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Top 10 Unfortunate Comments of George Bush

Lindsay Baker . . . Comments

The 43rd president of the United States, George W. Bush makes the news headlines every day for his policies, strategies and proposals. He also makes the headlines for some comments that cause his fellow Republicans to cringe and Democrats to smile. Here are his top ten flubs from the past few years. (Note: this is a politically unbiased site, the top 10 unfortunate comments of the Clintons is coming next).

George Bush

1. Philadelphia

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.

comments made during his address on Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (Philadelphia, PA), May 14, 2001

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2. Rome

I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe – I believe what I believe is right.

said during an informal meeting with journalists in Rome, Italy, July 22, 2001

3. Texas

I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn’t here.

statement while speaking at President’s Economic Forum, Waco, Texas, August 13, 2002


4. Minnesota

If affirmative action means what I just described, what I’m for, then I’m for it.

remarked during a presidential debate in St. Louis, MO, October 18, 2000

5. Air Force One

I’m also not very analytical. You know I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about myself, about why I do things.

commented while meeting with journalists aboard Air Force One, June 4, 2003

6. Executive Office Building

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.

stated at the Signing of H.R. 4613, the Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2005, Room 350, Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building, August 5, 2004

7. South Carolina

Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?

said at a presidential campaign stop in Florence, SC, January 11, 2000

George W Bush

8. New Hampshire

The important question is, how many hands have I shaked.

in response to a question about why he hadn’t spent more time in New Hampshire during the presidential campaign, Oct. 22, 1999

9. New York Daily News

This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating.

as quoted by the New York Daily News, April 23, 2002

10. Washington, DC

Tribal sovereignty means just that, it’s sovereign. You’re a — you’ve been given sovereignty, and you’re viewed as a sovereign entity. And, therefore, the relationship between the federal government and tribes is one between sovereign entities.

remarks at Unity: Journalists of Color convention in Washington, D.C., August 6, 2004

Contributor: Lindsay Baker

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  • dalandzadgad

    #7 = Miss South Carolina?

  • dalandzadgad: Hahaha! How perfect is the timing of this article? :)

  • evan

    oh man you forgot my fav one, its something like “theres an old saying in texas, and here in Tennessee too i think, fool me once, shame…fool me once shame on you, fool me twice….you cant be fooled again!”

  • Cat Skyfire

    Nice. For fun, get some of the good quotes from other presidents as well.

  • dalandzadgad

    jfrater: agreed.

    you know what’s sad? i was thinking about making the connection as soon i saw the title of this list..

    the timing is icing.

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  • Evan: hilarious

    Cat: I have just added a list of Clinton quotes.

    dalandzadgad: hehe

  • funny but sad.
    here’s my fav that was not in the list:
    “We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease.” -George W. Bush, at a news conference in Europe, June 14, 2001
    love this site.

  • [ImplosvifeFire]

    Wow. I didn’t know he was so inarticulate xD

  • [ImplosiveFire]

    Wow. I just misspelled my own nick. I guess I’m just as bad as him.

  • mistere

    Haha great list! My personal favorite is what Bush said to an Iraq war vet:
    “I’d like to shake the hand of the man who lost his hand in Iraq.”

  • sarahj

    haha I had such a huge laugh at these and then an even bigger laugh when I read the comments
    Love comment #10
    Jfrater you need a list of unfortunate comments from Prince Phillip too :)

  • Jack

    My favorite quote of his is “I believe the human being and fish can coexist peaceably.”

    What the hell does that mean? haha

  • Pat

    yep, there’s just no chance that war’s going to be won huh?

  • saraj: that is so true! I had completely forgotten about his big blunders. Thanks for mentioning it :)

  • jon

    i love it when he tries to make up his own words like i am the “decider”. one who decides i guess??

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  • wowzer

    I am speechless in the light of such great intellectualnessosity…

  • Sean

    he’s so earnestly podunk, you have to love it

  • Frieds

    What about when Bush complained medical malpractice lawsuits make it impossible for gynecologists “to practice their love”

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  • WatAbout


    My perosnal favorite was his quote on the soldiers being attackd in Iraq. “Bring ’em on.”

  • alsdhl

    The new one, “Childrens do learn…”

  • Stephanie

    Oh snap! :O

    Is it true that Bush called the Japanese “Japanians”? I am not sure about that.

  • DLHall

    And–just think he is a two-term president. I suppose this country gets what it deserves.

  • kiwiboi

    How about “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job”.

    Bush said this, in front of the world’s media, to Michael D Brown (the Director of FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and a Bush appointee) in relation to his handling of Hurricane Katrina in September 2005 and despite the whole world (apart from Bush) being of the view that Brown was (in the words of one political commentator), a “worthless sack of bones”.

    Bush gave Brown his public endorsement on September 2nd. “Brownie” resigned in disgrace on September 12th.

  • msvet

    after reading this and the one on the clintons it’s just a shame these are the people that have led this nation for the better part of the last 16 years

  • albert0

    this is great! if you liked this you may also like the top 30 unfortunate quotes.

  • lightningclash

    Here’s a joke for y’all…
    Bush was being debriefed about a recent conflict in Iraq by members of his inner circle. “Today in Iraq two brazilian soldiers were killed.” Bush hung his head down and looked upset. Someone asked if he was alright saying, “There’s been days were many more people have been killed fighting in Iraq.” After this was said Bush looked up and asked… “Yes, but how many is a brazilian exactly?”

  • doz

    thank you very much for this. i had a good laugh.

  • treypole

    There’s a Washington Post reporter (I believe) that was writing a book just on the silly stuff W said, but he noticed a pattern. Whenever W was talking about something militaristic or punitive – like killing “terr’ists” – he never (or rarely) stumbled, always clear and precise. But when trying to sound compassionate or caring, the stumbling was frequent. The reporter’s favorite – W talking about hunger: “I know how hard it is to put food on your family.”

  • colin

    seriously, Japanians? lol

  • JMead

    Just thought I’d give one of my favorites (after just finding this site–love it!):
    “The one thing that we’ve got to be sure that we do is anything.”

  • oh good Lord.
    I love this list.
    1.20.2009, people!!

  • Tamala

    my fave was “the problem with the French, is that they have no word for entrepreneur” lmao

  • 2x

    Ok, I can’t believe no one has pointed this out yet, but St. Louis MO = Missouri, not Minnesota

  • Brad

    “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.”

  • ChaoticPython

    You’ve got to feel a little sorry for him….I can’t think of a job with more pressure than President. And half of what he does is just what his advisors tell him to do…
    But come on. Number 6? That’s just funny.

  • geko inc.

    ha ha….. Mr Bush..! u would hav made a gud comedian….

  • Emily

    Thank you, 2x. I was about to also make the same comment. MO=Missouri. MN=Minnesota.

  • astraya

    Japania is a lovely place!

  • KC

    January cannot come soon enough. I can’t wait to move out of this country and live with the Japanians.

    Ugh, dumbass. “Is our children learning?” Really Dubya? Really? Is you are to be have the lerning? More like, “I can’t brain today, I have the dumb.”

    “Clearly it’s a budget…it’s got numbers in it.”

    Is he really that dumb or is he putting on an act for the like Jessica Simpson (oh…wait…)

  • most amazing man alive

    Hurah Hurah…

  • Andrew Yu-Jen Wang

    George W. Bush’s sentence-by-sentence speaking skills are deteriorating. Apparently, this may be due to a mental illness called “presenile dementia.” Bush may or may not be secretly still drinking heavily. Bush lied, and thousands of people died. Bush suffers from narcissism and megalomania. Moreover, Bush has been arrested three times. Bush was arrested for disorderly conduct. Bush was arrested for stealing. Bush was also arrested for a serious crime—driving under the influence of alcohol. Bush is guilty of criminal negligence relative to the response to Hurricane Katrina. There are reasons to believe that Bush suffers from a learning disability. Bush’s learning disability would explain a lot of things. All in all, Bush is a severely mentally ill individual. Bush is not fit to be the president of the United States.

    Bush should be locked up.

    Submitted by Andrew Yu-Jen Wang
    B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1996
    Messiah College, Grantham, PA

  • Steelman

    Oh please. Stop the liberal koolaid dementia. Summa Cum Laude at “Messiah College”? Messiah College?? You actually promote that? Bush’s speaking skills stink, no doubt, but accussing him with metal illness? Methinks you are a victim of a psychological disorder called “projection”.

  • Sam

    Worst president in history!

  • Lilith Hel

    he’s not mentally ill. he’s just an idiot. these things are to be expected when much of being a successful politician in this day is dependent on how much money you’ve got and who you know or who your dad knows. rarely will i defend bush, but i think you’re comment is ridiculous.

  • Rennix

    6 and 7 are hilarious!

  • mami

    It is sad thta this guy led a country for 8yrs. He is clearly not fit to be a class captain talkless of a world leader. But who am i kidding? He is just like our former president- obasanjo. Now that is the world’s greatest IDIOT.

  • PastTime491

    Bush is an idiot!

  • Bad Bush

    Bush is the worst president in the world. He should resign now.

  • raoul

    or my personal favorite: In Brazil ” I did not know you got black people here too” to Brazilian president Lula Da Silva during press conference

  • PC

    How did America EVER vote him in!!!!

    I’m frankly amazed he managed to right his name right on his campaign boards.

  • BeatleMorgan

    oh lord. #7, lol.

  • Jon

    My favorite comment:

    During Bush’s run as governor of Texas, a debate arose in which interest groups wished to translate the Bible from English to Spanish. When asked about the issue, Bush replied, “If English is good enough for Jesus, then it’s good enough for me.”

    Words cannot describe the hilarity that ensued when I heard that quote.

    Another comment, and one that pissed me off to no end, was made during the Press Night that political figures hold. Basically it’s comparable to a roast, only the political figures make fun of themselves in front of reporters. Bush, while presenting a slideshow, stated that “the WMDS must be here somewhere”. This qoute was accompanied by slideshow images of Bush looking under his Oval Office desk, the White House grounds, etc.

    For some strange reason, I haven’t heard of FDR making fun of sending Americans to die during WWII. I haven’t heard of Lincoln quipping over the beginning of the Civil War. Bush is the biggest douchebag ever to sit in political office, and if I had the opportunity, I would put my size 13 boots up his ass. And this opinion comes from an Iraqi War vet and former Bush supporter. The policies of the former administration have destroyed the image of America, and severely damaged the world.

  • whoopee

    PC- comment 51

    “…amazed he managed to right his name right…”

    Oh the irony

  • Sam

    Say what you will about Bush, but at least he spoke his own words rather than depend upon a teleprompter and pre-screened questions and NEVER bowed down to a king or president or anyone else for that matter.

    1-20-13: Can this country survive until then?

  • cokeman

    unfortunately #6 is true…

  • Norman

    The thank that he was such an idiot was his only redeeeming quality.

  • Norman

    Sorry, my last comment meant to read, “the fact he was such an idiot was his only redeeming quality.”

  • Uri

    Great president of yours :D

  • Chelsea

    I’m not sure that this has been mentioned yet, but MO is the abreviation for Missouri. Minnesota’s is MN. Being a Minnesotan, I find this an apalling error and kindly ask you to fix it.

  • Brandon

    Forgive me for I may be missing it but what exactly is wrong with the first one?

  • LionRW86

    @ #61

    1. Philadelphia

    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.

    this is wrong because when he said non fatal shooting and that it was unacceptable and well what does he really want more fatal shootings instead of people surviving. LOL

    Japanians wow it’s sad that he ran this country for 8 years!

  • nicoleredz3

    Well, nobody’s perfect… Lol!

  • linda10989

    What do you mean there’s only 10???

  • qwertz
  • Acies Enigma

    Here’s a scary theme of his. None are verbal gaffs, though.
    “You don’t get everything you want. A dictatorship would be a lot easier.” Describing what it’s like to be governor of Texas.
    (Governing Magazine 7/98)

    — From Paul Begala’s “Is Our Children Learning?”

    “I told all four that there are going to be some times where we don’t agree with each other, but that’s OK. If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator,” Bush joked.

    —, December 18, 2000

    “A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there’s no question about it, ” [Bush] said.

    — Business Week, July 30, 2001

  • Will Trame

    There is a book on all of George W Bush’s misquotes. Quite humorous reading. The man was a total idiot and should never have been put in the White House once, let alone twice. I don’t know about his mental health, but there have been serious conjecture over his physical well-being. I mean, who chokes on a pretzel and then passes out? Bush had serious trouble speaking in complete coherent sentences when under the slightest stress and could not even pronounce a simple word like “nuclear”. His inability to admit to his mistakes was also a fatal nail in his metaphorical coffin. “I do not make mistakes”. Yeah, right…..

  • ken1955

    The most mentally feeble individual to ever become president, no doubt about that. Amazingly and mind-bogglingly stupid. But look who elected him: fundamentalist Christians, a group of as devoid of intellect and good judgement as Bush himself, (he was one of them).

  • Will Trame

    There was another foible of Bush’s that really chafed my chaps. He was addressing disabled Iraq veterans at a VA hospital…a number of whom were amputees…and related a story of how he would have been there sooner but while riding his bike he collided with a tree and scratched his little pinkie. Such an anecdote is a tasteless one; it reminded me of the theme to the old “George of the Jungle” cartoon from the 1960s. (WATCH OUT FOR THAT TREE! WATCH OUT FOR THAT….OOOHHH!!!….TREE!!).

  • max

    Chelsea is right– as a St. Louisian, I do not want the Minnesota-stink rubbing off on me. Please be careful not to conflate MO/MN, in the future.

  • PurbaNegoro

    Ultimate Bush fail:

    Used wrong door to exit (stage props to dress up the press stage) in top diplomatic exposure with Premiere Hu Chinese press conference.

    Chinese audience were so stunned by his stupidity they audibly gasped.

    Bush just stood there- looking like the giant fool Chavez had long described him as.

    Chinese gently ushered a totally flustered Mr G-Dub Bush out the correct exit doors- those elusive ones he entered from.

    One more:

    Florida recount by lil bro Jeb Bush.

    US democracy- the best money can buy.

    The world laughs at you stupid fuckers.

  • here

    Ha, ha, what a weak list! obummer and the clinton crooks say 10x dumber things.

  • ant

    You guys should make a list about the similarities America has today with pre ww2 nazi germany

  • pauliii

    #6 is the funniest

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  • Hannah

    .4. Minnesota

    If affirmative action means what I just described, what I’m for, then I’m for it.

    remarked during a presidential debate in St. Louis, MO, October 18, 2000

    So St. Louis Missori is in Minnesota now?

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