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January 2001


Wednesday, January 31, 2001, 6:45:50 AM
Dubya, part 31, the finale
    This month, we've been highlighting some of the more insightful quotes by our new president, George W. Bush -- A whole month of dumb quotes. Hail to the chief.

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

    "If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure."

    "Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child."

    "Welcome to Mrs. Bush, and my fellow astronauts."

    "Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things."

    "The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in this century's history. But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century."

    "One word sums up probably the responsibility of any Governor, and that one word is 'to be prepared'."

    "I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future."

    "I stand by all the misstatements that I've made."

    "We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe."

    "I am not part of the problem. I am a Republican"


Tuesday, January 30, 2001, 6:18:46 AM
Dubya, part 30
    "I think it's important for those of us in a position of responsibility to be firm in sharing our experiences, to understand that the babies out of wedlock is a very difficult chore for mom and baby alike . . . . I believe we ought to say there is a different alternative than the culture that is proposed by people like Miss Wolf in society . . . And, you know, hopefully, condoms will work, but it hasn't worked."

    "A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls."

    "When I have been asked who caused the riots and the killing in LA, my answer has been direct & simple:
    Who is to blame for the riots? The rioters are to blame. Who is to blame for the killings? The killers are to blame."

    "Illegitimacy is something we should talk about in terms of not having it."


Monday, January 29, 2001, 7:09:51 AM
Dubya Keeps Talking, part 29
    "Other Republican candidates may retort to personal attacks and negative ads."

    "I am mindful of the difference between the executive branch and the legislative branch. I assured all four of these leaders that I know the difference, and that difference is they pass the laws and I execute them."

    "I regret that a private comment I made to the vice presidential candidate made it through the public airways."


Sunday, January 28, 2001, 7:55:19 AM
Dubya Speaks, part 28
    "I think we ought to raise the age at which juveniles can have a gun."

    "Quotas are bad for America. It's not the way America is all about."


Saturday, January 27, 2001, 8:57:04 AM
How Much Dubya Can You Take? part 27
    "We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile."

    "Think about that. Two hundred and eighty-five new or expanded programs, $2 trillion more in new spending, and not one new bureaucrat to file out the forms or answer the phones?"

    "The only thing I know about Slovakia is what I learned first-hand from your foreign minister, who came to Texas." -- To a Slovak journalist. Bush's meeting was with Janez Drnovsek, the prime minister of Slovenia.

    "The woman who knew that I had dyslexia -- I never interviewed her."


Friday, January 26, 2001, 6:19:41 AM
Dubya Goes On And On, part 26
    "The students at Yale came from all different backgrounds and all parts of the country. Within months, I knew many of them."

    "It is incredibly presumptive for somebody who has not yet earned his party's nomination to start speculating about vice presidents."

    "The important question is, How many hands have I shaked?" -- Answering a question about why he hasn't spent more time in New Hampshire

    "I don't remember debates. I don't think we spent a lot of time debating it. Maybe we did, but I don't remember." -- On discussions of the Vietnam War when he was an undergraduate at Yale


Thursday, January 25, 2001, 6:14:46 AM
The Month Of Dubya, part 25
    "As governor of Texas, I have set high standards for our public schools, and I have met those standards."

    "I read the newspaper." -- In answer to a question about his reading habits

    "As far as the legal hassling and wrangling and posturing in Florida, I would suggest you talk to our team in Florida led by Jim Baker."


Wednesday, January 24, 2001, 6:20:43 AM
Dubya Keeps Talking, part 24
    "The great thing about America is everybody should vote."

    "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."

    "That's Washington. That's the place where you find people getting ready to jump out of the foxholes before the first shot is fired."

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


Tuesday, January 23, 2001, 6:14:28 AM
Dubya's Foot In His Mouth, part 23
    "Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?"

    "I will have a foreign-handed foreign policy."

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

    "Gov. Bush will not stand for the subsidation of failure."


Monday, January 22, 2001, 6:23:15 AM
Dubya Speaks, part 22
    "They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program."

    "It's going to require numerous IRA agents." -- On Gore's tax plan

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

    "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 ahead."


Sunday, January 21, 2001, 8:06:18 AM
Mr. President Speaks, part 21
    "This is still a dangerous world. It's a world of madmen and uncertainty and potential mential losses."

    "Drug therapies are replacing a lot of medicines as we used to know it."

    "Listen, Al Gore is a very tough opponent. He is the incumbent. He represents the incumbency. And a challenger is somebody who generally comes from the pack and wins, if you're going to win. And that's where I'm coming from."

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


Saturday, January 20, 2001, 7:56:32 AM
The President Of The United States, part 20
    "What I am against is quotas. I am against hard quotas, quotas they basically delineate based upon whatever. However they delineate, quotas, I think vulcanize society. So I don't know how that fits into what everybody else is saying, their relative positions, but that's my position."

    "When I was coming up, it was a dangerous world, and you knew exactly who they were," he said. "It was us vs. them, and it was clear who them was. Today, we are not so sure who the they are, but we know they're there."

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

    "The administration I'll bring is a group of men and women who are focused on what's best for America, honest men and women, decent men and women, women who will see service to our country as a great privilege and who will not stain the house."


Friday, January 19, 2001, 6:20:40 AM
Dubya's Foot In Mouth, part 19
    "This is Preservation Month. I appreciate preservation. It's what you do when you run for president. You gotta preserve."

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

    "Our priorities is our faith."

    "I mean, there needs to be a wholesale effort against racial profiling, which is illiterate children."


Thursday, January 18, 2001, 6:32:39 AM
Dubya Really Said This, part 18
    "I am a person who recognizes the fallacy of humans."

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

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

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


Wednesday, January 17, 2001, 7:31:25 AM
Dubya Won't Shut Up, part 17
    "I've changed my style somewhat, as you know. I'm less -- I pontificate less, although it may be hard to tell it from this show. And I'm more interacting with people."

    "I think we need not only to eliminate the tollbooth to the middle class, I think we should knock down the tollbooth."

    "The most important job is not to be governor, or first lady in my case."

    "Will the highways on the Internet become more few?"


Tuesday, January 16, 2001, 6:35:33 AM
Dubya Rambles On, part 16
    "They misunderestimated me."

    "I don't know whether I'm going to win or not. I think I am. I do know I'm ready for the job. And, if not, that's just the way it goes."

    "I do not agree with this notion that somehow if I go to try to attract votes and to lead people toward a better tomorrow somehow I get subscribed to some -- some doctrine gets subscribed to me."

    "Dick Cheney and I do not want this nation to be in a recession. We want anybody who can find work to be able to find work."


Monday, January 15, 2001, 9:01:05 AM
Dubya Speaks, part 15
    "Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream."

    "The point is, this is a way to help inoculate me about what has come and is coming."

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

    "We ought to make the pie higher."


Sunday, January 14, 2001, 8:09:18 PM
Dubya Quotes, part 14
    "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."

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

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

    "If I'm the president, we're going to have emergency-room care, we're going to have gag orders."


Saturday, January 13, 2001, 7:10:41 PM
Dubya Spouts Off, part 13
    "I don't want to win? If that were the case why the heck am I on the bus 16 hours a day, shaking thousands of hands, giving hundreds of speeches, getting pillared in the press and cartoons and still staying on message to win?"

    "I thought how proud I am to be standing up beside my dad. Never did it occur to me that he would become the gist for cartoonists."

    "I think if you know what you believe, it makes it a lot easier to answer questions. I can't answer your question."

    "I would have my secretary of treasury be in touch with the financial centers, not only here but at home."


Friday, January 12, 2001, 6:34:53 AM
Dubya Blathers On, part 12
    "I don't have to accept their tenants. I was trying to convince those college students to accept my tenants. And I reject any labeling me because I happened to go to the university."

    "I understand small business growth. I was one."

    "The senator has got to understand if he's going to have -- he can't have it both ways. He can't take the high horse and then claim the low road."


Thursday, January 11, 2001, 6:19:54 AM
Dubya Speaks, part 11
    "Well, that's going to be up to the pundits and the people to make up their mind. I'll tell you what is a president for him, for example, talking about my record in the state of Texas. I mean, he's willing to say anything in order to convince people that I haven't had a good record in Texas."

    "It's evolutionary, going from governor to president, and this is a significant step, to be able to vote for yourself on the ballot, and I'll be able to do so next fall, I hope."

    "It is not Reaganesque to support a tax plan that is Clinton in nature."

    "The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law."


Wednesday, January 10, 2001, 6:11:37 AM
Dubya, part 10
    "I've got a reason for running. I talk about a larger goal, which is to call upon the best of America. It's part of the renewal. It's reform and renewal. Part of the renewal is a set of high standards and to remind people that the greatness of America really does depend on neighbors helping neighbors and children finding mentors. I worry. I'm very worried about, you know, the kid who just wonders whether America is meant for him. I really worry about that. And uh, so, I'm running for a reason. I'm answering this question here and the answer is, you cannot lead America to a positive tomorrow with revenge on one's mind. Revenge is so incredibly negative. And so to answer your question, I'm going to win because people sense my heart, know my sense of optimism and know where I want to lead the country. And I tease people by saying, 'A leader, you can't say, follow me the world is going to be worse.' I'm an optimistic person. I'm an inherently content person. I've got a great sense of where I want to lead and I'm comfortable with why I'm running. And, you know, the call on that speech was, beware. This is going to be a tough campaign."

Tuesday, January 09, 2001, 6:50:26 AM
Dubya Quotes, part 9
    "I was raised in the West. The west of Texas. It's pretty close to California. In more ways than Washington DC, is close to California."

    "Reading is the basics for all learning."

    "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."

    "The best way to relieve families from time is to let them keep some of their own money."


Monday, January 08, 2001, 6:15:02 AM
Dubya Speaks, part 8
    "They have miscalculated me as a leader."

    "Laura and I really don't realize how bright our children is sometimes until we get an objective analysis."

    "Mr. Vice President, in all due respect, it is -- I'm not sure 80 percent of the people get the death tax. I know this: 100 percent will get it if I'm the president."

    "You subscribe politics to it. I subscribe freedom to it." -- Responding to the Elian Gonzalez case.


Sunday, January 07, 2001, 9:49:36 AM
Dubya Quotes, part 7
    "It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it."

    GOV. BUSH: Because the picture on the newspaper. It just seems so un-American to me, the picture of the guy storming the house with a scared little boy there. I talked to my little brother, Jeb -- I haven't told this to many people. But he's the governor of -- I shouldn't call him my little brother--my brother, Jeb, the great governor of Texas.
    JIM LEHRER: Florida.
    GOV. BUSH: Florida. The state of the Florida. -- The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer, April 27, 2000

    "I hope we get to the bottom of the answer. It's what I'm interested to know." -- On what happened in negotiations betweenn the Justice Department and Elian Gonzalez's Miami relatives

    "I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings people together."


Saturday, January 06, 2001, 6:04:30 PM
Month Of Dubya, part 6
    "He has certainly earned a reputation as a fantastic mayor, because the results speak for themselves. I mean, New York's a safer place for him to be." -- speaking about Rudy Giuliani

    "It's your money. You paid for it."

    "The fact that he relies on facts -- says things that are not factual -- are going to undermine his campaign."

    "I think we agree, the past is over."


Friday, January 05, 2001, 6:16:18 AM
More Month Of Dubya, part 5
    "Anyway, after we go out and work our hearts out, after you go out and help us turn out the vote, after we've convinced the good Americans to vote, and while they're at it, pull that old George W. lever, if I'm the one, when I put my hand on the Bible, when I put my hand on the Bible, that day when they swear us in, when I put my hand on the Bible, I will swear to not -- to uphold the laws of the land."

    "This is a world that is much more uncertain than the past. In the past we were certain, we were certain it was us versus the Russians in the past. We were certain, and therefore we had huge nuclear arsenals aimed at each other to keep the peace. That's what we were certain of . . . You see, even though it's an uncertain world, we're certain of some things. We're certain that even though the 'evil empire' may have passed, evil still remains. We're certain there are people that can't stand what America stands for . . . We're certain there are madmen in this world, and there's terror, and there's missiles and I'm certain of this, too: I'm certain to maintain the peace, we better have a military of high morale, and I'm certain that under this administration, morale in the military is dangerously low."


Thursday, January 04, 2001, 6:18:43 AM
The Month Of Dubya, part 4
    "I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is underestimating."

    "It was just inebriating what Midland was all about then."

    Bush: "First of all, Cinco de Mayo is not the independence day. That's dieciseis de Septiembre, and ..."
    Matthews: "What's that in English?"
    Bush: "Fifteenth of September." (Dieciseis de Septiembre is Sept. 16)

    "Actually, I -- this may sound a little West Texan to you, but I like it. When I'm talking about -- when I'm talking about myself, and when he's talking about myself, all of us are talking about me."


Wednesday, January 03, 2001, 8:08:25 AM
A Month Of Dubya Quotes, part 3
    "The only things that I can tell you is that every case I have reviewed I have been comfortable with the innocence or guilt of the person that I've looked at. I do not believe we've put a guilty ... I mean innocent person to death in the state of Texas."

    "I'm gonna talk about the ideal world, Chris. I've read -- I understand reality. If you're asking me as the president, would I understand reality, I do."

    "I knew it might put him in an awkward position that we had a discussion before finality has finally happened in this presidential race."

    "There's not going to be enough people in the system to take advantage of people like me." -- On the coming Social Security crisis.


Tuesday, January 02, 2001, 7:47:34 AM
Dubya Quotes, part 2
    "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."

    "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."

    "Unfairly but truthfully, our party has been tagged as being against things. Anti-immigrant, for example. And we're not a party of anti-immigrants. Quite the opposite. We're a party that welcomes people."

    "The fundamental question is, 'Will I be a successful president when it comes to foreign policy?' I will be, but until I'm the president, it's going to be hard for me to verify that I think I'll be more effective."


Monday, January 01, 2001, 8:41:52 AM
Dubya Quotes, part 1
    Happy New Year, and welcome to the beginning of the George W. Bush era. To start the year off, I'll post a whole month of Dubya's quotes. Yes, he really said it:

    "I think he needs to stand up and say if he thought the president were wrong on policy and issues, he ought to say where."

    "I want you to know that farmers are not going to be secondary thoughts to a Bush administration. They will be in the forethought of our thinking."

    "You might want to comment on that, Honorable." --To New Jersey's secretary of state, the Hon. DeForest Soaries Jr.

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



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