W. and the Bushisms

A Famous Bushism

A Famous Bushism

I am not sure if George W. Bush, or W. for short, was really a comedian who managed to become, and stay the President of the United States for eight years, or a real President. I am also not sure if  he was the menacing fool people made him out to be or was simply in the wrong job at the wrong time. Oliver Stone’s new movie, W., may be an attempt to set Bush’s records straight but I doubt the movie will do anything to change people’s minds about Bush. Regardless of what people think of Bush he will be remembered for the war in Iraq and standing next to Tony Blair. But mostly he will be remembered for his famous nonsensical quotations known as Bushisms which has entertained and baffled millions for years.


“It’s amazing I won. I was running against peace, prosperity, and incumbency.” -George W. Bush, June 14, 2001, speaking to Swedish Prime Minister Goran Perrson, unaware that a live television camera was still rolling.

“I think we agree, the past is over.” –George W. Bush, on his meeting with John McCain, Dallas Morning News, May 10, 2000

“I think it’s very important for the American President to mean what he says. That’s why I understand that the enemy could misread what I say. That’s why I try to be as clearly I can.” –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2004

“I’m the master of low expectations.” -George W. Bush, aboard Air Force One, June 4, 2003

“I think anybody who doesn’t think I’m smart enough to handle the job is underestimating.” –George W. Bush, U.S. News & World Report, April 3, 2000

“I understand small business growth. I was one.” –George W. Bush, New York Daily News, Feb. 19, 2000

“This is Preservation Month. I appreciate preservation. It’s what you do when you run for president. You gotta preserve.” –George W. Bush, speaking during “Perseverance Month” at Fairgrounds Elementary School in Nashua, New Hampshire, Jan. 28, 2000

“I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.” –George W. Bush, Greater Nashua, N.H., Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 27, 2000

“We’re concerned about AIDS inside our White House – make no mistake about it.” -George W. Bush, Feb. 7, 2001

“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

“I was proud the other day when both Republicans and Democrats stood with me in the Rose Garden to announce their support for a clear statement of purpose: you disarm, or we will.” -George W. Bush, speaking about Saddam Hussein, Manchester, N.H., Oct. 5, 2002

“My mom often used to say, “The trouble with W” – although she didn’t put that to words.” -George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Apr. 3, 2002

“There’s no cave deep enough for America, or dark enough to hide.” -George W. Bush, Oklahoma City, Aug. 29, 2002

“I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we’re really talking about peace.” -George W. Bush, June 18, 2002

“We are fully committed to working with both sides to bring the level of terror down to an acceptable level for both.” -George W. Bush, after a meeting with congressional leaders, Washington, D.C., Oct. 2, 2001

“I remember meeting a mother of a child who was abducted by the North Koreans right here in the Oval Office.” –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., June 26, 2008

“Let’s make sure that there is certainty during uncertain times in our economy.” — George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., June 2, 2008

“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.” -George W. Bush, Philadelphia, Penn., May 14, 2001

“I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.” –George W. Bush, Saginaw, Mich., Sept. 29, 2000

“I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.” –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 13, 2008

“A lot of times in politics you have people look you in the eye and tell you what’s not on their mind.” –George W. Bush, Sochi, Russia, April 6, 2008

“And so, General, I want to thank you for your service. And I appreciate the fact that you really snatched defeat out of the jaws of those who are trying to defeat us in Iraq.” –George W. Bush, to Army Gen. Ray Odierno, Washington, D.C., March 3, 2008

If you don’t stand for anything, you don’t stand for anything! If you don’t stand for something, you don’t stand for anything!” –George W. Bush, Bellevue Community College, Nov. 2, 2000

“Never again in the halls of Washington, D.C., do I want to have to make explanations that I can’t explain.” –George W. Bush, Portland, Oregon, Oct. 31, 2000″

“I think we ought to raise the age at which juveniles can have a gun.” –George W. Bush, third presidential debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 18, 2000

“It is clear our nation is reliant upon big foreign oil. More and more of our imports come from overseas.” –George W. Bush, Beaverton, Ore., Sep. 25, 2000

10 thoughts on “W. and the Bushisms

  1. Pingback: Global Voices Online » Trinidad & Tobago, U.S.A.: “Bushisms”

  2. some of those quotes are really very baffling ….. I just love

    “A lot of times in politics you have people look you in the eye and tell you what’s not on their mind.”

  3. George W. Bush Junior is the best president US can ever have. He made the whole world laugh. Compared to Bush, Obama is very boring. Tries to talk sense all the time. Obama is very articulate also making things clear at the cost of intrigue and fun in his statements. Long live Bush, The President.

  4. for what it’s worth, imports don’t always come from overseas. our biggest trading partner is canada–which apparently is not across a sea.

  5. Hi! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having difficulty finding one? Thanks a lot!

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