What If George W. Bush Had Said All This Crap?

Or, Stupid Quotes from the Mainstream Media’s Infallible Messiah….

“We’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money. But, you know, part of the American way is, you know, you can just keep on making it if you’re providing a good product or providing good service. We don’t want people to stop, ah, fulfilling the core responsibilities of the financial system to help grow our economy.” (On Wall Street reform, Quincy, Ill., April 29, 2010)

“One such translator was an American of Haitian descent, representative of the extraordinary work that our men and women in uniform do all around the world — Navy Corpse-Man Christian Brossard.” (Mispronouncing “Corpsman” during a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, Washington, D.C., Feb. 5, 2010; also, the Corpsman’s name is Christopher, not Christian)

“The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.” (Tampa, Fla., Jan. 28, 2010)

“UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.” (An attempt to make the case for government-run healthcare, while at the same time undercutting his own argument, Portsmouth, N.H., Aug. 11, 2009)

“The Cambridge police acted stupidly.” (Commenting on a white police officer’s arrest of black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his home in Cambridge, Mass., at a news conference, July 22, 2009)

“The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system.” (After a health care roundtable with physicians, nurses and health care providers, Washington, D.C., July 20, 2009)

“It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There’s a lot of — I don’t know what the term is in Austrian, wheeling and dealing.” (Confusing German for “Austrian,” a language which does not exist, Strasbourg, France, April 6, 2009)

“No, no. I have been practicing…I bowled a 129. It’s like — it was like Special Olympics, or something.” (Off-hand joke during an appearance on “The Tonight Show,” March 19, 2009)

“I didn’t want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about doing any seances.” (After saying he had spoken with all the living presidents as he prepared to take office, Washington, D.C., Nov. 7, 2008)

“I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” (Defending his tax plan to Joe the Plumber, who argued that Obama’s policy hurts small-business owners like himself, Toledo, Ohio, Oct. 12, 2008)

“What I was suggesting — you’re absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith…” (In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos)

“I’m here with the Girardo family here in St. Louis.” (Speaking via satellite to the Democratic National Convention, while in Kansas City, Missouri, Aug. 25, 2008)

“Let me introduce to you the next President — the next Vice President of the United States of America, Joe Biden.” (Introducing Joe Biden at their first joint campaign rally, Springfield, Illinois, Aug. 23, 2008)

“Just this past week, we passed out of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee — which is my committee — a bill to call for divestment from Iran as way of ratcheting up the pressure to ensure that they don’t obtain a nuclear weapon.” (Referring to a committee he is not on, Sderot, Israel, July 23, 2008)

“Let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. It will be a strong friend of Israel’s under a McCain…administration. It will be a strong friend of Israel’s under an Obama administration. So that policy is not going to change.” (Amman, Jordan, July 22, 2008)

“How’s it going, Sunshine?” –(Campaigning in Sunrise, Florida)

“On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.”

“I’ve now been in 57 states — I think one left to go.” (Campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon)

“Why can’t I just eat my waffle?” (After being asked a foreign policy question by a reporter while visiting a diner in Pennsylvania)

“It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” (In San Francisco, CA, explaining his troubles winning over working-class voters)

“The point I was making was not that Grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn’t. But she is a typical white person, who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn’t know, you know, there’s a reaction that’s been bred in our experiences that don’t go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way, and that’s just the nature of race in our society.”

“Come on! I just answered, like, eight questions.” (Annoyed at reporters after a news conference)

“You’re likeable enough, Hillary.” (During a Democratic debate)

“In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.” (On a Kansas tornado that killed 12 people)

“My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world.
I hope you’ll join with me as we try to change it.”

“Sen. Clinton, I think, is much better known, coming from a nearby state of Arkansas. So it’s not surprising that she would have an advantage in some of those states in the middle.” (Campaigning in Kentucky. Illinois, Obama’s home state, is closer to Kentucky than Arkansas)

“There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Alabama, because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born.” (Claiming his parents united as a direct result of the civil rights movement. Obama was born in 1961, the Selma march took place in 1965)

“Here’s something that you will rarely hear from a politician, and that is that I’m not familiar with the Hanford, uuuuhh, site, so I don’t know exactly what’s going on there. (Applause) Now, having said that, I promise you I’ll learn about it by the time I leave here on the ride back to the airport.” (Talking about the decades-old, multi-billion-dollar massive Hanford nuclear waste clean-up. He’s voted on at least one defense authorization bill that addressed the “costs, schedules, and technical issues” dealing with what is the nation’s most contaminated nuclear waste site)

Iran doesn’t “pose a serious threat to us” — “tiny countries” with small defense budgets can’t do us harm. (He flip-flopped the following day, claiming, “I’ve made it clear for years that the threat from Iran is grave.”) (Portland, Oregon)

In “Dreams from My Father,” Obama wrote of a Life magazine issue that served as his racial awakening at age 9. He referred to an article and two accompanying photographs of an African-American man physically and mentally scarred by his efforts to lighten his skin. In fact, the Life article and the photographs don’t exist, according to the magazine’s own historians.

“The notion that we would sustain that kind of effort and neglect not only making us more secure here at home, more competitive here at home, allow our economy to sink.” (At the Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin, Feb 21, 2008, addressing McCain’s willingness to stay in Iraq for 100 years)

“Thank you Sioux City…I said it wrong. I’ve been in Iowa for too long. I’m sorry.” (In Sioux City, South Dakota)

“We only have a certain number of them [translators] and if they are all in Iraq, then it’s harder for us to use them in Afghanistan.” (Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The real problem is that Iraqis speak Arabic or Kurdish. Afghanis speak Pashto, Farsi or other non-Arabic languages)

“I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”

“I don’t oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.”

“The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.” (May 19, 2011)

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About pjh95811

I am a writer and poet living in California. I love cats, dogs, nature, poetry, spirituality and the Pacific Ocean.
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