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George W. Bush has been credited with some extraordinary gaffes, many of which are quoted out of context, misquoted, or in some cases were said by others (notably Dan Quayle). This page has a lot of those.

However, if you're looking for a good source of verified, annotated and above all hilariously funny Bushisms, please visit DubyaSays at

(Thanks, R.F.)

"People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history." 

 ....Governor George W. Bush

"Mars is essentially in the same orbit...Mars is somewhat the same distance from the Sun, which  is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe." 

  ....Governor George W. Bush, 8/11/94 

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

 ....George W. Bush

"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." 

 ....Governor George W. Bush, 9/15/95

 "If you don't measure, if we're having to guess whether or not our children are learning, by the time
 it's too late we're going to find out that they're not, if they're not." 

 [Bush campaign speech, MSNBC, 2/15/00]

"If people can judge me on the company I keep, they would judge me with keeping really good
 company with Laura." 

 [New York Times, 1/23/00]

"We're going to have the best educated American people in the world." 

 ....Governor George W. Bush, 9/21/97 

Perhaps trying to criticize federal regulations and red tape, Bush said it was important to 

 "... make sure that there's not this kind of federal, that the federal cufflinks, that the federal
 structure on the programs, there needs to be flexibility at the state level." - [Bush speech,
 Milwaukee, WI, 3/30/00] 

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

 ....Governor George W. Bush 

On a solution for parents wanting to curb foul language and violence on TV? 
"Put the 'off' button on." 

 [AP, 2/16/00]

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

 ....Governor George W. Bush, Jr

'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...' the
 presumptive GOP nominee said. 

"For NASA, space is still a high priority." 

 ....George W. Bush, 9/5/93

"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." 

 ....Governor George W. Bush 

"Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?"

-Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000

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

 [Washington Post, 2/17/00]

"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it." 

 ....Governor George W. Bush

"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. 

....George W. Bush 

On his days as an oil tycoon and entrepreneur: "I understand small business growth," he said. "I was
 one." [AP, 2/16/00]

"[It's] time for the human race to enter the solar system." 

 ....Governor George W. Bush

On the need for a strong defense: "There is madmen in the world, and there are terror." 

 [AP, 2/16/00]

"Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children." 

 ....Governor George W. Bush, 9/18/95 

"Often times our teachers come out of their pocketbooks to meet the supply needs of students." 

 [Bush speech, Milwaukee, WI, 3/30/00] 

While discussing terrorism and various foreign threats, Bush promised to "use our technology to enhance uncertainties abroad." [New York Times, 3/6/00] 

"Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things." 

 ....Governor George W. Bush, 11/30/96 

"When I was coming up, it was a dangerous world, and we knew exactly who the "they" were. 'It was us versus them. And it was clear who "them" was.... Today, we're not so sure who the "they"are,' he continued, pausing as giggles began emanating from the crowd. 'But we know they're there.'" 
[Boston Globe, 1/23/00] 

"The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country." 
False, apparently. What he actually said was:
"It is clear our nation is reliant upon big foreign oil. More and more of our imports come from overseas."
     --Beaverton, Ore., Sep. 25, 2000

I'm not a complete idiot ... some parts are missing. Anon.

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