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"I can press when there needs to be pressed; I can hold hands when there needs to behold hands."on how he can contribute to the Middle East peace process, Washington, D.C., Jan. 4, 2008

"I welcome you all to say a few comments to the TV, if you care to do so."Inviting visiting Irish dignitaries to address the media, Washington, D.C., Dec. 7, 2007

"If you've got somebody in harm's way, you want the president beingmaking advice, notbe given advice by the military, and not making decisions based upon the latest Gallup poll or focus group."New Albany, Ind., Nov. 13, 2007

"And I will explain the need to reform a confirmation process that is making it more difficult to persuade decent and intelligence people to accept the call to public service."Washington, D.C., Nov. 15, 2007

"The decisions we make in Washington have a direct impact on the people in our country, obviously."New Albany, Ind., Nov. 13, 2007

"In other words, he was given an option: Are you with us or are you not with us? And he made a clear decision to be with us, and he's acted on that advice."on President Pervez Musharraf, Crawford, Texas, Nov. 10, 2007

"I don't particularly like it when people put words in my mouth, either, by the way, unless I say it."Crawford, Texas, Nov. 10, 2007

"We're going towe'll be sending a person on the ground there pretty soon to help implement the malaria initiative, and that initiative will mean spreading nets and insecticides throughout the country so that we can see a reduction in death of young children thata death that we can cure."Washington, D.C., Oct. 18, 2007

"All I can tell you is when the governor calls, I answer his phone."San Diego, Calif., Oct. 25, 2007

"My hearts are with the Jeffcoats right now, that's what I'm thinking."After meeting with California wildfire victims Kendra and Jay Jeffcoat, San Diego, Calif., Oct. 25, 2007

"I fully understand those who say you can't win this thing militarily. That's exactly what the United States military says, that you can't win this military."on the need for political progress in Iraq, Washington, D.C., Oct. 17, 2007

"You know, a trucker, if he's interested in moving through Northwest Arkansas in expedition fashion, will pay a little extra money to be able to do so."explaining how toll roads can generate funds for highway maintenance while helping motorists move quickly, Rogers, Ark., Oct., 15, 2007

"I got a lot of Ph.D.-types and smart people around me who come into the Oval Office and say, 'Mr. President, here's what's on my mind.' And I listen carefully to their advice. But having gathered the device, I decide, you know, I say, 'This is what we're going to do.' " Lancaster, Pa., Oct. 3, 2007

"You know, when you give a man more money in his pocketin this case, a woman more money in her pocket to expand a business, itthey build new buildings. And when somebody builds a new building somebody has got to come and build the building. And when the building expanded it prevented additional opportunities for people to work."Lancaster, Pa., Oct. 3, 2007

"All of us in America want there to be fairness when it comes to justice."Washington, D.C., Sept. 20, 2007

"As yesterday's positive report card shows, childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured."New York, Sept. 26, 2007

"We're also talking to different finance ministers about how we can send a message to the Iranian government that the free world is not going to tolerate the development of know-how in how to build a weapon, or at least gain the ability to make a weapon."Washington, D.C., Sept. 20, 2007

"I feel strongly that there ought to be fair justice."Washington, D.C., Sept. 20, 2007

"There is no question that there is some unsettling times in the housing market."Washington, D.C., Sept. 20, 2007

"Thank you for being such a fine host for the OPEC summit. I appreciateAPEC summit."addressing the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Sydney, Australia, Sept. 7, 2007

"I'm going to try to see if I can remember as much to make it sound like I'm smart on the subject."answering a question concerning a possible flu pandemic, Cleveland, July 10, 2007

"I cannot look a mother and father of a troop in the eye and say, 'I'm sending your kid into combat, but I don't think we can achieve the objective.' "Washington, D.C., July 12, 2007.

"More than two decades later, it is hard to imagine the Revolutionary War coming out any other way."Martinsburg, W. Va., July 4, 2007

"I've heard he's been called Bush's poodle. He's bigger than that."discussing former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, as quoted by the Sun newspaper, June 27, 2007

"Amnesty means that you've got to pay a price for having been here illegally, and this bill does that."discussing an immigration reform bill, Washington, D.C., June 26, 2007

"This process has been drug out a long time, which says to me it's political."Discussing the controversy surrounding Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, Sofia, Bulgaria, June 11, 2007

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"These are big achievements for this country, and the people of Bulgaria ought to be proud of the achievements that they have achieved."Sofia, Bulgaria, June 11, 2007

"What I'm telling you is there's too many junk lawsuits suing too many doctors."Washington, D.C., May 10, 2007

"We understand the fright that can come when you're worried about a rocket landing on top of your home."Washington, D.C., May 17, 2007

"There's a lot of blowhards in the political process, you know, a lot of hot-air artists, people who have got something fancy to say."Washington, D.C., May 17, 2007

"My relationship with this good man is where I've been focused, and that's where my concentration is. And I don't regret any other aspect of it. And so Iwe filled a lot of space together."on British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Washington, D.C., May 17, 2007 (Thanks to Garry Trudeau.)

"Forms of government matter, in my opinion. It matters howthe nature of the government in which people live."Tipp City, Ohio, April 19, 2007

"Wisdom and strength, and my family, is what I'd like for you to pray for."Washington, D.C., May 2, 2007

"The question is, who ought to make that decision? The Congress or the commanders? And as you know, my position is clearI'm a commander guy."Washington, D.C., May 2, 2007

"Information is movingyou know, nightly news is one way, of course, but it's also moving through the blogosphere and through the Internets."Washington, D.C., May 2, 2007

"If you've got a chicken factory, a chicken-plucking factory, or whatever you call them, you know what I'm talking about."discussing the sorts of jobs many illegal immigrant workers perform, Tipp City, Ohio, April 19, 2007

"And everybody wants to be lovednot everybody, butyou run for office, I guess you do. You never heard anybody say, 'I want to be despised, I'm running for office.' "Tipp City, Ohio, April 19, 2007

"One of my concerns is that the health care not be as good as it can possibly be."On benefits provided to military personnel, Tipp City, Ohio, April 19, 2007

"And so, what Gen. Petraeus is saying, some early signs, still dangerous, but give megive my chance a plan to work."in an interview with Charlie Rose, April 24, 2007 (Thanks to Dana Stevens.)

"My job is a job to make decisions. I'm a decisionif the job description were, what do you doit's decision maker."Tipp City, Ohio, April 19, 2007

"There are some similarities, of coursedeath is terrible."on comparisons between the wars in Vietnam and Iraq, Tipp City, Ohio, April 19, 2007

"I said to her, make sure the rug says 'optimistic person comes to work.' "describing his instructions to the first lady in choosing a rug for the Oval Office, Tipp City, Ohio, April 19, 2007

"My attitude about the world changed, and I know the attitude about the world from a lot of folks here in America's attitude changed."Discussing the Sept. 11 attacks, Fairfax, Va., April 10, 2007 (Thanks to David Stanford.)

"Iraq is a very important part of securing the homeland, and it's a very important part of helping change the Middle East into a part of the world that will not serve as a threat to the civilized world, to people likeor to the developed world, to people likein the United States." Washington, D.C., April 3, 2007

"That's why we are inconveniencing air traffickers, to make sure nobody is carrying weapons on airplanes."Discussing the continuing need for heightened airline security, Washington, D.C., April 3, 2007

"And my concern, David, is several."Speaking to David Gregory, Washington, D.C., April 3, 2007

"Suiciders are willing to kill innocent life in order to send the projection that this is an impossible mission."Washington, D.C., April 3, 2007 (Thanks to Garry Trudeau.)

"Some call this civil war; others call it emergencyI call it pure evil."Washington, D.C., March 28, 2007

"They're innocent, they were doing nothing, and they were summarily plucked out of water."Discussing British sailors detained by Iran while their ship was on patrol in the Persian Gulf, Camp David, March 31, 2007

"I'm a strong proponent of the restoration of the wetlands, for a lot of reasons. There's a practical reason, though, when it comes to hurricanes: The stronger the wetlands, the more likely the damage of the hurricane."Discussing post-Katrina wetland improvements, New Orleans, March 1, 2007

"Trade is an important subject here at Caterpillar, and the reason why is because a lot of the product you make here, you sell to somebody else, sell overseas to another country. That's trade. And yet it'sit's a topic of hot debate."Speaking to workers at the Caterpillar equipment company, East Peoria, Ill., Jan. 30, 2007

"And one thing we want during this war on terror is for people to feel like their life's moving on, that they're able to make a living and send their kids to college and put more money on the table."Appearing on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Jan. 16, 2007

"And there is distrust in Washington. I am surprised, frankly, at the amount of distrust that exists in this town. And I'm sorry it's the case, and I'll work hard to try to elevate it." Speaking on National Public Radio, Jan. 29, 2007

"I think that the vice president is a person reflecting a half-glass-full mentality."Speaking on National Public Radio, Jan. 29, 2007

"The best way to defeat the totalitarian of hate is with an ideology of hopean ideology of hateexcuse mewith an ideology of hope."Fort Benning, Ga., Jan. 11, 2007

"Because of your work, children who once wanted to die are now preparing to live."speaking at the White House summit on malaria, Dec. 14, 2006

"Today I heard from some opinions that matter a lot to me, and these are the opinions of those who wear the uniform."Washington, D.C., Dec. 13, 2006

''Make no mistake about it, I understand how tough it is, sir. I talk to families who die." - speaking with reporters on facing the challenges of war, Washington, D.C., Dec. 7, 2006

"This business about graceful exit just simply has no realism to it at all." - responding to speculation that American forces could be called back from Iraq, Amman, Jordan, Nov. 30, 2006

"No doubt in my mind, with your help, Dave Lamberti will be the next United States congressman." - speaking at a campaign rally for Jeff Lamberti, Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 26, 2006.

"You know, when I campaigned here in 2000, I said, I want to be a war President. No President wants to be a war President, but I am one." - Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 26, 2006

"This morning my administration released the budget numbers for fiscal 2006. These budget numbers are not just estimates; these are the actual results for the fiscal year that ended February the 30th." - referring to the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, Washington, D.C., Oct. 11, 2006.

"One has a stronger hand when there's more people playing your same cards." - Washington, D.C., Oct. 11, 2006

"You're one of the outstanding leaders in a very important part of the world. I want to thank you for strategizing our discussions." - Meeting with the prime minister of Malaysia, New York, Sept. 18, 2006

"The goals of this country is to enhance prosperity and peace."Speaking at the White House Conference on Global Literacy, New York, Sept. 18, 2006"You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror." - Interview with CBS News, Washington D.C., Sept. 6, 2006

"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." - Speaking with reporters along the Gulf Coast, Gulfport, Miss., Aug. 28, 2006

"And the question is, are we going to be facile enough to change withwill we be nimble enough; will we be able to deal with the circumstances on the ground? And the answer is, yes, we will."Washington, D.C., July 25, 2006

"One thing is clear, is relations between America and Russia are good, and they're important that they be good."Strelna, Russia, July 15, 2006

"We shouldn't fear a world that is more interacted."Washington, D.C., June 27, 2006.

"I've reminded the prime ministerthe American people, Mr. Prime Minister, over the past months that it was not always a given that the United States and America would have a close relationship."Washington, D.C., June 29, 2006

"I tell people, let's don't fear the future, let's shape it."Omaha, Neb., June 7, 2006

"I thinktide turningsee, as I rememberI was raised in the desert, but tides kind ofit's easy to see a tide turndid I say those words?"Washington, D.C., June 14, 2006

"You never know what your history is going to be like until long after you're gone."Washington, D.C., May 5, 2006

"The point now is how do we work together to achieve important goals. And one such goal is a democracy in Germany."Washington, D.C., May 5, 2006

"Finally, the desk, where we'll have our picture taken in front ofis nine other Presidents used it. This was given to us by Queen Victoria in the 1870s, I think it was. President Roosevelt put the door in so people would not know he was in a wheelchair. John Kennedy put his head out the door."Showing German newspaper reporter Kai Diekmann the Oval Office, Washington, D.C., May 5, 2006

"That's called, 'A Charge To Keep,' based upon a religious hymn. The hymn talks about serving God. The president's job is never to promote a religion."Showing German newspaper reporter Kai Diekmann the Oval Office, Washington, D.C., May 5, 2006

"That's George Washington, the first president, of course. The interesting thing about him is that I read threethree or four books about him last year. Isn't that interesting?"Showing German newspaper reporter Kai Diekmann the Oval Office, Washington, D.C., May 5, 2006

"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."Irvine, Calif., April 24, 2006

"I aim to be a competitive nation."San Jose, Calif., April 21, 2006

"I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense."Washington, D.C., April 18, 2006

"I strongly believe what we're doing is the right thing. If I didn't believe itI'm going to repeat what I said beforeI'd pull the troops out, nor if I believed we could win, I would pull the troops out."Charlotte, N.C., April 6, 2006

"If the Iranians were to have a nuclear weapon they could proliferate."Washington D.C., March 21, 2006

"No question that the enemy has tried to spread sectarian violence. They use violence as a tool to do that."Washington, D.C., March 22, 2006

"And so I'm for medical liability at the federal level."Discussing his support of medical liability reform, Washington, D.C., March 10, 2006

"After the bombing, most Iraqis saw what the perpetuators of this attack were trying to do."(On the bombing of the Golden Mosque of Samarra in Iraq) March 13, 2006, Washington, D.C.

"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 tothe beauty of playing baseball."Washington, D.C., Feb. 13, 2006

"And I want those who are questioning it to step up and explain why all of a sudden a Middle Eastern company is held to a different standard than a Great British company."Defending a plan to allow a company from the United Arab Emirates to manage ports in the United States, aboard Air Force One, Feb. 21, 2006

"I like my buddies from west Texas. I liked them when I was young, I liked them then I was middle-age, I liked them before I was president, and I like them during president, and I like them after president."Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 1, 2006

"He was a state sponsor of terror. In other words, the government had declared, you are a state sponsor of terror."On Saddam Hussein, Manhattan, Kan., Jan. 23, 2006

"I'll be glad to talk about ranching, but I haven't seen the movie. I've heard about it. I hope you goyou knowI hope you go back to the ranch and the farm is what I'm about to say."Explaining that he hasn't yet seen Brokeback Mountain, Manhattan, Kan., Jan. 23, 2006

"You took an oath to defend our flag and our freedom, and you kept that oath underseas and under fire."Addressing war veterans, Washington, D.C., Jan. 10, 2006

"As you can possibly see, I have an injury myselfnot here at the hospital, but in combat with a cedar. I eventually won. The cedar gave me a little scratch."After visiting with wounded veterans from the Amputee Care Center of Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 1, 2006

"If you found somebody that had information about an attack on America, you'd want to know as best as we can to find out what the facts are."Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 12, 2005

"I think we are welcomed. But it was not a peaceful welcome."Philadelphia, Dec. 12, 2005, on the reception of American forces in Iraq

"I mean, I read the newspaper. I mean, I can tell you what the headlines are. I must confess, if I think the story is, like, not a fair appraisal, I'll move on. But I know what the story's about." Philadelphia, Dec. 12, 2005

"[I]t's a myth to think I don't know what's going on. It's a myth to think that I'm not aware that there's opinions that don't agree with mine, because I'm fully aware of that."Philadelphia, Dec. 12, 2005

"I mean, there was a serious international effort to say to Saddam Hussein, you're a threat. And the 9/11 attacks extenuated that threat, as far as Iconcerned."Philadelphia, Dec. 12, 2005

"Those who enter the country illegally violate the law." Tucson, Ariz., Nov. 28, 2005

"We got the best workforce in Americain the world." Washington, D.C., Dec. 2, 2005

"As a matter of fact, I know relations between our governments is good."On U.S.-South Korean relations, Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2005

"Let me be very clear about this. Steroids ought to be banned from baseball."Washington, D.C., Oct. 4, 2005

"Bin Laden says his own role is to tell Muslims, quote, 'what is good for them and what is not.' "Washington, D.C., Oct. 6, 2005
"I think it's important to bring somebody from outside the system, the judicial system, somebody that hasn't been on the bench and, therefore, there's not a lot of opinions for people to look at." On the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, Washington, D.C., October 4, 2005

"We look forward to hearing your vision, so we can more better do our job. That's what I'm telling you."Gulfport, Miss., Sept. 20, 2005.

"Listen, I want to thank leaders of thein the faithfaith-based and community-based community for being here."Washington, D.C., Sept. 6, 2005.

"If it were to rain a lot, there is concern from the Army Corps of Engineers that the levees might break. And so, therefore, we're cautious about encouraging people to return at this moment of history."Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2005

"My thoughts are, we're going to get somebody who knows what they're talking about when it comes to rebuilding cities."On how the rebuilding of New Orleans might commence, Biloxi, Miss., Sept. 2, 2005

"And Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."To FEMA director Mike Brown who resigned 10 days later amid criticism over his job performance.Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005

"Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's househe's lost his entire housethere's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch." Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005

"I can't wait to join you in the joy of welcoming neighbors back into neighborhoods, and small businesses up and running, and cutting those ribbons that somebody is creating new jobs."Poplarville, Miss., Sept. 5, 2005

"So please give cash money to organizations that are directly involved in helping save livessave the life who had been affected by Hurricane Katrina."Washington D.C., Sept. 6, 2005

"The best place for the facts to be done is by somebody who's spending time investigating it."Expressing hope that the probe into how CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity was leaked will yield answers, Washington D.C., July 18, 2005

"I'm looking forward to a good night's sleep on the soil of a friend."On the prospect of visiting Denmark, Washington D.C., June 29, 2005

"I was going to 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'?"To Jean-Claude Juncker, prime minister of Luxembourg, Washington, D.C., June 20, 2005

"You see, not only did the attacks help accelerate a recession, the attacks reminded us that we are at war."- Washington, D.C., June 8, 2005

"We're spending money on clean coal technology. Do you realize we've got 250 million years of coal?"-Washington, D.C., June 8, 2005

"It seemed like to me they based some of their decisions on the word of and the allegationsby people who were held in detention, people who hate America, people that had been trained in some instances to disassemble that means not tell the truth." -On a report from Amnesty International critical of U.S. detention facilities. Washington, D.C., May 31, 2005

"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."-Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005

"We got people working all their life at hard work, contributing by payroll taxes into a Social Security system."-Washington, D.C., May 13, 2005

"It means your own money would grow better than that which the government can make it grow. And that's important."-on what private accounts could do for Social Security funds, Falls Church, Va., April 29, 2005

"But Iraq has have got people there that are willing to kill, and they're hard-nosed killers. And we will work with the Iraqis to secure their future." -Washington, D.C., April 28, 2005

"Well, we've made the decision to defeat the terrorists abroad so we don't have to face them here at home. And when you engage the terrorists abroad, it causes activity and action."-Washington, D.C., April 28, 2005

"We expect the states to show us whether or not we're achieving simple objectives like literacy, literacy in math, the ability to read and write."-on federal education requirements, Washington, D.C., April 28, 2005

"It's in our country's interests to find those who would do harm to us and get them out of harm's way."-Washington, D.C., April 28, 2005

"We have enough coal to last for 250 years, yet coal also prevents an environmental challenge." -Washington, D.C., April 20, 2005

Part of the facts is understanding we have a problem, and part of the facts is what you're going to do about it."-Kirtland, Ohio, April 15, 2005

"We look forward to analyzing and working with legislation that will makeit would hope put a free press's mind at ease that you're not being denied information you shouldn't see." -Washington, D.C., April 14, 2005

"I understand there's a suspicion that we'we're too security-conscience."-Washington D.C., April 14, 2005

"I'm going to spend a lot of time on Social Security. I enjoy it. I enjoy taking on the issue. I guess, it's the Mother in me." -Washington D.C., April 14, 2005

"I want to thank you for the importance that you've shown for education and literacy."-Washington, D.C., April 13, 2005

"If they pre-decease or die early, there's an asset base to be able to pass on to a loved one."-On Social Security money stored in private accounts, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, March 30, 2005

"I repeat, personal accounts do not permanently fix the solution."-Washington, D.C., March 16, 2005

"In terms of timetables, as quickly as possiblewhatever that means."-On the president's time frame for shoring up Social Security, Washington D.C., March 16, 2005

"After all, Europe is America's closest ally."-Mainz, Germany, Feb. 23, 2005

"In this job you've got a lot on your plate on a regular basis; 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?' "-Washington, D.C., March 16, 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."-Brussels, Belgium, Feb. 22, 2005

"If you're a younger person, you ought to be asking members of Congress and the United States Senate and the president what you intend to do about it. If you see a train wreck coming, you ought to be saying, what are you going to do about it, Mr. Congressman, or Madam Congressman?"-Detroit, Feb. 8, 2005

"Because the all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculate, for example, is on the table; whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases. There's a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be or closer delivered to what has been promised. Does that make any sense to you? It's kind of muddled. Look, there's a series of things that cause the like, for example, benefits are calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of prices. Some have suggested that we calculate the benefits will rise based upon inflation, as opposed to wage increases. There is a reform that would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those if that growth is affected, it will help on the red."-Explaining his plan to save Social Security, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 4, 2005

"I'm also mindful that man should never try to put words in God's mouth. I mean, we should never ascribe natural disasters or anything else, to God. We are in no way, shape, or form should a human being, play God."-Appearing on ABC's 20/20, Washington D.C., Jan. 14, 2005

"And that's why I'm here at the community college system today."-Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 14, 2005

bushism1"I want to appreciate those of you who wear our nation's uniform for your sacrifice."-Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 14, 2005

"We need to apply 21st-century information technology to the health care field. We need to have our medical records put on the I.T."-Collinsville, Ill., Jan. 5, 2005

"It's a time of sorrow and sadness when we lose a loss of life."-Washington, D.C., Dec. 21, 2004

"They can get in line like those who have been here legally and have been working to become a citizenship in a legal manner."-Referring to immigrant workers, Washington, D.C., Dec. 20, 2004

"And so during these holiday seasons, we thank our blessings. ... "-Fort Belvoir, Va., Dec. 10, 2004

"I always jest to people, the Oval Office is the kind of place where people stand outside, they're getting ready to come in and tell me what for, and they walk in and get overwhelmed by the atmosphere. And they say 'man, you're looking pretty.' "-Washington, D.C., Nov. 4, 2004

"I believe that, as quickly as possible, young cows ought to be allowed to go across our border."-Ottawa, Nov. 30, 2004

"The president and I also reaffirmed our determination to fight terror, to bring drug trafficking to bear, to bring justice to those who pollute our youth"-Speaking with Chilean President Ricardo Lagos, Santiago, Chile, Nov. 21, 2004

"We thought we were protected forever from trade policy or terrorist attacks because oceans protected us."-Speech to business leaders at APEC Summit, Santiago, Chile, Nov. 20, 2004

"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. Let me restate that."-Daytona Beach, Fla., Oct. 16, 2004

"The CIA laid out several scenarios and said life could be lousy, life could be OK, life could be better, and they were just guessing as to what the conditions might be like."-New York, Sept. 21, 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., Sept. 17, 2004

"That's why I went to the Congress last September and proposed fundamental supplemental funding, which is money for armor and body parts and ammunition and fuel."-Erie, Pa., Sept. 4, 2004

"Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYN's aren't able to practice their love with women all across the country."-Sept. 6, 2004, Poplar Bluff, Mo.

"They've seen me make decisions, they've seen me under trying times, they've seen me weep, they've seen me laugh, they've seen me hug. And they know who I am, and I believe they're comfortable with the fact that they know I'm not going to shift principles or shift positions based upon polls and focus groups." -Interview with USA Today, Aug. 27, 2004

"I didn't join the International Criminal Court because I don't want to put our troops in the hands of prosecutors from other nations. Look, if somebody has done some wrong in our military, we'll take care of it. We got plenty of capability of dealing with justice."-Niceville, Fla., Aug. 10, 2004

"So community colleges are accessible, they're available, they're affordable, and their curriculums don't get stuck. In other words, if there's a need for a certain kind of worker, I presume your curriculums evolved over time."-Niceville, Fla., Aug. 10, 2004

"Tribal sovereignty means that, it's sovereign. 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

"Secondly, the tactics of our as you know, we don't have relationships with Iran. I mean, that's ever since the late '70s, we have no contacts with them, and we've totally sanctioned them. In other words, there's no sanctions you can't we're out of sanctions."-Annandale, Va., Aug. 9, 2004

"I mean, if you've ever been a governor of a state, you understand the vast potential of broadband technology, you understand how hard it is to make sure that physics, for example, is taught in every classroom in the state. It's difficult to do. It's, like, cost-prohibitive."-Washington, D.C., June 24, 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."-Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004
"And I am an optimistic person. I guess if you want to try to find something to be pessimistic about, you can find it, no matter how hard you look, you know?"-Washington, D.C., June 15, 2004

"[A] free Iraq is essential to our respective securities."-Washington, D.C., June 1, 2004

"I want to thank my friend, Sen. Bill Frist, for joining us today.  He married a Texas girl, I want you to know. (Laughter.) Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me."-Nashville, Tenn., May 27, 2004

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

"This has been tough weeks in that country."-Washington, D.C., April 13, 2004

"[B]y the way, we rank 10th amongst the industrialized world in broadband technology and its availability. That's not good enough for America. Tenth is 10 spots too low as far as I'm concerned."-Minneapolis, Minn., April 26, 2004

"My job is to, like, think beyond the immediate."-Washington, D.C., April 21, 2004

"This is historic times."-New York, N.Y., April 20, 2004

"Obviously, I pray every day there's less casualty."-Fort Hood, Texas, April 11, 2004

"Recession means that people's incomes, at the employer level, are going down, basically, relative to costs, people are getting laid off."-Washington, D.C., Feb. 19, 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, Calif., March 3, 2004

bushism"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 large 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, Mo., Feb. 9, 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, but I want you to know the office is always bigger than the person."-Washington, D.C., Jan. 29, 2004

"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, D.C., Jan. 29, 2004

"In an economic recession, I'd rather that in order to get out of this recession, that the people be spending their money, not the government trying to figure out how to spend the people's money."-Tampa, Fla., Feb. 16, 2004

"King Abdullah of Jordan, the King of Morocco, I mean, there's a series of places, Qatar, Oman I mean, places that are developing Bahrain they're all developing the habits of free societies."-Washington, D.C., Jan. 29, 2004

"But the true strength of America is found in the hearts and souls of people like Travis, people who are willing to love their neighbor, just like they would like to love themselves."-Springfield, Mo., Feb. 9, 2004

"My views are one that speaks to freedom."-Washington, D.C., Jan. 29, 2004

"In my judgment, when the United States says there will be serious consequences, and if there isn't serious consequences, it creates adverse consequences."
"There is no such thing necessarily in a dictatorial regime of iron-clad absolutely solid evidence. The evidence I had was the best possible evidence that he had a weapon."
"The recession started upon my arrival. t could have been-some say February, some say March, some speculate maybe earlier it started but nevertheless, it happened as we showed up here. The attacks on our country affected our economy. Corporate scandals affected the confidence of people and therefore affected the economy. My decision on Iraq, this kind of march to war, affected the economy."-Meet the Press, Feb. 8, 2004

"I was a prisoner too, but for bad reasons." -To Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, on being told that all but one of the Argentine delegates to a summit meeting were imprisoned during the military dictatorship, Monterrey, Mexico, Jan. 13, 2004

"[T]he illiteracy level of our children are appalling." -Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2004

"Just remember it's the birds that's supposed to suffer, not the hunter."Advising quail hunter and New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici, Roswell, N.M., Jan. 22, 2004

"One of the most meaningful things that's happened to me since I've been the governor- the president -governor- president. Oops. Ex-governor. I went to Bethesda Naval Hospital to give a fellow a Purple Heart, and at the same moment I watched him get a Purple Heart for action in Iraq and at that same right after I gave him the Purple Heart, he was sworn in as a citizen of the United States a Mexican citizen, now a United States citizen".- Washington, D.C., Jan. 9, 2004

"I want to thank the astronauts who are with us, the courageous spacial entrepreneurs who set such a wonderful example for the young of our country."-Washington, D.C., Jan. 14, 2004

"And if you're interested in the quality of education and you're paying attention to what you hear at Laclede, why don't you volunteer? Why don't you mentor a child how to read?"-St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 5, 2004

"So thank you for reminding me about the importance of being a good mom and a great volunteer as well."-St. Louis, Jan. 5, 2004

"I want to remind you all that in order to fight and win the war, it requires an expenditure of money that is commiserate with keeping a promise to our troops to make sure that they're well-paid, well-trained, well-equipped."
"See, without the tax relief package, there would have been a deficit, but there wouldn't have been the commiserate not 'commiserate' the kick to our economy that occurred as a result of the tax relief."
"[T]he best way to find these terrorists who hide in holes is to get people coming forth to describe the location of the hole, is to give clues and data."
"Justice was being delivered to a man who defied that gift from the Almighty to the people of Iraq."-Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2003

"[A]s you know, these are open forums, you're able to come and listen to what I have to say."-Washington, D.C., Oct. 28, 2003

"The ambassador and the general were briefing me on the the vast majority of Iraqis want to live in a peaceful, free world. And we will find these people and we will bring them to justice."-Washington, D.C., Oct. 27, 2003

"[W]hether they be Christian, Jew, or Muslim, or Hindu, people have heard the universal call to love a neighbor just like they'd like to be called themselves."-Washington, Oct. 8, 2003

"See, free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don't attack each other. Free nations don't develop weapons of mass destruction."-Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 3, 2003

"[W]e've had leaks out of the administrative branch, had leaks out of the legislative branch, and out of the executive branch and the legislative branch, and I've spoken out consistently against them, and I want to know who the leakers are."-Chicago, Sept. 30, 2003

"Washington is a town where there's all kinds of allegations. You've heard much of the allegations. And if people have got solid information, please come forward with it. And that would be people inside the information who are the so-called anonymous sources, or people outside the information outside the administration."-Chicago, Sept. 30, 2003

"[T]hat's just the nature of democracy. Sometimes pure politics enters into the rhetoric."-Crawford, Texas, Aug. 8, 2003

"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

"I'm so pleased to be able to say hello to Bill Scranton. He's one of the great Pennsylvania political families."-Drexel Hill, Penn., Sept. 15, 2003

"We had a good Cabinet meeting, talked about a lot of issues. Secretary of State and Defense brought us up to date about our desires to spread freedom and peace around the world."-Washington, D.C., Aug. 1, 2003

"Security is the essential roadblock to achieving the road map to peace."-Washington, D.C., July 25, 2003

"Our country puts $1 billion a year up to help feed the hungry. And we're by far the most generous nation in the world when it comes to that, and I'm proud to report that. This isn't a contest of who's the most generous. I'm just telling you as an aside. We're generous. We shouldn't be bragging about it. But we are. We're very generous."-Washington, D.C., July 16, 2003

"It's very interesting when you think about it, the slaves who left here to go to America, because of their steadfast and their religion and their belief in freedom, helped change America."-Dakar, Senegal, July 8, 2003

"My answer is bring them on."-On Iraqi militants attacking U.S. forces, Washington, D.C., July 3, 2003

"You've also got to measure in order to begin to effect change that's just more when there's more than talk, there's just actual a paradigm shift."-Washington, D.C., July 1, 2003

"I urge the leaders in Europe and around the world to take swift, decisive action against terror groups such as Hamas, to cut off their funding, and to support cut funding and support, as the United States has done."-Washington, D.C., June 25, 2003

"Of all states that understands local control of schools, Iowa is such a state."-Council Bluffs, Iowa, Feb. 28, 2001

"Those of us who spent time in the agricultural sector and in the heartland, we understand how unfair the death penalty is."-Omaha, Neb., Feb. 28, 2001

"My pan plays down an unprecedented amount of our national debt."-Budget address to Congress, Feb. 27, 2001
"The budget caps were busted, mightily so. And we are reviewing with people like Judd Gregg from New Hampshire and others some budgetary reform measures that will reinstate you know, possibly reinstate budgetary discipline. But the caps no longer the caps, I guess they're there. But they didn't mean much."- Washington, D.C., Feb. 5, 2001

"I have said that the sanction regime is like Swiss cheese that meant that they weren't very effective."-White House press conference, Washington, D.C., Feb. 22, 2001

"You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.''-Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001
"Home is important. It's important to have a home."-Crawford, Texas, Feb. 18, 2001

"One reason I like to highlight reading is, reading is the beginnings of the ability to be a good student. And if you can't read, it's going to be hard to realize dreams; it's going to be hard to go to college. So when your teachers say, read you ought to listen to her."-Nalle Elementary School, Washington, D.C., Feb 9, 2001

"It's good to see so many friends here in the Rose Garden. This is our first event in this beautiful spot, and it's appropriate we talk about policy that will affect people's lives in a positive way in such a beautiful, beautiful part of our national really, our national park system, my guess is you would want to call it."-Washington, D.C., Feb. 8, 2001

"We're concerned about AIDS inside our White House make no mistake about it."-Washington, D.C., Feb. 7, 2001

"I appreciate that question because I, in the state of Texas, had heard a lot of discussion about a faith-based initiative eroding the important bridge between church and state."- Question and answer session with the press, Jan. 29, 2001

"I confirmed to the prime minister that we appreciate our friendship."- After meeting with Prime Minister Jean Chrétien of Canada, Feb. 5, 2001

"There's no such thing as legacies. At least, there is a legacy, but I'll never see it."-To Catholic leaders at the White House, Jan. 31, 2001

"I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well."-Washington, D.C., Jan. 29, 2001

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