Quotations From GEORGE BUSH


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  • We cannot permit the extreme in the environmental movement to shut down the United States. We cannot shut down the lives of many Americans by going to the extreme on the environment.
    George Bush (b. 1924), U.S. Republican politician, president. Speech, May 30, 1992, at campaign rally, California. On the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit.
  • Let the others have the charisma. I've got the class.
    George Bush (b. 1924), U.S. Republican politician, president. quoted in Guardian (London, Dec. 3, 1988). Said in California during presidential campaign.
  • I'm proud to be his partner. We've had triumphs, we've made mistakes, we've had sex.
    George Bush (b. 1924), U.S. Republican politician, president. Speech, May 6, 1988, College of Southern Idaho. quoted by Alexander Cockburn in New Statesman (London, May 27, 1988), repr. In Corruptions of Empire (1988). Bush's gaffe occurred in a speech extolling the Reagan/Bush administration. He corrected himself: "Setbacks, we've had setbacks.... I feel like the javelin competitor who won the toss and elected to receive."
  • What's wrong with being a boring kind of guy?
    George Bush (b. 1924), U.S. Republican politician, president. Quoted in Daily Telegraph (London, April 28, 1988).
  • The Cold War began with the division of Europe. It can only end when Europe is whole.
    George Bush (b. 1924), U.S. Republican politician, president. Daily Telegraph (London, June 1, 1989).

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  • I will keep America moving forward, always forward—for a better America, for an endless enduring dream and a thousand points of light.
    George Bush (b. 1924), U.S. Republican politician, president. Acceptance speech, August 18, 1988, New Orleans, New York Times (August 19, 1988). The phrase "a thousand points of light," written for Bush by speechwriter Peggy Noonan, was used on various occasions during the 1988 presidential campaign. The words are not original, echoing similar phrases by Charles Dickens and Thomas Wolfe, among others. As president, Bush initiated a "Points of Light" reform program in June 1989.

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  • I want a kinder, gentler nation.
    George Bush (b. 1924), U.S. Republican politician, president. Republican National Convention, New Orleans, August 18, 1988. acceptance speech, New York Times (Aug. 19, 1988). In her memoirs, What I Saw at the Revolution (1990), speechwriter Peggy Noonan suggests that Bush added the word "gentler" to her original draft. Charlie Chaplin had used a similar form of words at the end of The Great Dictator (1940), when he urged, "More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness."
  • Read my lips: no new taxes.
    George Bush (b. 1924), U.S. Republican politician, president. August 18, 1988, New Orleans. Acceptance speech, New York Times (August 19, 1988). The expression has been in general usage since at least the 1970s. Bush eventually raised taxes.
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