“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
“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
“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