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George W. Bush quotes (109)

A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it.
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After the chaos and carnage of September 11th, it is not enough to serve our enemies with legal papers.
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America is a friend to the people of Iraq. Our demands are directed only at the regime that enslaves them and threatens us. When these demands are met, the first and greatest benefit will come to Iraqi men, women and children.
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America is a Nation with a mission - and that mission comes from our most basic beliefs. We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace - a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and woman.
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America is the land of the second chance - and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life.
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America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof, the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.
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America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people.
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Americans are rising to the tasks of history, and they expect the same of us.
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And the cornerstone of my economic policies, when I first got elected, was cutting taxes on everybody on who paid taxes.
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And what's interesting, and I don't think a lot of Americans understand this fact, is that, one, most new jobs are created by small businesses; two, most small businesses pay tax at the individual income tax, or many small businesses pay tax there.
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Any government that supports, protects or harbours terrorists is complicit in the murder of the innocent and equally guilty of terrorist crimes.
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Bring them on.
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Do I think faith will be an important part of being a good president? Yes, I do.
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Every nation in every region now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.
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Everywhere that freedom stirs, let tyrants fear.
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Faith crosses every border and touches every heart in every nation.
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For all who love freedom and peace, the world without Saddam Hussein's regime is a better and safer place.
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For diplomacy to be effective, words must be credible - and no one can now doubt the word of America.
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Free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don't attack each other. Free nations don't develop weapons of mass destruction.
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Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward, and freedom will be defended.
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Government does not create wealth. The major role for the government is to create an environment where people take risks to expand the job rate in the United States.
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Great tragedy has come to us, and we are meeting it with the best that is in our country, with courage and concern for others because this is America. This is who we are.
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Hundreds of thousands of American servicemen and women are deployed across the world in the war on terror. By bringing hope to the oppressed, and delivering justice to the violent, they are making America more secure.
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I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well.
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I believe a marriage is between a man and a woman.
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I believe in the transformational power of liberty. I believe that the free Iraq is in this nation's interests. I believe a free Afghanistan is in this nation's interest.
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I believe that God has planted in every heart the desire to live in freedom.
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I believe the most solemn duty of the American president is to protect the American people. If America shows uncertainty and weakness in this decade, the world will drift toward tragedy. This will not happen on my watch.
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I can hear you, the rest of the world can hear you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.
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I had to abandon free market principles in order to save the free market system.
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I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings people together.
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I have written a book. This will come as quite a shock to some. They didn't think I could read, much less write.
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I have zero desire, just so you know, to be in the limelight. I don't think it's good for the country to have a former president criticize his successor. You're not going to see me giving my opinions in the public arena, until I start selling my book. I'm going to emerge then submerge.
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I just didn't want to get out there anymore; I didn't want to get back into what I call 'the swamp.' And the other reason why is I don't think it's good for the presidency for a former president to be opining about his successor. President Obama's got plenty of critics - and I'm just not gonna be one.
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I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace.
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I know it's going to be the private sector that leads this country out of the current economic times we're in. You can spend your money better than the government can spend your money.
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I sent American troops to Iraq to make its people free, not to make them American. Iraqis will write their own history and find their own way.
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I think we ought to raise the age at which juveniles can have a gun.
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I think you can judge from somebody's actions a kind of a stability and sense of purpose perhaps created by strong religious roots. I mean, there's a certain patience, a certain discipline, I think, that religion helps you achieve.
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I told you I'm not going to criticize my successor. I'll just tell you that there are people at Gitmo that will kill American people at a drop of a hat and I don't believe that persuasion isn't going to work. Therapy isn't going to cause terrorists to change their mind.
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I understand everybody in this country doesn't agree with the decisions I've made. And I made some tough decisions. But people know where I stand.
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I want to thank you for taking time out of your day to come and witness my hanging.
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I will never relent in defending America - whatever it takes.
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I would like to be remembered as a guy who had a set of priorities, and was willing to live by those priorities. In terms of accomplishments, my biggest accomplishment is that I kept the country safe amidst a real danger.
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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.
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If you're sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and principles, come and join this campaign.
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Iraq is no diversion. It is a place where civilization is taking a decisive stand against chaos and terror, we must not waver.
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It is clear our nation is reliant upon big foreign oil. More and more of our imports come from overseas.
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It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it.
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It's going to be the year of the sharp elbow and the quick tongue.
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Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.
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Look, when you're the president, there's all kinds of things said about us. I mean, it's just the nature of the job.
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Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods.
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No one was more shocked or angry than I was when we didn't find the weapons. I had a sickening feeling every time I thought about it. I still do.
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Now, there are some who would like to rewrite history - revisionist historians is what I like to call them.
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On September 11 2001, America felt its vulnerability even to threats that gather on the other side of the Earth. We resolved then, and we are resolved today, to confront every threat from any source that could bring sudden terror and suffering to America.
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One of my proudest moments is I didn't sell my soul for the sake of popularity.
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Only a liberal senator from Massachusetts would say that a 49 percent increase in funding for education was not enough.
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Our nation must come together to unite.
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Our Nation must defend the sanctity of marriage.
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People forget... that we structured it so that the government, or the people, would be repaid with a really good rate of return. And as it turns out, that aspect of TARP, that's what happened.
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People make suggestions on what to say all the time. I'll give you an example; I don't read what's handed to me. People say, 'Here, here's your speech, or here's an idea for a speech.' They're changed. Trust me.
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Saddam Hussein is a homicidal dictator who is addicted to weapons of mass destruction.
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Senator Kerry has been in Washington long enough to take both sides on just about every issue.
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So, for example, a country was into recession right after I was sworn in, a dot-com bust had taken place. Then the attacks of September the 11th, and then of course the great financial meltdown in the -the fundamental question facing any presidency is how do you deal with the hand you're dealt?
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So, I'm lying on the couch and Laura walks in and I say, 'Free at last,' and she says 'You're free all right, you're free to do the dishes.' So I say, 'You're talking to the former president, baby,' and she said, 'consider this your new domestic policy agenda.'
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Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called "walking."
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Some have argued that confronting the threat from Iraq could detract from the war against terror. To the contrary, confronting the threat posed by Iraq is crucial to winning the war on terror.
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States should have the right to enact laws... particularly to end the inhumane practice of ending a life that otherwise could live.
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Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.
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