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Top 10 Unfortunate Comments of George Bush

by Lindsay Baker
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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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