President George W Bush, for all his other failings, had some things about him that made us all chuckle. While our current president is known for his intellect. Bush was known for his political tap dancing as well as his outrageous butchering of the English language. He gave us something new to laugh about each and every day of his time in office.
Some of the more noted, and notable public hangings of language and intelligence are these:
We knew Bush was special even before his inauguration. We determined that he has some unique thought processes long before we even set him into office based on this quote during an interview process that he was going through
"Then I went for a run with the other dog and just walked. And I started thinking about a lot of things. I was able to - I can't remember what it was. Oh, the inaugural speech, started thinking through that." Bush in his interview-- pre-inaugural--which he gave to U.S. News & World Report
Upon considering what the United States needed, Bush determined that part of it was education and of course, to be more hopefuller...
"I want it to be said that the Bush administration was a results-oriented administration, because I believe the results of focusing our attention and energy on teaching children to read and having an education system that's responsive to the child and to the parents, as opposed to mired in a system that refuses to change, will make America what we want it to be - a more literate country and a hopefuller country." Jan. 2001 As a Nebraska resident, I particularly enjoyed this one:"It's important for young men and women who look at the Nebraska champs to understand that quality of life is more than just blocking shots." -George W. Bush made this brilliant commentary to the University of Nebraska volleyball team for women who were the 2001 national champions, on May 31, 2001
He was always known as a man who would promote literacy too... at all costs."You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.'' This one too, was spoken in a meeting in the early parts of 2001, notably not his best year.
Bush understood what it took to be a small business owner and to work hard for his money too, and proved it time and again. He really gave some insights into that during a speaking engagement with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
"A lot of times in the rhetoric, people forget the facts. And the facts are that thousands of small businesses - Hispanically owned or otherwise - pay taxes at the highest marginal rate."
He was also aware that some of what he said wasn't quite grammatically correct and in fact, called attention to it
"I've coined new words, like, misunderstanding and Hispanically." Radio & Television Correspondents dinner 2001.
Bush was, arguably, one of the most interesting presidents of our time. Not always correct in grammar or in his actions, however he was highly entertaining in so many ways. Hope you enjoyed the quotes.