Let Me Finish...

W in his own words

--Washington, D.C., September 19, 2002


"See, we love--we love freedom. That's what they didn't understand. They hate things; we love things. They act out of hatred; we don't seek revenge, we seek justice out of love."

Helene Stikkel

--Oklahoma City, August 29, 2002


"I'm a war president. I make decisions here in the Oval Office in foreign policy matters with war on my mind."

--Meet the Press, February 8, 2004


"That's why I went to the Congress last September and proposed fundamental--supplemental funding, which is money for armor and body parts and ammunition and fuel."

--Erie, Pennsylvania,
September 4, 2004


"I didn't join the International Criminal Court because I don't want to put our troops in the hands of prosecutors from other nations. Look, if somebody has done some wrong in our military, we'll take care of it. We got plenty of capability of dealing with justice."

--Niceville, Florida, August 10, 2004

"I'm honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein."

--Washington, D.C., May 25, 2004



"This is a person [Saddam] who has had contacts with al Qaeda."

--October 2002


"He's got connections with al Qaeda."

--October 2002


"This is a guy who has had connections with these shadowy terrorist networks."

--October 2002


"We know he's got ties with al Qaeda."

--November 2002


"In terms of [Iraq's] support for terrorism, we have established that Iraq has permitted al Qaeda to operate within its territory. As the president said recently, 'The regime has long-standing and continuing ties to terrorist organizations. And there are al Qaeda terrorists inside Iraq.' The president has made his position on Iraq eminently clear, and in the coming weeks and months we shall see what we shall see."

--John Bolton, undersecretary of state for arms control, speech to the
Hudson Institute


"We know that he's had connections with al Qaeda."

--November 2002


"He's had connections with shadowy terrorist networks like al Qaeda."

--November 2002


"We know that he has had contacts with terrorist networks like al Qaeda."

--November 2002


"And, not only that, he is--would like nothing better than to hook up with one of these shadowy terrorist networks like al Qaeda, provide some weapons and training to them, let them come and do his dirty work, and we wouldn't be able to see his fingerprints on his action."

--November 2002


"Evidence from intelligence sources, secret communications, and statements by people now in custody reveal that Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists, including members of al Qaeda."

--January 2003



"I, in the state of Texas, had heard a lot of discussion about a faith-based initiative eroding the important bridge between church and state."

--January 29, 2001


"God told me to strike at al Qaeda and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East."

--GWB to Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, as reported in the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, June 23, 2003


"God loves you, and I love you. And you can count on both of us as a powerful message that people who wonder about their future can hear."

--Los Angeles, March 3, 2004


"But the true strength of America is found in the hearts and souls of people like Travis, people who are willing to love their neighbor, just like they would like to love themselves."

--Springfield, Missouri,
February 9, 2004



"We have had triumphs, we have made mistakes, we have had sex."

--Candidate George Herbert Walker Bush on the stump, describing his special relationship with outgoing President Ronald Reagan, 1988


"I suspect that had my dad not been president, he'd be asking the same questions: How'd your meeting go with so-and-so?... How did you feel when you stood up in front of the people for the State of the Union Address--State of the Budget Address, whatever you call it."

--GWB interviewed in the Washington Post, March 9, 2001



"You no-good fucking son of a bitch! I saw what you wrote. We're not going to forget this."

--speaking to Wall Street Journal columnist Al Hunt in a restaurant, 1988--in front of Hunt's four-year-old daughter--after Hunt predicted an '88 Republican ticket that did not include Bush Sr.


"Fuck Saddam. We're taking him out."

--Speaking to Condi Rice, March 2002, a full year before the invasion of Iraq


"Go fuck yourself."

--Vice President Dick Cheney to Sen. Patrick Leahy, floor of Senate, June 22, 2004


"Fuck Bush."

--Google search string that yields
approximately 17,000 results

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