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Compiled by Nicole Loschke, staff writer

“I’m the decider and I decide what’s best.” —President Bush, on keeping Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense.

“I will not withdraw, even if Laura and Barney are the only ones supporting me.” —President Bush, explaining to key Republicans that he will not withdraw from Iraq under any circumstances. Quoted by Bob Woodward. Laura is Bush’s wife and Barney is his dog.

“You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror.” —President George W. Bush, in an interview with CBS News Anchor Katie Couric.

“It’s bad in Iraq. Does that help?” —George W. Bush, after being asked by a reporter whether he’s in denial about Iraq.

“We’ve never been ‘stay the course,’ George.” – ABC’s George Stephanopoulos interviewing President George W. Bush, who attempting to distance himself from what has been his core strategy in Iraq for the last three years.

Some examples of Bush’s repeated statements of his core Iraq strategy:

“ We will stay the course.” [8/30/06]

“We will stay the course; we will complete the job in Iraq.” [8/4/05]

“And so we’ve got tough action in Iraq. But we will stay the course.” [4/5/04]

“We will stay the course until the job is done, Steve. And the temptation is to try to get the president or somebody to put a timetable on the definition of getting the job done. We’re just going to stay the course.” [12/15/03]

President Bush’s final advice on public speaking:

“ Anybody who is in a position to serve this country ought to understand the consequences of words.” —In an interview with Rush Limbaugh



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