Farewell 43: George W Bush Quotes

Duncan Riley - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 5:28 p.m. ET

With the final days of the George W Bush Presidency coming to an end, let’s revisit some of the best George W Bush quotes from the last 8 years. Somehow we think this is one area Barry O 44 won’t come close to matching.

“Rarely is the question asked, is our children learning?” January 2000 campaign event in South Carolina.

“I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.” September 2000 on Energy Policy.

“Throughout our history, the words of the Declaration have inspired immigrants from around the world to set sail to our shores. These immigrants have helped transform 13 small colonies into a great and growing nation of more than 300 people.” – July 2008

“There’s no doubt in my mind, not one doubt in my mind, that we will fail.” October 2001

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And so, in my State of the — my State of the Union — or state — my speech to the nation, whatever you want to call it, speech to the nation — I asked Americans to give 4,000 years — 4,000 hours over the next-the rest of your life –of service to America. That’s what I asked — 4,000 hours.” -State of the Union Address: April 2002

“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.” August 2004.

and for good measure: “And they have no disregard for human life.” July 2008.

“Make no mistake about it, I understand how tough it is, sir. I talk to families who die.” December 2006.

“It was not always a given that the United States and America would have a close relationship. After all, 60 years we were at war 60 years ago we were at war.” June 29, 2006, to the Japanese Prime Minister.

“These are big achievements for this country, and the people of Bulgaria ought to be proud of the achievements that they have achieved.” June 2007

“Mr Prime Minister, thank you for your introduction. Thank you for being such a fine host for the OPEC summit.” APEC Summit: September 2007.

“I remember meeting a mother of a child who was abducted by the North Koreans right here in the Oval Office.” June 2008.

“Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB/GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across this country.” September 2004.

“The fact that they purchased the machine meant somebody had to make the machine. And when somebody makes a machine, it means there’s jobs at the machine-making place.” May 2008

“This thaw – took a while to thaw, it’s going to take a while to unthaw.” October 2008.

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.” September 2002.


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