"I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family." --Greater Nashua, N.H., Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 27, 2000NEXT: ROVE'S FORGED COOK COUNTY BALLOT
"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 (Thanks to Toni L. Gould.)
"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
"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, 1999
"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
"Let me put it to you this way, I am not a revengeful person." --Time, Dec. 25, 2000.
"I wish you all a continued happy new year, and I look forward to seeing you at the next availability." -- Press Conference on Cabinet Appointees, January 2, 2000.
"The person who runs FEMA is someone who must have the trust of the president. Because the person who runs FEMA is the first voice, often times, of someone whose life has been turned upside down hears from." -- Austin, Texas, Jan. 4, 2000
''I haven't had a chance to ask the questioners the question they've been questioning." --On the Linda Chavez nomination. Austin, Texas, Jan. 8, 2001
''I want it to be said that the Bush administration was a results-oriented administration, because I believe the results of focusing our attention and energy on teaching children to read and having an education system that's responsive to the child and to the parents, as opposed to mired in a system that refuses to change, will make America what we want it to be--a more literate country and a hopefuller country." --Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2001
"If he's--the inference is that somehow he thinks slavery is a--is a noble institution I would--I would strongly reject that assumption--that John Ashcroft is a open-minded, inclusive person." --NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw, Jan. 14, 200
"... I hope the ambitious realize that they are more likely to succeed with success as opposed to failure." -- AP, Apr. 18, 2000
"The California crunch really is the result of not enough power-generating plants and then not enough power to power the power of generating plants." --Interview with the New York Times, Jan. 14, 2001