discussing
the Iraq war with Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson, as quoted
by Robertson

39. “I hear there’s rumors on the Internets that we’re going to have
a draft.” —presidential debate, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 8, 2004

38. “Haven’t we already given money to rich people? Why are we going
to do it again?” —to economic advisers discussing a second round of tax
cuts, as quoted by former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neil, Washington,
D.C., Nov. 26, 2002

37. “We need an energy bill that encourages consumption.” —Trenton, N.J., Sept. 23, 2002

36. “After standing on the stage, after the debates, I made it very
plain, we will not have an all-volunteer army. And yet, this week — we
will have an all-volunteer army!” —Daytona Beach, Fla., Oct. 16, 2004

35. “Do you have blacks, too?” —to Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2001

34. “This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating.” —as quoted by the New York Daily News, April 23, 2002

33. “I got to know Ken Lay when he was head of the — what they call
the Governor’s Business Council in Texas. He was a supporter of Ann
Richards in my run in 1994. And she had named him the head of the
Governor’s Business Council. And I decided to leave him in place, just
for the sake of continuity. And that’s when I first got to know Ken and
worked with Ken.” —attempting to distance himself from his biggest
political patron, Enron Chairman Ken Lay, whom he nicknamed “Kenny
Boy,” Washington, D.C., Jan. 10, 2002

32. “It is white.” —after being asked by a child in Britain what the White House was like, July 19, 2001

31. “I couldn’t imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding
the joy of Hanukkah.” —at a White House menorah lighting ceremony,
Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 2001

30. “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.” —Philadelphia,
Penn., May 14, 2001

29. “I don’t know why you’re talking about Sweden. They’re the
neutral one. They don’t have an army.” —during a Dec. 2002 Oval Office
meeting with Rep. Tom Lantos, as reported by the New York Times

28. “You forgot Poland.” —to Sen. John Kerry during the first
presidential debate, after Kerry failed to mention Poland’s
contributions to the Iraq war coalition, Miami, Fla., Sept. 30, 2004

27. “I’m the master of low expectations.” —aboard Air Force One, June 4, 2003

26. “I’m also not very analytical. You know I don’t spend a lot of
time thinking about myself, about why I do things.” —aboard Air Force
One, June 4, 2003

25. “I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I
believe and what I believe — I believe what I believe is right.” —Rome,
Italy, July 22, 2001

24. “We need to counter the shockwave of the evildoer by having
individual rate cuts accelerated and by thinking about tax rebates.”
—Washington, D.C. Oct. 4, 2001

23. “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.” —Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2002

22. “I wish you’d have given me this written question ahead of time
so I could plan for it…I’m sure something will pop into my head here in
the midst of this press conference, with all the pressure of trying to
come up with answer, but it hadn’t yet….I don’t want to sound like I
have made no mistakes. I’m confident I have. I just haven’t — you just
put me under the spot here, and maybe I’m not as quick on my feet as I
should be in coming up with one.” —President George W. Bush, after
being asked to name the biggest mistake he had made, Washington, D.C.,
April 3, 2004

21. “The really rich people figure out how to dodge taxes anyway.”
—explaining why high taxes on the rich are a failed strategy,
Annandale, Va., Aug. 9, 2004

20. “My plan reduces the national debt, and fast. So fast, in fact,
that economists worry that we’re going to run out of debt to retire.”
—radio address, Feb. 24, 2001

19. “You know, when I was one time campaigning in Chicago, a
reporter said, ‘Would you ever have a deficit?’ I said, ‘I can’t
imagine it, but there would be one if we had a war, or a national
emergency, or a recession.’ Never did I dream we’d get the trifecta.”
—Houston, Texas, June 14, 2002 (There is no evidence Bush ever made any
such statement, despite recounting the trifecta line repeatedly in
2002. A search by the Washington Post revealed that the three caveats
were brought up before the 2000 campaign — by Al Gore.)

18. “See, free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don’t
attack each other. Free nations don’t develop weapons of mass
destruction.” —Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 3, 2003

17. “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently
sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.” —State of the
Union Address, Jan. 28, 2003, making a claim that administration
officials knew at the time to be false

16. “In Iraq, no doubt about it, it’s tough. It’s hard work. It’s
incredibly hard.” —repeating the phrases “hard work,” “working hard,”
“hard choices,” and other “hard”-based verbiage 22 times in his first
debate with Sen. John Kerry

15. “The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It
is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him.”
—Washington, D.C., Sept. 13, 2001

14. “I don’t know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really
don’t care. It’s not that important. It’s not our priority.”
—Washington, D.C., March 13, 2002

13. “But all in all, it’s been a fabulous year for Laura and me.”
—summing up his first year in office, three months after the 9/11
attacks, Washington, D.C., Dec. 20, 2001

12. “I try to go for longer runs, but it’s tough around here at the
White House on the outdoor track. It’s sad that I can’t run longer.
It’s one of the saddest things about the presidency.” —interview with
“Runners World,” Aug. 2002

11. “Can we win? I don’t think you can win it.” —after being asked
whether the war on terror was winnable, “Today” show interview, Aug.
30, 2004

10. “I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we’re really talking about peace.” —Washington, D.C. June 18, 2002

9. “I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn’t do my job.” —to a group of Amish he met with privately, July 9, 2004

8. “Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of
Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.” —speaking
underneath a “Mission Accomplished” banner aboard the USS Abraham
Lincoln, May 1, 2003

7. “We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological
laboratories … And we’ll find more weapons as time goes on. But for
those who say we haven’t found the banned manufacturing devices or
banned weapons, they’re wrong, we found them.” —Washington, D.C., May
30, 2003

6. “Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be somewhere!”
—President George W. Bush, as he narrated a comic slideshow during the
Radio & TV Correspondents’ Association dinner, Washington, D.C.,
March 24, 2004

5. “If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier,
just so long as I’m the dictator.” —Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2000

4. “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas,
probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on
you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” —Nashville, Tenn., Sept.
17, 2002

3. “Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many
OB-GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across this
country.” —Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004

2. “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.” —Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

1. “My answer is bring them on.” —on Iraqi insurgents attacking U.S. forces, Washington, D.C., July 3, 2003

~Compiled by Daniel Kurtzman

Written by Gordon Swaby

Gordon Swaby

Founder and CEO of social learning service EduFocal.com. I’m passionate about technology, the internet and the use of technology in education. I am a recipient of Governor General’s Youth Award, the PSOJ’s 50 Under 50 Award, The commonwealth Youth Award and many others.


Lovingly made on Thursday, July 5th, 2007 at 1:33 am. Filed under Interesting.

  • http://stunner101.blogspot.com Stunner

    LOL! I haven’t read all of these but they are certainly cracking me up so far!

  • http://mythoughts-onstuff.blogspot.com Leon

    Funny list, but some of them I didn’t get. Does that make me stupid too?

  • http://www.advance-gamers.com Gordon Swaby

    Nah that doesn’t make you dumb. It probably will make more sense to Americans



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