"One power, with a president who has no foresight, who cannot think properly, is now wanting to plunge the world into a holocaust." - Nelson Mandela f0yufpfyufp0 f0yufpfyufp0ff "There's no question that the minute I got elected, the storm clouds on the horizon were getting nearly directly overhead." - George W. Bush, May 11, 2001 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "I glance at the headlines just to kind of get a flavor for what's moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who are... ... probably read the news themselves." -- George W.'s interview with Brit Hume on Fox News Channel, Washington, D.C., Sep. 21, 2003 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "Mr. Bush's ignorance may reflect his lack of curiosity: "The best way to get the news," he says, "is from objective sources. And the most objective sources I have are people on my staff." Two words: emperor, clothes." - "A Willful Ignorance", "by Paul Krugman, The New York Times,10.28.03 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "The incurious President was so opaque on some important issues that top Cabinet officials were left guessing his mind even after face-to-face meetings." - "Confessions of a White House Insider", by John F. Dickerson, TIME magazine, 1.12.04 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "...But it is worrisome when one of the most incurious men ever to occupy the White House takes pains to insist that he gets his information on what the world is saying only in predigested bits from his appointees." - "The Presidential Bubble", New York Times Editorial, 9.29.03 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "The incurious George, who has said he prefers to get his information from his inner circle rather than newspapers or TV, may finally be waking up to the downside of such self-censorship. You can end up hearing a lot of bogus, self-serving garbage from Ahmad Chalabi, via Mr. Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz, instead of unpleasant reality. " - " A Tale of Two Fathers", by Maureen Dowd, The New York Times 10.12.03 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff " It is entirely possible that President Bush really does not know that his approach to the war on terror has been a failure. Whether he scans the headlines, as Laura suggests, or really does avoid contact with news that has not been filtered by his staff, all indications are that this president is not a curious man. And his lack of curiosity is not just frightening. In times like these, it is dangerous." - "Not-so-Curious George (Bush)", Capitol Times | Editorial , Monday 19 July 2004 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "First, George W. Bush, despite laudable personal and family characteristics, is remarkably incurious and ill read. Gut instincts can carry even a gifted politician only so far. And a lack of knowledge leaves him vulnerable to simplistic remedies to complex problems, especially when it comes to turning America into the globe's governess." - "The Conservative Case Against George W. Bush" by Doug Bandow, The American Conservative, 12.1.03 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "The most important job is not to be governor, or first lady in my case." - George W. Bush, Pella, Iowa, Jan. 30, 2000 nfgnfdfx nfgnfdfx fr9______________________________________________ 8y Q: Do you have any ideas for a really scary reality TV show? Kurt Vonnegut : "C students from Yale." It would stand your hair on end. ---from "Kurt Vonnegut vs. the !*!@", interview by Joel Bleifuss, In These Timesf r9______________________________________________ nnfgnfdfxfgnfdfx "How do you know if you don't measure, if you have a system that simply suckles kids through?" - George W. Bush, explaining the need for educational accountability in Beaufort, S.C., Feb.16, 2000 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ffuuuu "Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?" - George W. Bush, Florence, SC, Jan. 11, 2000 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test." - George W. Bush, Feb. 21, 2001 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ffhhhhhh "I want it to be said that the Bush administration was a results-oriented administration, because I believe the results of focusing our attention and energy on teaching children to read and having an education system that's responsive to the child and to the parents as opposed to mired in a system that refuses to change, will make America what we want it to be---a more literate country and a hopefuller country." - George W. Bush, Jan. 2001 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "The public education system in America is one of the most important foundations of our democracy. After all, it is where children from all over America learn to be responsible citizens, and learn to have the skills necessary to take advantage of our fantastic opportunistic society." - George W. Bush, May 1, 2002 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "Laura and I really don't realize how bright our children is sometime until we get an objective analysis." - George W. Bush,Meet the Press, April 15, 2000 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "Education belongs to everybody. High standards belongs to everybody." - Yes they does... White House, Oct. 2, 2003 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "We have struggle to not proceed but to preceed to the future of a nation's child." - Journal Gazette 11/12/00
"We want results in every single classroom so that one single child is left behind." - Wonder who's the lucky kid? Little Rock, Arkansas, Nov. 10, 2003 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "We want our teachers to know how to teach the science of reading, in order to make sure there's not this kind of federal cufflink." - At Fritsche Middle School, Milwaukee, March 30, 2000 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "I mean, there needs to be a wholesale effort against racial profiling, which is illiterate children." - Second presidential debate,Oct. 11, 2000 xZXp0ff
George reading "My Pet Goat" whiile the Twin Towers burned. hherge "It is -- it seems like to me a fantastic opportunity for the country, to make sure that the desires of this country are met, and that is every child become a good reader." - On education, Landover, Maryland, Jul. 7, 2003 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "Sitting down and reading a 500-page book on public policy or philosophy or something." - George W. Bush when asked to name something he isn't good at (Talk magazine, September 1999)
"Then I went for a run with the other dog and just walked. And I started thinking about a lot of things. I was able to - I can't remember what it was. Oh, the inaugural speech, started thinking through that." - George W. Bush, in a pre-inaugural interview with U.S. News & World Report fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures." - George W. Bush, in a speech at a literary council in Idaho fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff www.bushorchimp.com fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "Sometimes when I sleep at night I think of 'Hop on Pop." - George W. Bush, in a speech about childhood education, Washington, D.C., April 2, 2002 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "It is white." - George W. Bush, asked by a child in Britain what the White House was like, July 19, 2001
"I want the folks to see me sitting in the same kind of seat they sit in, eating the same popcorn, peeing in the same urinal." - Explaining his choice to sit "among the fans" when involved in management of the Texas Rangers, interview with Time Magazine, 1989 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "I'm really skeptical of people who try to parlay exposure at sporting events into votes." - Duhbya on the campaign trail, on his way to the Kentucky Derby fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "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." - George W. Bush, on MSNBC's "Hardball" fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "I've been to war. I've raised twins. If I had a choice, I'd rather go to war. - Dubya doing a sterling job of belittling war and parenting at the same time, while also backhandedly manufacturing a war record for himself out of thin air, Jan. 27, 2002 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "I was not prepared to shoot my eardrum out with a shotgun in order to get a deferment. Nor was I willing to go to Canada. So I chose to better myself by learning how to fly airplanes." - George W. Bush, 1994. Source: MSNBC fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "The fact that he relies on facts - says things that are not factual - are going to undermine his campaign." - George W. Bush on Al Gore, New York Times, March 4, 2000 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "And if he continues that, I'm going to tell the nation what I think about him as a human being and a person." -Today show, Aug. 1, 2000 ______________________________________________________y bsnss BUSHSPEAK "He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot, but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot." - Groucho Marx ______________________________________________________y ufp0fffndt "It was just inebriating what Midland was all about then." -George W. Bush, reflecting in 1994 about growing up in Midland, Texas
"Really proud of it. A great campaign. And I'm really pleased with the organization and the thousands of South Carolinians that worked on my behalf. And I'm very gracious and humbled." - To Cokie Roberts, This Week, Feb. 20, 2000 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "Anyway, I'm so thankful, and so gracious -- I'm gracious that my brother Jeb is concerned about the hemisphere as well." -- Miami, Florida, June 4, 2001 ndnnnd yf0yufpfyf0yufpf
"I am a person who recognizes the fallacy of humans." - Oprah, Sept. 19, 2000 vf vf "Now, in terms of youngsters who are looking for -- you know, who are searching for a future, if there's a hopeless future there may be an opportunity to convert them into potential suiciders or potential killers." - George W. Bush May 14, 2002 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "These people don't have tanks. They don't have ships. They hide in caves. They send suiciders out." - George W. Bush, Nov. 1, 2002 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "I believe he wants peace for his people, I truly do. I mean, he's a man who has presided over suiciders." - George W. Bush, Nov. 17, 2003 xzvV f xzvV "It is dangerous in Iraq because there are some who believe that we're soft, that the will of the United States can be shaken by suiciders -- and suiciders who are willing to drive up to a Red Cross center, a center of international help and aid and comfort, and just kill." - George W. Bush, Oct. 28, 2003 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "We've discovered mass graves with over 300,000 people there, rape rooms and torture rooms. He is paying suiciders to go kill innocent Israelis." - George W. Bush, Nov. 17, 2003 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "It is dangerous in Iraq because there are some who believe that we're soft, that the will of the United States can be shaken by suiciders--and suiciders who are willing to drive up to a Red Cross center, a center of international help and aid and comfort, and just kill.... The strategy remains the same. The tactics to respond to more suiciders driving cars will alter on the ground." - When Dubya makes up a word, he sure sticks to it, White House, Oct. 28, 2003 fr98pfyufpff "A lot of times in the rhetoric, people forget the facts. And the facts are that thousands of small businesses - - Hispanically owned or otherwise -- pay taxes at the highest marginal rate." - George W. Bush, speaking to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, March 19, 2001 fr98pfyufpff fr98pfyufpff "I've coined new words, like, misunderstanding and Hispanically." - George W. Bush, speaking at the Radio & Television Correspondents dinner, March 29, 2001
"They misunderestimated me." - George W. Bush, Nov. 2000 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "The folks who conducted to act on our country on September 11th made a big mistake. They underestimated America. They underestimated our resolve, our determination, our love for freedom. They misunderestimated the fact that we love a neighbor in need. They misunderestimated the compassion of our country. I think they misunderestimated the will and determination of the Commander-in-Chief, too." - George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Sept. 26, 2001
"Well, I think if you say you're going to do something and don't do it, that's trustworthiness." -George W. Bush, in a CNN online chat, Aug. 2000 __________________________________ x x x x _________________________________ 'jooi "It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it." - Reuters, May 5, 2000 dfbdfbdb "A tax cut is really one of the anecdotes to coming out of an economic illness." - George W. Bush, Sept. 2000 dfbdfbdb "My pan plays down (sic) an unprecedented amount of our national debt."` - Budget address to Congress, Feb. 27, 2001 dfbdfbdb "It's going to require numerous IRA agents." - On Gore's tax plan, Greensboro, N.C., Oct. 10, 2000 dfbdfbdb "We want to make sure our wallets all across the country are healthy." - Dubya proposes a health care plan for wallets, Philadelpia, Pennsylvania, Jan. 31, 2004 hhhyhhhh "My opponent seems to think that Social Security is a federal program." - The final Presidential debate hhhyhhhh "They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program." - St. Charles, Mo., Nov. 2, 2000 hhhyhhhh "Down in Washington they're playing with Social Security like it's some kind of government program!" - NBC Nightly News fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "And so, in my State of the -- my State of the Union -- or state -- my speech to the nation, whatever you want to call it, speech to the nation -- I asked Americans to give 4,000 years - 4,000 hours over the next -- the rest of your life -- of service to America. That's what I asked -- 4,000 hours." - George W. Bush, Bridgeport, Conn., April 9, 2002 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "I suspect that had my dad not been president, he'd be asking the same questions: How'd your meeting go with so-and-so? How did you feel when you stood up in front of the people for the State of the Union Address -- state of the budget address, whatever you call it." - George W. Bush, in an interview with the Washington Post, March 9, 2001 xz c z cxzc "It's good to see so many friends here in the Rose Garden. This is our first event in this beautiful spot, and it's appropriate we talk about policy that will affect people's lives in a positive way in such a beautiful, beautiful part of our national -- really, our national park system, my guess is you would want to call it." - George W. Bush, Feb. 8, 2001 hhhyfr98yf0yufpfyufp0ffhhhhhhhyhhhh "The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law." - Dubya confusing the executive and the judicial branches of government in Austin, Texas, Nov. 22, 2000 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "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." - George W. Bush, Dec. 20, 2000 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "I appreciate that question because I, in the state of Texas, had heard a lot of discussion about a faith-based initiative eroding the important bridge between church and state." - George W. Bush, speaking to reporters, Jan. 29, 2001 fr98yf0yufpffr98yf0yufpfyufp0ffyufp0ff "I do remain confident in Linda. She'll make a fine labor secretary. From what I've read in the press accounts, she's perfectly qualified." - Commenting on Linda Chavez, Jan. 2001 Austin, Texas, Jan. 8, 2001 fr98yfr98yf0yufpfyufp0fff0yufpfyufp0ff "I want to thank you for coming to the White House to give me an opportunity to urge you to work with these five senators and three congressmen, to work hard to get this trade promotion authority moving. The power that be, well most of the power that be, sits right here." - George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., June 18, 2001 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "I haven't had a chance to talk, but I'm confident we'll get a bill that I can live with if we don't." - George W. Bush, referring to the McCain-Kennedy patients' bill of rights, June 13, 2001 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "Can't living with the bill means it won't become law." - George W. Bush, referring to the McCain-Kennedy patients' bill of rights, June 13, 2001 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff ''I don't understand how poor people think.'" - George W. Bush, confiding in the Rev. Jim Wallis, New York Times, 08-26-03 hhhyhhhh "I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family." - George W. Bush, Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce (New Hampshire), Jan. 27, 2000
hhhyhhhh "Neither in French nor in English nor in Mexican." - George W. Bush, declining to take reporters' questions during a photo op with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, April 21, 2001
"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." - In Wayne, Mich., as quoted by Katharine Q. Seelye in the New York Times , June 28, 2000
f"I will have a foreign-handed foreign policy." - Redwood, Calif., Sept. 27, 2000 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating." - George W. Bush, as quoted by the New York Daily News, April 23, 2002 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "And then we marched to war, war in Afghanistan and Iraq, all of which affected the people's confidence. That's a tough -- tough hurdles to cross, when it came to our economy." -- Dubya sloppily blames himself for the bad economy, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Nov. 7, 2003 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "You say we're headed for war in Iraq. I don't know why you say that ... I'm the person who gets to decide, not you." - President Bush, speaking to reporters outside a cafe in Crawford, Texas
Alfred E. Awol fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "The mission must be to fight and win war and therefore to prevent war from happening in the first place.'' - The day before Super Tuesday 2000 in San Diego, Mr. Bush was talking about the need to give the military a new mission "The reason we start a war is to fight a war, win a war, thereby causing no more war!" - The first Presidential debate
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"I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy -- but that could change." - George W. Bush, 5/22/98 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "You don't get everything you want. A dictatorship would be a lot easier." -George W, Bush, describing what it's like to be governor of Texas. (Governing Magazine 7/98) fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." -George W, Bush, CNN.com, December 18, 2000 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it, " -George W, Bush, Business Week, July 30, 2001 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "We don't believe in planners and deciders making the decisions on behalf of Americans." - Scranton, Pa., Sept. 6, 20 fr98yf0yuffr98yf0yufpfyufp0ffpfyufp0ff "You say we're headed for war in Iraq. I don't know why you say that ... I'm the person who gets to decide, not you." - President Bush, speaking to reporters outside a cafe in Crawford, Texas fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "The person who is in charge is me" - CNN, Tuesday, October 14, 2003 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff (ACTUAL PHOTO) ndnnnd "I'm the commander, 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 say something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation...." - And this means you, AMERICA! George W. Bush, in an interview with Bob Woodward fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "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." - Cleveland, June 29, 2000 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "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." - All Things Considered, NPR, June 16 "This case has had full analyzation and has been looked at a lot. I understand the emotionality of death penalty cases." - Seattle Post-Intelligence, June 23, 2000 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "Please! Don't kill me." - George W. Bush to Larry King, mocking what Karla Faye Tucker said when asked "What would you say to Governor Bush?" prior to her execution by lethal injection (as reported by Talk magazine, September 1999)
fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "There is madmen in the world, and there are terror." -George W. Bush, AP, 2/16/00 fhsgn "We need to counter the shock wave of the evildoer by having individual rat`e cuts accelerated and by thinking about tax rebates" - G.W. Bush 10/4/01 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "International law? I better call my lawyer! I don't know what you're talking about, about international law." -George W. Bush, in response to the administration's handing out of reconstruction contracts in Iraq, Dec.11, 2003
"We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile.'' - George W. Bush fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "You fucking son of a bitch. I saw what you wrote. We're not going to forget this. " - Said to Wall Street Journal columnist Al Hunt, 1986. fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff Standing on a stage just prior to making an address, Bush leaned into vice presidential running mate Dick Cheney's ear and said, "There's Adam Clymer, major league asshole from The New York Times." Cheney replied, "Oh, yeah, big time". - "Bush: No apology for gaffe", BBC, 5 September, 2000 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff Republican state Rep. Toby Goodman said Bush sought his support for property tax reductions near the start of the 1997 legislative sessionby grabbing Goodman's lapels during a face-to-face encounter. "I want to bring those property taxes down," Bush told the legislator, "and I'm going to kick your butt if you don't go along with me." - "Retaliation Over Iraq Fits Bush's Pattern", by Ron Hutcheson, Knight-Ridder Newspapers, 13 December 2003
"I was proud the other day when both Republicans and Democrats stood with me in the Rose Garden to announce their support for a clear statement of purpose: you disarm, or we will." - George W. Bush, Oct. 5, 2002, Re Iraq debate in Congress White House Transcript fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorize himself." - George W. Bush, Grand Rapids, Mich., Jan. 29, 2003
"We'll let our friends be the peacekeepers and the great country called America will be the pacemakers." - George W. Bush, Houston, Texas, September 6 2000. fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "We ended the rule of one of history's worst tyrants, and in so doing, we not only freed the American people, we made our own people more secure." - George W. Bush, Crawford, Texas, May 3, 2003 gbsbs ___________________________________________ cv sVsv MR. PRESIDENT, YOUR FREUDIAN SLIP IS SHOWING cv s 8yf0yufpf"The most important job is not to be governor, or first lady in my case." - George W. Bush, Pella, Iowa, Jan. 30, 2000yufp __________________________________ cv s0ff "I don't care what the polls say. I don't. I'm doing what I think what's wrong." - George W. Bush, New York Times, March 15, 2000 fr98yf0yufpfyufff "You're free. And freedom is beautiful. And, you know, it'll take time to restore chaos and order--order out of chaos. But we will." - G. W. Bush, Washington, D.C., April 13, 2003 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "Redefining the role of the United States from enablers to keep the peace to enablers to keep the peace from peacekeepers is going to be an assignment." - New York Times, Jan. 14, 2001 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "My administration has been calling upon all the leaders in the - in the Middle East to do everything they can to stop the violence, to tell the different parties involved that peace will never happen." - George W. Bush, Crawford, Texas, Aug, 13, 2001 fr98yf0yuffr98yf0yufpfyufp0ffpfyufp0ff "It was amazing I won. I was running against peace and prosperity and incumbency." - Shockingly candid assessment of what he didn't bring to the table in the 2000 election made to Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson, Gothenberg, Sweden, June 14, 2001 fr98yf0yufpfyuffr98yf0yufpfyufp0ffp0ff "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." - Yikes. White House, Oct. 27, 2003 "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." - Washington, Aug. 5, 2004 yufpfyuffr98yfyf0yufpfyuffr98yf0yufpfyufp0ffp0ff0yufpfyufp0ffp0f "I've got confidence in the Palestinians, when they understand fully what we're saying, that they'll make the right decisions," said Bush. But he warned: "I can assure you, we won't be putting money into a society which is not transparent and corrupt, and I suspect other countries won't either." - Reuters, 06.26.02 fr98yf0yufr98yf0yufpfyufp0fffpfyufp0ff "First, we would not accept a treaty that would not have been ratified, nor a treaty that I thought made sense for the country." - George W. Bush, on the Kyoto accord, April 24, 2001 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "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." - George W. Bush, Cleveland, July 1, 2000
"Dick Cheney and I will be the president and vice president." - Having trouble remembering his and Dick Cheney's respective roles in his upcoming administration, Nov. 30, 2000 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff fr "There is a very good chance that Dick Cheney and I will be President and Vice President." - A repeat performance of the Nov. 30 quote above, Nov. 11, 2000 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "Dick (Cheney) and I felt like we won the first election three times and we're confident that when it's all said and done that he and I will be honored to be the president and vice president." - Yet again confirming the sense that Cheney's really in charge, Dec. 2, 2000 98yf0yuffyufp0f "If he's - the inference is that somehow he thinks slavery is a - is a noble institution I would - I would strongly reject that assumption - that John Ashcroft is a open-minded, inclusive person." - George W. Bush, Jan. 2001 ebbdfbdf fr98yf0ypyufp0ff "If you're sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and principles, come and join this campaign." - George W. Bush, Hilton Head, South Carolina, Feb. 16, 2000
_______________________________ xcx THE GREAT ARTICULATOR "Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things." -- Vice President Dan Quayle, 11/30/88 cx c _______________________________ cx c "It'll be hard to articulate." --George W. Bush, anticipating how he'll feel upon assuming the presidency, Jan. 2001
"I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe - I believe what I believe is right." - George W. Bush, in Rome, July 22, 2001 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "I think if you know what you believe, it makes it a lot easier to answer questions. I can't answer your question" - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, October 4, 2000 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "If affirmative action means what I just described, what I'm for, then I'm for it." - George W. Bush, during the third presidential debate fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "Public speaking is very easy." - Governor George W. Bush, Jr. to reporters, 10/9/2000
"I--you know, look, it's important for people to know that I've got a future that--I believe in a future that is peaceful, based upon liberty. And I remember my predecessor, whose life we mourn, Ronald Reagan, they felt the same way about him." -- We mourn Reagan's life? Well some of us might, but I didn't think Dubya did... Interview with Tom Brokaw, NBC, Jun. 6, 2004 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "Wait for us to succeed peace. Wait for us to have two states, side by side - - is for everybody coming together to deny the killers the opportunity to destroy." - Kennebunkport, Maine, June 15, 2003. fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "Well, it's an unimaginable honor to be the president during the Fourth of July of this country. It means what these words say, for starters. The great inalienable rights of our country. We're blessed with such values in America. And I - it's - I'm a proud man to be the nation based upon such wonderful values." - George W. Bush, visiting the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C., July 2, 2001 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "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." - Is it just us, or does Bush sound (more than usual) like Gollum from Lord of the Rings here? Toledo, Ohio, October 27 2000
"Let me get to the U.N. and give what is an important speech for me." - Just as long as it's important for Dubya, White House, Sep. 10, 2002
"I had my first 'scope', as we say in the business, I think maybe five or six years ago. They discovered polyps for the first time." - Dubya seeming to indicate heretofore unknown expertise in proctology, White House, June 28, 2002 snrhhhe "Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." - Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept 6 snrhhhe "I understand small business growth. I was one." - New York Daily News, Feb. 19, 2000
"Boy, they were big on crematoriums, weren't they?" - George H. W. Bush Sr., during a tour of Auschwitz, 9/27/87 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "History is a reminder of what's possible". - George W. Bush as he emerged from a guided tour of the gas chambers at Auschwitz, 5/31/03 _______________________________________________
"Before starting his game yesterday, Mr. Bush, his driver in his left gloved hand, took time to condemn an overnight suicide bombing of a bus in Israel that killed at least nine. "I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers," Mr. Bush said on the first green of Cape Arundel, at 6:15 a.m. "Thank you. Now watch this drive." Without the slightest pause, Mr. Bush turned to his game - and hit his first ball into the rough." - New York Times, August 5, 2002
"I said you were a man of peace. I want you to know I took immense crap for that". - Dubya really classing up his conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, as reported on Jun. 3, 2003 in the Washington Post and elsewhere. fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "I understand that the unrest in the Middle East creates unrest throughout the region." - George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., March 13, 2002 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "There's nothing more deep than recognizing Israel's right to exist. That's the most deep thought of all. ... I can't think of anything more deep than that right." - George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., March 13, 2002
"I couldn't imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah." - George W. Bush, at a White House Menorah lighting ceremony, Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 2001
"There's a lot of people in the Middle East who are desirous to get into the Mitchell process. And--but first things first. The -- these terrorist acts and, you know, the responses have got to end in order for us to get the framework -- the groundwork -- not framework, the groundwork to discuss a framework for peace, to lay the -- all right." - George W. Bush, referring to former Sen. George Mitchell's report on Middle East peace, Crawford, Texas, Aug. 13, 2001
"He [Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi] said I want to make it very clear to you exactly what I intend to do and he talked about non-performing loans, the devaluation issue and regulatory reform and he placed equal emphasis on all three." - George W. Bush, who had meant to say "the deflation issue" rather than "the devaluation issue," and accidentally sent the Japanese Yen tumbling, Tokyo, Feb. 18, 2002
______________________________ EVERY DAY IS EARTH DAY dpofug0[erur0t9t0yurt90ug0r9tjg4 "It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impuritiesin our air and water that are doing it." - Vice President J. Danforth Quayle 0tjg
"It's good to see so many friends here in the Rose Garden. This is our first event in this beautiful spot, and it's appropriate we talk about policy that will affect people's lives in a positive way in such a beautiful, beautiful part of our national - really, our national park system, my guess is you would want to call it." - George W. Bush, Feb. 8, 2001
"I like to tell people, Laura and I are proud to be Texas -- own a Texas ranch, and for us, every day is Earth Day" - George W. Bush, Wilmington, New York, Apr. 22, 2002 Fuzzy Math ljlkjkhjk "What's all this whining about the environment? They're always talking about "stop the clearcuts." I mean, do the math people. If we were out of trees then we wouldn't have any clearcuts to be complaining about now would we?" - George W. Bush, The National Speculator, March 2000 ggkfk "A tree's a tree. How many more do you need to look at?" - Ronald Reagan (Governor of California), quoted in the Sacramento Bee, opposing expansion of Redwood National Park, March 3, 1966 ggkfk "If you've seen one redwood, you've seen them all." - President Ronald Reagan
"If the terriers and bariffs are torn down, this economy will grow." - George W. Bush, in Jan. 2000 "The woman who knew that I had dyslexia - I never interviewed her." - George W. Bush, responding to a magazine article claiming he suffered from dyslexia
zxbvbvb zx "Welcome to Mrs. Bush, and my fellow astronauts." - Governor George W. Bush\ xdbbv xdbbv "For NASA, space is still a high priority." - Governor George W. Bush, 9/5/93 zxbvbvb zx xdbbv "[It's] time for the human race to enter the solar system." - Governor George W. Bush ouhyihl "I do think we need for a troop to be able to house his family. That's an important part of building morale in the military." - George W. Bush, speaking at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, March 12, 2001 xdbbv "There's only one person who hugs the mothers and the widows, the wives and the kids upon the death of their loved one. Others hug, but having committed the troops, I've got an additional responsibility to hug and that's me and I know what it's like." - Washington, D.C., Dec. 11, 2002. ( To date, no Bush official has been to a single funeral for any of the fallen in the Iraq war. President Clinton was present to welcome home the coffins of soldiers killed in Kosovo, and President Bush Sr. was on hand to welcome the caskets of soldiers killed in Lebanon and Panama.) xdbbv "One of my hardest parts of my job is to console the family members who have lost their life." - Prime Time Press Conference #3, White House, Apr. 13, 2004 xdbbv "We must all hear the universal call to like your neighbor just like you like to be liked yourself." - George W. Bush puts an interesting twist on Jesus Christ's proverb: "Love thy neighbor." (Quote is from the Financial Times) xdbbv firstname.lastname@example.org fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "All of us need to step back and try to figure out how to make the U.N. work better as we head into the 21st century. Perhaps one way will be, if we use military force, in the post-Saddam Iraq the U.N. will definitely need to have a role. And that way it can begin to get its legs, legs of responsibility back." - Azores, March 16, 2003 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "She's just trying to make sure Anthony gets a good meal - Antonio." - George W. Bush, on Laura Bush inviting Justice Antonin Scalia f(perhaps theSupreme he most owes his presidency to) to dinner at the White House, Jan. 2001 xdbbv "One of the interesting initiatives we've taken in Washington, D.C., is we've got these vampire-busting devices. A vampire is a - a cell deal you can plug in the wall to charge your cell phone." - George W. Bush, Denver, Aug. 14, 2001 fr98yf0yupfyufp0ff fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "I did denounce it. I de- I denounced it. I denounced interracial dating. I denounced anti-Catholic bigacy... bigotry." - Responding to attacks on his visit to ultra-conservative Bob Jones University, Virginia, February 25, 2000 fr98yf0yufpfr98yf0yufpfyufp0ffyufp0ff "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." - Meet the Press, Nov. 21, 1999 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "Illegitimacy is something we should talk about in terms of not having it." - Governor George W. Bush, Jr., 5/20/96 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "I would have said yes to abortion if only it was right. I mean, yeah it's right. Well no it's not right that's why I said no to it." - George W. Bush, Jan. 2001 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "Do as I say and not as I did." - When governor of Texas, Dubya proposed a $9 million initiative to persuade young Texans to hold off on sex until marriage. This was Dubya's answer when asked whether he had abstained from pre-marital sex fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "It's important for us to explain to our nation that life is important. It's not only life of babies, but it's life of children living in, you know, the dark dungeons of the Internet." - Arlington Heights, Illinois, Oct. 24, 2000 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff
- Groucho Marx ________________________________________ hkymfumry
"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." - Newsweek, Feb. 28, 2000 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff hkymfumyumry "One of the common denominators I have found is that expectations rise above that which is expected." - George W. Bush, Los Angeles, Sept. 27, 2000. fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "If I answer questions every time you ask one, expectations would be high. And as you know, I like to keep expectations low." - Well, at least he's honest, I guess, Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 2002 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "I'm the master of low expectations." - You said it, Dubya, aboard Air Force One, Jun. 4, 2003 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "They misunderestimated me." -George W. Bush, Nov. 2000 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff hhhyhhhhhhhhyhhhh "I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is underestimating." -George W. Bush, US News & World Report, April 3, 2000 ggfghhyhhhh "They have miscalculated me as a leader." - George W. Bush, Westminster, Calif., Sept. 13, 2000 dnfgnbdhhhyhhhh "There's no such thing as legacies. At least, there is a legacy, but I'll never see it." - George W. Bush, speaking to Catholic leaders at the White House, Jan. 31, 2001
"Tell them I have learned from mistakes I may or may not have made." - George W. Bush fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "We're all capable of mistakes, but I do not care to enlighten you on the mistakes we may or may not have made." - Governor George W. Bush fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "The American people would not want to know of any misquotes that George Bush may or may not make." - Governor George W. Bush fr98yf0yufpfyufp0f "I stand by all the misstatements that I've made." - Governor George W. Bush to Sam Donaldson, 8/17/93 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "You know, I could run for governor, but I'm basically a media creation. I've never done anything. I've worked for my dad. I worked in the oil business. But that's not the kind of profile you have to have to get elected to public office." - Dubya in 1989, quoted in"Fortunate Son" by Steven Hatfield fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history." - Senator Dan Quayle, 9/28/88 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff "This is still a dangerous world. It's a world of madmen and uncertainty and potential mental losses." - George W. Bush,Financial Times, Jan. 14, 2000 fr98yf0yufpf "I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's." - Mark Twain, "Mark Twain in Eruption" fr98yf0yufpf fr98yf0yufpfyufp0f "If a person doesn't have the capacity that we all want that person to have, I suspect hope is in the far distant future, if at all." - George W. Bush, May 22, 2001 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff
"You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time." - Abraham Lincoln
"There's an old ... saying in Tennessee ... I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee, that says, Fool me once ... (3 second pause) ... ... Shame on ... (4 second pause) ... Shame on you .... (6 second pause) ... Fool me ... ... Can't get fooled again." - George W. Bush to Nashville, Tennessee audience, Sept. 17, 2002.
ANYONE BUT BUSH IN '04 for the survival of the planet ________________________
"As people do better, they start voting like Republicans -- -- unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing" -Karl Rove , senior advisor for George W. Bush, "The Daily Texan", March 19, 2001 fr98yf0yufpfyufp0ff AKA "Turd Blossom" (Bush's nickname for Rove)
COLLEGE: I graduated from Yale University. I was a cheerleader. I also graduated from Harvard with "C" averages in both schools.
LAW ENFORCEMENT: I was arrested in Kennebunkport, Maine in 1976 for driving under the influence of alcohol. I pled guilty, paid a fine, and had my driver's license suspended for 30 days. My Texas driving record has been "lost" and is not available.
I joined the Texas Air National Guard and went AWOL. I refused to take a drug test or answer any questions about my drug use. By joining the Texas Air National Guard, I was able to avoid combat duty in Vietnam
PAST WORK EXPERIENCE:
I ran for U.S. Congress and lost.
I began my career in the oil business in Midland, Texas in 1975. I bought an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas. The company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock.
I bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using taxpayer money.
With the help of my father and our right-wing friends in the oil industry (including Enron CEO Ken Lay), I was elected Governor of Texas.
I changed Texas pollution laws to favor power and oil companies, making Texas the most polluted state in the Union. During my tenure, Houston replaced Los Angeles as the most smog-ridden city in America.
I cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas treasury to the tune of billions in borrowed money.
I set the record for the most executions by any Governor in American history.
With the help of my brother, the Governor of Florida, and my father's appointments to the Supreme Court, I became President after losing by over 500,000 votes.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS PRESIDENT: I am the first president in U.S. history to enter office with a criminal record. I appointed more convicted criminals to the administration than any president in U.S. history. I set the record for least number of press conferences than any president since the advent of television. I set the all-time record for most days on vacation in any one year period.
After taking-off the entire
month of August, 2001, I presided over the worst security
failure in U.S. history.
I invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over one billion dollars per week.
I spent the U.S. surplus and effectively bankrupted the U.S. Treasury, totaling over a trillion dollars.
I shattered the record for the largest annual deficit in U.S. history.
I set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12-month period.
I set the all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the U.S. stock market.
In my first year in office over 2-million Americans lost their jobs and that trend continues every month.
I set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.
I set the record for most campaign fund-raising trips by a U.S. president.
I presided over the biggest energy crisis in U.S. history and refused to intervene when corruption involving the oil industry was revealed.
I presided over the highest gasoline prices in U.S. history.
I have cut health care benefits for war veterans and support a cut in duty benefits for active military personnel
I have set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously protest me in public venues (15 million people) shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of mankind.
I've broken more international treaties than any president in U.S. history.
I'm proud that the members of my cabinet are the richest in history. My "poorest millionaire," Condoleeza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her.
I am the first president in U.S. history to order an unprovoked, pre-emptive attack and the military occupation of a sovereign nation. I did so against the will of the United Nations, the majority of U.S. citizens, and the world community.
In my State Of The Union Address,
I lied about our reasons for attacking Iraq, then blamed
the lies on our British friends.
I am the first president in U.S. history to have the United Nations remove the U.S. from the Human Rights Commission.
I withdrew the U.S. from the World Court of Law.
I refused to allow inspectors access to U.S. prisoners of war" detainees) and thereby have refused to abide by the Geneva Convention.
I am the first president in history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 U.S. election).
I am the all-time U.S. and world record-holder for receipt of corporate campaign donations.
My largest lifetime campaign contributor, and one of my best friends, Kenneth Lay, presided over the largest corporate bankruptcy fraud in U.S. history. My political party used the Enron private jets and corporate attorneys to assure my success with the U.S. Supreme Court during my election decision.
I have protected my friends at Enron and Halliburton against investigation or prosecution, allowing them time to shred documents, etc. More time and money was spent investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair than has been spent investigating one of the biggest corporate rip-offs in history.
I garnered the most sympathy for the U.S. after the World Trade Center attacks and less than a year later made the U.S. the most hated country in the world, the largest failure of diplomacy in world history.
I am first president in history to have a majority of Europeans (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and security
I changed the U.S. policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.
I resisted the formation of any investigation into the 911 commission, tried to appoint master coverup artist Henry Kissinger to head it, then stonewalled the commission at every turn. More time and money was spent investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair than has been spent investigating the deadliest terrorist attack in American history.
My administration outed a CIA operative, and thus destroyed a whole covert CIA network that was protecting America from weapons of mass destruction.
My administration broke the Geneva convention, and destroyed U.S credibility and respect in the eyes of the world.
I have so far failed to fulfill my pledge to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice, although the army finally found Saddam Hussein.
All records of my tenure as Governor of Texas are now in my father's library, sealed, and unavailable for public view.
All records of SEC investigations into my insider trading and my bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
All records or minutes from meetings that I, or my Vice-President, attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review.
Please consider my experience when voting in 2004
(For a more complete resume, visit http://www.wage-slave.org/scorecard.html )
800-plus Americans killed, more than 10,000 seriously wounded htshnndfgndgsh More than 10,000 Iraqi civilians killed, mostly children, many thousands more wounded htsnndfgndghsh Infrastructure destroyed, museum and hospitals looted, water supplies polluted, hospital care diminished, resulting in many thousands more deaths htnndfgndgshsh Iraq economy destroyed, causing job loss, hunger, crime, anarchy and death htnndfgndgshsh Cancers increased tenfold from depleted uranium exposure (both Iraqis and coalition forces) nndfgndghtshsh Strengthened alQaeda and other terrorist groups htsnndfgndghsh Diverted energy and funds from the battle with alQaeda htshsh Enriched Halliburton, Bechtel, the Carlisle Group, etc. nndfgndg Engendered the hatred of most of the world htsnndfgndghsh Destroyed US credibility htshnndfgndgsh Squandered more than $200 billion nndnndfgndgfgndg Turned a record surplus into a record deficit htshsnndnndfgndgfgndgh Established a precedent for 'pre-emptive' wars for other countries to follow htshsnndnndfgndgfgndgh Made US exempt from the International criminal Court and broke the Geneva convention htshnndfgndgsh Destroyed an entire covert CIA network protecting us from weapons of mass destruction htshsnndfgndgh Made the entire world far, far less safe. _____________________
The Real Issue: Bush is Incompetent By Richard Reeves International Herald Tribune Saturday 28 August 2004
Not up to the job.
NEW YORK President George W. Bush is coming to town. You better watch out, you better not shout - unless you're a certified delegate inside Madison Square Garden. With protesters somewhere out of sight, the Republican National Convention will be a celebration of the ideology, values and interests served by this second Bush presidency.
Whether you agree or disagree with the words pouring from the podium over Americans who see reflections of themselves in George W. Bush, the real issue of this election will not be mentioned. The core issue is this: America's president is incompetent. He is not a good president.
Let me count the ways:
1. He has divided the country; we Americans are all part of a vicious little hissing match. We were united and humbled on Sept. 12, 2001. We are divided and humiliated now, telling lies about each other.
2. He has divided the world."We are all Americans now" headlined Le Monde on that Sept. 12. Now there are days when it seems as if they are all anti-Americans.
3. He is leaving no child or grandchild without debt. He has taken the government from surplus into deficit in the name of national security and increased private investment. We can pay the debt in two ways: with more government revenues (taxation) or by borrowing - against the sweat and income of new generations. The president has chosen to borrow.
4. He campaigns as a champion of smaller government but is greatly increasing the size and role of government. Ideological conservatism, it turns out, costs just as much, or more, than ideological liberalism. Conservative and liberal politicians are both for increasing the reach and power of government. The difference between them is which parts and functions of the state are to be empowered and financed. The choice is between military measures and order, or more redistribution of income. Money is power.
5. He is diminishing the military of which he is so proud now as commander in chief. The invasion and occupation of Iraq have obviously not worked out the way he imagined - naked torture was not the goal. But the far greater problem for the future is that America's proud commander has revealed the hollowness behind unilateral superpower. From the top down, we have not been able to win Iraq, much less the world. And going into Iraq has compromised or crippled the war on terror he declared himself.
6. He is diminishing scientific progress, the great engine of the 20th century. Only the truly ignorant can believe that the proper role of government is to hinder medical research and environmental study in the name of God.
7. He is diminishing the Constitution of the United States. Cheesy tricks like amending the great text of freedom to attack homosexuality can be dismissed as wedge politics. But it is worse to preach against an activist judiciary while appointing more activist judges who happen to hold different beliefs, particularly the idea that civil liberties are the enemies of patriotism, security and freedom itself.
8. He has surrounded himself with other incompetents. The secretary of state is presiding over the rape of diplomacy and its alliances. The secretary of defense has sent our young men and women into situations that were never meant or trained to handle, and now they are being ordered into battle by an appointed sheik in a far land. The national security adviser does not seem to know that her job description includes coordinating defense and diplomacy. And then there was our $340,000 a month local hire, Ahmad Chalabi, sitting in the gallery of our House .
9. He has been unable or unwilling to deal with declining employment and the rising medical costs of becoming an older nation.
10. He is, as if by design, destroying the credibility of America as a force for peace in the world - an honest broker - particularly in the Middle East.
The list is longer, miscalculation after miscalculation. President Bush has not been able to function effectively at this pay grade. He may mean well, but this has been a difficult time, and he is in over his head. We and our kids will pay the price for his blundering, blunderbuss adventure in Washington. He has been tested in a difficult time - and, unhappily for all of us and the world, he has not been up to the job.
njndjmejn DISHONEST DUBYA An interactive animation, using Dubya's own words! CLICK HERE
fnbsnf c vSCDnf LUCKY GEORGE and the TRIFECTA fbbdbd "I remember -- I remember campaigning in Chicago, and one of the reporters said, would you ever deficit spend? I said only - - only in times of war, in times of economic insecurity as a result of a recession, or in times of national emergency. Never did I dream we'd have a trifecta! (Laughter.)" -George W. Bush, June 7, 2002. The "comassionate conservative" repeated this sick 'joke' on no less than 15 different occasions ( see all quotes ) fbbdbd c vSCDV"When I first reported this remark, angry readers accused me of inventing it. Mr. Bush, they said, is a decent man who would never imply that the nation's woes had taken him off the hook, let alone make a joke out of it." - Paul Krugman, "The Memory Hole", New York Times, August 6 , 2002 ( Full article ) fbbdbd c vSCDV "Making a joke once about death, war and national catastrophe could be chalked up to nothing more than a rhetorical misfire by a man famous for mangling his scripts. Fifteen repetitions, however, makes it a standing part of his routine. The fact that this joke is used while he is asking for money makes it all the more unseemly. How can a man with honor and integrity use the deaths of thousands of Americans, a wounded economy and a frightening state of war as a punch line to earn laughs and money for the GOP?" - William Rivers Pitt, "Behold, A Child Shall Lead Them", t r u t h o u t, June 27, 2002 ccbc vbabv sad _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
George W. Bush is renowned for saying things like "It's not the way American is all about." His gaffes include "Desert Storm. We sold a lot of tickets" and "If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm dictator." So if Bush has a way with words it's for twit-like wit and malapropian fluency. Last year he told the Los Angeles Times, "One of the common denominators I have found is that expectations rise above that which is expected." And on the campaign trail he shared with the New York Times: "I don't care what the polls say. I don't. I'm doing what I think what's wrong."
Mark Crispin Miller, the author of The Bush Dyslexicon: The Sayings of President Dubya, sees more in these verbal tics and grammatical bungles than just plain idiocy. In fact, the professor of media ecology at New York University credits Bush for speaking a language television producers and talk show hosts can understand: one of superfice and shallowness, of one-liners and aw-shucks answers. As Miller argues in his introduction:
"This book is meant to shed some light on the propaganda of our time. The Dyslexicon attempts to give the lie to that enormous wave of propaganda -- a joint production of the GOP and the major media -- whereby George W. Bush was forced on us as President, then, after his inauguration, hailed nearly universally for his amazing charm, his democratic ease, his rare ability to be all things to all Americans, and so on. Our experience of this transparent coup has been disorienting from the start."
AlterNet spoke with Miller about his book and why, and how, the disorientation continues...
Don Hazen: Why do this book?
Mark Crispin Miller: It may sound grandiose, but my purpose was to help inspire the scattered and demoralized opposition to the Bush cabal, which was un-democratically installed and whose aims are wholly, dangerously anti-democratic. I try to do this mainly by reminding readers of George W. Bush's absolute unfitness for the presidency -- a fact that television always made quite clear to most of us (including many Bush supporters), even as "the liberal media" worked hard to play it down.
I'd like to add that, while I see Gore's "defeat" as a grotesque miscarriage of democratic procedure, the book is not intended as especially pro-Gore. While it takes a very dim view of the House of Bush and the far right, The Dyslexicon is also critical of both Gore and his party. The book suggests that both parties, and the corporate media, have much to answer for.
Nevertheless, Gore won. His fate, effected jointly by the GOP and the major media, was an appalling setback for American democracy.
DH: What's the biggest misperception the public has of Dubya?
MCM: That he's a moron -- and a benign moron at that. Although Bush is indeed illiterate, bone-ignorant and generally illogical, he's not a cretin. At the nastier kind of politics, he is extraordinarily shrewd. In this he is a lot like Richard Nixon, who, as I argue, is his spiritual father. Bush only benefits from his wide comic reputation as a genial idiot (he's neither genial nor an idiot). So we "misunderestimate" him at our peril.
DH: How does Bush's style work for him?
MCM: He is adept at the sort of "self-effacing humor" that lets people see him as a regular guy. Through this pose, first of all, he turns his major weakness -- his enormous ignorance -- into a seeming strength. Anyone who calls him on his lack of education can be dismissed as stuck-up and elitist, like the Stevenson supporters who would jeer at Ike's weak syntax. (That confusing syntax was deliberate on Ike's part. He was incomparably more literate, and better-educated, than this Bush.)
And while clearing him of all charges of under-education, his tactical self-mockery also helps to cloud the basic issue of his privilege. In fact, Bush was, and is, a spoiled and lazy child of wealth -- great wealth, far greater than Al Gore's. His proud ignorance is actually a shameless exhibition of his having blithely squandered an extremely costly education. By seeming to goad on himself, however, he gives us the misimpression that he's "just folks."
DH: What is the media's role in Bush's success?
MCM: They've been utterly complicit in his rise. They've played such a large role in his elevation that they should share credit for it with Karl Rove. As the Brookings Institution demonstrated last fall, the major media's pro-Bush bias was pretty obvious. While they dumped all over Gore for such trivialities as his too-orange make-up and loud sighs, they gave Bush a pass, despite his enormous weaknesses. They then compounded that original sin by loudly calling on Gore to throw in the towel just after Election Day -- as if that was their decision to make, and not the people's.
DH: Evaluate the legitimacy question now, six months out. Any legs to the anger?
MCM: Absolutely. Millions of Americans are now so sickened by what happened that they've simply given up -- on both the political system and the major media. Roughly 52 percent of the electorate voted against the right -- and, if we factor in Buchanan's margin-dwellers, some 53 percent voted against George Bush. It's hard to believe that all those people took their votes so lightly that they'd now jump on the Bush bandwagon -- which is what the networks' polls would have us think. In fact, those who could clearly see that Bush was lacking, and then voted fervently against him, are today's "Silent Majority." Their turn -- that is to say, our turn -- will come again; and then the small network of rightists who've been calling all the shots will be in trouble. The turn seems lately to have started, what with the remarkable defection of Jim Jeffords -- a move that has poked giant holes in the great myth of Bush's "likeability" and talent for uniting not dividing.
DH:What was most disturbing to you about the election?
MCM: Most shocking of all, this "election" was a massive violation of the civil rights of millions of Americans, mainly African Americans. Those voters have been screwed before, of course -- but never as baldly, or in such numbers, as in this unprecedented case. This entailed the systematic and illegal purging of the voters' rolls in Florida; the illegal disenfranchisement of Florida residents who had served their time for felonies in other states; widespread state chicanery -- arbitrary shuttering of polling places, incomplete or incorrect voting lists, intimidation by police, etc. -- not only in Florida but also in (as AlterNet has now reported) Tennessee; and, of course, the Supreme Court's perverse and indefensible misuse of the Constitution's equal protection clause to stop the counting of the vote in Florida.
All of this was aimed primarily at African American voters -- and where was the so-called "liberal media" through all of this? Where were the investigations into those abuses? Where was the coverage of the NAACP's important hearings into the whole matter? Those same intrepid "journalists" who always can be counted on to bow down at the name of Martin Luther King, Jr., and who would also gladly pester Bush about, say, his failure to condemn the South Carolina government for flying the Confederate flag, were in this instance nowhere to be found. Black Americans have every right to feel abandoned and betrayed -- both by the mainstream media and by the Democratic Party.
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April 9, 1999 | Philadelphia -- Here in the host city of the 2000 Republican National Convention, it's official: Texas Gov. George W. Bush is the Republican to beat. Not only has Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge endorsed him, but on March 31, 10 Pennsylvania party activists and major donors flew to Austin to sup with the man who would be president. Alongside 20 other power brokers and fat cats from California, the Keystone State Republicans sat down for lunch at the upscale Shoreline Grill, next to the Austin Four Seasons, and Bush began his serenade.
"He started with the salad and went right on through," says candy magnate Bob Asher, one of Pennsylvania's two Republican National Committee members. "He spoke and answered questions -- and there were some very pointed questions. I went down there to see what he was all about, and I was impressed. I liked the fire; I liked the honesty. I've been involved in politics since Dewey-Truman, and I'm used to getting a lot of manure. But you didn't get that with him." That afternoon, Asher, his RNC counterpart and the state chairman all endorsed Bush's exploratory committee. Now, Pennsylvania Republicans like Asher are charged with raising major cash for the Bush campaign -- $1 million in the next two months, by one estimate.
But even at the lovefest at the Shoreline Grill, Asher admits, there was an awkward moment when Bush had to answer the "pointed questions" about his allegedly hard-partying past.
"I'm paraphrasing here," Asher says, "but he said something like, 'We're baby boomers, and I've made mistakes in my life that I'm not always happy about, but I'm going to move forward.'" The group didn't press the questions any further. "With 30 people you don't bring it up. You'd probably pull him aside and say something like, 'Wait -- how the hell you going to address this thing?' But it's out there and all of us know it's out there. We're not going into the thing blind."
What rumors are out there? About what you'd expect from a Texas Good Ol' Boy who went to Yale in the 1960s and made some money in Texas in the '80s -- drinking and drugs and diddling around. Texas columnist Molly Ivins, a liberal who normally skewers George W. (in fact, she nicknamed him "Shrub" in 1992) confessed this week she feels a little sorry for her frequent adversary, now that there are so many reporters skulking around Texas, looking into Bush's past. "I offer to explain how Bush flubbed the tax reform proposals last session -- couldn't even get his own party to go along -- and the visiting journalists want to know if he ever used drugs," Ivins complained. Already, Bush's advisors and top Republican strategists are brainstorming about how to handle the character questions that are likely to dog the GOP front-runner.
And front-runner he certainly is. The Bush money machine is chugging along strong: With less than a year to go until the New Hampshire primary, the Bush campaign has already snagged $6 million, three times as much cash as his closest financial rival for the GOP nomination -- his dad's former No. 2, ex-Vice President Dan Quayle. On Wednesday, Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire announced he was endorsing Bush, giving him an incredible organizational boost in that key primary state. Now, with the unprecedented official outpouring of support for Bush -- at last count, 13 governors (including Ridge), six senators and 87 members of the House -- the pending primaries and caucuses almost seem a trifle.
In 1979, by contrast, then-Reps. Gerry Solomon and Trent Lott tried to muster congressional endorsements for Ronald Reagan, but they were only able to garner 15 supporters. Solomon, now CEO of a lobbying and consulting firm, is conducting a similar task for Bush, and he's finding it a snap. In just his first meeting to drum up support at the Capitol Hill Club in late February, Solomon was able to get 55 members of Congress to sign up. He anticipates reaching 100 by the end of next week.
"Look at the list of endorsements," says a thoroughly juiced Solomon, proudly pointing out that Bush's support ranges from liberal Republican Reps. Connie Morella of Maryland and Jim Leach of Iowa to ?berconservative Reps. David Dreier of California and Phil Crane of Illinois. Bush "has proven that conservatism can be compassionate. That's why he has such breadth of support among women and minorities. It's uncanny, his support."
But don't order tickets for the Bush coronation just yet. Conservative activists are already wary of the self-described "compassionate conservative." Says Focus on the Family's James Dobson: "We don't know what he believes." Political insiders wonder aloud if revelations about a personal life more befitting a Democrat than a GOP standard-bearer could derail the Bush train.
Like father, like son?
Gov. Bush himself has acknowledged some trouble in his past. In statements recalling then-Gov. Clinton's admission to have "caused pain" in his marriage, Bush has said that he did "some irresponsible things when I was young and irresponsible," but that's been about as specific as he's gotten lately. He wasn't always so circumspect about his reputation for womanizing. Ten years ago, at the 1988 Republican Convention, Hartford Courant associate editor David Fink struck up a conversation with George W. "When you're not talking politics," Fink asked the vice president's son, "what do you and [your father] talk about?"
"Pussy," George W. replied.
Bush has also acknowledged that he used to drink to excess, though he's insisted that he hasn't touched a drop since his 40th birthday celebration 12 years ago. (He won't admit to alcoholism, however.) But he abjectly refuses to comment on his rumored use of other, less legal, self-medicatons -- like the use of marijuana or (cue the thunderclap) cocaine. When interviewed by WMUR-TV in New Hampshire, and asked if "drugs, marijuana, cocaine" had ever found their way into his bloodstream, Bush replied: "I'm not going to talk about what I did as a child. What I am going to talk about -- and I am going to say this consistently -- [is that] it is irrelevant what I did 20 to 30 years ago. What's relevant is that I have learned from any mistakes I made. I do not want to send signals to anybody that what Gov. Bush did 30 years ago is cool to try."
Bush's Clintonian statements aren't helping to put the issue to bed. "If I had done anything in the past that would have disqualified me for being in public office, you'd have found it," Bush said to reporters when asked about the whispers about his past. "When I put my hand on the Bible and was sworn to uphold the laws of the land, of the state, I also implicitly said I'd uphold the dignity of the office I was elected to, and I have done so." If there exists anyone out there who couldn't teach Parsing 101 after watching our president's weaselly ways this past year, let's be clear what Bush is denying in the above statement: absolutely nothing.
"There are rumors that he might have danced on a bar in the nude when he was in college, that's one thing," ardent supporter Gerry Solomon admits. "But you're not breaking any laws there. And whatever he did in his 30s, he was not an alcoholic. In the environment he was working in -- which was the high rollers in Texas in the '80s -- there might have been situations that were not exemplary. But since that time I don't think there was anything, and he hasn't broken the law. He's said that he drank too much, but since he straightened himself out, he's led an exemplary life."
Democratic and Republican campaign operatives say that the persistent rumors are something that Bush will have to deal with more candidly if he wants to hold the most powerful job in the world. But so far, the Bush campaign disagrees.
"The rumors are ridiculous and we're not going to dignify them with responses," says Bush spokeswoman Karen Hughes.
But the campaign's refusal to "dignify" rumors is inconsistent. Hughes will address the gossip about Bush's alleged womanizing, for example, insisting that her boss has been faithful to his wife. (And lest we forget, it was George W. who in 1987 was handed the unseemly task of telling the world that his father had never strayed from his mother: "The answer to 'the Big A' is N-O," he said.) So it seems that the younger Bush is only unwilling to dignify media intrusions into his personal life when the subject involves the use of illegal narcotics -- arguably a personal tidbit far more relevant than infidelity for someone aspiring to be what Republicans during impeachment termed the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the United States.
Ironically, Bush is counting on impeachment fatigue -- fed up voters tired of tales of soiled dresses, spelunking cigars and the like -- to make opponents' efforts to bring up his past backfire. The questions are "an unpleasant fact of political life, and one of the reasons people are so disgusted with politics," says Hughes. "He has admitted that as a younger man he has made mistakes, but he is not going to itemize them. Everyone has to decide on their own how they're going to answer these kinds of irrelevant questions. Gov. Bush has decided how he's going to handle it."
That approach is flying with some politicos. One expert New Hampshire political observer says that Bush is riding high in the polls there right now and probably won't have to address any tawdry allegations unless tangible proof of wrongdoing materializes. "If George W. just says, 'Quite frankly, I'm not answering that; you'll have to take me as I am,' I think he'll be fine," says New Hampshire State Sen. Pat Krueger. "If this were four years ago, it might be different. But now, we've just been so inundated with this stuff the only ones asking the questions are reporters, not Joe Schmo."
Dee Stewart, executive director of the Republican Party of Iowa, goes so far as to say that by refusing to delve into his past mistakes, Bush is setting a proud example. "So many things today celebrate all the wrong things about people's lives and in a way, it's irresponsible," Stewart says. The culture war has never been about eradicating immoral behaviors, Stewart says, it's been about not wanting to celebrate them. "When you look at an opinion leader like Bill Clinton who bragged that he used marijuana and laughed about it -- and over the next six years there was a rise in the use of marijuana by 140 percent -- it's clear that the statements that leaders make do affect society. What Bush is saying by not getting into it is, 'Hey, we don't bring out the best in our children by celebrating the mistakes that we may have made in our past.'"
But a Gallup poll conducted in February for CNN/USA Today indicates that 72 percent of Republicans believe that the public has a right to know if a presidential candidate "had used drugs in the past." And even some of Bush's most ardent supporters think the sandbags can't hold indefinitely. "I think he will [address the rumors] in due course," says former Rep. Solomon. "I think he will answer all questions in due course. But I don't think anything he's done can compare to Bill Clinton."
Republican National Committeeman Asher agrees. "At the appropriate time, the governor will have to address whatever rumors are out there."
years ago, at the 1988 Republican Convention, Hartford Courant
associate editor David Fink struck up a conversation with George
W. Bush. "When
you're not talking politics," Fink
asked the vice president's son, "what do you and [your father] talk about?"
"Pussy," George W. replied. -- "Prodigal son" by Jake Tapper, Salon.com, April 9, 1999
Who would have thought 1988 would
prove so relevant to the Y2K presidential election? In recent
weeks the media and candidate George W. Bush have cited a memo
written that year by an aide to Al Gore, advising the senator
and presidential hopeful to choose his words on the campaign trail
with care. Today the memo is regarded as proof that even Gore's
own staff believed he stretched and bent the truth.
Arlie Schardt, who was Gore's press secretary in 1988, penned the infamous memo. Though not involved in the current campaign, Schardt has condemned the media's misuse of his words. He told a reporter for TomPaine.com that his memo "is being blown astronomically out of proportion. I certainly didn't write it because I believed Al exaggerated or misrepresented things. That was the farthest thing from my mind."
Gore's credibility problem is based on much more than an old memo mangled by the media. But in an atmosphere where many talking heads are so stupid or partisan as to accuse him of "lying" when he joked to a labor group that the song "Look For the Union Label" served as his lullaby, it's only fair to parse each exaggeration allegation. Robert Parry (Washington Monthly), Sean Wilentz (American Prospect) and Mollie Dickenson (TomPaine.com) have shown in several cases that it is Gore's accusers -- including campaign reporters at the Washington Post and New York Times -- who can't separate fact from fiction.
Schardt's memo is not the only controversial 1988 communication that reflects on the values of a Y2K presidential contender. George W., at the time a key operative on his father's campaign staff, said a mouthful with a single word.
As reported by Jake Tapper in the April 9, 1999 edition of Salon.com, at the 1988 Republican Convention, Hartford Courant associate editor David Fink asked W. this question: "When you're not talking politics, what do you and [your father] talk about?" "Pussy," he replied.
Yes, George W., as late as 1988, enjoyed talking with his soon-to-be-president father about the same thing that Vernon Jordan and President Clinton talk about on the golf course. (On the Feb. 15, 1998 edition of 60 Minutes, Jordan revealed to Mike Wallace what he and the president chat about on the links.)
Twelve years is a long time to wait to ask follow-up questions, but here are several worth posing to the Republican candidate:
· That 1988 conversation with the Courant editor took place two years after Billy Graham helped you recommit your life to Christ. Would Jesus approve of two devout Christian married men -- a vice president and his son, no less -- talking about "pussy"?
· What exactly do you mean by "pussy"? Do you and your dad actually talk about female genitalia? Or do you talk about women, who by definition are equipped with female genitalia?
· If the latter is the case, does your definition of "pussy" incorporate all women?
· If it doesn't incorporate all women, what makes some of them "pussy" and others not? Appearance? Attitude? Marital status? Do soccer moms qualify? How about female members of your family?
· If appearance is a factor, do you have a special term for those females who lack the "pussy" look? One of your supporters, talk-radio superstar Rush Limbaugh, has described women and girls (including pubescent daughters of presidents) who don't measure up to his exacting standards of beauty as "dogs." Do you ever use that term?
· Define "dehumanization."
· When your wife and your mother are not talking politics, do they talk about "dick"? If Laura told a newspaper editor that she and Bar did indeed "talk dick," how would you feel?
· Define "objectification."
Dennis Hans is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, National Post (Canada) and online at TomPaine.com, MediaChannel.org and The Black World Today (tbwt.com), among other outlets. He can be reached at HANS_D@popmail.firn.edu
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