DubyaSpeak.com : Dubya the Philosopher
(Dubya engaging his "trying to be deep" mode)

You know, you can't discriminate. Freedom is not a discriminatory thought, at least in the
White House -- in other words, if you say, certain people should be free, but others
shouldn't free. It's a universal thought, as far as I'm concerned. -- Explaining freedom...
Mainz, Germany, Feb. 23, 2005 HUH?

Self-government relies, in the end, on the governing of the self. That edifice of character
is built in families, supported by communities with standards, and sustained in our national
life by the truths of Sinai, the Sermon on the Mount, the words of the Koran, and the
varied faiths of our people. -- Notice the subtle wording choice, guaranteed not to be
incidental considering the reported 21 revisions the text of the speech went through,
second inaugural address, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2005

I believe we are called to do the hard work to make our communities and quality of life a
better place. -- Or something like that, HUH? Collinsville, Illinois, Jan. 5, 2005

The idea of a democracy taking hold in what was a place of tyranny and hatred and
destruction is -- is such a hopeful moment in the history of the world. -- The idea is a
hopeful moment? HUH? Washington, D.C., Dec. 21, 2004

We know that dictators are quick to choose aggression, while free nations strive to
resolve differences in peace. -- YEAH RIGHT!!! Dubya seems not to mind inviting the comparison,
address to U.N. General Assembly, Sep. 21, 2004

Government can hand out money, but government cannot put hope in a person's heart,
or a sense of purpose in a person's life. Government happens when a loving neighbor
puts their arm around somebody who hurts and says, "I love you" and "Can I help you?".
-- On the origins of government...?! Sioux City, Iowa, Aug. 14, 2004

And I am an optimistic person. I guess if you want to try to find something to be
pessimistic about, you can find it, no matter how hard you look, you know? -- I'm feeling
a little bit confused by this one, Washington, D.C., Jun. 15, 2004

Freedom frightens people who are terrorists. -- When saying "Freedom frightens
terrorists" just isn't enough, try this one on for size, Hershey, Pennsylvania, Apr. 19,
2004

The Oval Office is an interesting place to meet, particularly, people who are beginning to
struggle with democracy and freedom because it's a reminder that the institutions, at least
in this country, are always bigger than the people. Sometime we've got an all-right President, sometimes not all
right. But the presidency, itself, exists. HUH?-- Dubya's observation on democracy, Roswell,
New Mexico, Jan. 22, 2004

By mentoring a child, you shape the character of a child. And it's a high calling in life,
because that influence reaches to eternity. -- ???, Dallas, Texas, Oct. 29, 2003

By making the right choices, we can make the right choice for our future. -HUH?- Flawless
logic, Dallas, Texas, Jul. 18, 2003

People can read everything they want into it when they hear "faith-based initiative." That
all of a sudden opens everybody's imagination in the world to vast possibilities, some
which exist and some which don't. HUH?
-- On faith-based initiatives, Washington, D.C., Jul. 16, 2003

I had the opportunity to go out to Goree Island and talk about what slavery meant to
America. It's very interesting when you think about it, the slaves who left here to go to
America, because of their steadfast and their religion and their belief in freedom, helped change America. America is what it is today because of what went on in the past. -- I know he's trying to be profound or
something here, but he's considerably more "something" than profound (slavery is
"interesting" and people have "steadfast"), Dakar, Senegal, Jul. 8, 2003

I think war is a dangerous place. –HUH?  So's Washington DC -- Washington, D.C., May 7,
2003

We can help somebody who hurts by hugging a neighbor in need. -- Is this help by
association or the power of hugging or something? I'm confused. Camp Lejeune, North
Carolina, Apr. 4, 2003

Sometimes, Washington is one of these towns where the person -- people who think
they've got the sharp elbow is the most effective person. -- New Orleans, Louisiana,
Dec. 4, 2002

The solid truth of the matter is, when you find -- if you want to help heal the hurt -- if you
want to hurt people and help people in pain, the best way to do so is to call upon the
great strength of the country, which is the compassion of our fellow Americans. -- I'm
hoping that the advocation for hurting people here is accidental,
Bentonville, Arkansas, Nov. 4, 2002

All of us here in America should believe, and I think we do, that we should be, as I
mentioned, a nation of owners. Owning something is freedom, as far as I'm concerned.
It's part of a free society... It's a part of -- it's of being a -- it's a part of -- an important
part of America. -- Washington, D.C., Oct. 15, 2002

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. You fool me, you can't get fooled
again. -- Dubya attempting to co-opt Texas and Tennessee into his verbal wreckage.
The saying he was trying to dredge up was "Fool me once, shame
on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." Even better, Dubya was speaking at a literature
magnet school. I'm sure it was a learning experience for the kids. East Literature Magnet
School, Nashville, Tennessee, Sep. 17, 2002

Every life matters, whether it be an American life or the life of an Afghan girl. -- Little
Rock, Arkansas, Aug. 29, 2002

I think work is incredibly important. Work leads to dignity. -- So apparently, if you don't
have a job, you're out of luck in the dignity department, Stockton, California, Aug. 23,
2002

A strong America is America based upon strong families. -- Green Tree, Pennsylvania,
Aug. 5, 2002

People in America understand that we're into a different era, we're heading to a different
culture. ...It means that you of course make a living for your family. But it also means that
when you find a neighbor in need, you love that person. -- I know I'm reading too much
into the wording, but still... weird, West Ashley High School, Charleston, South
Carolina, July 29, 2002

In order to defeat evil, you can do so by loving your neighbor like you'd like to be loved
yourself. -- Dubya mixing and matching two of his favorite concepts (unconvincingly),
Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, June 24, 2002

A country which has been under attack can respond by loving your neighbor like you'd
like to be loved yourself. -- Atlanta, Georgia, June 17, 2002

Walking across the street to a shut-in, saying, "I love you, what can I do to help you?" is
part of loving your neighbor like you'd like to be loved yourself. -- A neighbor coming
out of the blue and telling a shut-in "I love you" seems more likely to be a sure fire way to
scare the living daylights out of them, Des Moines, June 7, 2002

If America goes to sleep, the rest of the world is in trouble. If we blink, the rest of the
world will close their eyes. So we're not blinking, and we're not going to sleep. -- To
summarize, Blinking: bad, Sleeping: bad, Los Angeles, California, Apr. 29, 2002

And we can show the world the true face of America, as well. Oh, it's a diverse face, no
question about it, which is our strength, not our weakness. But it's a face that can be
bound by common goals and common
values. It's a face that can stand squarely in the face of evil by the collective acts of
people doing good in America. -- More extemporaneous wreckage at the First African
Methodist Episcopal Renaissance Center in Los Angeles, California, Apr. 29, 2002

The other thing the volunteers do is they welcome people here, for this is the people's
land. This isn't one person's land, it's the people's land, and foreign visitors about the
mountain so they can enjoy their time and leave only footprints behind. -- Whiteface
Mountain Lodge, Wilmington, New York, Apr. 22, 2002

I see a peaceful world, I do. The rest of the world watches us very carefully. I like to
say, "If the United States blinks, they'll go to sleep." We're not going to blink. -- I have
no idea what the blinking and sleeping means, but it is Dubya after all, Republican Party
luncheon, Dallas, Texas, Mar. 29, 2002

It is awfully hard to realize there can be peace in a place like the Middle East. -- Georgia
Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, Mar. 27, 2002

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. -- Deep. Washington,
D.C., Mar. 13, 2002

But as a result of evil, there's some amazing things that are taking place in America. --
Meaning to say that evil has challenged people to rethink things, Daytona Beach, Florida

It must be hard to describe how to cause people to love one another. -- Praise tainted
with confusion, statements to Martha's Table Volunteers and Board of Directors,
Washington, D.C., Dec. 20, 2001

A job is the best thing that you can do to help anybody. -- Classic Dubya generalization,
statements to Martha's Table Volunteers and Board of Directors, Washington, D.C.,
Dec. 20, 2001

You know, I don't think there's ever going to be an end to evil. -- Stating the obvious
with conviction, Barbara Walters interview, Dec. 4, 2001

We have a renewed appreciation of the character of America. We are a generous
people, a thoughtful people who hurt. -- Trying to say that Americans feel their share of
pain, but making it sound like Americans deal out doses of pain on others, Thomas
Wootten High School, Rockville, Maryland, Oct. 30, 2001

I've seen fox in here, I've seen all kinds of birds. It's a wonderful spot to come up in here
and just kind of think about the budget. -- In touch with nature at his "Prarie Chapel"
Ranch, Craword, Texas, Aug. 25, 2001

I thank all the -- there are more people than I can think that impress me. One of the
things that impressed me, besides people's friendliness, is the number of people that said,
"I pray for you and your family." For those of you that do that, thanks. It really is
something unique about America -- you don't have to show me the party registration
card. -- Comments made to workers at Harley Davidson Factory, Menomonoee Falls,
Wisconsin, Aug. 21, 2001

First, let me say how honored I was to be able to be in the presence of the Holy
Father... He's an extraordinary man who is, by virtue of his leadership and his conscience
and his presence has not only affected political systems, but affected the hearts and souls
of thousands of people all around the world.
-- Press conference with Prime Minister Berlusconi, Rome, July 23, 2001

I can't tell you what it's like to be in Europe, for example, to be talking about the
greatness of America. But the true greatness of America are the people. -- Dubya at the
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C., July 2, 2001

Our nation must come together to unite. -- Tampa, Florida, June 4, 2001

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

That's what politics is all about, as far as I'm concerned - it's the people's will. -- Aboard
Air Force One, Mar. 9, 2001

My pro-life position is I believe there's life. It's not necessarily based in religion. I think
there's a life there, therefore the notion of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. -- Quoted
in the San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 23, 2001

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.
-- Interview with the Associated Press, Jan. 18, 2001

I have said that the sanction regime [against Iraq] is like Swiss cheese. That meant that
they weren't very effective. -- Presidential press conference, Feb. 22, 2001

The great thing about America is everybody should vote. -- Austin, Texas, Dec. 8, 2000

If you don't stand for anything, you don't stand for anything. -- Bellevue, Washington,
Nov. 2, 2000

Our priorities is our faith. -- Greensboro, North Carolina, Oct. 10, 2000

One of the common denominators I have found is that expectations rise above that which
is expected. -- Los Angeles, California, Sept. 27, 2000

We'll let our friends be the peacekeepers and the great country called America will be
the pacemakers.
-- Houston, Texas, Sept. 6, 2000

I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings people
together. -- Bartlett, Tennessee, Aug. 18, 2000

I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is underestimating.
-- U.S. News & World Report, April 3, 2000

I think we agree, the past is over. -- On his meeting with John McCain, Dallas Morning
News, Dallas, Texas,
May 10, 2000

It is not Reaganesque to support a tax plan that is Clinton in nature. -- Los Angeles,
California, Feb. 23, 2000

I don't have to accept their tenants. I was trying to convince those college students to
accept my tenants. And I reject any labeling me because I happened to go to the
university. -- Today, NBC, Feb. 23, 2000

The most important job is not to be governor, or first lady in my case. -- As quoted by
the San Antonio Express-News, Pella, Iowa, Jan. 30, 2000

Will the highways on the Internet become more few? -- Concord, New Hampshire, Jan.
29, 2000

When I was coming up, it was a dangerous world, and you knew exactly who they
were," he said. "It was us vs. them, and it was clear who them was. Today, we are not
so sure who the they are, but we know they're there. -- Iowa Western Community
College, Jan 21, 2000

This is still a dangerous world. It's a world of madmen and uncertainty and potential
mential losses. -- At a South Carolina oyster roast, as quoted in the Financial Times, Jan.
14, 2000

They said, you know, this issue doesn't seem to resignate with the people. And I said,
you know something? Whether it resignates or not doesn't matter to me, because I stand
for doing what's the right thing, and what the right thing is hearing the voices of people
who work. -- Portland, Oregon, Oct. 31, 2000

That's a chapter, the last chapter of the 20th, 20th, the 21st century that most of us
would rather forget. The last chapter of the 20th century. This is the first chapter of the
21st century. -- On the Lewinsky scandal, Arlington Heights, Illinois, Oct. 24, 2000

Sitting down and reading a 500-page book on public policy or philosophy or something.
-- Answer to interviewer when asked to name something he's not good at, Talk
Magazine, Sep. 1999

We live in a culture of moral indifference, where movies and videos glamorize violence
and tolerance is touted as a great virtue. -- Texas A&M University, College Station,
Texas, Apr. 6, 1998

Making sure every child can read, making sure that we encourage faith-based
organizations ... when it comes to helping neighbors in need, making sure that our
neighborhoods are safe, making sure that the
state of Texas recognizes that people from all walks of life have got a shot at the Texas
dream but, most importantly, making sure that government is not the answer to people's
problems. -- Definition offered - inherent contradiction and all - when asked to define
"compassionate conservatism", date unknown
 

DubyaSpeak.com : Dubya the Historian
(Here you'll find several examples of Dubya's shaky handle on the subject)

We declared all people equal, and yet, all people weren't treated equally for a century.
We said, everybody counts, but everybody didn't count. -- Dubya makes the dubious
claim that all Americans have been treated
equally since around 1876, Washington, D.C., Jan. 26, 2005

That's been the proven example around the world. Democracies equal peace. -- That's
because democracies never go to war... Oh, wait a minute. White House, Jan. 7, 2005

One of the interesting lessons that the world can look at is Pakistan. You see, there are
some in the world who do not believe that a Muslim society can self-govern. Some
believe that the only solution for government in parts of the world is for there to be
tyranny or despotism. I don't believe that. The Pakistan people have proven that those
cynics are wrong. And where President Musharraf can help in world peace is to help
remind people what is possible. -- I think somebody needs to remind Dubya that
President Musharraf
seized control of Pakistan in a coup d'état. Not exactly a model for the rule of law and
Muslim self-governance. White House, Dec. 4, 2004

In the early days of World War II, when the United States was still wrestling with
isolationism, Canadian forces were already engaging the enemies of freedom from the
Atlantic -- across the Atlantic. At the time, some Canadians argued that Canada had not
been attacked and had no interest in fighting a distant war. Your Prime Minister,
Mackenzie King, gave this answer: "We cannot defend our country and save our homes
and families by waiting for the enemy to attack us. To remain on the defensive is the
surest way to bring the war to Canada. Of course, we should protect our coasts and
strengthen our ports and cities against attack." -- Dubya's history lesson is somewhat
inaccurate, in that the speech he paraphrases was made by Prime Minister King on April
7, 1942, four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and long after the U.S.
declarations of war on Japan (Dec. 8, 1941) and Germany (Dec. 11, 1941). Wrestling
with isolationism was pretty much over for the United States. Halifax, Canada, Nov. 30,
2004

You know, what's interesting about our country is that for years we were isolated from
the world by two great oceans, and for a while we got a false sense of security as a result
of that. We thought we were protected forever from trade policy or terrorist attacks
because oceans protected us. What's interesting about today's world is that the oceans
now connect us. -- What's weird is that Dubya has decided to call the attacks of 9/11
"interesting", Santiago, Chile, Nov. 20, 2004

As you know, we don't have relationships with Iran. I mean, that's -- ever since the late
'70s, we have no contacts with them, and we've totally sanctioned them. -- With the
small exception of those secret arms sales to Iran in the 1980s, but who's counting, right?
Annandale, Virginia, Aug. 9, 2004

And today, I'm able to sit down with the Prime Minister of Japan and discuss key issues
like North Korea. In other words, a former enemy -- former enemies sit at a table
together and say, how can we work to keep the peace, because there were people that
preceded me that had great faith in the ability of freedom to change societies. -- Yes, we
fixed the Japanese people and made them better... Is it just me, or is that what it sounds
like? Smoketown, Pennsylvania, Jul. 9, 2004

Like the Second World War, our present conflict began with a ruthless, surprise attack
on the United States.
-- Actually, a few other things happened before Pearl Harbor, such as Germany's
invasions of Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Denmark, Norway, France, Belgium,
Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Yugoslavia and Greece, and the blitzkrieg
attacks over the U.K., and Japan's invasions of Korea, Manchuria, China and French
Indochina, but close enough, I guess. United States Air Force Academy, Jun. 2, 2004

I told the story, I think, at one of these endless press conferences I had last week --
where -- I love them, of course -- where -- where I had dinner with Prime Minister
Koizumi of Japan. And it was at that dinner that we were talking about the situation in
North Korea. And it dawned on me during the course of the conversation with my friend
that, if we hadn't got it right after World War II, would I have been having this
conversation with the Prime Minister about a common threat we share? And it probably
wouldn't have. If we hadn't secured the peace in a proper way after World War II, I
don't think -- maybe I'll be wrong -- but I don't think I would have been having the very
kind of conversation I was having with Prime Minister Koizumi. -- Not only does Dubya
manage to reserve 100% of the success of postwar Japan to U.S. policy, he also
manages to time travel, Hershey, Pennsylvania, Apr. 19, 2004

September the 11th, 2001 moved this country from grief to action. -- What exactly were
we grieving about before September 2001? The poor economy, maybe? Dinuba,
California, Oct. 15, 2003

See, free nations do not develop weapons of mass destruction. -- I wonder if Dubya is
going to try and rewrite the history of the 20th century to agree with this statement,
Washington, D.C., Oct. 8, 2003

Two-and-a-half years ago -- or two years ago, this nation came under enemy attack. --
Sure, he corrected himself, but how could he get this wrong one day after the 2nd
anniversary? Fort Stewart, Georgia, Sep. 12, 2003

It used to be in our history that only a few would own stocks. I bet there's a lot of people
in Georgia in the old days would look up at Wall Street and say, you know, they own
stocks, what is that all about? -- Making Georgians sound rather unsophisticated,
Kennesaw, Georgia, Feb. 20, 2003

But it used to be that oceans -- we thought oceans could protect us, that we were
guarded by the oceans. And that if there was a threat overseas, as a result of the
protection from the oceans, we could decide
whether to be involved or not. It might affect us overseas, but it couldn't affect us at
home. And therefore, we have the luxury of kind of picking and choosing gathering
threats. -- I guess the oceans protected us from the British in the War of 1812, and
World War II was a "luxury choice", Kennesaw, Georgia, Feb. 20, 2003

History has called the United States into action, and we will not let history down. --
Apparently we owe history a war, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jan. 29, 2003

Before September the 11th, many in the world believed that Saddam Hussein could be
contained. But chemical agents, lethal viruses and shadowy terrorist networks are not
easily contained. Imagine those 19
hijackers with other weapons and other plans -- this time armed by Saddam Hussein. --
Well, they'd have to come back from the dead for starters, so you really would have to
imagine pretty hard, but more importantly, how is September 11 supposed to have
changed the world's view of Saddam Hussein when he didn't have anything to do with it?
State of the Union Address, Jan. 28, 2003

Like the Nazis and the communists before them, the terrorists seek to end lives and
control all life. And like the Nazis and the communists before them, they will be opposed
by free nations and the terrorists will be defeated. -- I guess the communist nations of
China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea and Vietnam have already been defeated, Vilnius,
Lithuania, Nov. 23, 2002

I want the youngsters here to remember the story of Flight 93, one of most profound
parts of this entire history of the recent history we've been through. -- St. Louis,
Missouri, Nov. 4, 2002

I don't believe we can afford to have a League of Nations again. -- The irony of this
statement is that the League of Nations failed in part because the U.S. refused to join
(respect) it. I guess history does repeat, after all. Washington, D.C., Oct. 3, 2002

So long as we love freedom, they hate us, and they want to hurt us. That's just the facts
of life, as we head into the 21st century. -- I guess Dubya hasn't given up on the 20th
century just yet, Houston, Texas, Sep. 26, 2002

Twenty-eight percent of eighth graders do not know the reason why the Civil War was
fought. -- I guess there was only one reason in Dubya's history books, White House,
Sep. 17, 2002

And all our history says we believe in liberty and justice for all, that when we see
oppression, we cry.
-- That's what it says. Dubya majored in history so you can trust him. East Literature
Magnet School, Nashville, Tennessee, Sep. 17, 2002

When we were kids, a lot of us were kids, growing up, oceans separated us from
danger. -- Charting new verbal territory on his "America protected by (or in this case,
Americans separated by) oceans" theme, East Literature Magnet School, Nashville,
Tennessee, Sep. 17, 2002

I want to congratulate you all for achieving an historic -- historic moment in our nation,
because what you all have done is you've made it much more likely somebody is going to
be able to find work, and some farmer is going to be able to sell his product, and some
nation is going to be able to trade with us which will help lift them out of poverty. --
Wow, sounds pretty far reaching. Some guy, some farmer and some poor country stand
to benefit. Historic. Washington, D.C., Aug. 1, 2002

For the first time, young girls go to school in Afghanistan, thanks to the United States and
our coalition.
-- Actually, I think young girls went to school in Afghanistan before the Taliban regime
took power, Dubya, Cleveland, Ohio, July 1, 2002

It seems odd that with all the history it contains, this great building went more than a
century without a name befitting its dignity. We've solved that problem today, and we've
solved it once and for all. This building now bears the name of Dwight D. Eisenhower. --
Actually, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building has been called by this
name since Nov. 1999, when President Clinton signed the bill into law, Washington,
D.C., May 7, 2002

See, if we blink, everybody else goes to sleep. History has called us into action. History
has laid the mantle of responsibility for peace squarely on our shoulders. I accept that
responsibility, and so does the American people. -- Santa Clara, California, May 1,
2002

And I sit there at this fantastic desk, called the H.M.S. Resolute. -- At the risk of putting
too fine a point on this, the desk was crafted from the timbers of the British ship H.M.S.
Resolute and presented by Queen Victoria to President Hayes as a symbol of Anglo-
American friendship in 1880, and is typically referred to as the "Resolute Desk", even on
the White House web site, Santa Clara, California, May 1, 2002

When we grew up, the baby boomers and everybody else, we never really thought we'd
be attacked. I mean, the last thing that I entered my mind when I was getting out of high
school in 1964 is that an enemy would attack America. And, yet, here you are
graduating from high school, the first high school class to ever have seen the 48
contiguous states attacked by an enemy. -- I guess this is true if you don't consider
Maryland, Oregon or California states (Baltimore was attacked by the British in the War
of 1812, as was the White House, and locations in Oregon and California were attacked
by the Japanese in WWII), and you don't remember the Cuban Missile Crisis, bomb
shelters, and "Duck and Cover" drills, Eden Prairie High School, Eden Prairie,
Minnesota, Mar. 4, 2002

My trip to Asia begins here in Japan for an important reason. It begins here because for
a century and a half now, America and Japan have formed one of the great and enduring
alliances of modern times. From that
alliance has come an era of peace in the Pacific. -- With the minor exception of World
War II, which brought something entirely different to the Pacific, Remarks to the Diet,
Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 18, 2002

I had the privilege of voting in the Republican primary in 1974. As you know, you've got
a one-month residency requirement -- and I met it. So I voted. I can't remember who I
voted for, but I was a proud participant. -- Exhibiting vague nostalgia for voting in the
Alaska Republican primary in 1974, Anchorage, Alaska, Feb. 16, 2002

I recently spoke to high school students in Maryland and realized that for the first time
ever these seniors will graduate in the midst of a war in our own country. -- Lest he
forget, many seniors would have graduated in the midst of a war in our own country
during the Civil War, from address to nation, Atlanta, Nov. 8, 2001

After all, we're at war, and for the first time in our nation's history, part of the battlefront
is here at home.
-- Apparently Dubya has still never heard about the British burning down the White
House during the War of 1812, or the Japanese seizing the islands of Attu and Kiska
(Alaska), bombing Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and shelling Fort Stevens, Oregon and Santa
Barbara, California in WWII, remarks to the National Association of Manufacturers,
Oct. 31, 2001

This is a very unusual period in American history, obviously. We've never been attacked
like this before. We're still being attacked. Our heart goes out to anybody who suffers in
America. And so, we're bolstering our homeland defense. We're disrupting and denying
anybody who wants to harm the American people. We spend hours tracking down every
possible lead of somebody who would come into this country or who might be burrowed
in this country, trying to hurt any American. -- Aside from the inaccuracy about the U.S.
never being attacked, the rest is just plain hilarious, remarks to the National Association
of Manufacturers, Oct. 31, 2001

There is a certain sense of fascination with previous wars in Kosovo and Desert Storm,
where people could turn on their TV screens and see high-tech weaponry burrowing into
bunkers and massive explosions. -- Commander-in-Chief acknowledging the coolness of
watching stuff blow up, Washington, D.C., Oct. 9, 2001

I know that an act of war was declared against America, but this will be a different type
of war than we're used to. In the past, there have been beaches to storm, islands to
conquer. We've been able to watch on our
television screens sophisticated weaponry to find a building. -- Making a poor choice of
visual imagery for Americans weary from seeing the World Trade Center blow up a
thousand times on television, Pentagon, Sept. 17, 2001

When Europe and America are divided, history tends to tragedy. -- Warsaw, Poland,
June 15, 2001

There wasn't a lot of protest at Yale in '68. I don't remember that. And I think most
people -- I don't know if you found anything differently -- I just don't remember any
great days of rage. I think those were mainly in the 70's. -- In actuality 1967-68 saw the
following events: Race riots in Yale hometown of New Haven, antiwar "teach-ins" and
protests, students burning draft cards and William Sloane Coffin Jr., Yale chaplain, was
indicted for helping draft resisters. New York Times, June 19, 2000
 

DubyaSpeak.com : Dubya the Theologian
(Blurring the line between president and preacher)

We have a calling from beyond the stars to stand for freedom, and America will always
be faithful to that cause. -- Vaguely religious in a way he shouldn't be, and vaguely sci-fi,
all at the same time. Washington D.C., Jan. 19, 2005

I'm also mindful that man should never try to put words in God's mouth. I mean, we
should never ascribe natural disasters or anything else to God. We are in no way, shape,
or form should a human being, play God. -- He managed to slip God in three times, but
forgot to make sense, Washington D.C., Jan. 14, 2005

The short-term objective of this country is to find an enemy and bring them to justice
before they strike us. The long-term objective is to make this world a more free and
hopeful and peaceful place. I believe we'll succeed because freedom is the Almighty
God's gift to every man and woman in this world. -- Without the slightest sign of
compunction, Dubya enters the muddy waters of religiosity mixed with warfare once
again, Portsmouth, Ohio, Sep. 10, 2004

Like generations before us, we have a calling from beyond the stars to stand for
freedom. – What galaxy?... Republican National Convention, New York, New York,
Sep. 2, 2004

And if you choose to -- if you believe in the Almighty, you can -- you're equally an
American. If you're a Jew, Christian or Muslim or Hindi or whatever. It is one of the
great traits and traditions of our country, where people can worship the way you see fit. -
- Hindi is a language spoken in India. A Hindu is an adherent of
Hinduism. Oh well. Interview on Larry King Live (CNN), aired Aug. 15, 2004

By the way, to whom much has been given, much is owed. Not only are we leading the
world in terms of encouraging freedom and peace, we're feeding the hungry. We're
taking care of, as best as we possibly can, the victims of HIV/AIDS. -- Dubya tries to
quote scripture here (Luke 12:48 - "To whom much is given, much is required."), only his
version means the exact opposite, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jul. 20, 2004

I don't think you order suiciders to kill innocent men, women, and children if you're a
religious person. -- No, I don't reckon you do, even if there were such things as
suiciders, Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, Jul. 14, 2004

I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn't do my job. -- Dubya:
Mouthpiece of God. Statement made during campaign visit to Amish community in
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Jul. 9, 2004

Colonel Oliver North is the 2004 National Day of Prayer Honorary Chairman. -- When
I heard this, the phrase "unholy alliance" kept running through my head, Washington,
D.C., May 6, 2004

God loves you, and I love you. And you can count on both of us as a powerful message
that people who wonder about their future can hear. -- Reverend Dubya is confusing and
spooky all at the same time, Los
Angeles, California, Mar. 3, 2004

We don't believe that freedom is America's gift to the world. We believe freedom is the
God Almighty's gift to each and every person in the world. -- Dubya invokes the
Almighty yet again in a favorite line of his (just in case you thought he had stopped),
Dinuba, California, Oct. 15, 2003

And we base it, our history, and our decision making, our future, on solid values. The
first value is, we're all God's children. -- Not even attempting to rhetorically separate his
religion and politics anymore, Washington, D.C., Jul. 16, 2003

I believe that, as I told the Crown Prince, the Almighty God has endowed each individual
on the face of the earth with -- that expects each person to be treated with dignity. This
is a universal call. -- A universal call to fragmented thoughts... how nice, Sharm el-
Sheikh, Egypt, Jun. 3, 2003

All of you -- all in this generation of our military -- have taken up the highest calling of
history. You're defending your country, and protecting the innocent from harm. And
wherever you go, you carry a message of hope -- a message that is ancient and ever
new. In the words of the prophet Isaiah, "To the captives, 'come out,' -- and to those in
darkness, 'be free.'" -- In case you were wondering whether Dubya considered the Iraq
invasion a holy war, here's your answer. Aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, May 1,
2003

One of the great things about this country is a lot of people pray. -- I guess we're the
only Godly country out there, Washington, D.C., Apr. 13, 2003

We believe in freedom. We believe freedom is universal. We believe freedom is -- is a
gift from the Almighty God for every person, regardless of their race or their religion. --
Clarifying that the Almighty isn't bigoted, Bethesda, Maryland, Apr. 11, 2003

If I may, I'd like to remind you what I said at the State of the Union. Liberty is not
America's gift to the world, it is God's gift to each and every person. And that's what I
believe. I believe that when we see totalitarianism, that we must deal with it. --
Suggesting again that the U.S. is on God's side, and the U.S. is just acting as the enforcer
of God's will, prime time press conference, White House, Mar. 6, 2003

In this country and in Australia people believe that everybody has got worth, everybody
counts, that everybody is equal in the eyes of the Almighty. So the issue is not only
peace, the issue is freedom and
liberty. I made it clear in my State of the Union -- and the people of Australia must
understand this -- I don't believe liberty is America's gift to the world. I believe it is

God's gift to humanity. -- Dubya branches out from preaching to America to preaching
to Australia, too, Washington, D.C., Feb. 10, 2003

And there's no doubt in my mind, when the United States acts abroad and home, we do
so based upon values -- particularly the value that we hold dear to our hearts, and that is,
everybody ought to be free. I want to repeat what I said during my State of the Union to
you. Liberty is not America's gift to the world. What we believe strongly, and what we
hold dear, is liberty is God's gift to mankind. And we hold that value precious. And we
believe it is true. -- So, when we go into war, it is to enforce God's law, not America's
interests? I see. I'm sure that Muslims won't interpret that as a call for a crusade. White
Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Feb. 9, 2003

As Dick mentioned, we mourn the loss of seven brave souls. We learned a lot about
them over the last couple of days, and Laura and I learned a lot about their families in
Houston, because we met with them. My
impressions of the meeting was that there was -- that Almighty God was present in their
hearts. -- Reverend Dubya, Washington, D.C., Feb. 6, 2003

We can also be confident in the ways of Providence, even when they are far from our
understanding. Events aren't moved by blind change and chance. Behind all of life and all
of history, there's a dedication and purpose, set by the hand of a just and faithful God.
And that hope will never be shaken. -- Reverend Dubya, Washington, D.C., Feb. 6,
2003

The same Creator who names the stars also knows the names of the seven souls we
mourn today. -- Remarks on the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Washington, D.C.,
Feb. 1, 2003

Everybody is precious in the sight of the Almighty. Everybody has worth. That would be
a philosophy that drives this government as we work to strive to make the American
experience strong and hopeful for every
single citizen. -- Reverend Dubya strikes again, Washington, D.C., Jan. 30, 2003

This great, powerful nation is motivated not by power for power's sake, but because of
our values. If everybody matters, if every life counts, then we should hope everybody has
the great God's gift of freedom.
-- Dubya invokes "the great God" in justifying war with Iraq, Grand Rapids, Michigan,
Jan. 29, 2003

And we want Russia to be a country based upon the values which we share, because we
believe those values are the best values for the human condition of everybody. I like to
tell people, freedom is not an
American gift. Freedom is a gift from the Almighty God. And I firmly believe that. --
Dubya ultimately inferring that American-ness is only next to godliness, and Russia needs
to learn that, interview with LNK TV, Lithuania, Nov. 21, 2002

If we remain strong and focused and tough when we need to, if we continue to speak
clearly about right from wrong and defend the values -- which are not American values,
but God-given values -- we can achieve peace. We can achieve peace in the world, we
can achieve peace for our citizens. -- Dubya the Crusader doing his best to put the fear
of God into the enemies of Christianity the U.S., Manchester, New Hampshire, Oct. 5,
2002

Yet we do know that God has placed us together in this moment, to grieve together, to
stand together, to serve each other and our country. -- We know this because President
Reverend Dubya tells us so, Ellis
Island, New York, Sep. 11, 2002

Our deepest national conviction is that every life is precious, because every life is the gift
of a creator who intended us to live in liberty and equality. -- Dubya managing to twist
the intentions of the Creator into whatever satisifies the purposes of his (overtly religious)
speech, Ellis Island, New York, Sep. 11, 2002

The evildoers can't stand the thought of a nation which recognizes that people can
worship an Almighty God in different ways. -- Dubya trying to sound religiously open
while referring to the Almighty. He just doesn't get it. Stockton, California, Aug. 23,
2002

People understand being a patriot is more than simply putting your heart and saying the
Pledge of Allegiance to one nation under God. -- Apparently the only purpose of the
pledge now is to assert that the
nation is under God. I'm not sure what "putting your heart" means. Central Point,
Oregon, Aug. 22, 2002

Today, through sonograms and other technology, we can clearly -- see clearly that
unborn children are members of the human family, as well. They reflect our image, and
they are created in God's own image.
-- Dubya doing his best to inappropriately insert religious doctrine into political
discourse, to the delight of far too many, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Aug. 5, 2002

And that's another part of the spirit of America I want to herald, and that is the prayers
that were said by thousands of your citizens -- I mean, people from all walks of life. They
didn't say, I'm a Republican,
therefore, I get to pray, or I'm a Democrat, I pray. I don't care about either of them, I
pray. Everybody prayed. A lot of people -- if I say everybody, I don't know if
everybody prayed. I can tell you, a lot prayed. A lot prayed for your safety, a lot prayed
for your families. A lot pled to an almighty God that you were rescued. And thank God
the prayers were answered. -- This so incoherent, I'm not even bothering with adding a
comment, Green Tree, Pennsylvania, Aug. 5, 2002

And I just -- I cannot speak strongly enough about how we must collectively get after
those who kill in the name of -- in the name of some kind of false religion. -- Would that
be Islam, Dubya? press appearance with King Abdullah of Jordan, Aug. 1, 2002

America is a nation that is -- a nation that values our relationship with an Almighty.
Declaration of God in the Pledge of Allegiance doesn't violate rights. As a matter of fact,
it's a confirmation of the fact that we received our rights from God, as proclaimed in our
Declaration of Independence. I -- I believe that it points up the fact that we need
common-sense judges who understand that our rights were derived from God. And
those are the kind of judges I intend to put on the bench. -- Dubya blasting an 8-foot-
wide hole through the separation of church and state, and totally ignoring the actual
context in which the "under God" stanza was added to the Pledge of Allegiance. I also
have to assume that in land of DubyaSpeak, "common-sense" means "God-fearing
Christian". So much for atheists, agnostics and Buddhists, eh Dubya? Kananaskis,
Canada, June 27, 2002

And so there is a -- I think that the Almighty is important -- obviously, important part of
my life, but very important part of the life of our country. And that's why the ruling of the
courts was out of step with the traditions and history of America. -- A tradition in a
Pledge of Allegiance that only began in the height of World War II (1942), and which
was made more overtly religious at the insistence of the Knights of Columbus during the
Cold War (1954)? Knee jerk Christian conservatism is the only acceptable policy in
America? Wow. I know I shouldn't be surprised but I have to say I am. Kananaskis,
Canada, June 27, 2002

It means that we unleash the faith-based programs to help change people's hearts, which
will help change their lives. -- Making it sound as if the government will be subsizdizing
the conversion of new Christians, Atlanta, Georgia, June 17, 2002

They can't stand religion. -- About America's and Russia's common enemy, the "blood-
thirsty killers", who until now were considered to adhere to a exclusionary perversion of
Islam, St. Petersburg University, St. Petersburg, Russia, May 25, 2002

Prayer is a vital part of our national life. ...Prayer and faith are an especially vital part of
the life of Hispanos in este pais. ...The power of faith is found among the young, and
that's good news, really good news. Ministers say that a revolucion espiritual is taking
place amongst los jovenes Hispanos aqui. -- Los comentarios del presidente at the
National Hispanic Prayer Desayuno, Washington, D.C., May 16, 2002

I love the story that came out of Michigan about the women of cover, of Muslim faith,
who didn't feel comfortable about going to their home. -- Town hall meeting, Ontario,
California, Jan. 5, 2002

I couldn't imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah.
-- White House, Dec. 10, 2001 Yer KIDDING ME! YOU CAN't???? GEE!

It's a sign from above. -- Comment made when television light caught fire above crowd,
Sioux  Falls, South Dakota, Mar. 9, 2001

There's no such thing as legacies. At least, there is a legacy, but I'll never see it. --HUH?
To Catholic leaders at the White House, Jan. 31, 2001 AND THIS MAN IS PRESIDENT???

I quit drinking in 1986 and haven't had a drop since then. And it wasn't because of a
government program, by the way -- in my particular case, because I had a higher call. --
CNN.com, West Allis, Wisconsin, Nov. 3, 2000

But one way is for religion to be introduced - is for me - you know, my heart was
changed - one heart at a time, my little old heart. HUH? Incoherently religious in interview, US
News & World Report, Dec. 6, 1999

I did denounce it. I de- I denounced it. I denounced interracial dating. I denounced anti-
Catholic bigacy..HUH?. bigotry. -- Responding to attacks on his visit to ultra-conservative Bob
Jones University, Virginia, February 25, 2000

My faith tells me that acceptance of Jesus Christ as my savior is my salvation, and I
believe I made it clear that it is not the governor's role to decide who goes to heaven. I
believe God decides who goes to heaven, not George W. Bush. HUH?-- Governor Dubya in
1998, clarifying his relationship with Creation  well, not exactly CLARIFYING....

I'm sure there is some kind of heavy doctrinal difference, which I'm not sophisticated
enough to explain to you. -- Explaining the complex issues involved in his switching from
attending an Episcopal church to attending a Methodist one

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