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.
George W. Bush, Des Moines Register debate, Iowa, Jan. 15, 2000I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is underestimating
George W. Bush, U.S. News & World Report, April 3, 2000I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings people together
George W. Bush, Bartlett, Tenn., Aug. 18, 2000I don't know whether I'm going to win or not. I think I am. I do know I'm ready for the job. And, if not, that's just the way it goes
George W. Bush, Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 21, 2000We don't believe in planners and deciders making the decisions on behalf of Americans
George W. Bush, Scranton, PA, September 8, 2000America better beware of a candidate who is willing to stretch reality in order to win points
George W. Bush, aboard his campaign plane, Sept. 18, 2000I'm not really the type to wander off and sit down and go through deep wrestling with my soul
George W. Bush, as quoted in Vanity Fair, October 2000They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program
George W. Bush, November 2, 2000November 7, 2000 - American voters cast votes as follows:
Al Gore - 51,003,926
George W. Bush - 50,460,110
Ralph Nadar - 2,883,105
Others - less than a million combined
Rehnquist puts Bush in the White House.The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law
George W. Bush, Austin, Texas, Nov. 22, 2000If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator
George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2000The 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
George W. Bush, Austin, Texas, Jan. 4, 2001I want everybody to hear loud and clear that I'm going to be the president of everybody
George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2001January 20, 2001 - George W. Bush inaugurated.My plan reduces the national debt, and fast. So fast, in fact, that economists worry that we're going to run out of debt to retire
George W. Bush, radio address, Feb. 24, 2001Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy
Dick Cheney, April 30, 2001 There's no question that the minute I got elected, the storm clouds on the horizon were getting nearly directly overhead.
George W. Bush, May 11, 2001It's amazing I won. I was running against peace, prosperity, and incumbency
George W. Bush, June 14, 2001, speaking to Swedish Prime Minister Goran Perrson, unaware that a live television camera was still rolling.I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe - I believe what I believe is right
George W. Bush, in Rome, July 22, 2001September 11, 2001.When I take action, I'm not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It's going to be decisive.
George W. Bush, Washington, D.C. Sept. 19, 2001
October 7, 2001 - The United States and Britain start bombing Afghanistan with national and international support to overthrow the Taliban, succeeding in six months.I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace
George W. Bush, June 18, 2002There may be some tough times here in America. But this country has gone through tough times before, and we're going to do it again.
George W. Bush, Waco, Texas, Aug. 13, 2002We need an energy bill that encourages consumption
George W. Bush, Trenton, N.J., Sept. 23, 2002
December 2002 - Larry Lindsey, top Bush economic adviser, tells Bush the Iraq War could cost $200 Billion. Lindsey is fired at once.
December 6, 2002 - Secretary of the Treasury Paul O'Neill
submits his resignation.
January 25, 2003 - Richard Clarke
, top level counter-terrorism expert, submits his resignation. He later publishes Against All Enemies
February 5, 2003 - Colin Powell
delivers his infamous speech to the United Nations in what an aide later called the lowest point
of his career.
February 25, 2003 - Army Chief of Staff Eric Shinseki
, having experience keeping the peace in Bosnia, testifies to Congress that the Iraq occupation would require "several hundred thousand troops."
The Bush Administration vilifies his assessment. Months later Shinseki retires.It is unknowable how long the war in Iraq will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months.
Donald Rumsfeld, February 2003
Starting late February to mid-March, US diplomats and other diplomacy/security officials begin submitting resignations in droves. To state a few:
John Brady Kiesling, February 27, 2003
John Brown, March 10, 2003
Ann Wright, March 19, 2003
Randy Beers, March 2003
Anthony Zinni, March 2003
provides details and many other resignations, firings, or retirements.We know he's been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons, and we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons
Dick Cheney on Saddam Hussein, March 16, 2003 My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators
Dick Cheney, March 16, 2003March 20, 2003 - The United States starts the Iraq War.
May 1, 2003 - A confident George W. Bush lands on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln to declare MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
in Iraq.We are making steadfast progress
George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., June 9, 2003My answer is bring them on.
On Iraqi insurgents attacking U.S. forces, George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., July 3, 2003I don't do quagmires
Donald Rumsfeld, July 24, 2003See, free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don't attack each other. Free nations don't develop weapons of mass destruction.
George W. Bush, Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 3, 2003For diplomacy to be effective, words must be credible, and no one can now doubt the word of America.
George W. Bush, State of the Union Address, Jan. 20, 2004
June 3, 2004, CIA Director George Tenet
announces his resignation. He writes a book
and appears on 60 Minutes.Go f*ck yourself
Dick Cheney to to Sen. Patrick Leahy, during an angry exchange on the Senate floor about profiteering by Halliburton, June 25, 2004Give me a chance to be your president and America will be safer and stronger and better.
Still-President George W. Bush, Marquette, Michigan, July 13, 2004
November 2004 - Bush re-elected.
January 25, 2005 - Colin Powell submits resignation.If you're a younger person, you ought to be asking members of Congress and the United States Senate and the president what you intend to do about it. If you see a train wreck coming, you ought to be saying, what are you going to do about it, Mr. Congressman, or Madam Congressman?
George W. Bush, Detroit, Mich., Feb. 8, 2005See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.
George W. Bush, Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency
Dick Cheney on the Iraq insurgency, June 20, 2005
August 29, 2005 - Katrina drowns New Orleans. Incompetence reigns.
September 15, 2005 - FEMA Director Michael Brown resigns and becomes a Bush critic.Bin Laden says his own role is to tell Muslims, quote, "what is good for them and what is not."
George W. Bush, Washington D.C., Oct. 6, 2005
October 2005 - David Kuo publishes Tempting Faith
.I think we are welcomed. But it was not a peaceful welcome
George W. Bush, Dec. 12, 2005
March 28, 2006 - Andrew Card
, Bush's Chief of Staff, announces his resignation.You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror.
George W. Bush, interview with CBS News' Katie Couric, September 6, 2006They have, in fact, made significant progress
Dick Cheney on Iraq, November 3, 2006It may not be popular with the public. It doesn't matter in the sense that we have to continue the mission and do what we think it right, and that's exactly what we're doing.
. [The 2006 election makes no difference.]
Dick Cheney on ABCs' "Full Speed Ahead in Iraq," November 3, 2006
November 7, 2006 - Democrats win control of both the House and the Senate.
November 8, 2006 - Donald Rumsfeld submits his resignation.And there is distrust in Washington. I am surprised, frankly, at the amount of distrust that exists in this town. And I'm sorry it's the case, and I'll work hard to try to elevate it.
George W. Bush, Jan. 29, 2007
January 31, 2007 - Harriet Miers, Bush confidant, resigns.
March 12, 2007 - Attorney General Aide Kyle Sampson resigns.Some call this civil war; others call it emergency. I call it pure evil.
George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., March 28, 2007The solution to Iraq - an Iraq that can govern itself, sustain itself and defend itself -- is more than a military mission. Precisely the reason why I sent more troops into Baghdad.
George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., April 3, 2007Suiciders are willing to kill innocent life in order to send the projection that this is an impossible mission
George W. Busy, Washington, D.C., April 3, 2007
May 14, 2007 - "Bloody Monday" - Top Justice Department official Paul McNulty and civil rights expert Lanny Davis announce their resignations
June 1, 2007 - Dan Bartlett
, another close confidant of Bush, announces his resignation.More than two decades later, it is hard to imagine the Revolutionary War coming out any other way
George W. Bush, Martinsburg, W. Va., July 4, 2007The same folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq were the ones who attacked us in America on September the 11th.
George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., July 12, 2007
August 13, 2007 - Karl Rove
announces his resignation effective 8/31/07.
August 27, 2007 - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
resigns.We're kicking ass
George W. Bush, on the security situation in Iraq, to Australian Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile, Sydney, Australia, Sept. 5, 2007I end this post with our president’s May 7, 2006 response when asked to reflect on his presidency and specify his best moment while holding office as President of the United States. After a brief pause, he seriously replied: I would say the best moment of all was when I caught a 7.5 pound largemouth bass in my lake.