The Solecisms of George W. Bush, President of the United States, used to be part of our Anomalous Anonymies page, but it became too extensive and deserved a page of its own.


The Solecisms of George W. Bush,
President of the United States



I felt the powers were adequate. The — obviously, one area where the power of the president is in dispute is when it comes to how you deal with illegal noncombatants. That's a the new area of law.

as quoted in New York Times
28 January, 2005

IT will be he's and I's responsibility … to secure the nation …

in a nominating speech
January, 2005

We need to get rid of the needless paperwork that makes our economy -- that is a drag on our economy, to make sure our economy is the most competitive in the world.

Whie House News Conference
Nov. 4, 2004

I urge members to pass the appropriations bill that remain.

Whie House News Conference
Nov. 4, 2004

After standing on the stage, after the debates, I made it very plain, we will not have an all-volunteer army. And yet, this week�we will have an all-volunteer army. Let me restate that.

Daytona Beach, Fla.
oct. 16, 2004 ,/p>

Why don't you mentor a child how to read?

St. Louis, MIssouri
Jan. 5, 2004

I want to remind you all that in order to fight and win the war, it requires an expenditure of money that is commiserate with keeping a promise to our troops to make sure that they're well-paid, well-trained, well-equipped.

Washington, D.C.
Dec. 15, 2003

The Iraqis need to be very much involved. They were the people that was brutalized by this man.

Washington, D.C.
Dec. 15, 2003

Whether they be Christian, Jew, or Muslim, or Hindu, people have heard the universal call to love a neighbor just like they'd like to be called themselves.

Washington, D.C.
Oct. 8, 2003

We had a chance to visit with Teresa Nelson who's a parent, and a mom or a dad.

Jacksonville, Florida
Sept. 9, 2003

Now, we talked to Joan Hanover. She and her husband, George, were visiting with us. They are near retirement — retiring — in the process of retiring, meaning they're very smart, active, capable people who are retirement age and are retiring.

Alexandria, Virginia
Feb. 12, 2003

The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorize himself.

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Jan. 29, 2003

One year ago today, the time for excuse-making has come to an end.

Washington, D.C.
Jan. 8, 2003

There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.

Nashville, Tennessee
Sept. 17, 2002

The federal government and the state government must not fear programs who change lives, but must welcome those faith-based programs for the embetterment of mankind.

Stockton, California
Aug. 23, 2002

We hold dear what our Declaration of Independence says, that all have got uninalienable rights, endowed by a Creator.

May 24, 2002

The public education system in America is one of the most important foundations of our democracy. After all, it is where children from all over America learn to be responsible citizens, and learn to have the skills necessary to take advantage of our fantastic opportunistic society.

Unknown source
May 1, 2002

My trip to Asia begins here in Japan for an important reason. It begins here because for a century and a half now, America and Japan have formed one of the great and enduring alliances of modern times. From that alliance has come an era of peace in the Pacific.

Tokyo, Japan
Feb. 18, 2002

Let me finish for a minute, John, please. I'm just getting warmed up. I'm finding my feet.

And that's really my only comment I've got.

News Conference
July 30, 2003

There's a lot of countries that can help.

Interview, Newsweek Magazine
April 30, 2003

The first time we may be completely certain he has nuclear weapons is when, God forbids, he uses one.

Address to the UN General Assembly
September 12, 2002
changed in later transcripts to "God forbid . . . ."

I'm furious. But my furity will not keep me from . . .

After the terrorist attack on Hebrew University
August 1, 2002
changed in later transcripts to "Even though I am mad . . . ."

There is going to be a lot of Democrats who will support my plans to make our schools better.

Amarillo Globe-Times, November 10, 1994

Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children.

source unknown, September 18, 1995

You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.

reported in Newsweek, March 5, 2001

I am here to make an announcement that this Thursday, ticket counters and airplanes will fly out of Ronald Reagan Airport.

Washington, D.C.
Oct.3, 2001

The power that be, well most of the power that be, sits right here.

Washington, D.C.
June 18, 2001

If a person doesn't have the capacity that we all want that person to have, I suspect hope is in the far distant future, if at all.

Washington, D.C.
May 22, 2001

But I also made it clear to Vladimir Putin that it's important to think beyond the old days of when we had the concept that if we blew each other up, the world would be safe.

Washington, D.C.
May 1, 2001

This administration is doing everything we can to end the stalemate in an efficient way. We're making the right decisions to bring the solution to an end.

Washington, D.C.
April 10, 2001

I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well.

Washington, D.C.
Jan. 29, 2001

Redefining the role of the United States from enablers to keep the peace to enablers to keep the peace from peacekeepers is going to be an assignment.

Washington, D.C.
Jan. 14, 2001

I'm against hard quotas, quotas that basically delineate based upon whatever. However they delineate, quotas, I think, vulcanize society.

quoted in the Austin American-Statesman

I think the baby-boomer parent ought to say, "I've learned from mistakes I may or may not have made."

quoted in the New York Times

If affirmative action means what I'm for, I'm for it.

Presidential Debate, St. Louis, October 18, 2000

Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.

Campaign Speech, LaCrosse, Wis., October 2000

I was raised in the West. The west of Texas. It's pretty close to California. In more ways than Washington, D.C., is close to California.

quoted by the Los Angeles Times, April 8, 2000

The most important job is not to be governor, or first lady in my case.

Unknown, January 2000

If the terriers and bariffs are torn down, this economy will grow.

Unknown, January 2000

There needs to be debates, like we're going through. There needs to be townhall meetings. There needs to be travel. This is a huge country.

on Larry King Live, December 16 1999

Actually, I — this may sound a little West Texan to you, but I like it. When I'm talking about — when I'm talking about myself, and when he's talking about myself, all of us are talking about me.

on Hardball, MSNBC May 31, 2000

Will the highways on the Internet become more few?

Unknown Source, Jan. 2000

I've got a record, a record that is conservative and a record that is compassionated.

Unknown Source, March 2000

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.

unknown, January 2001

Rarely is the question asked, Is our children learning?

Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.

How many hands have I shaked?

quoted in the Washington Post

My guidance to them is, behave yourself. And they will.

Laura and I are looking forward to having a private dinner with he and Mrs Blair Friday night.

quoted in the Irish Times

Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease.

quoted in Newsweek
25 June 2001

I don't think there is a plot to try to put subliminable messages in the people's minds.

Interview, Orlando Florida
during the presidential campaign

It's an unimaginable honor to be the president during the Fourth of July of this country.

quoted in Newsweek
16 July 2001

I think it's important for those of us in a position of responsibility to be firm in sharing our experiences, to understand that the babies out of wedlock is a very difficult chore for mom and baby alike. ... I believe we ought to say there is a different alternative than the culture that is proposed by people like Miss Wolf in society. ... And, you know, hopefully, condoms will work, but it hasn't worked

In interview with Tim Russert
Meet the Press,
Nov. 21, 1999

It would be presumptive for someone who doesn't even have the nomination yet to be laying out the list of potential vice presidents.

quoted in Austin-American Statesman,
June 24, 1999

There is a lot of speculation and I guess there is going to continue to be a lot of speculation until the speculation ends.

quoted in Austin-American Statesman,
October 18, 1998


I wouldn't want to say this kind of development makes things to be moving too quickly at all ... so I'm not going to hypothecate that it may — anything goes too fast.

on the fall of the Berlin Wall,
December 17, 1989

Now is no time to speculate or hypothecate, but rather a time for action.

quoted in St. Petersburg Times,
March 22, 1992.

If you don't stand for anything, you don't stand for anything. If you don't stand for something, you don't stand for anything.

quoted in Austin-American Statesman,
November 2, 2000

That woman who knew I had dyslexia: I never interviewed her.

Interview (unknown)

We have a man detained who is a threat to the country and that thanks to the vigilance of our intelligence gathering and law enforcement he is now off the streets, where he should be.

quoted by Associated Press
June 11, 2002

Laura and I don't realize how bright our children is sometimes until we get an objective analysis.

My education message will resignate amongst all parents.

I want a foreign-handed foreign policy.

quoted in The Bush Dyslexicon
by Mark Crispin Miller
W. W. Norton, 2001