Monday, January 19, 2009

A - Z of Bushisms: The First Term

To celebrate the end of eight years of George W. Bush I've decided to look at the things he has been substantitive and brought joy and pleasure to the world. Here is the A-Z of Bushisms. But only for his first term and first election campaign. I had too much material to just keep it down to one set.

Just what are we going to do for desk calanders from now?

A - Africa: "We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease." at a news conference in Europe, June 14, 2001

B - Books: "Bill wrote a book at Yale. I read one." on William F. Buckley, Al Smith Dinner, New York City, Oct. 19, 2000

C- Children (Darkness of Internet): "It's important for us to explain to our nation that life is important. It's not only life of babies, but it's life of children living in, you know, the dark dungeons of the Internet." Arlington Heights, Ill., Oct. 24, 2000

D- Dictatorship: "If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2000

E - Explanations: "Never again in the halls of Washington, D.C., do I want to have to make explanations that I can't explain." Portland, Oregon, Oct. 31, 2000

F - Flying Objects: "I am here to make an announcement that this Thursday, ticket counters and airplanes will fly out of Ronald Reagan Airport." Washington, D.C., Oct. 3, 2001

G - Generation (of power): "The California crunch really is the result of not enough power-generating plants and then not enough power to power the power of generating plants." Jan. 14, 2001

H - Human Cloning: "It would be a mistake for the United States Senate to allow any kind of human cloning to come out of that chamber." Washington, D.C., April 10, 2002

I -Internets: I hear there's rumors on the Internets that we're going to have a draft." second presidential debate, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 8, 2004

J - Justice: "Justice was being delivered to a man who defied that gift from the Almighty to the people of Iraq." Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2003

K - Kennedy Kerry: "Let me see where to start here. First, the National Journal named Senator Kennedy the most liberal senator of all." --George W. Bush, referring to Sen. Kerry, second presidential debate, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 8, 2004

L - Language: "Neither in French nor in English nor in Mexican." declining to take reporters' questions during a photo op with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, April 21, 2001

L - Language II (French): "The problem with the French is that they don't have a word for entrepreneur." discussing the decline of the French economy with British Prime Minister Tony Blair 2002

L - Literacy: "You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.'' Feb. 21, 2001

M - Misundestmate: "They misunderestimated me." Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000

N- Name-calling?: "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." -George W. Bush, on "parental empowerment in education," April 12, 2001

O - Oil: "It is clear our nation is reliant upon big foreign oil. More and more of our imports come from overseas." Beaverton, Ore., Sep. 25, 2000

O- Oval Office: "I always jest to people, the Oval Office is the kind of place where people stand outside, they're getting ready to come in and tell me what for, and they walk in and get overwhelmed in the atmosphere, and they say, man, you're looking pretty." Washington, D.C., Nov. 4, 2004

P - Peace? (Middle East): "My administration has been calling upon all the leaders in the - in the Middle East to do everything they can to stop the violence, to tell the different parties involved that peace will never happen." Crawford, Texas, Aug, 13, 2001

Q - Quality of Life: "It's important for young men and women who look at the Nebraska champs to understand that quality of life is more than just blocking shots." in remarks to the University of Nebraska women's volleyball team, the 2001 national champions, May 31, 2001

R - Resignate: "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, Ore., Oct. 31, 2000

S-Shootings: "For every fatal shooting, there were roughly three non-fatal shootings. And, folks, this is unacceptable in America. It's just unacceptable. And we're going to do something about it." Philadelphia, Penn., May 14, 2001

T - Transformationed: "The United States and Russia are in the midst of transformationed relationship that will yield peace and progress." Washington, D.C., Nov, 13, 2001

T - Twentieth Century: "That's a chapter, the last chapter of the 20th, 20th, the 21st century that most of us would rather forget. The last chapter of the 20th century. This is the first chapter of the 21st century. " on the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Arlington Heights, Ill., Oct. 24, 2000

U - United States Nations Senate: "John Thune has got a common-sense vision for good forest policy. I look forward to working with him in the United Nations Senate to preserve these national heritages." Aberdeen, S.D., Oct. 31, 2002

V - Vampires: "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, Aug. 14, 2001

W - Wrangling: "As far as the legal hassling and wrangling and posturing in Florida, I would suggest you talk to our team in Florida led by Jim Baker." Crawford, Texas, Nov. 30, 2000


Y- Yasser Arafat: "After all, a week ago, there were - Yasser Arafat was boarded up in his building in Ramallah, a building full of, evidently, German peace protestors and all kinds of people. They're now out. He's now free to show leadership, to lead the world." Washington, D.C., May 2, 2002

Continues with the A - Z of the Second Term.

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