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Friday, April 20

The president speaks: "Death is terrible"

The president was on his terrorism tour yesterday in Ohio. After warning folks of how the terrorists want to kill them, he rambled on unscripted. Highlights:

_"Politics comes and goes, but your principles don't. And everybody wants
to be loved _ not everybody. ... You never heard anybody say, `I want to be
despised, I'm running for office.'"

_"The best thing about my family is my wife. She is a great first lady.
I know that sounds not very objective, but that's how I feel. And she's also
patient. Putting up with me requires a lot of patience."

_"There are jobs Americans aren't doing. ... If you've got a chicken
factory, a chicken-plucking factory, or whatever you call them, you know what
I'm talking about."

_"There are some similarities, of course" between Iraq and Vietnam.
"Death is terrible."

_"I've been in politics long enough to know that polls just go poof at

As he has before, Bush told the story about how his first presidential
decision was to pick a rug for the Oval Office, a task he quickly cast to his
wife. He told her to make sure the rug reflected optimism "because you can't
make decisions unless you're optimistic that the decisions you make will lead to
a better tomorrow."

Later, when he talked about his hope for succeeding in Iraq, Bush said,
"Remember the rug?"

I have to add some of these to my list of "bushisms."

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