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These George Bushisms and Bush Speak were taken from various sources such as Presidential Speak and the big list on Slate.com. A Complete list of Bushisms are updated frequently by Jacob Weisberg on Slate. We will try and update these as well but Slate's list will always be the most current for the ones they find. Even though we believe that actions speak louder than words and one should always judge a politician by his deeds and actions and not his staged, media manipulated performances, we also felt that a four-page list this large and impressive speaks too loudly about the ignorance of the man. On our list you will find misuse of tense and other bad grammar, inconsistent thought, unintended thought, mangled words, made up words, and many other mistakes of speech. We couldn't make this stuff up if we tried. Enjoy!

"You never know what your history is going to be like until long after you're gone." -Washington, D.C., May 5, 2006

"You're free. And freedom is beautiful. And, you know, it'll take time to restore chaos and order--order out of chaos. But we will." -Washington, D.C., April 13, 2003

"The United States and Russia are in the midst of a transformational relationship that will yield peace and progress." -Washington, D.C., November 13, 2001

"One year ago today, the time for excuse-making has come to an end" --Washington, D.C., January 8, 2003

"The budget caps were busted, mightily so. And we are reviewing with people like Judd Gregg from New Hampshire and others some budgetary reform measures taht will reinstate--you know, possibly reinstate budgetary discipline. But the caps no longer--the caps, I guess they're there. But they didn't mean much." -Washington, D.C., February 5, 2001

"But I also made it clear to [Vladimir Putin] that it's important to think beyond the old days of when we had the concept that if we blew each other up, the world would be safe." -Washington, D.C., May 1, 2001

"We're still being challenged in Iraq and the reason why is a free Iraq will be a major defeat in the cause of freedom." -North Carolina, April 5, 2004

"That's just the nature of democracy. Sometimes pure politics enters into the rhetoric." -Crawford, Texas, August 8, 2003

"The public education system in America is one of the most important foundations of our democracy. After all, it is where children from all over America learn to be responsible citizens, and learn to have the skills necessary to take advantage of our fantastic opportunistic society." -Santa Clara, California, May 1, 2002

"The folks who conducted to act on our country on September 11 made a big mistake. They underestimated America. They underestimated our resolve, our determination, our love for freedom. They misunderestimated the fact that we love a neighbor in need. They misunderestimated the compassion of our country. I think they misunderestimated the will and determination of the commander in chief, too." -Langely, Virginia, September 26, 2001

"They've seen me make decisions, they've seen me under trying times, they've seen me weep, they've seen me laugh, they've seen me hug. And they know who I am, and I believe they're comfortable with the fact that they know I'm not going to shift principles or shift positions based upon polls and focus groups." --interview with USA Today, August 27, 2004

"Laura and I really don't realize how bright our children is sometimes until we get an objective analysis." --appearing on CNBC, April 15, 2000

"Make no mistake about it, I understand how tough it is, sir. I talk to families who die." -speaking with reporters about facing the challenges of war. Washington, D.C., December 7, 2006

"One of the interesting initiatives we've taken in Washington, D.C. is we've got these vampire-busting devices. A vampire is a--a cell deal you can plug in the wall to charge your cell phone." -Denver, Colorado, August 14, 2001

"You've also got to measure in order to begin to effect change that's just more--when there's more than talk, there's just actual--a paradigm shift." -Washington, D.C., July 1, 2003

"The trial laywers are very politically powerful...But here in Texas we took them on and got some good medical--medical malpractice." -Waco, Texas, August 13, 2002

"Think about that. Two hundred and eighty-five new or expanded programs, $2 trillion more in new spending, and not one new bureaucrat to file out the forms or answer the phones." -Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 1, 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, October 31, 2000

"We don't believe in planners and deciders making the decisions on behalf of Americans." --Scranton, Pennsylvania, September 6, 2000

"And there is distrust in Washington. I am surprised, frankly, at the amount of distrust that exists in this town. And I'm sorry it's the case and I'll work hard to try to elevate it." -speaking on NPR, January 29, 2007

"I'm thrilled to be here in the bread basket of America becaue it gives me a chance to remind our fellow citizens that we have an advantage here in America--we can feed ourselves." -Stockton, California, August 23, 2002

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

"Maybe she'll be able to join us in Florida. If not, she can clean out her room." -on the recovery of his daughter Jenna from an appendectomy, December 26, 2000

"We must have the attitude that every child in America--regardless of where they're raised or how they're born--can learn." -New Britain, Connecticut, April 18, 2001

"A small-business owner's outlook is improved when there's a new productd available that says, 'Gosh, I'm meeting the needs of my employees and also being able to better control costs." --Washington, D.C., March 16, 2004

"Let me tell you my thoughts about tax relief. When your economy is kind of ooching along it's important to let people have more of their own money." --Boston, Massachusetts, October 4, 2002

"We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile." --Des Moines, Iowa, August 21, 2000

"Listen, whoever thought about modernizing this room deserves a lot of credit. Like, there's very little oxygen in here anymore." --on the confines of the White Hose Brady Briefing Room, Washington, D.C., March 16, 2005

"Kosovians can move back in." --appearing on CNN's Inside Politics, April 9, 1999

"I was a prisoner, too, but for bad reasons." --to Argentinian president Nestor Kirchner, on being told that all but one of the Argentinian delegates to the summit meeting were imprisoned during the military dictatorship, Monterrey, Mexico, January 13, 2004

"Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream." --La Crosse, Wisconsin, October 18, 2000

"It is time to set aside the old partisan bickering and finger-pointing and name-calling that comes from freeing parents to make different choices for their children." --remarks on "parental empowerment in education", Washington, D.C., April 12, 2001

"My thoughts are, we're going to get somebody who knows what they're talking about when it comes to rebuilding cities." --on how the rebuilding of New Orleans might commence, Biloxi, Mississippi, September 2, 2005

"[A] free Iraq is essential to our respective securities." -Washingotn, D.C., June 1, 2004

"You'll hear people say it's racist to test. Folks, it's racist not to test. Because guess who gets shuffled through the system oftentimes? Children whose parents don't speak English as a first language, inner-city kids. It's so much easier to quit on somebody than to remediate." -referring to his education bill, Independence, Missouri, August 21, 2001

"Didn't we already give them a break at the top?" --to economic advisors urging the elimination of taxes on dividends, as quoted by Paul O'Neill, Washington, D.C. November 26, 2002

"It's evolutionary, going from governor to president, and this is a significant step, to be able to vote for yourself on the ballot, and I'll be able to do so next fall, I hope." --in an interview with The Associated Press, March 8, 2000

"There's no cave deep enough for America, or dark enough to hide." --Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, August 29, 2002

"It would be helpful if we opened up ANWR [Arctic National Wildlife Refuge]. I think it's a mistake not to. And I would urge you all to travel up there and take a look at it, and you can make the determination as to how beautiful that country is." --Washington, D.C., March 29, 2001

"The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorize himself." --Grand Rapids, Michigan, January 29, 2002

Jacob Weisberg is editor of Slate. You can e--mail him at ballotbox@slate.com.



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