Bush Unscripted

Anytime Bush is allowed to speak in public, we are given a chance to hear his “Deep Thoughts.” Here are a few from Thursday’s “talk on terrorism” in Ohio.

“Politics comes and goes, but your principles don’t. And everybody wants to be loved – not everybody. … You never heard anybody say, ‘I want to be despised, I’m running for office’.”

“There are jobs Americans aren’t doing. … If you’ve got a chicken factory, a chicken-plucking factory, or whatever you call them, you know what I’m talking about.”

“There are some similarities, of course, between Iraq and Vietnam. Death is terrible.”

“I’ve been in politics long enough to know that polls just go “poof” at times.

Those “Bushisms” are a great source of humor for the media, but sometimes Bush says things that make clear he has no idea what he is talking about. He has no idea what his own policies actually mean. For example, Bush is frequently referred to as the “Education President” because of No Child Left Behind legislation. NCLB is currently up for reauthorization and here are some statements Bush reportedly made at a meeting last week at the White House.

“It is important for all of us to make it clear that accountability is not a way to punish anybody,” said Bush in a meeting at the White House, “It’s an essential component to making sure that our system, our education system, frankly, is not discriminatory. Education isn’t about learning, or getting an education, it’s about ensuring that people of all races and all backgrounds have identical test scores.”

“There cannot be one nationwide federal test that compares all students equally,” said Bush, “that’ll just never work. Some parts of the country have more minorities than others, some are overflowing with illegals, and some are in the south; we cannot expect these states to perform at the same level as other, less unfortunate states.”

The next time anyone calls Bush the Education President, share those quotes with them.


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