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About 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

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Original ed. edition (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743222229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743222228
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 6, 2001
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Wow - if you are in awe at how the American public could have elected this man as our most powerful politician, read this book! We can't all be rocket scientists, but, on the other hand, we're not running for president... This book is truly Laugh out loud - really reads like a comedy, even the introduction is hysterical! I highly recommend it
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...has he fallen off the wagon? Is there something seriously wrong with him? After his, "...we will never stop finding was to harm our country and its people" gaffe, then his controversial "tribal sovereignty" stammering, now his hilarious, "ob/gyn-love women all over the country". All these remarkable new Bushisms, his best stuff yet, in a two month period?

Admittedly, they're very funny. But lately my laughter is a bit more nervous. And I ain't joking.
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When W was elected, I thought that the most blatant display of his ineffectiveness as a leader would be his constant errors in public speaking engagements. What I have come to realize during the last two years is that while quite telling, this book doesn't even begin to address the real problems that come with having Bush as our nation's leader. The book is funny, if you can read it without remembering that this man is making decisions about a war whose justifications he cannot articulate.
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Too funny. Short and to the point. W's phrases are captured and left to linger on each page. What each reader thinks of this man is obvious. God bless comedians.
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I glance at the headlines just to kind of get a flavor for what's moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who are probably read the news themselves." --Washington, D.C., Sept. 21, 2003

That says it all there. I really can't explian how this guy got elected but his quotes make for some hilarious reading.

Overall-If you ever need to laugh make sure you have this book handy.
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I bought this book as a Christmas gift for my boss, but before giving it to him I had to thumb through it. I can't believe this guy is the leader of the free world! If I was in my pre 9-11 mentality I may have found it more amusing. Don't get me wrong, it is a funny (and unbelievable) book. But sometimes it is easier to sleep at night if you aren't aware of the true extent of the president's stupidness.
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You'd like to admire George Bush; or you wish you could. Here, in his own words, Bush manages to terrify--again. The POTUS cannot speak coherently. It's all sort of amusing, until you think about the man's job! From the book: "I don't read what's handed to me." How does this work with foreign relations? Do translaters correct it? And to the American public: "I know how hard it is to put food on your family." We know what he meant but, shouldn't he be able to string four or five words together in some sensible way?
Maybe I'm too steeped in adoration for past Presidents? Visiting the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials in D.C., we weep at the beauty of their words-- graceful, thoughtful, far-seeingly eloquent. Who is this man in our White House and what sort of monument and manuscript would capture him? As a patriot, I am alarmed and saddened. Surely, Young George is perfectly charming-- except he's in the highest seat of power in the world! (And "Bushims" is a constant reminder.)
All of this said, these are indeed Yogi Berra-type malapropisms, and the book will be a fine addition to one's guest bathroom-- short, snappy, unbelievable! Goofy pictures accompany the ramblings such as: "I do know I'm ready for this job [the presidency]. And if not, that's the way it goes." Weisberg has inserted a title for each quote. For example, "Arrested For Driving While Reading" is followed by the Bushism: "I mean, there needs to be a wholesale effort against racial profiling, which is illiterate children." Huh?
Well, there it is, the wit and wisdom of George W. Bush. I keep wondering: Does Laura cringe? What are Old George and Barb thinking when he commits these gaffs? Do they feel guilty? Did they do this to us because we didn't re-elect the dad? Truly baffled. I can't believe the former First Lady could have let this man loose. I trusted her. Didn't you?
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By A Customer on August 11, 2001
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It never ceases to amaze me just how moronic he can be, especially in public. This book exemplifies what the man is made of. One can't help but infer from this collection of quotations that Bush and his wranglers are motivated not only by ignorance, but by money and hypocrisy as well. This book is not the author’s opinion, but quotes taken right from the horse's mouth - on public record. Scary but true!
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