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More ‘Bushisms’

Due to overwhelming response from my last column of this sort, I have decided to once again gather some of the more humorous &uot;bushisms&uot; for your reading enjoyment.

I had feared that there may not be enough &uot;bushisms&uot; for a second column, but as I should have known, our president has provided more than enough material.

&uot;I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn’t here.&uot; -Waco, Texas, Aug. 13, 2002

&uot;One of the most meaningful things that’s happened to me since I’ve been the governor-the president-governor-president. Oops. Ex-governor. I went to Bethesda Naval Hospital to give a fellow a Purple Heart, and at the same moment I watched him-get a Purple Heart for action in Iraq-and at that same-right after I gave him the Purple Heart, he was sworn in as a citizen of the United States-a Mexican citizen, now a United States citizen.&uot;-Washington, D.C., Jan. 9, 2004

&uot;I think we are welcomed. But it was not a peaceful welcome.&uot;-Philadelphia, Dec. 12, 2005, on the reception of American forces in Iraq

&uot;I mean, I read the newspaper. I mean, I can tell you what the headlines are. I must confess, if I think the story is, like, not a fair appraisal, I’ll move on. But I know what the story’s about.&uot; -Philadelphia, Dec. 12, 2005

&uot;Those who enter the country illegally violate the law.&uot;

-Tucson, Ariz., Nov. 28, 2005

&uot;Let me be very clear about this. Steroids ought to be banned from baseball.&uot;-Washington, D.C., Oct. 4, 2005

&uot;I’m going to spend a lot of time on Social Security. I enjoy it. I enjoy taking on the issue. I guess, it’s the Mother in me.&uot; -Washington D.C., April 14, 2005

&uot;This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous. And having said that, all options are on the table.&uot;-Brussels, Belgium, Feb. 22, 2005

&uot;More Muslims have died at the hands of killers than-I say more Muslims-a lot of Muslims have died-I don’t know the exact count-at Istanbul. Look at these different places around the world where there’s been tremendous death and destruction because killers kill.&uot;-Washington, D.C., Jan. 29, 2004

&uot;In my judgment, when the United States says there will be serious consequences, and if there isn’t serious consequences, it creates adverse consequences.&uot;

&uot;See, free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don’t attack each other. Free nations don’t develop weapons of mass destruction.&uot;-Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 3, 2003

&uot;I glance at the headlines just to kind of get a flavor for what’s moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who are probably read the news themselves.&uot;-Washington, D.C., Sept. 21, 2003

&uot;Our country puts $1 billion a year up to help feed the hungry. And we’re by far the most generous nation in the world when it comes to that, and I’m proud to report that. This isn’t a contest of who’s the most generous. I’m just telling you as an aside. We’re generous. We shouldn’t be bragging about it. But we are. We’re very generous.&uot;-Washington, D.C., July 16, 2003

&uot;It’s very interesting when you think about it, the slaves who left here to go to America, because of their steadfast and their religion and their belief in freedom, helped change America.&uot;-Dakar, Senegal, July 8, 2003

&uot;People say, how can I help on this war against terror? How can I fight evil? You can do so by mentoring a child; by going into a shut-in’s house and say I love you.&uot;-Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2002

&uot;Do you have blacks, too?&uot;-To Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2001

&uot;And so, in my State of the-my State of the Union-or state-my speech to the nation, whatever you want to call it, speech to the nation-I asked Americans to give 4,000 years-4,000 hours over the next-the rest of your life-of service to America. That’s what I asked-4,000 hours.&uot; -Bridgeport, Conn., April 9, 2002

&uot;I’ve coined new words, like, misunderstanding and Hispanically.&uot;-Radio-Television Correspondents Association dinner, Washington, D.C., March 29, 2001

&uot;If affirmative action means what I just described, what I’m for, then I’m for it.&uot;-St. Louis, Mo., October 18, 2000

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