The Fourteen Points of George W. Bush

Apr 6th, 2005 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

As still further evidence that extending the vote to women was a sound idea, the ladies’ home website has compiled a tidy collection of “Bush Bloopers” – engaging examples of the mangled wit and folk wisdom of President George W. Bush.

I have taken the liberty of selecting the fourteen bloopers I like best myself, on the model of the Fourteen Points for world peace long ago introduced by Woodrow Wilson, another unusual commander-in-chief who wanted to make the world safe for democracy. Read on at your own peril. 

1. ‘I had the opportunity to go out to Goree Island and talk about what slavery meant to America. It’s very interesting when you think about it, the slaves who left here to go to America, because of their steadfast and their religion and their belief in freedom, helped change America. America is what it is today because of what went on in the past.’

2. ‘It’s hard to be successful if you don’t make something somebody doesn’t want to buy.’

3. ‘I want to thank the astronauts who are with us, the courageous spacial entrepreneurs who set such a wonderful example for the young of our country.’

4. ‘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.’

5. ‘It’s amazing with the software that has been developed these days that enable a camera to distinguish the difference between a squirrel and a bomb.’

6. ‘[We will] use our technology to enhance uncertainty abroad.’

7. ‘If the terriers and bariffs are torn down, this economy will grow.’

8. ‘Drug therapies are replacing a lot of medicines as we used to know it.’

9. ‘This case has had full analyzation and has been looked at a lot. I understand the emotionality of death penalty cases.’

10. ‘I know the human being and fish can co-exist peacefully.’

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

12. ‘The senator has got to understand if he’s going to have – he can’t have it both ways. He can’t take the high horse and then claim the low road.’

13. ‘Sometimes, Washington is one of these towns where the person – people who think they’ve got the sharp elbow is the most effective person.’

14. ‘The most important job is not to be governor, or first lady in my case.’

There are more equally poignant Bush bloopers of this sort, which some may even like better than the fourteen chosen here, at

For less amusing bloopers in the Hurricane Katrina disaster of late summer 2005, see the counterweights report on “Do you know what it means to miss FEMA in New Orleans” and “Was Katrina the last blooper George W. Bush will get Away with?“.

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