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Quotes of the day: George W. Bush

Published Saturday, July 05, 2014 @ 8:13 PM EDT
Jul 05 2014

George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, and the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. The eldest son of Barbara and George H. W. Bush, he was born in New Haven, Connecticut. After graduating from Yale University in 1968 and Harvard Business School in 1975, Bush worked in oil businesses. He married Laura Welch in 1977 and ran unsuccessfully for the House of Representatives shortly thereafter. He later co-owned the Texas Rangers baseball team before defeating Ann Richards in the 1994 Texas gubernatorial election. Bush was elected president in 2000 after a close and controversial election, becoming the fourth president to be elected while receiving fewer popular votes nationwide than his opponent. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Make The Pie Higher
by George W. Bush

I think we all agree
The past is over.
This is still a dangerous world.
It's a world of madmen
And uncertainty
And potential mental losses.
Rarely is the question asked
Is our children learning?
Will the highways of the Internet
Become more few?
How many hands
Have I shaked?
They misunderestimate me.
I am a pitbull on the pant leg
Of opportunity.
I know that the human being
And the fish
Can coexist.
Families is where our nation
Finds hope
Where our wings take dream.
Put food on your family!
Knock down the tollbooth!
Vulcanize Society!
Make the pie higher!
Make the pie higher!
Major league.

(Actual GWB quotations, aesthetically arranged by Washington Post writer Richard Thompson in observance of National Poetry Month.)


A surplus means there'll be money left over. Otherwise, it wouldn't be called a surplus.

A tax cut is really one of the anecdotes to coming out of an economic illness.

A vampire is a- a- cell deal you can plug in the wall to charge your cell phone.

An equal society begins with an equally excellent schools.

Border relations between Canada and Mexico have never been better.

But I also made it clear to (Vladimir Putin) that it's important to think beyond the old days of when we had the concept that if we blew each other up, the world would be safe.

Do as I say and not as I did.
(When governor of Texas, Dubya proposed a $9 million initiative to persuade young Texans to hold off on sex until marriage. This was Dubya's answer when asked whether he had abstained from pre-marital sex.)

Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.

Fathers have a unique and irreplaceable role in the lives of children.

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.

How do you know if you don't measure if you have a system that simply suckles kids through?

I am a person who recognizes the fallacy of humans.

I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well.

I come from a different generation from my Dad.

I do know I'm ready for the job (the presidency). And if not, that's just the way it goes.

I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being the President. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation.
(on 60 Minutes)

I don't think we need to be subliminable (sic) about the differences between our views on prescription drugs.

I don't want nations feeling like that they can bully ourselves and our allies. I want to have a ballistic defense system so that we can make the world more peaceful, and at the same time I want to reduce our own nuclear capacities to the level commiserate with keeping the peace.

I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.

I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.

I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe- I believe what I believe is right.

I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn't here.

I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is underestimating.

I think we ought to raise the age at which juveniles can have a gun.

I want the folks to see me sitting in the same kind of seat they sit in, eating the same popcorn, peeing in the same urinal.

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 will have a foreign-handed foreign policy.

I've been to war. I've raised twins. If I had a choice, I'd rather go to war.

I've got a record, a record that is conservative and a record that is compassionated.

If affirmative action means what I just described, what I'm for, then I'm for it.

If elected president I'll make sure that dyslexics will have an emergency 119 number.

If I answer questions every time you ask one, expectations would be high. And as you know, I like to keep expectations low.

If people could judge me by the company I keep, they would judge me for keeping really good company.

If you don't stand for anything, you don't stand for anything.

If you're sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and principles, come and join this campaign.

In the corporate world, sometimes things aren't exactly black and white when it comes to accounting practices.

It is clear our nation is reliant upon big foreign oil. More and more of our imports come from overseas.

It is white. (Response to a London child who asked him to describe the White House.)

It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it.

It's important for us to explain to our nation that life is important. It's not only life of babies, but it's life of children living in, you know, the dark dungeons of the Internet.

It's negative to think about blowing each other up. That's not a positive thought. That's a Cold War thought. That's a thought when people were enemies with each other.

It's very important for folks to understand that when there's more trade, there's more commerce

One of the common denominators I have found is that expectations rise above that which is expected.

Our nation must come together to unite.

Our priorities is our faith.

Over the long term, the most effective way to conserve energy is by using energy more efficiently.

Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?

Reading is the basics for all learning.

Sometimes when I sleep at night I think of 'Hop on Pop'.

States should have the right to enact reasonable laws and restrictions particularly to end the inhumane practice of ending a life that otherwise could live.

The benefits of helping somebody is beneficial.

The California crunch really is the result of not enough power- generating plants and then not enough power to power the power of generating plants.

The good news is I'm leading in the polls. The bad news is the election isn't tomorrow.

Then you wake up at the high school level and find out that the illiteracy level of our children are appalling.

There is a lot of speculation and I guess there is going to continue to be a lot of speculation until the speculation ends.

There needs to be debates, like we're going through. There needs to be town-hall meetings. There needs to be travel. This is a huge country.

There ought to be limits to freedom.

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.

They have miscalculated me as a leader.

They misunderestimated me.

They said, 'You know, this issue doesn't seem to resignate with the people.' And I said, you know something? Whether it resignates or not doesn't matter to me, because I stand for doing what's the right thing, and what the right thing is hearing the voices of people who work.

They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program.

This campaign not only hears the voices of the entrepreneurs and the farmers and the entrepreneurs, we hear the voices of those struggling to get head.

This case has had full analyzation and has been looked at a lot. I understand the emotionality of death penalty cases.

This is still a dangerous world. It's a world of madmen and uncertainty and potential mential losses.

We cannot let terriers and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile.

We don't believe in planners and deciders making the decisions on behalf of Americans.

We must all hear the universal call to like your neighbor just like you like to be liked yourself.

We must have the attitude that every child in America- regardless of where they're raised or how they're born- can learn.

We ought to make the pie higher.

We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease.

We want our teachers to be trained so they can meet the obligations, their obligations as teachers. We want them to know how to teach the science of reading. In order to make sure there's not this kind of federal- federal cufflink.

We'll let our friends be the peacekeepers and the great country called America will be the pacemakers.

Well, I think if you say you're going to do something and don't do it, that's trustworthiness.

Will the highways on the Internet become more few?

You know I could run for governor but I'm basically a media creation. I've never done anything. I've worked for my dad. I worked in the oil business. But that's not the kind of profile you have to have to get elected to public office.
(In 1989)

You teach a child to read and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.

You're the kind of guy I like to have in a foxhole with me.
(Interesting comment made to Russian President Putin, White House, Nov. 13, 2001)

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