The 25 Dumbest Quotes from the Bush Years

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"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." —President George W. Bush, Aug. 5, 2004

2. "My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators." –Vice President Dick Cheney, "Meet the Press," March 16, 2003 (Source)

3. "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job." —President Bush, to FEMA director Michael Brown, while touring hurricane-ravaged Mississippi, Sept.

2, 2005
4. "What I'm hearing which is sort of scary is that they all want to stay in Texas. Everybody is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway so this (chuckle) — this is working very well for them." —Former First Lady Barbara Bush, on the hurricane evacuees at the Astrodome in Houston, Sept. 5, 2005

5. "As I was telling my husb—. As I was telling President Bush." —National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, who is unmarried, overheard making a slip of the tongue at a Washington dinner party, April 2004

6. "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." —President George W. Bush, Sept. 6, 2004

7. "We know there are known knowns: there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns: that is to say we know there are things we know we don't know.

But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don't know we don't know." —Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Defense Department briefing, Fe. 12, 2002

8. "Go f**k yourself." —Vice President Dick Cheney to Sen. Patrick Leahy, during an angry exchange on the Senate floor about profiteering by Halliburton, June 22, 2004

9. "I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency." —Vice President Dick Cheney, on the Iraq insurgency, June 20, 2005 (Source)

10. "My answer is bring 'em on." —President George W.

Bush, challenging militants attacking U.S. forces in Iraq, July 2, 2003 (Source)

11. "Freedom's untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things." —Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on looting in Iraq after the U.S. invasion, adding "stuff happens," April 11, 2003 (Source)

12. "I am not going to give you a number for it because it's not my business to do intelligent work." —Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, asked to estimate the number of Iraqi insurgents while testifying before Congress, Feb. 16, 2005 (Source)

13. "I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the Secretary of Defense." —President Bush,Washington, D.C., April 18, 2006

14. "Considering the dire circumstances that we have in New Orleans, virtually a city that has been destroyed, things are going relatively well." —FEMA Director Michael Brown, Sept. 1, 2005 (Source)

15. "If you'll look at my lovely FEMA attire you'll really vomit. I am a fashion god… Anything specific I need to do or tweak? Do you know of anyone who dog-sits? ... Can I quit now? Can I come home? ... I'm trapped now, please rescue me." —FEMA Director Michael Brown, in various emails to colleagues and friends in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

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16. "You work three jobs? … Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that." —President Bush, to a divorced mother of three in Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 4, 2005 (Listen to audio clip)

17. "It's a slam-dunk case!" —CIA Director George Tenet, discussing WMD and the case for war during a meeting in the Oval Office, Dec.

21, 2002 (Source)

18. "It had to do with Cuba and missiles, I'm pretty sure." —White House Press Secretary Dana Perino, admitting she had never heard of the Cuban Missile Crisis (Source)

19. "Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be somewhere!" —President Bush, joking about his administration's failure to find WMDs in Iraq as he narrated a comic slideshow during the Radio & TV Correspondents' Association dinner, March 24, 2004

20. "From a marketing point of view, you don't roll out new products in August." —White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, on why the Bush administration waited until after Labor Day to try to sell the American people on war against Iraq, "New York Times" interview, Sept. 7, 2002 (Source)

21. "I don't recall." —Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who repeated the phrase, or some variation, more than 70 times in response to congressional questions about the firing of U.S. attorneys, April 20, 2007 (Watch video)

22. "As yesterday's positive report card shows, childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured." —President Bush, on the No Child Left Behind Act, Sept.

26, 2007

23. (tie) "So?" —Vice President Dick Cheney, responding to an ABC News correspondent who cited a poll showing that most Americans do not believe the Iraq War was worth fighting, March 19, 2008


"So what?" —President Bush, responding to a an ABC News correspondent who pointed out that Al Qaeda wasn't a threat in Iraq until after the U.S. invaded, Dec.

14, 2008 (Source)

24. "George Bush was not elected by a majority of the voters in the United States. He was appointed by God." —Lt. Gen. William Boykin, the former defense undersecretary in charge of hunting down top terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan, 2003 (Source)

25. "I'll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office." —President Bush, in an interview with the Jerusalem Post, Washington, D.C., May 12, 2008

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