About a month ago, it struck me that early November of next year — 2014 — would be the perfect time for a new book to hit the shelves, with luck on the tenth anniversary of the second presidential election stolen by George W. Bush. So, here’s my plan: a book entitled “The Complete Wit and Wisdom of George W. Bush!” I’ve contacted a Publisher who loves the idea and says, “The two page pamphlet should retail for about a dollar.” So, here we go! Following are a handful of excerpts to give you an idea of what’s in the works.
[W]hen the nobility see that they are unable to resist the people, they unite in exalting one of their number and creating him prince, so as to be able to carry out their own designs under the shadow of his authority.”
~Machiavelli, The Prince, ch. IX
Note: The following quotes each and all belong to George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States of America from January 20 2001 through January 20 2009. The quotations are not listed in any particular order, but are dated whenever possible.
“God wants me to run for President. I can’t explain it, but I sense my country is going to need me. Something is going to happen… I know it won’t be easy on me or my family, but God wants me to do it.”
“It’s clearly a budget, it’s got a lot of numbers in it.”
“I can do more than one thing at one time! That’s what — I hope you — by the time I’m finished president, I hope you’ll realize that the government can do more than one thing at one time, and individuals in the government can … And so if I’m focusing on the hurricane, I’ve got the capacity to focus on foreign policy, and vice versa. But I thank you for asking that question.” ~September 2005
“God told me to strike at al-Qaeda and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them.” ~June, 2003 (As spoken to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas during their first meeting)
“I know some people are trying to unwind No Child Left Behind, and I know some states don’t like it. But I’ll tell you something. If you’re teaching children to read and write, you ought to measure it.” . . . “Congresses have made promises it cannot keep…” ~April 28, 2005
“There are some who feel like that the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is bring ’em on. We’ve got the force necessary to deal with the security situation.” ~July, 2003 (commenting on the apparent increase in Iraqi “insurgency”)
“I am the commander, see. 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 need to say something, but I don’t feel like I owe anybody an explanation.” ~As Quoted by Bob Woodward, Washington Post, author.
“We will export death and violence to the four corners of the earth in defense of this great nation.”
“I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe—I believe what I believe is right.”
“In terms of, umm — you know, the — the detainees, we’ve had thousands of people detained. We’ve investigated every single complaint against the detainees. It seemed like to me they based some of their decisions on, on the word of, uhh — and the allegations — by people who were held in detention, people who hate America, people that had been trained in some instances to disassemble — that means not tell the truth. And so it was an absurd report. It just is. And, uhh, you know — yes, sir.” ~May 31, 2005 (Rose Garden Press Conference)
“If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.” ~December 18, 2000
“See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.” ~May 24, 2005
“Listen, the other day I was asked about the National Intelligence Estimate, which is a National Intelligence Estimate.” ~September 23, 2004
“There’s a lot of people in the world who don’t believe that people whose skin color may not be the same as ours can be free and self-govern. I reject that. I reject that strongly. I believe that people who practice the Muslim faith can self-govern. I believe that people whose skins aren’t necessarily — are a different color than white can self-govern.” ~April 30, 2004
“In order to keep the peace, there must be truth in the words of the president.” ~May 4, 2004
“. . . I truly believe that now that the war has changed, now that we’re a battlefield, this man [Saddam Hussein] poses a graver threat than anybody could possibly have imagined. Other countries, of course, bear the same risk. But there’s no doubt his hatred is mainly directed at us. There’s no doubt he can’t stand us. After all, this is a guy who tried to kill my dad at one time.” ~September 26, 2002
“Fuck Saddam, we’re taking him out. ~March 2002 (Spoken to three U.S. Senators)
“We have no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the 11 September attacks.” ~September 18, 2003
“The reason I keep insisting that there was a relationship between Iraq and Saddam and al Qaeda [is] because there was a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda.” ~June 17, 2004 (Response to the 9-11 Commission’s report)
“I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn’t do my job.” ~From a speech to Old Order Amish farmers in Lancaster County, PA
“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.” ~August 5, 2004
“The ambassador and the general were briefing me on the — the vast majority of Iraqis want to live in a peaceful, free world. And we will find these people and we will bring them to justice.” ~October 27, 2003
“See, free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don’t attack each other. Free nations don’t develop weapons of mass destruction.” ~October 3, 2003
“I think we agree, the past is over.” ~May 10, 2000
“Those of us who spent time in the agricultural sector and in the heartland, we understand how unfair the death penalty is.” ~February 28, 2001
“I don’t think we need to be subliminable about the differences between our views…” ~September 12, 2000
“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.” ~April 8, 2000 (As quoted in the Los Angeles Times)
“I’m the master of low expectations.” ~June 4, 2003
“When I take action, I’m not going to fire a 2 million dollar missile at a 10 dollar empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It’s going to be decisive.” ~September 24, 2001 (Quoted in Newsweek)
“In my sentences I go where no man has gone before.”
“One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures.”
“Now, we talked to Joan Hanover. She and her husband, George, were visiting with us. They are near retirement – retiring – in the process of retiring, meaning they’re very smart, active, capable people who are retirement age and are retiring.” ~February 12, 2003.
“My pan plays down an unprecedented amount of our national debt.” ~February 27, 2001 (Spoken in budget address to Congress)
“You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.”
~February 21, 2001
“I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well.” ~January 29, 2001
“They misunderestimated me.” ~Comment on the 2000 presidential campaign
“I want to thank my friend, Sen. Bill Frist, for joining us today. . . . He married a Texas girl, I want you to know. Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me.” ~May 27, 2004
“I’m honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein.” ~May 25, 2004
“This is historic times.” ~April 20, 2004
“See, one of the interesting things in the Oval Office—I love to bring people into the Oval Office—right around the corner from here—and say, this is where I office….” ~January 29, 2004
“Then you wake up at the high school level and find out that the illiteracy level of our children are appalling.” ~January 23, 2004
“Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYN’s aren’t able to practice their love with women all across the country.” ~September 6, 2004
“We support the election process, we support democracy, but that doesn’t mean we have to support governments that get elected as a result of democracy.” ~March 29, 2006
“I hear the voices. And I read the front page. And I know the speculation. But I’m the decider and I decide what is best.” ~April 18, 2006
“I base a lot of my foreign policy decisions on some things that I think are true. One, I believe there’s an Almighty.” ~April 24, 2006
“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the ones I have to concentrate on.”
“History? We don’t know. We’ll all be dead.” ~2003.
Yah, OK, so some ideas aren’t as great as they might have seemed on the front end. Oh well.
OPEN THREAD; WIT AND WISDOM ARE — ummm — ‘NEEDED’!