Decade in review / The best of Bush
August 11, 2001:"Do you have blacks, too?" (To Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso)
December 21, 2001:"I glance at the headlines just to kind of get a flavor for what's moving. I rarely read the stories," and "get briefed by people who have probably read the news themselves."
December 30, 2001: "But all in all, it's been a fabulous year for Laura and me." (Three months after the September 11 terror attacks)
June 16, 2002:"I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace."
Bush at War:"I'm the commander - see, I don't need to explain - I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being president." (As quoted in Bob Woodward's "Bush at War")
August 13, 2002:"I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn't here." (Speaking at the President's Economic Forum in Waco, Texas)
October 3, 2003: "See, free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don't attack each other. Free nations don't develop weapons of mass destruction."
April 4, 2004: "I wish you'd have given me this written question ahead of time, so I could plan for it. You know, I'm sure something will pop into my head here in the midst of this press conference, with all the pressure of trying to come up with an answer, but it hasn't yet?I just haven't - you just put me under the spot here, and maybe I'm not as quick on my feet as I should be in coming up with one." (Response to a reporter asking "After 9/11, what would your biggest mistake be ? and what lessons have learned from it?")
August 5, 2004: "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 9, 2004: "Real rich people figure out how to dodge taxes." (Explaining why it is important not to tax the rich)
September 6, 2004: "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country."
January 14, 2005: "Because he's hiding." (Aboard Air Force One, responding to a reporter who asked why Osama bin Laden had not been caught)
November 6, 2005: "Wow! Brazil is big." (After being shown a map of Brazil by Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva)
December 12, 2005: "I think we are welcomed. But it was not a peaceful welcome." (Defending Vice President Dick Cheney's pre-war assertion that the United States would be welcomed in Iraq as liberators)
January 1, 2006: "As you can possibly see, I have an injury myself - not here at the hospital, but in combat with a cedar. I eventually won. The cedar gave me a little scratch. As a matter of fact, the Colonel asked if I needed first aid when she first saw me. I was able to avoid any major surgical operations here, but thanks for your compassion, Colonel." (After visiting with wounded veterans from the Amputee Care Center of Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas)
May 4, 2006: "I was not pleased that Hamas has refused to announce its desire to destroy Israel."
May 5, 2005: "The point now is how do we work together to achieve important goals. And one such goal is a democracy in Germany."
May 7, 2006: "I would say the best moment of all was when I caught a 7.5 pound largemouth bass in my lake." (On his best moment in office)
June 14, 2006: "I think - tide turning - see, as I remember - I was raised in the desert, but tides kind of - it's easy to see a tide turn - did I say those words?" (When asked if the tide was turning in Iraq)
November 4, 2006: "The only way we can win [in Iraq] is to leave before the job is done."
December 7, 2006: "And truth of the matter is, a lot of reports in Washington are never read by anybody. To show you how important this one is, I read it, and our guest read it." (On the Baker-Hamilton Report, appearing with British Prime Minister Tony Blair)
January 29, 2007: "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."
March 1, 2007: "I'm a strong proponent of the restoration of the wetlands, for a lot of reasons. There's a practical reason, though, when it comes to hurricanes: The stronger the wetlands, the more likely the damage of the hurricane."
April 19, 2007: "I've heard he's been called Bush's poodle. He's bigger than that." (On former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, as quoted by the Sun newspaper)
May 5, 2008: "Let me start off by saying that in 2000 I said, 'Vote for me. I'm an agent of change.' In 2004, I said, 'I'm not interested in change --I want to continue as president.' Every candidate has got to say 'change.' That's what the American people expect."
May 12, 2008: "I'll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office."
June 13, 2008:"Your eminence, you're looking good." (To Pope Benedict XVI, using the title for Catholic cardinals, rather than addressing him as "your holiness")
July 10, 2008:"Amigo! Amigo!" (Calling out to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Spanish at the G-8 Summit in Japan)
December 18, 2008:"So I analyzed that and decided I didn't want to be the president during a depression greater than the Great Depression, or the beginning of a depression greater than the Great Depression."
March 17, 2009: "This is my maiden voyage. My first speech since I was the president of the United States and I couldn't think of a better place to give it than Calgary, Canada."
And the winner is:June 14, 2006:President Bush: "Peter. Are you going to ask that question with shades on?"Peter Wallsten of the Los Angeles Times: "I can take them off."Bush: "I'm interested in the shade look, seriously."Wallsten: "All right, I'll keep it, then."Bush: "For the viewers, there's no sun."Wallsten: "I guess it depends on your perspective."Bush: "Touche.(An exchange with legally blind reporter Peter Wallsten, to whom Bush later apologized)
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