George W. Bush

(George Walker Bush)

George W. Bush
George W. Bush
  • Born: July 6, 1946
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Former President of the U.S., Former Governor of Texas, Politician, Attorney

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George Walker Bush is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd president of the United States from 2001 to 2009. He had previously served as the 46th governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000.

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... advancing against disease, hunger and poverty ... are ... the moral purpose of American influence. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest ;Foreign Aid ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
... the dynamic architect of Soviet reform. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
... the most technologically advanced border project ever
[Addressing Congress:] The people await action. They did not send us here to bicker ... Let us negotiate soon—and hard. But in the end, let us produce. Negotiating & Negotiations
[I am] cautious about wearing my religion on my sleeve. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
[Referring to Michael Dukakis:] My opponent's policies are invisible. He is the stealth candidate. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
[The Cuban embargo is:] … not just a policy tool [but] a moral statement. Policy & Policy Making
[William J.] Casey was an inappropriate choice. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… insidious traitors Secrecy & Transparency
… slobby Michael Moore Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A bullpen seething with mischief. Media, Journalism & The Press
A chief executive doesn’t get to pick and choose which laws he will enforce. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
A dictatorship would be a lot easier ... so long as I'm the dictator. Power ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
A great nation does not hide its history. It faces its flaws and corrects them. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
A murder is not a martyr. He or she is just a murderer. Terrorism
A real bombshell …. North had taken the money and out it in a Swiss bank account … to be used for the Contras ….It’s going to be a major flap. Scandals
A time of historic change is no time for recklessness. History
A whistle-blower is a public servant of the highest order. Management & Managing Government
Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
America has never been an empire. … We may be the only great power in history that had the chance, and refused. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
America is addicted to oil which is often imported from the most unstable part of the world. Energy
America is addicted to oil. Energy
America is not ready to ban abortions. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
Americans live on the sunrise side of the mountain. The night is passing and we are ready for the day to come. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Americans with mental illness deserve our understanding and they deserve excellent medical care. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
And to the C students, I say, you too, can be President of the United States Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Any government that chooses to be an ally of terror has also chosen to be an enemy of civilization. Terrorism
As a nation that values immigration, and depends on immigration, we should have immigration laws that work and make us proud. Yet today we do not. Instead, we see many employers turning to the illegal labor market. We see millions of hard-working men and women condemned to fear and insecurity in a massive, undocumented economy. Immigration & Emigration
Axis of Evil Oratory, Discussion & Debate ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Back under Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale, times were tough. [American] Flags weren't selling that well. [During the Reagan-Bush years] Flag slaes have taken off. Flags & National Anthems
Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job!
Business pages of American newspapers should not read like a scandal sheet. Scandals
Competence is the creed of the technocrat who makes sure the gears mesh but doesn't for a second understand the magic of the machine. Bureaucracy
Competitive strategies is a concept or philosophy that's as American as apple pie. Military & Veterans
Congress, too, has changed in our time. There has grown a certain divisiveness. We have seen the hard looks and heard the statements in which not each other's ideas are challenged, but each other's motives. And our great parties have too often been far apart and untrusting of each other. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Deep persistent poverty is unworthy of our nation’s promise …. All of us are diminished when any are hopeless. Poverty
Democracy, once unleashed, is a pretty powerful force. Democracies & Republics
Detain terrorists … set up detention facilities outside the United States. Terrorism
Difficult economic conditions require us to face difficult economic choices. Policy & Policy Making
Dr. [Martin Luther] King’s dream places demands on each of us. Discrimination & Prejudice
Drug dealers need to understand a simple fact. You shoot a cop and you're going to be severely punished—fast. And if I had my way, I'd say with your life. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
Economic security can vanish in an instant without health security. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Education is the first step on the ladder to economic empowerment. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
English is the lingua franca of world business, the key to clinching deals from Hong King to Toronto. English, Languages & Bilingualism
Equality begins with economic empowerment. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Every American deserves to breathe clean air. Environment & Environmentalism
Every candidate has to say ‘change’. That’s what the people expect. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Every day our nation was segregated was a day that America was unfaithful to our founding ideals Equality & Equal Opportunity
Every day that America was segregated was a day when America was not following our founding ideals. Discrimination & Prejudice
Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. Terrorism
Every threat must be taken seriously. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Failure will be sanctioned. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Fluency in English is something that I'm often not accused of. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
For as long as whole region of the world simmer in resentment and tyranny, violence will gather...and cross the most defended borders... It is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
For more than 70 years, the presidents of both parties believed that American security and prosperity were directly tied to the success of freedom in the world. And they knew that the success depended, in large part, on U.S. leadership. This mission came naturally, because it expressed the DNA of American idealism. Leaders & Leadership ;Defense & National Security ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
For the new century, back to the moon, back to the future and this time back to stay. And then a journey into tomorrow, a journey to another planet, a manned mission to Mars. Space Exploration
For the President to perform his constitutional duties, it is imperative that he receive candid and unfettered advice and that free and open discussions and deliberations occur among his advisors and between those advisors and others within and outside the Executive Branch. Scandals
For years our opponents were hoping to see President Reagan's back against the wall here in the White House. I don't think this is exactly what they had in mind ... Memorials, Monuments, Medals, Statues & Buildings
Foreign aid just doesn't have the constituency that domestic programs do. Foreign Aid
Free governments are the only way to insure that the strong are just and the weak are valued. Government ;Freedom & Liberty
Free men and women have the right to own a gun to protect their home. Guns & Gun Control
Free trade is a two way street. Foreign Trade
Free trade is not just an economic opportunity, it is a moral imperative: Foreign Trade
Freedom is found in pluralism. Freedom & Liberty
Freedom taken for granted can be freedom taken away. Freedom & Liberty
From what I hear, he’s a good fellow. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
God wants people to be free. That is part of my foreign policy. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Government does not have a monopoly on compassion. Miscellaneous
Government functions best as a catalyst, not a cure. We need a smarter, more effective government, not a bigger one. Management & Managing Government
Great nations like great men must keep their word. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Hate breeds violence. Human Nature
Hell no ... the last thing I understood was when the guy said hello. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Hell no! Not one thing! You don't reward a kidnapper. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Historians will eventually sort out the good and bad of each administration. History
Hostage taking is hell on a human scale. Terrorism
How come my friends in the S&L industry tell me things are so dire? Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
How little authority I have Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
However offensive that book may be, inciting murder and offering rewards for its perpetration are deeply offensive to the norms of civilized behavior. Freedom & Liberty
Human beings and fish can co-exist peacefully. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I am learning more about Panama from CNN than from the CIA Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I believe God wants me to be President. Religion & God
I call on all governments to join with the United States and the community of law-abiding nations in prohibiting, investigating, and prosecuting all acts of torture … and we are leading this fight by example. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I can hear you, and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon. Terrorism
I cannot consult with 535 strong willed individuals. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. That we need an independent media to hold people like me to account. […] power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere. Media, Journalism & The Press
I did irresponsible things when I was young and irresponsible. Miscellaneous
I didn’t e-mail during my Presidency because I was afraid of the Freedom of Information Requests. Secrecy & Transparency
I do not want to amend the Constitution to override the decision of the Supreme Court. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
I do not want to see censorship, yet I don't believe a dime of taxpayer money should go into art that is clearly and visibly filth. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I don’t care what the international lawyers say, we are going to kick some ass. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I don’t know. We’ll all be dead. History
I don’t like genocide, but I would not commit our troops [to stop it.] Military & Veterans ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I don’t talk to countries that exhibit bad behavior. Diplomacy & Diplomats
I don’t think our troops ought to be used for what’s called nation-building. I think our troops ought to be used to fight and win war. Military & Veterans
I don't care if my popularity rating goes down to zero. Public Relations & Image
I don't know of any President, now or in the past, who does not favor lower interest rates. That's the American way. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God. Citizenship & Patriotism
I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees. Miscellaneous
I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees. Public Relations & Image
I don't think they [Congress] ought to balance their budget on the backs of the poor. Bureaucracy
I had a drinking problem. Right now I should be in a bar in Texas, not the Oval Office. There is only one reason that I am in the Oval Office and not in a bar. I found faith. I found God. I am here because of the power of prayer. Religion & God
I had my chance. Now he has his. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I have found a reality in life, and that reality is the United States Congress. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the name of [CIA] sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious, of traitors. Secrecy & Transparency
I have opinions of my own—strong opinions—but I don’t always agree with them. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I haven't sorted out the penalties. But I do know, I do know that I oppose abortion. And I favor adoption. And if we can get this law changed, everybody should make the extraordinary effort to take these kids that are unwanted and sometimes aborted, take the – let them come to birth, and then put them in a family where they will be loved. And you see, yes, my position has evolved. And it's continuing to evolve, and it's evolving in favor of life. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
I looked the man in the eye and found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. Negotiating & Negotiations
I made some mistakes. I occasionally drank too much, and I did that night. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
I never apologize for the United States of America. I don't care what the facts are. Diplomacy & Diplomats ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I reappointed him and he disappointed me.
I still haven’t figured it out completely. Miscellaneous
I take personal responsibility for everything I say. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I think it’s a nutty idea to fool around with the Social Security system and run the risk of hurting the people who have been saving all their lives…. It may be a new idea but it is a dumb one. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
I think people attack me because they are fearful that I will then say that you're not equally as patriotic if you're not a religious person. ... I've never said that. I've never acted like that. I think that's just the way it is. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
I think we all agree, the past is over. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I trust God speaks through me. Without that I could not do my job. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I urge the Congress to avoid running up large costs for future generations of Americans. Budgets & Budgeting
I want you all to understand that we are at war and we will stay as war until this is done. Nothing else matters. Everything is available for the pursuit of this war. Any barriers in your way, they’re gone. Any money you need, you have it. This is our only agenda. War & Peace
I was not elected to serve one party but to serve one nation. Political Parties & Machines
I was the victim of people wanting change. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I will do anything to get re-elected. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
I will never apologize for the United States — I don't care what the facts are.... I'm not an apologize-for-America kind of guy. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I will not wait on events while dangers gather. I will not stand by as peril draws closer and closer. The United States of America will not permit the world’s most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world’s most dangerous weapons. Secrecy & Transparency
I will not wait upon events. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I will only appoint judges who realize that Americans’ rights come from God.
I wish I know a law that would make people love on another because I would sign it. Miscellaneous
I would be very careful about using our troops as nation builders. I believe the role of the military is to fight and win war and therefore prevent war from happening in the first place Military & Veterans ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I wouldn’t fire gays. I am not going to discriminate. Discrimination & Prejudice
I’m a gut player. I rely on my instincts. Management & Managing Government
I’m not going to cut and run like we did in 1991. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I’m the commander, see, I don’t 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. Secrecy & Transparency ;Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I’ve had foreign policy experience as governor of Texas—with Mexico. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I’ve made the decision to get off the stage. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
If anybody harbors a terrorist, they’re a terrorist. If they fund a terrorist, they’re a terrorist. If they house terrorists, they’re terrorists. I mean, I can’t make it any more clear to other nations around the world. Terrorism
If it [the American flag] is not defended, it is defamed. Flags & National Anthems
If it [the American flag] is not defended, it is defamed. We can't forget the importance of the flag to the ideals of liberty and honor and freedom. To burn the flag, to dishonor it, is simply wrong. Flags & National Anthems
If somebody gets injured, they ought to have their day in court. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
If there was a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
If this isn’t good versus evil, what is? War & Peace
If we wait for threats to fully materialize, we will have waited too long …. The war on terrorism will not be won on the defensive. Terrorism
If you're someone who reads, find someone who can't .... Join the community of conscience. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
In a complex and challenging time, the road of isolationism and protectionism may seem broad and inviting — yet it ends in danger and decline. Foreign Trade
In order to keep the peace you’ve got to have the authorization to use force. War & Peace
In retrospect, I probably should have avoided some of the controversy and legal setbacks by seeking legislation on military tribunals, the T.S. P., and the CIA enhanced interrogation program as soon as they were created Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
In times of peace the stakes of our debate appear small. War & Peace
Intelligence gathered by this government leaves no doubt Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
It hurts to lose an election. Voters, Voting & Elections
It is culturally condescension to say that some countries are not ready for democracy. Democracies & Republics
It is no exaggeration to say that undecided voters could go either way. Voters, Voting & Elections
It was a thumping. Voters, Voting & Elections
It was my decision, and I blew it, but I’m not about to say that I blew it. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
It’s a graveyard for politics. I see this as the end of my political future Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
It’s important for me to hear others position and understand them. Miscellaneous
It’s important to be friends with people when you don’t need each other, so that when you do, there’s a strong bond of friendship. Diplomacy & Diplomats ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
It’s not the government’s job to bail out speculators. Bureaucracy
It’s the toughest decision a president has to make, by far. There is no passing the buck, no sharing the responsibility. It is a terribly lonely decision. War & Peace
It's not fair to judge my whole career by a rehash on Iran. How would you like it if I judged your career by those seven minutes when you walked off the set in New York? Management & Managing Government
It's not our business for the United States to sort out the other fellow's economic problems. We've got enough of our own. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Foreign Aid ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I've got to run now and relax. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Just as we have addressed discrimination based on race, gender, and age, we must now prevent discrimination based on genetic information. Discrimination & Prejudice
Keeping America competitive requires affordable health care. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Kick ass, Jay
Learning is good in and of itself. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Legitimacy [of governments] is not bought by force; it is earned by the consensus of the people. Democracies & Republics
Let law enforcement determine guilt or innocence. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Let's face it. If I was funnier than Ronald Reagan, I would have won in 1980. And he'd be up here tonight trying to laugh away the Bush deficit. Public Relations & Image
Like generations before us, we have a calling from beyond the stars to stand for freedom. This is the everlasting dream of America. Freedom & Liberty
Listen, we’re making good progress in Iraq. Sometimes its hard to tell it when you listen to the filter. Media, Journalism & The Press
Mankind is led into the darkness beyond our world by the inspiration of discovery and the longing to understand. Our journey into space will go on. Space Exploration
Many good people practice no faith at all. Religion & God
Minority rights are just as important as majority decisions. Miscellaneous
Mission Accomplished Propaganda & Disinformation
Modernization is found in markets. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Money is the lifeblood of terrorist operations. Terrorism
Money trumps peace sometimes. There are a lot of very powerful commercial interests around the world. War & Peace
Money. All these guys care about is money. They want money. How much money have we given them? Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
More and more of our imports are coming from overseas. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
More and more of our imports come from overseas. Foreign Trade
My dog Millie knows more about foreign affairs than these two bozos. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
My dog Millie knows more about foreign policy than those two bozos. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
My mother made me eat broccoli. I hate brocoli. I am President of the United States. I will not eat any more broccoli. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
My opponents can't get elected unless things get worse. And things aren't going to get worse unless they get elected. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Never allow our youngsters to die in vain. War & Peace
Never answer a hypothetical question. It gets you beyond where you want to be. Media, Journalism & The Press
New Americans are not to be feared as strangers. They are to be welcomed as neighbors. Immigration & Emigration
No country can be expected to make peace with a nation that denies its right to exist. Intergovernmental Relations
No definition of a quality life does not include service to others. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
No democracy pretends to be a tyranny. Most tyrannies pretend they are democracies. Democracy remains the definition of political legitimacy. Democracies & Republics ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
No generation can escape history. History
No great nation can long afford to be sundered by a memory Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
No nation can stand against a wold united. United Nations
No President has ever done more for human rights than I have. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
No problem of human making is too great to be overcome by human ingenuity, human energy, and the untiring hope of the human spirit. Human Nature
No victory is free from sorrow. War & Peace
Not all spending initiatives were designed to be immortal.
Oceans no longer matter when it comes to making us safe. Defense & National Security
Old guys can still do stuff and you might as well go for it. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
One conquered nation is one too many. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
One of the greatest migrations in history was one of the greatest crimes in history. Freedom & Liberty ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Our beaches should not be garbage dumps. Our oceans must not be cesspools. Environment & Environmentalism
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. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Our military is meant to fight and win war. Military & Veterans
Our nation is still somewhat sad, but we’re angry. There’s a certain level of blood lust…. pretty soon we’ll have to start displaying scalps. Terrorism ;Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Our nation is the enduring dream of every immigrant who ever set foot on these shores, and the millions still struggling to be free. This nation, this idea called America, was and always will be a new world -- our new world. Immigration & Emigration
Our nation is the enduring dream of every immigrant who ever set foot on these shores, and the millions still struggling to be free. This nation, this idea called America, was and always will be a new world -- our new world. Immigration & Emigration
Out of evil can come great good. Miscellaneous
Out of these troubled times … a new world order may emerge. United Nations ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Ozone Man Nicknames
People say I lack political courage. But don't forget, I went right into the heart of Amish country and I told them: Just say no [to drugs]. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
People say I'm indecisive, but I don't know about that. Management & Managing Government
Presidents don’t get to do do-overs! Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Progress is impossible as long as nations emphasize their grievances and de-emphasize their opportunities. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Putting innocents at risk is not the way one makes a political statement. Terrorism
Read my lips; no new taxes. Taxes
Rebuilding Iraq will require sustained commitment from many nations, including our own: we will remain in Iraq as long as necessary, and not a day more. States. Nations & Nationhood
Respect for the flag transcends political party. Flags & National Anthems
Retreat in the face of terror would only bring about more attacks. Terrorism
Seek a common good beyond your comfort. Miscellaneous
Self regulation is important but it is not enough. Regulation & Deregulation
Senator [John] Kerry has been in Washington long enough to have taken both sides on every issue. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Shake me and wake me. Defense & National Security
Shameful. Secrecy & Transparency
Should our party by led by someone who boasts of a hard heart? Liberals & Conservatives
Some call you the elite. I call you my base. Liberals & Conservatives
Some critics complain that Gary Hart doesn't have any experience in foreign policy. But that's not true. Why, just yesterday he had breakfast at the International House of Pancakes. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Some of the scientists, I believe, haven’t they been changing their opinion a little bit on global warming? There’s a lot of differing opinions and before we react I think it’s best to have the full accounting, full understanding of what’s taking place. Environment & Environmentalism
Sometimes in politics “yes” means “maybe” and “no” means “if.” Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Sometimes leadership is not going along with everybody else. Leaders & Leadership
Sovereignty means that you’ve been given sovereignty Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundations of America. Terrorism
Terrorist groups … depend on governments for aid or indifference … The allies of terror are equally guilty and equally accountable ... Terrorism
Texans can run Texas without the federal government telling them what to do. Intergovernmental Relations
That’s where those crazies shoot statues. Religion & God
The advance of freedom is more than an interest we pursue. It is a calling we follow. Our country was created in the name of freedom. And if the self-evident truths of our founding are true for us, they are true for all. Freedom & Liberty
The American Dream means giving it your all, trying your hardest, accomplishing something. And then I'd add to that, giving something back. No definition of a successful life can do anything but include serving others. Citizenship & Patriotism
The anchor in our world today is freedom, holding us steady in times of change, a symbol of hope to all the world. Freedom & Liberty
The best public policy is to encourage fewer abortions through strong adoption laws and sending a clear abstinence message to our children. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
The best way to get the news is from objective sources, and the most objective sources I have are people on my staff who tell me what's happening in the world. Media, Journalism & The Press
The CIA is just guessing about the progress of the Iraq War Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The defense budget is more than a piggy bank for people who want to get busy beating swords into pork barrels. Patronage & Pork Barrel
The dictator of Iraq will fully disarm or the United States will lead a coalition and disarm him. Arms Race & Disarmament
The effective functioning of our constitutional democracy depends upon the participation in public life of a citizenry that is well informed Secrecy & Transparency
The fact is prosperity has a purpose. It’s to allow us to pursue "the better angels," to give us time to think and grow. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
The first responsibility of any President is to work for peace in the world and prosperity at home. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The Gulf War was finished off properly. Make no mistake about it. War & Peace
The hustler from Chicago Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The lesson of September 11 is that whenever this country sees a gathering threat, we’ve got to deal with it. Defense & National Security
The liberty we prize is not America’s gift to the world, it is God’s gift to humanity. Freedom & Liberty
The longer our graduation lines are today, the shorter our unemployment lines will be tomorrow. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The nature of the presidency is such that you cannot isolate yourself. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The office moves with the President Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The party of Lincoln has not always carried the mantle of Lincoln. Liberals & Conservatives
The past is over. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
The peaceful transfer of authority is rare in history yet common in our country. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The price for freedom is high but it is never too high. Defense & National Security
The problem with the French is that they don't have a word for entrepreneur. States. Nations & Nationhood
The really rich people figure out how to dodge taxes anyway. Taxes
The ringing school bell sounds an alarm. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The Senate … is not interested in the security of the American people. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The Senate is not interested in the security of the American people. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The undecideds could go one way or the other. Voters, Voting & Elections
The United States is destined to have a special relationship with Mexico as clear and as strong as we have had with Canada and Great Britain. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The United States now has as its goal much more than simply containing Soviet expansionism. We seek the integration of the Soviet Union into the communlty of nations. . .. Ultimately, our objective is to welcome the Soviet Union back into the world order. States. Nations & Nationhood ;Capitalism
The United States position is clear. We do not meet demands. Terrorism
The world has changed a great deal, and our posture must change with it. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The world must not reward aggression. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
There are some who feel 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. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
There is no area where experience matters more than in war and diplomacy. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
There is no party that has a lock on patriotism. Political Parties & Machines
There is no such thing as a spare embryo. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
There is something to this vision thing. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
There ought to be limits to freedom. Freedom & Liberty
There’s nothing more humbling than losing a few elections. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
They only name things after you when you're dead or really old. Memorials, Monuments, Medals, Statues & Buildings
They rich hire lawyers and accountants for a reason when it comes to taxes. That is to slip the bill and stick you with it. Taxes
This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others. It will end in a way, and at an hour, of our choosing. War & Peace
This country will define its times, not be defined by them. Miscellaneous
This guy's crazy .... We'll be up to our necks in owls. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
This is a guy that tried to kill my dad at one time. Miscellaneous
This is a hard country to defend. Defense & National Security
This is an impressive crowd -- the haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elite; I call you my base. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
This man is very evil. He tried to kill my daddy! Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
This will not stand! Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
To companies we have this message: You should keep the promises that you make to your employees. Corruption
To have to answer anything about what that slimeball says is just too much. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
To hell with that! We prevailed, they didn’t. We can’t let the Soviets clutch victory from the jaws of defeat. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Too often on social issues my party has painted an image of America as slouching towards Gomorrah. Liberals & Conservatives
Turf battles won't win this war. Teamwork will. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
Use power to help people. Power
Voodoo economics Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
War is never cheap or easy. War & Peace
War is unsettling. War & Peace
We [the Republican Party] are the change. Political Parties & Machines
We all know the NRA's position: guns don't kill people—grapes do. Guns & Gun Control
We are all responsible for our actions and our failures to act. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
We are fully prepared! Environment & Environmentalism
We cannot allow the world’s worst leaders to threaten us with the world’s worst weapons. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
We cannot let our enemies strike first. The overlap between states that sponsor terror and those that pursue WMD compels us to action... To forestall or prevent such hostile acts by our adversaries, the United States will, if necessary act preemptively Terrorism
We cannot permit hostage taking to shape the foreign policy of this country. Terrorism ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We have responsibility that when somebody hurts, government has got to move. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Management & Managing Government
We have seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty. At times, it can seem like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together. Argument turns too easily into animosity. Disagreement escalates into dehumanization. Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Discrimination & Prejudice
We know, deep down, that repression is not the wave of the future. We know that the desire for freedom is not confined to, or owned by, any culture; it is the inborn hope of our humanity. We know that free governments are the only way to ensure that the strong are just and the weak are valued. And we know that when we lose sight of our ideals, it is not democracy that has failed. It is the failure of those charged with preserving and protecting democracy. Democracies & Republics ;Freedom & Liberty ;Human Nature
We love your adherance to democratic principles and democratic processes. Democracies & Republics
We must take the battle to the enemy, disrupt his plans, and confront the worst threats before they emerge. If we wait for threats to fully materialize we will have waited too long. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We really kicked a little ass last night. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
We refuse to live in fear. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We screwed things up and got a lot of things right. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
We shouldn’t be lending money to corrupt officials. We should be guarded in our generosity. Foreign Aid
We tried to kick a little ass last night. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We will make no distinction between the terrorists and those who harbor them. Terrorism
We will make no distinction between those who planned these acts and those who harbor them. Policy & Policy Making
We will not tire. We will not falter. And we will not fail. Terrorism
We won’t conserve our way to energy independence. Energy
We’re going to find out who did this, and we’re going to kick their asses. Terrorism
We’ve got to accept that we’re going to lose people in this deal. How many, I don’t know. Could be a lot. War & Peace
Weakness and ambivalence lead to war Defense & National Security
We've got to put a restraining order on our legal system. We're suing ourselves silly. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Whatever you do, make sure you set a pardon policy from the start and stick with it. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
When a dictatorship controls the political life of a country, responsible opposition cannot develop, and dissent is driven underground and toward the extreme. And to draw attention away from their social and economic failures, dictators place blame on other countries and other races, and stir the hatred that leads to violence. This status quo of despotism and anger cannot be ignored or appeased, kept in a box or bought off. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
When America is stronger, the world is safer. Defense & National Security
When families are broken, neighbors and caring friends must step in. Families, Children & Parenting
When government tries to serve as a parent or teacher or a moral guide, individuals may be tempted to discard their own sense of responsibility, to argue that only government must help people in need. If we've learned anything in the past quarter century, it is that we cannot federalize virtue. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
When I made the decision on Iraq, I went around the room to everybody at that table, every principal. You in? Any doubts? Nothing from anybody. Policy & Policy Making
When I make a call, we move as a team. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
When I rattle a saber, the man will know it. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
When it comes to terrorism, the only path to safety is the path to action. Terrorism
When this country makes a commitment, we see it through. States. Nations & Nationhood
When you are President you have to get something done, and that often means compromise. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
When you are talking to Dick Cheney, you are talking to me. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
When you are working a Republican crowd, and want to throw out some red meat, you can’t do any better than jumping on Ted Kennedy. Liberals & Conservatives
Who wants to be a war President? I don’t. But this is what came our way. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Women should have the right to choose or not to choose abortion. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
Would you please shut up and sit down. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
You are either with us or against us… Terrorism
You better be photographing a guy that’s happy and not some kind of snarler. Public Relations & Image
You can't build a foreign policy on the presence of an individual [a particular foreign leader]. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
You do not build a foreign policy based on one man. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
You need to earn your spurs through performance, not interviews. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You’ve got to take everybody’s word seriously in this world. You cannot just hope for the best. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
You're out of business! Media, Journalism & The Press
Zaire is among America's oldest friends, and its president - President Mobutu - one of our most valued friends...And so I was honored to invite President Mobutu to be the first African head of state to come to the United States for an official visit during my presidency Diplomacy & Diplomats
A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it.
After the chaos and carnage of September 11th, it is not enough to serve our enemies with legal papers. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
America is a friend to the people of Iraq. Our demands are directed only at the regime that enslaves them and threatens us. When these demands are met, the first and greatest benefit will come to Iraqi men, women and children. Women
America is a Nation with a mission - and that mission comes from our most basic beliefs. We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace - a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and woman. War & Peace
America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof, the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.
America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people.
Americans are rising to the tasks of history, and they expect the same of us. History
And the cornerstone of my economic policies, when I first got elected, was cutting taxes on everybody on who paid taxes.
And what's interesting, and I don't think a lot of Americans understand this fact, is that, one, most new jobs are created by small businesses; two, most small businesses pay tax at the individual income tax, or many small businesses pay tax there.
Any government that supports, protects or harbours terrorists is complicit in the murder of the innocent and equally guilty of terrorist crimes. Government
Bring them on.
Do I think faith will be an important part of being a good president? Yes, I do. Religion & God
Every nation in every region now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.
Everywhere that freedom stirs, let tyrants fear. Freedom & Liberty
Faith crosses every border and touches every heart in every nation. Religion & God
For all who love freedom and peace, the world without Saddam Hussein's regime is a better and safer place. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Freedom & Liberty ;War & Peace
For diplomacy to be effective, words must be credible - and no one can now doubt the word of America.
Free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don't attack each other. Free nations don't develop weapons of mass destruction.
Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward, and freedom will be defended. Morning ;Freedom & Liberty
Government does not create wealth. The major role for the government is to create an environment where people take risks to expand the job rate in the United States. Government
Great tragedy has come to us, and we are meeting it with the best that is in our country, with courage and concern for others because this is America. This is who we are.
Hundreds of thousands of American servicemen and women are deployed across the world in the war on terror. By bringing hope to the oppressed, and delivering justice to the violent, they are making America more secure. Women ;Hope ;War & Peace
I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well.
I believe a marriage is between a man and a woman. Families, Children & Parenting
I believe in the transformational power of liberty. I believe that the free Iraq is in this nation's interests. I believe a free Afghanistan is in this nation's interest. Power
I believe that God has planted in every heart the desire to live in freedom. Religion & God ;Freedom & Liberty
I believe the most solemn duty of the American president is to protect the American people. If America shows uncertainty and weakness in this decade, the world will drift toward tragedy. This will not happen on my watch.
I can hear you, the rest of the world can hear you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.
I had to abandon free market principles in order to save the free market system.
I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings people together. Leaders & Leadership
I have written a book. This will come as quite a shock to some. They didn't think I could read, much less write.
I have zero desire, just so you know, to be in the limelight. I don't think it's good for the country to have a former president criticize his successor. You're not going to see me giving my opinions in the public arena, until I start selling my book. I'm going to emerge then submerge.
I just didn't want to get out there anymore; I didn't want to get back into what I call 'the swamp.' And the other reason why is I don't think it's good for the presidency for a former president to be opining about his successor. President Obama's got plenty of critics - and I'm just not gonna be one.
I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace. War & Peace
I know it's going to be the private sector that leads this country out of the current economic times we're in. You can spend your money better than the government can spend your money. Government ;Money, Coins & Minting
I sent American troops to Iraq to make its people free, not to make them American. Iraqis will write their own history and find their own way. History
I think we ought to raise the age at which juveniles can have a gun.
I think you can judge from somebody's actions a kind of a stability and sense of purpose perhaps created by strong religious roots. I mean, there's a certain patience, a certain discipline, I think, that religion helps you achieve. Religion & God ;Patience
I told you I'm not going to criticize my successor. I'll just tell you that there are people at Gitmo that will kill American people at a drop of a hat and I don't believe that persuasion isn't going to work. Therapy isn't going to cause terrorists to change their mind. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I understand everybody in this country doesn't agree with the decisions I've made. And I made some tough decisions. But people know where I stand.
I want to thank you for taking time out of your day to come and witness my hanging. Time
I will never relent in defending America - whatever it takes.
I would like to be remembered as a guy who had a set of priorities, and was willing to live by those priorities. In terms of accomplishments, my biggest accomplishment is that I kept the country safe amidst a real danger.
If you're sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and principles, come and join this campaign. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I'm hopeful. I know there is a lot of ambition in Washington, obviously. But I hope the ambitious realize that they are more likely to succeed with success as opposed to failure. Hope ;Failure ;Success
Iraq is no diversion. It is a place where civilization is taking a decisive stand against chaos and terror, we must not waver.
It is clear our nation is reliant upon big foreign oil. More and more of our imports come from overseas.
It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it.
It's going to be the year of the sharp elbow and the quick tongue.
Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time. Time ;Leaders & Leadership
Look, when you're the president, there's all kinds of things said about us. I mean, it's just the nature of the job. Nature
Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods. Nature
No one was more shocked or angry than I was when we didn't find the weapons. I had a sickening feeling every time I thought about it. I still do. Time
Now, there are some who would like to rewrite history - revisionist historians is what I like to call them. History
On September 11 2001, America felt its vulnerability even to threats that gather on the other side of the Earth. We resolved then, and we are resolved today, to confront every threat from any source that could bring sudden terror and suffering to America.
One of my proudest moments is I didn't sell my soul for the sake of popularity.
Only a liberal senator from Massachusetts would say that a 49 percent increase in funding for education was not enough. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Our nation must come together to unite.
Our Nation must defend the sanctity of marriage. Families, Children & Parenting
People forget... that we structured it so that the government, or the people, would be repaid with a really good rate of return. And as it turns out, that aspect of TARP, that's what happened. Government
People make suggestions on what to say all the time. I'll give you an example; I don't read what's handed to me. People say, 'Here, here's your speech, or here's an idea for a speech.' They're changed. Trust me. Time ;Trust
Saddam Hussein is a homicidal dictator who is addicted to weapons of mass destruction.
Senator Kerry has been in Washington long enough to take both sides on just about every issue.
So, for example, a country was into recession right after I was sworn in, a dot-com bust had taken place. Then the attacks of September the 11th, and then of course the great financial meltdown in the -the fundamental question facing any presidency is how do you deal with the hand you're dealt?
So, I'm lying on the couch and Laura walks in and I say, 'Free at last,' and she says 'You're free all right, you're free to do the dishes.' So I say, 'You're talking to the former president, baby,' and she said, 'consider this your new domestic policy agenda.'
Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called 'walking.'
Some have argued that confronting the threat from Iraq could detract from the war against terror. To the contrary, confronting the threat posed by Iraq is crucial to winning the war on terror. War & Peace
States should have the right to enact laws... particularly to end the inhumane practice of ending a life that otherwise could live. Life
Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.
The action we take and the decisions we make in this decade will have consequences far into this century. If America shows weakness and uncertainty, the world will drift toward tragedy. That will not happen on my watch.
The California crunch really is the result of not enough power-generating plants and then not enough power to power the power of generating plants. Power
The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them. Religion & God ;War & Peace
The deliberate and deadly attacks which were carried out yesterday against our country were more than acts of terror. They were acts of war. History ;War & Peace
The financial crisis should not become an excuse to raise taxes, which would only undermine the economic growth required to regain our strength.
The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law.
The men and women of Afghanistan are building a nation that is free, and proud, and fighting terror - and America is honored to be their friend. Women
The momentum of freedom in our world is unmistakable - and it is not carried forward by our power alone. We can trust in that greater power Who guides the unfolding of the years. And in all that is to come, we can know that His purposes are just and true. Trust ;Power ;Freedom & Liberty
The once all-powerful ruler of Iraq was found in a hole, and now sits in a prison cell.
The powers of science are morally neutral — as easily used for bad purposes as good ones. In the excitement of discovery, we must never forget that mankind is defined not by intelligence alone, but by conscience. Even the most noble ends do not justify every means.
The resolve of our great nation is being tested. But make no mistake, we will show the world that we will pass the test.
The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got. War & Peace
The terrorists are fighting freedom with all their cunning and cruelty because freedom is their greatest fear - and they should be afraid, because freedom is on the march. Freedom & Liberty
The true history of my administration will be written 50 years from now, and you and I will not be around to see it. History
The tyrant has fallen, and Iraq is free.
The United States and our allies are determined: we refuse to live in the shadow of this ultimate danger.
The United States of America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins. The killers will fail, and the Iraqi people will live in freedom. Freedom & Liberty
The United States prefers that Iraq meet its obligations voluntarily, yet we are prepared for the alternative.
The wisest use of American strength is to advance freedom. Freedom & Liberty
There's no bigger task than protecting the homeland of our country.
This was not an act of terrorism, but it was an act of war. War & Peace
This way of life is worth defending. Life
This young century will be liberty's century.
To those of you who received honours, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you, too, can be president of the United States.
Today we affirm a new commitment to live out our nation's promise through civility, courage, compassion and character.
Use power to help people. For we are given power not to advance our own purposes nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name. There is but one just use of power and it is to serve people. Power
We cannot let terrorists hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile.
We can't allow the world's worst leaders to blackmail, threaten, hold freedom-loving nations hostage with the world's worst weapons.
We don't believe in planners and deciders making the decisions on behalf of Americans.
We know that dictators are quick to choose aggression, while free nations strive to resolve differences in peace. War & Peace
We will build new ships to carry man forward into the universe, to gain a new foothold on the moon and to prepare for new journeys to the worlds beyond our own.
We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbour them.
We will not waver; we will not tire; we will not falter, and we will not fail. Peace and Freedom will prevail. Freedom & Liberty ;War & Peace
We will stand up for our friends in the world. And one of the most important friends is the State of Israel. My administration will be steadfast in support Israel against terrorism and violence, and in seeking the peace for which all Israelis pray. War & Peace
We've climbed the mighty mountain. I see the valley below, and it's a valley of peace. War & Peace
When I take action, I'm not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It's going to be decisive.
When you turn your heart and your life over to Christ, when you accept Christ as the savior, it changes your heart. Life
With those attacks, the terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States. And war is what they got. War & Peace
You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on. Time
You can't put democracy and freedom back into a box. Freedom & Liberty
You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.