George W. Bushisms: The Slate Book of Accidental Wit and Wisdom of Our 43rd President [NOOK Book]

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"They misunderestimated me."

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Judge for yourself. Here are over 100 memorable ...
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George W. Bushisms: The Slate Book of Accidental Wit and Wisdom of Our 43rd President

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Overview

"They misunderestimated me."

Or did they?

Judge for yourself. Here are over 100 memorable misstatements by our syntactically challenged president, collected, annotated, and introduced by Slate magazine's Jacob Weisberg.

"I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully."

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

"We'll let our friends be the peacekeepers and the great country called America will be the pacemakers."

"It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it."

"I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family."

"I do know I'm ready for the job [the presidency].
And if not, that's just the way it goes."
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It hasn't gone unnoticed that President George W. Bush's oratorical skills are less than superb. Throughout the campaign his grasp of the English language seemed tenuous at best, and his frequent speaking mishaps drew a flurry of late-night talk show jests. While some folks were threatening to flee the country if Bush's bid for the presidency was successful, others were gleefully recording his every mangled word. George W. Bushisms compiles all of President Bush's darkest public-speaking moments, from the much-publicized "terriers and bariffs" fiasco to lesser-known but equally hilarious speech snafus you may have missed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743223768
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 8/25/2001
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 868,992
  • File size: 692 KB

Meet the Author

Jacob Weisberg is the editor of Slate magazine and three previous editions of Bushisms. He lives in New York City.
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From George W. Bushisms

CONVICTION

"I think if you know what you believe, it makes it a lot easier to answer questions. I can't answer your question."

-- Reynoldsburg, Ohio, October 4, 2000

TRUST

"There's a huge trust. I see it all the time when people come up to me and say, 'I don't want you to let me down again.'"

-- Boston, Massachusetts, October 3, 2000

"Well, I think if you say you're going to do something and don't do it, that's trustworthiness."

-- CNN online chat, August 30, 2000

MR. BUSH'S NEIGHBORHOOD

"We must all hear the universal call to like your neighbor just like you like to be liked yourself."

-- Financial Times, January 14, 2000

TIME

"The best way to relieve families from time is to let them keep some of their own money."

-- Westminster, California, September 13, 2000

FAITH

"Our priorities is our faith."

-- Greensboro, North Carolina, October 10, 2000

"We have practically banished religious values and religious institutions from the public square and constructed a 'discountfort zone' for even discussing our faith in public settings."

-- Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 9, 2000

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

-- La Crosse, Wisconsin, October 18, 2000

ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY WON'T HOLD STILL

"I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family."

-- Nashua, New Hampshire, January 27, 2000

GIST FOR THE MILL

"I thought how proud I am to be standing up beside my dad. Never did it occur to me that he would become the gist for cartoonists."

-- Newsweek, February 28, 2000

Copyright © 2001 by Jacob Weisberg

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2004

    Bush's blunders

    Ol' Georgie's true character emerges crystal clear through this book .. his lack of intelligence and complete disregard for humanity are encapsulated within hilarious quotes that ANYONE will find funny. enjoy a great book everyone ..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2004

    Hilarious!!

    This book is hilarious!! I have complete respect for the president and all, but after reading this book, it kind of makes you wonder...how did this guy end up running the country??! Some of the things he says are soo stupid, their funny. I definetly recommend the whole series...the other two Bushisms books are just as funny! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2003

    God Bless America- and nowhere else!

    Couldn't help but note that one reviewer parroted the 'God Bless America' line that politicians reverently repeat, and which was so artfully skewered in the Chris Rock movie last winter. So if God blesses America, what are the implications for Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia? Out of luck? In the cold? Cursed? If the incantation really means God bless the whole world and all of its creatures, then why not say so? And who did God bless before 1776? England?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2003

    Slips of Tongue

    Rather these slips of tongue than lapse of truth and honor....'I never had sex with that woman'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2003

    Bush Is funny

    Bush is hilarious in this book. He should do stand up comedy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2003

    George W. Bush... is his name

    An excellent President that we all should be proud of, and I believe most red blooded Americans will rate Him very high November 2004.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2003

    A good laugh

    People here put far too much emphasis on the presidency. They act as if it's a sacred office, or the leader needs to be brilliant. Bush, yes, he's a moron. Clinton, yes, he's a womanizer. Both are normal people. But they're both average presidents. As many of you know, and all of you SHOULD know, they're just figureheads for their fatcat cabinet members with corporate agendas. You think Bush thought up his recent tax cuts? HA. His environmental relaxations? His War? Give me a break, the president, every president, doesnt even write his own speeches. this country is governed by a handful of wealthy capitlists, not 'the people.' Corporate intervention in the middle east is the reason for terrorism, NOT because 'we are free.' just thought i'd put that out there. Read up on it, republicans and democrats alike. Dont talk about ousting a president, talk abotu ousting your economic system.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2003

    Excellent!

    This book made me laugh so hard I cried! Before reading this book I would become enraged whenever I heard George W speak! Now, I turn on the TV just to see how many more Bushisims I can catch. During a time where there isn't much to laugh at, its good to know we can laugh at our president! Thank God we live in America where we have that right. And yes, I would rather have a Harvard-Oxford, can't-keep-it-in-your-pants-womanizing-grad as president than a babbling cross between Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam. If Laura the Librarian is so concerned about illeracy in this country, maybe she should start at home!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2003

    It's just a book....or is it?

    For the "Wanting to Vent" reviewer- this book is hysterical- relax and enjoy some comedy! I think it is perfectly acceptable to poke fun at the leader of the free world if he is a complete moron! It's a joke, but a sad one when our president can't put together a coherent sentence. Clearly, the man cannot speak without the words being written down first and has trouble even then! Clearly, Dubya is a product of the fabulous Texas public school system. I vote, I take part in the political process, so I am free to complain about our president being phoenitically challenged! Great book and a fun read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2002

    EXCUSE ME FOR WANTING TO VENT...

    While I have enjoyed the slip-ups of our 43rd President as much as anyone, I can't say I have said every word correctly my entire life! (I noticed a few errors in the comments posted here as well) There is something that upsets me though...From your comments here, it seems you would rather have a president who would disrespect the highest office by committing adulterous acts in the Lincoln bedroom, be a liar and a murderer, than have a man in office who has a good heart & good intentions for our nation. It offends me to think that most of America would rather poke fun at our newest president than treat him as a human being. After all, he IS our president. Isn't it treason to want to humiliate and disrespect him? Would you throw a stone at him if you could? And for all you who protest, would you rather he not go after those who would try to terrorize our nation? Turn his back on us & just let us be killed by those who want us dead? What would you say about him then? It doesn't seem like most Americans "think" before they speak at all - has everyone lost their ability to reason? It's funny how you all jump on that band wagon, point fingers, and poke fun - I remember you, you were the bully in school who didn't give a rip about other peoples feelings - Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good laugh - people falling down, being scared, and making verbal slips, but I will not disrespect my president no matter what political party he may be a part of - I was not a Clinton fan, but he was my president, and I supported him - my hope is that Americans do the same for our 43rd. God Bless America - no matter how obviously confused and backwards it seems to be!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2002

    laugh...then be very scared.

    This book shows that an idiot can be the president of the most powerful country in the world. This man is accountable to billions of lives. So how can we trust him to make the right decisions in the White House when he can' even say the right sentence. Him being 'elected' as president really send chills to my bones. Good luck America!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2002

    Like Father Like Son

    Bush's wranglers state that once you meet the man (Bush Jr. aka 'the shrub'), you get a different impression. Just remember - while Bush Sr. played on the ocean on that speedboat, the world burned. Daddy Bush was impressed by humble everyday items like pricing scanners that he had never seen. 'Shrub' couldn't possbily be less moronic in person than when these'Bushisms' are stated. For his wranglers to say the man is humble.... Sad, sad, sad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2002

    A truly great president

    The hallmark of a great president is the ability to inspire others to be great. That is how we remember the words of John F. Kennedy, who inspired the generation of Americans who elected him to reach deep within themselves for what they can do for our great nation. In the same way, these immortal words of George Bush, Jr. will undoubtedly inspire the generation of Americans who elected him to reach deep within themselves for what they could have done to save our great nation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2002

    Anyone (whose daddy is a millionaire/Ex-President) can be Prez!

    What's up with all these credulous reviewers who seem to think that Bush Jr.'s syntactically-garbled witlessicisms are proof that any American can become President? Just like do they really believe that he got into Yale and Harvard due to his intelligence?! GET REAL! The man was born into wealth and privilege, if anyone ever was! Rather than get all warm and fuzzy I believe it makes more sense to become alarmed and/or ashamed.BTW, is it any coincidence that (at least) two of the last three republican presidents gave us daily verbal proof of their inadequacy as statesmen? Anyone remember 'Ronald Reagan's Reign of Error'? [BTW, what is that James DEan (NYC Theatre Director??)/Wesley Walker's Son/USMA Candidate entry all about--and more importantly, what is it doing in this review section?] The book was great fun, though it did make me cringe--but hey, I should just loosen up and not care about our President making a constant culo of himself--I mean, how unpopulist of me, right? Sorry!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2002

    Wake up, he stole the election !!!!

    We must not forget that the MORON who is sitting in the White House stole the election. For a detailed account of the greatest affront to our democracy read 'Stupid White Men' by Michael Moore. For those who think Bush is an honorable down to earth guy I've one piece of advise, never trust a thief.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2001

    This guy is the leader of the free world?

    I always knew he wasn't up to par, but a compilation of his grammatical errors in this format is breath-taking. What scares me more is that when Bush found out about the book, he was proud that 'my words are already in book form.' The book is great and can serve as a wonderful conversation starter. Recommended for any sensible person who isn't quite happy with the current regime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2001

    About Bush....

    Amidst all that has happened to our great nation, I think Bush has done a tremendous job in helping the nation heal, acting swiftly against the perpetrators, and re-establishing a level of security. Let him say his goofy comments; they seem to be working just right.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2001

    It makes me feel good!

    After reading 30 reviews on this book. I need not to read the book after all. WE, AMERICANS, DON'T NEED GOOD ENGLISH TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2001

    Demos should talk!

    Demos talk about Bush and these are the same people who don't even know how to cast their own vote!Clinton and Gore were such fine examples...NOT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2001

    Republican Revisionists/Apologists Beware!

    Enough with the apologies and explanations for W. This book provides in vivid, unadulterated detail the inner workings of a moron, who happens to lead the free world. Conservatives, stop living in your fantasy world! The emperor has no clothes. ...well, no intellect at least. He's a moron. If everyone just accepted that, maybe the country can survive the next 3 1/2 years. Propping up this dunce is not helpful to your causes; it just reinforces the belief that backwater, mentally deficient rubes control the Republican Party.

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