Maybe I can still grow up to be president...
Source Marc Levine
Date 00/03/25/23:58


Sayings by George W. Bush. The source appears to be an e-mail distribution
of "The Complete Bushisms," compiled by Jacob Weisberg. They're listed in
reverse chronological order (the better ones are farther down).

"It is not Reaganesque to support a tax plan that is Clinton in nature.''
-Los Angeles, Feb. 23, 2000

"I thought how proud I am to be standing up beside my dad. Never did it
occur to me that he would become the gist for cartoonists." -ibid.

"If you're sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and
principles, come and join this campaign." --Hilton Head, S.C., Feb. 16, 2000

"How do you know if you don't measure if you have a system that simply
suckles kids through?" -Explaining the need for educational accountability
in Beaufort, S.C., Feb. 16, 2000

"We ought to make the pie higher." -South Carolina Republican Debate, Feb.
15, 2000

"I do not agree with this notion that somehow if I go to try to attract
votes and to lead people toward a better tomorrow somehow I get subscribed
to some-some doctrine gets subscribed to me." -Meet The Press, Feb. 13, 2000

"I've changed my style somewhat, as you know. I'm less -- I pontificate
less, although it may be hard to tell it from this show. And I'm more
interacting with people." -ibid

"I think we need not only to eliminate the tollbooth to the middle class, I
think we should knock down the tollbooth." -Nashua, N.H., as quoted by Gail
Collins in the New York Times, Feb. 1, 2000

"The most important job is not to be governor, or first lady in my case." -
Pella, Iowa, as quoted by the San Antonio Express-News, Jan. 30, 2000

"Will the highways on the Internet become more few?" -Concord, N.H., Jan.
29, 2000

"This is Preservation Month. I appreciate preservation. It's what you do
when you run for president. You gotta preserve." -Speaking during
"Perseverance Month" at fairgrounds Elementary School in Nashua, N.H. As
quoted in the Los Angeles Times, Jan. 28, 2000

"I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family." -Greater Nashua,
N.H., Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 27, 2000

"What I am against is quotas. I am against hard quotas, quotas they
basically delineate based upon whatever. However they delineate, quotas, I
think vulcanize society. So I don't know how that fits into what everybody
else is saying, their relative positions, but that's my position.'' -Quoted
by Molly Ivins, the San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 21, 2000

"When I was coming up, it was a dangerous world, and you knew exactly who
they were," he said. "It was us vs. them, and it was clear who them was.
Today, we are not so sure who the they are, but we know they're there."
-Iowa Western Community College, Jan 21, 2000

"The administration I'll bring is a group of men and women who are focused
on what's best for America, honest men and women, decent men and women,
women who will see service to our country as a great privilege and who will
not stain the house." -Des Moines
Register debate, Iowa, Jan. 15, 2000

"This is still a dangerous world. It's a world of madmen and uncertainty
and potential mential losses." -At a South Carolina oyster roast, as quoted
in the Financial Times, Jan. 14, 2000

"We must all hear the universal call to like your neighbor just like you
like to be liked yourself." -ibid.

"Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?" -Florence, S.C.,
Jan. 11, 2000

"Gov. Bush will not stand for the subsidation of failure." -ibid.

"There needs to be debates, like we're going through. There needs to be
town-hall meetings. There needs to be travel. This is a huge country."
-Larry King Live, Dec. 16, 1999

"I read the newspaper." -In answer to a question about his reading habits,
New Hampshire Republican Debate, Dec. 2, 1999

"I think it's important for those of us in a position of responsibility to
be firm in sharing our experiences, to understand that the babies out of
wedlock is a very difficult chore for mom and baby alike. ... I believe we
ought to say there is a different alternative than the culture that is
proposed by people like Miss Wolf in society. ... And, you know, hopefully,
condoms will work, but it hasn't worked." -Meet the Press, Nov. 21, 1999

"The students at Yale came from all different backgrounds and all parts of
the country. Within months, I knew many of them." -From A Charge To Keep, by
George W. Bush, published November 1999

"It is incredibly presumptive for somebody who has not yet earned his
party's nomination to start speculating about vice presidents." -Keene,
N.H., Oct. 22, 1999, quoted in the New Republic, Nov. 15, 1999

"The important question is, How many hands have I shaked?" -Answering a
question about why he hasn't spent more time in New Hampshire, in the New
York Times, Oct. 23, 1999

"I don't remember debates. I don't think we spent a lot of time debating it.
Maybe we did, but I don't remember." -On discussions of the Vietnam War when
he was an undergraduate at Yale, Washington Post, July 27, 1999

"The only thing I know about Slovakia is what I learned first-hand from your
foreign minister, who came to Texas." -To a Slovak journalist as quoted by
Knight Ridder News Service, June 22, 1999. Bush's meeting was with Janez
Drnovsek, the prime minister of Slovenia.

"If the East Timorians decide to revolt, I'm sure I'll have a statement."
-Quoted by Maureen Dowd in the New York Times, June 16, 1999

"Keep good relations with the Grecians." -Quoted in the Economist, June 12,

"Kosovians can move back in." -CNN Inside Politics, April 9, 1999

"It was just inebriating what Midland was all about then." -From a 1994
interview, as quoted in First Son, by Bill Minutaglio

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