The Complete Bushisms

The 43rd president's accidental wit and wisdom.
March 20 2009 3:48 PM

The Complete Bushisms

Updated frequently.

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"We're going to—we'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 that—a death that we can cure."—Washington, D.C., Oct. 18, 2007

Click here to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 1:58.

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

Click here to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 3:27.

"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

Click here  to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 3:17.

"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

Click here to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 18:35.

"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

Click here  to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 18:13.

"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

Click here to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 20:33.

"You know, when you give a man more money in his pocket—in this case, a woman more money in her pocket to expand a business, it—they 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

Click here  to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 4:02.

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

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here to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 17:19.

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

Click here to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 8:40.

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"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

Click here  to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 7:40.

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

Click here to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 19:17.

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

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here to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 4:57.

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

Click here to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 1:32.

"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

Click here to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 1:02:50.

"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

Click here  to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 18:46.

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

Click here  to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 5:59.

"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

Click here to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 6:22.

"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

Click here  to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 23:18.

"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

Click hereto see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 9:22.

"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

Click here  to hear audio of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 3:41.

"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

Click here to hear audio of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 25:56.

"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 I—we filled a lot of space together."—on British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Washington, D.C., May 17, 2007 (Thanks to Garry Trudeau.)

Click here  to hear audio of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 31:03.

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

Click here to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 12:08.

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

Click here  to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 57:04.

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

Click here  to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 53:41.

"Information is moving—you 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

Click here to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 56:45.

"And everybody wants to be loved—not everybody, but—you 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

Click here to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 1:18:47.

"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

Click here to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 1:07:47.

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