The gaffes of George W. Bush.

Politics and policy.
Oct. 8 2003 10:41 AM

The Gaffes of George W. Bush

His most embarrassing quotes, in context.

George W. Bush

Slate continues its short features on the 2004 presidential candidates. Previous series covered the candidates' biographies, buzzwords, agendas, worldviews, best moments, worst moments, and flip-flops. This series assesses each candidate's most embarrassing quotes, puts them in context, and explains how the candidate or his supporters defend the comments. Today's subject is George W. Bush.

Quote: "Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?" (Jan. 11, 2000).

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Quote: "I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family" (Jan. 27, 2000).

Quote: "This is Preservation Month. I appreciate preservation. It's what you do when you run for president. You gotta preserve" (remarks during "Perseverance Month," Los Angeles Times, Jan. 28, 2000).

Quote: "The most important job is not to be governor, or first lady in my case" (San Antonio Express-News, Jan. 30, 2000).

Quote: "The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law" (Nov. 22, 2000).

Quote: "You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test'' (Feb. 21, 2001).

Quote: "I've coined new words, like misunderstanding and Hispanically" (March 29, 2001).

Quote: "Neither in French nor in English nor in Mexican" (declining to answer reporters' questions, April 21, 2001).

Quote: "I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn't here" (Aug. 13, 2002).

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