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George Dubbya Bush


"There's an old saying in Tennessee -- I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee -- that says, fool me once, shame on --shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again." --Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002

"They misunderestimated me." --Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000

"You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test." -Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001

"Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." --Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004

"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, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

"You work three jobs? ... Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that." --to a divorced mother of three, Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 4, 2005

"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job." --to FEMA director Michael Brown, who resigned 10 days later amid criticism over his handling of the Hurricane Katrina debacle, Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005

"My answer is bring them on." --on Iraqi insurgents attacking U.S. forces, Washington, D.C., July 3, 2003

"We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories ... And we'll find more weapons as time goes on. But for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong, we found them." --Washington, D.C., May 30, 2003

"Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be somewhere!" --joking about his administration's failure to find WMDs in Iraq as he narrated a comic slideshow during the Radio & TV Correspondents' Association dinner, Washington, D.C., March 24, 2004

"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." --Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2000

"I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the Secretary of Defense." --Washington, D.C. April 18, 2006

"Because the -- all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculate, for example, is on the table; whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases. There's a series of parts of the formula that are being considered.

And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those -- changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be -- or closer delivered to what has been promised. Does that make any sense to you? It's kind of muddled." --explaining his plan to save Social Security, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 4, 2005

"For every fatal shooting, there were roughly three non-fatal shootings. And, folks, this is unacceptable in America. It's just unacceptable. And we're going to do something about it." --Philadelphia, Penn., May 14, 2001

"I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully." --Saginaw, Mich., Sept. 29, 2000

"This is an impressive crowd -- the haves and the have mores. Some people call you the elite -- I call you my base." --the 2000 Al Smith dinner

"Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream." --LaCrosse, Wis., Oct. 18, 2000

"I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe -- I believe what I believe is right." --Rome, Italy, July 22, 2001

"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." --Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005
"People say, how can I help on this war against terror? How can I fight evil? You can do so by mentoring a child; by going into a shut-in's house and say I love you." --Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2002

"I wish you'd have given me this written question ahead of time so I could plan for it...I'm sure something will pop into my head here in the midst of this press conference, with all the pressure of trying to come up with answer, but it hadn't yet...I don't want to sound like I have made no mistakes.

I'm confident I have. I just haven't -- you just put me under the spot here, and maybe I'm not as quick on my feet as I should be in coming up with one." --after being asked to name the biggest mistake he had made, Washington, D.C., April 3, 2004

"You forgot Poland." --to Sen. John Kerry during the first presidential debate, after Kerry failed to mention Poland's contributions to the Iraq war coalition, Miami, Fla., Sept. 30, 2004

"We've got a lot of rebuilding to do. First, we're going to save lives and stabilize the situation. And then we're going to help these communities rebuild. The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now -- that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before.

Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch." (Laughter) --touring hurricane damage, Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005

"The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." --State of the Union Address, Jan. 28, 2003, making a claim that administration officials knew at the time to be false

"The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him." --Washington, D.C., Sept. 13, 2001

"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority." --Washington, D.C., March 13, 2002

"Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?" --Florence, South Carolina, Jan. 11, 2000

"Can we win? I don't think you can win it." --after being asked whether the war on terror was winnable, "Today" show interview, Aug. 30, 2004

"I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace." --Washington, D.C. June 18, 2002

"I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn't do my job." --to a group of Amish he met with privately, July 9, 2004

"Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed." --speaking underneath a "Mission Accomplished" banner aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, May 1, 2003

"I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn't here." -at the President's Economic Forum in Waco, Texas, Aug. 13, 2002

"We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease." -Gothenburg, Sweden, June 14, 2001

"I am here to make an announcement that this Thursday, ticket counters and airplanes will fly out of Ronald Reagan Airport." --Washington, D.C., Oct. 3, 2001

"Tribal sovereignty means that; it's sovereign. I mean, you're a -- you've been given sovereignty, and you're viewed as a sovereign entity. And therefore the relationship between the federal government and tribes is one between sovereign entities." --Washington, D.C., Aug. 6, 2004

"I couldn't imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah." --at a White House menorah lighting ceremony, Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 2001

"You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror." --interview with CBS News' Katie Couric, Sept. 6, 2006

"The same folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq were the ones who attacked us in America on September the 11th." --Washington, D.C., July 12, 2007

"I'm the commander -- see, I don't need to explain -- I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being president." --as quoted in Bob Woodward's Bush at War

"F*ck Saddam. We're taking him out." --to three U.S. senators in March 2002, one year before the Iraq invasion, as quoted by Time magazine

"Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties." --discussing the Iraq war with Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson in 2003, as quoted by Robertson

"I will not withdraw, even if Laura and Barney are the only ones supporting me." --talking to key Republicans about Iraq, as quoted by Bob Woodward

"I hear there's rumors on the Internets that we're going to have a draft." --presidential debate, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 8, 2004

"I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family." --Greater Nashua, N.H., Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 27, 2000

"Do you have blacks, too?" --to Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2001

"This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating." --as quoted by the New York Daily News, April 23, 2002

"We need an energy bill that encourages consumption." --Trenton, N.J., Sept. 23, 2002

"My plan reduces the national debt, and fast. So fast, in fact, that economists worry that we're going to run out of debt to retire." --radio address, Feb. 24, 2001

"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees." --on "Good Morning America," Sept. 1, 2005, six days after repeated warnings from experts about the scope of damage expected from Hurricane Katrina

"I would say the best moment of all was when I caught a 7.5 pound largemouth bass in my lake." --on his best moment in office, interview with the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, May 7, 2006


Great post.








I'm speechless. LMFAO!


That's our Homer!


It's very hard to believe that a president can be that clueless. I sometimes think it's part of an act to get closer to his "electoral base". It's hard for an average Joe to relate to a smart or outstanding person. For a clear illustration, see how Zap and the gang refer to Paul or Nader.


He's clearly unfit to be President. Is it because he is quite possibly the dumbest mother fucker on the face on the earth ...maybe? I think it IS a combination of "pre-senial dementia" and a very low I.Q. for a PRESIDENT(wasn't Clinton's I.Q. up in the 150 range) This job was clearly over his head. Shame on every American that voted for a "soon to be vegetable" to run this country. In 10 years this guy won't be able to remember his own name, let alone pronounce it.

An IDIOT with a medical condition, good job Republicans ...you know how to pick em'.



Rainjack seems to think there's a whole horde of tall-standing strappin' Texans waiting to bowl-over the nation with their excess of manly virtue. Piss on that! LMFAO


What impact does it have on America's stature around the world, when most people think the American president is an idiot?

You can argue about the policies and politics of Reagan, Clinton, Carter, Nixon, Bush the elder, LBJ, etc. But people didn't think those men were literally stupid. Bush is a laughingstock for most of the world. That's not good.


it all could of been prevented..too bad time travel is not available yet. But you have to ask, who would volunteer to interfere with some good ole "BUSH-BEATING" hahaha! Barbara Bush...uhhhgggg


The impact is quite positive. Nearly everyone on the globe is now aware that they had been massively overestimating the average American intellect.


So he's a poor speaker. He still beat E-Gore and Mr. Shoot-Himself-in-the-ass-to-get-a-medal.

The fact that he won despite not be eloquent speaks volumes for the man.

He wasn't conservative enough but he was still better than those two dickheads.


Not only did he beat them in the polls he held his own against them in debates.

How embarassing for them.


I agree with you, but not quite in the same pejorative sense.

I think Bush purposefully put forward his "dumb-as-a-rock" persona to lull many Democrats and liberals into thinking that he actually was dumb as a rock. When he stopped playing dumb and actually made some intelligent points in debates and speeches, it left his critics dumbfounded that such an idiot could actually grasp complex subjects.

When W. beat Gore and Kerry in debates, it made those two look even worse after they lost to a dumb-as-a-post redneck hick. And after winning two national elections, you can't really argue with his results.

While I haven't loved W. as POTUS, I do think he is far more intelligent than the media make him out to be.


Exactly - but the critics in this retarded vein need something to feel all superior about, since very few opportunities otherwise present themselves?

Bush deserves plenty of criticism - well, grown up criticism - but plenty of it.

And have you ever noticed that the legions of people who can't stop beating the "Bush is stupid" drum aren't exactly rocket scientists? Maybe Bush is really, really stupid - but that seems an odd claim coming from people who actually stare up at him on the IQ scale.


How on earth did the media make W seem dumber than he is? I provided a photo of the man, 50 quotes, and 3 videos of him. What you see if what you get. I didn't even have to provide a statement or an essay. W simply does all his talking for himself. He's so good at being a dumbass, the media would only help him seem more intelligent.

You don't need to be coerced ...not when you can watch this man in action, jerking your head back in disbelief. You can't even make this kind of stuff up, who'd believe you? Some of this stuff is so fuckin' crazy, I can't even believe it, I think the videos are a figment of my imagination and I am in a dream.

Defending stupidity, we're going down the fuckin' drain ...and fast! Defending the pluralistic reasoning to secure your own justifications of your own opinions ...LUDACRIS! If my twin brother fucked an elephant, that's on him. He's a fuckin' loon. Just because we have the same mother don't make him sane!



Couldn't agree with you more; some of you give him way way too much credit. Suggesting that there are larger issues that he has some expertise in, and that making too large an issue of his inability to articulate is sophomoric is simply ridiculous; the guy is clearly an idiot. So he was coached a few times to a point where he was actually prepared and beat out less prepared/below average candidates, you can not argue with what you see. If you in any way, shape or form defend this individual or suggest he is playing dumb, this speaks volumes of your own intelligence.


The media-created caricature of W is that of a man who can't sign his own name without a spell-check and needs an instruction book for his toilet paper. This is obviously not the real Bush.

Further, it was advantageous for Bush to cultivate this image when his opponents, especially Kerry, presented themselves as brilliant, Ivy-League academics. It made Bush look better and his opponents look worse when they were on-stage together, and the 'aw-shucks' Texas simpleton could hold his own with the Ivory Tower prodigy.

Think about this:

If the entire world was bound and determined to paint you as a doddering fool, and you did not have the public speaking skills to convince them otherwise, could you overcome that, and even use it to your own advantage, to win two national elections? Or would you simply fade away, dunce cap firmly planted on your head?

I'm not arguing that W. possesses a transcendent intellect, merely that he is a lot smarter than the dumb-as-a-post caricature that has been created for him. He is smart enough to have used that negative image to his advantage.