George W. Bush was a great American speaker who rarely used the teleprompter. Perhaps he should have.
He spoke from his heart and occasionally his butt. We have collected his best quotes and organized them. They are are in chronological order for each category.
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You don't get everything you want. A dictatorship would be a lot easier.
Dealing with Congress is a matter of give and take. The president doesn't get everything he wants, the Congress doesn't get everything they want. But we're finding good common ground. A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it.
There ought to be limits to freedom.
Now that I've got the will of the people at my back, I'm going to start enforcing the one-question rule. That was three questions.
I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.
I know the human being and the fish can coexist peacefully.
The Republican Oligarchy
This is an impressive crowd - the haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elites; I call you my base.
The National Debt
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.
The 2000 Election
It was amazing I won. I was running against peace and prosperity and incumbency.
You are either with us or you are against us in the fight against terror.
"We're going to get [Bin Laden] Dead or alive, it doesn't matter to me."
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.
One of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq with the war on terror.
There was no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the attack of 9/11, I've never said that and never made that case prior to going into Iraq.
There's an old saying in Tennessee - I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, fool me once, shame on - [pauses] - shame on you. Fool me - I can't get fooled again.
I thought an interesting comment was made when somebody said to me, I heard somebody say, where's Mandela? Well, Mandela is dead, because Saddam Hussein killed all the Mandelas.
Weapons of Mass Destruction
We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories. You remember when Colin Powell stood up in front of the world, and he said, Iraq has got laboratories, mobile labs to build biological weapons. They're illegal. They're against the United Nations resolutions, and we've so far discovered two. 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. -
Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be somewhere.
I wasn't happy when we found out there wasn't weapons [of mass destruction in Iraq]
The United States is committed to the worldwide elimination of torture and we are leading this fight by example.
On United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the United States reaffirms its commitment to the worldwide elimination of torture. Freedom from torture is an inalienable human right, and we are committed to building a world where human rights are respected and protected by the rule of law…
We do not torture.
No President has ever done more for human rights than I have.
The bill Congress sent me would take away one of the most valuable tools in the war on terror -- the CIA program to detain and question key terrorist leaders and operatives.
Secondly, there are such things as roving wiretaps. Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we're talking about chasing down terrorists, we're talking about getting a court order before we do so. It's important for our fellow citizens to understand, when you think Patriot Act, constitutional guarantees are in place when it comes to doing what is necessary to protect our homeland, because we value the Constitution.
I believe it is the job of a President to confront problems, not pass them on to future Presidents and future generations.
A year ago my approval rating was in the 30s, my nominee for the Supreme Court had just withdrawn, and my vice president had shot someone. Ah, those were the good ol' days.
The Ownership Society
[W]e're creating... an ownership society in this country, where more Americans than ever will be able to open up their door where they live and say, welcome to my house, welcome to my piece of property.
The Armed Services
I made it very plain: We will not have an all-volunteer army. [Crowd boos] Let me restate that. We will not have a draft. [Crowd Cheers]
And as a result of the United States military, Taliban no longer is in existence.
Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job.
Too many doctors are going out of business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their...their love with women all across this country.