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Four Color Politics

Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Quotes of the Morning: Dumb and Dubya

“Q: I seem to remember a time in Texas on another problem, taxes, where you tried to get out in front and tell people it's not a crisis now, it's going to be a crisis down the line -- you went down in flames on that one. Why --
Dubya: Actually, I -- if I might. (Laughter.) I don't think a billion-dollar tax relief that permanently reduced property taxes on senior citizens was ‘flames,’ but since you weren't a senior citizen, perhaps that's your definition of "flames."
Q: I never got my billion --
Dubya: Yes. Because you're not a senior citizen yet. Acting like one, however. Go ahead. (Laughter.)
Q: What is there about government that makes it hard --
Dubya: Faulty memory. (Laughter.)
Q: -- to address things in advance, before it's a crisis?
Dubya: Do we have a crisis in Texas now on school property taxes?
Q: Yes, we do.
Dubya: Thank you.”
-Press Conference, January 26, 2005

“Its good to see that the president can take a little time out of his busy schedule of gutting Social Security to have a few laughs at the expense of the elderly right after learning that 31 Americans had died in a helicopter crash earlier in the day.”

“Sometimes, words have consequences you don't intend them to mean. ‘Bring 'em on’ is the classic example, when I was really trying to rally the troops and make it clear to them that I fully understood, you know, what a great job they were doing. And those words had an unintended consequence. It kind of, some interpreted it to be defiance in the face of danger. That certainly wasn't the case.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 14, 2005

“’Bring ‘em on’… Already a classic. Only problem is that he’s not really, um… telling the truth.”

are some who feel like that, uhh -- if they -- attack us, that we may decide to leave prematurely. They don't understand what they're talkin' about, if that's the case. Let me finish. Umm, there are some who, uhh -- feel like -- that, you know, the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is bring 'em on.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, Washington, D.C., Jul. 2, 2003

“It's important that we celebrate a peaceful transfer of power. ...You can be equally concerned about our troops in Iraq and those who suffered at the tsunamis [and] with celebrating democracy.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 17, 2005

“Sir, the transfer of power was from you, to you. Somehow the fact that you didn’t fight yourself over it doesn’t impress me.”

“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.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, Washington D.C., interview on ABC's "20/20", aired Jan. 14, 2005

“Three references to God, but not one thing that makes sense. I understand not wanting to ascribe natural disasters to God, but doesn’t Dubya talk about how ‘freedom’ and ‘liberty’ come from Him (and when Dubya talks you know God is male) all the time?”


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