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What I Believe Best of President W. George Bush Lapsus Quotes

Updated on November 28, 2010
What did he say ?
What did he say ?

The Presidency of George W. Bush was no doubt plagued from the onset and saw some of the most defining moments throughout our present history. As quickly as he rose in popularity during his first term he dropped during his second . With everything going on around him one would almost expect George W. Bush to have gone down in quotations books for wise quotes on subjects like war, foreign affairs, terrorism and the economy. Instead, his inability to articulate his words have won him the crown for “lapsus linguae” or “slip-of-the-tongue” king. George W. Bush is best known for his dyslexic quotes as I like to call them, which have now been termed Bushisms.

Larry, this is Fattie; I mean, Hattie!
Larry, this is Fattie; I mean, Hattie!

Lapsus Linguae

Lapsus linguae is defined as a slip of the tongue, a mistake in uttering a word, or an inappropriate word inadvertently spoken. It most certainly is embarrassing, to say the least. This situation could also be considered a lapsus memoriae or a "lapse of memory". For all you hubbers out there , there exists one more mental lapse, one that involves carelessness in writing: lapsus calami or a slip of the pen. The word calamus was a reed formerly used as a pen.

There is a possible logical explanation for Bush’s lapsus linguae. The condition can result result from laliophobia. In the world of human relations, a person can suffer from laliophobia which is, a terror of talking or of stuttering when trying to talk. An individual's speech difficulty may be aggravated by situations that arise from anxieties or fears of self-consciousness.

Tongue-tied. It can happen to you.
Tongue-tied. It can happen to you.

I know some of you will love these quotes if for anything to reinforce your belief Bush is a mumbling idiot. As for me I choose to believe he probably slept through his speech class or suffers from the above. Seeing there are plenty of non Bush supporters , this hub is only intended for humorous purposes not political rift. In no way shape or form is it meant to ridicule our ex-president as I wouldn’t criticize our current one either. They can both choose to do that all by themselves.

For what its worth, all of us on occasion misspeak, mispronounce and blunder. Bush’s lack of eloquency of expression certainly sets him apart. That Bush might have used up all his lifetime slips on 8 short years is amazing but keep in mind that when in the limelight plenty other politicians and personalities have blundered as well.

My Top 10 favorite Bush Quotes

  1. I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn't here.
  2. I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe - I believe what I believe is right.
  3. Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods.
  4. There's an old saying in Tennessee - I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, fool me once, shame on - shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again.
  5. I'm thrilled to be here in the bread basket of America because it gives me a chance to remind our fellow citizens that we have an advantage here in America - we can feed ourselves.
  6. We're concerned about AIDS inside our White House - make no mistake about it.
  7. It would be a mistake for the United States Senate to allow any kind of human cloning to come out of that chamber.
  8. You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on.
  9. I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well.
  10. And so, in my State of the - my State of the Union - or state - my speech to the nation, whatever you want to call it, speech to the nation - I asked Americans to give 4,000 years - 4,000 hours over the next - the rest of your life - of service to America. That's what I asked 4,000 hours.

Fool Me Once

Bush Blooper Moments

Other Noteworthy Bush Quotes On

  • Energy
    We need an energy bill that encourages consumption.
  • Politics
    Sometimes, Washington is one of these towns where the person - people who think they've got the sharp elbow is the most effective person.
  • Business
    It's very important for folks to understand that when there's more trade, there's more commerce.
  • Education
    You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.
  • War
    Redefining the role of the United States from enablers to keep the peace to enablers to keep the peace from peacekeepers is going to be an assignment.
  • I'd rather have them sacrificing on behalf of our nation than, you know, endless hours of testimony on congressional hill.
  • Russia is no longer our enemy and therefore we shouldn't be locked into a Cold War mentality that says we keep the peace by blowing each other up. In my attitude, that's old, that's tired, that's stale.
  • The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorize himself.
  • There's only one person who hugs the mothers and the widows, the wives and the kids upon the death of their loved one. Others hug but having committed the troops, I've got an additional responsibility to hug and that's me and I know what it's like.
  • The law I sign today directs new funds and new focus to the task of collecting vital intelligence on terrorist threats and on weapons of mass production.
  • When Iraq is liberated, you will be treated, tried, and persecuted as a war criminal.
  • I was proud the other day when both Republicans and Democrats stood with me in the Rose Garden to announce their support for a clear statement of purpose: you disarm, or we will.
  • When I take action, I'm not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It's going to be decisive.
  • One year ago today, the time for excuse-making has come to an end.
  • This administration is doing everything we can to end the stalemate in an efficient way. We're making the right decisions to bring the solution to an end.
  • I'm hopeful. I know there is a lot of ambition in Washington, obviously. But I hope the ambitious realize that they are more likely to succeed with success as opposed to failure.

Senior George H.W. Bush Quotes


Like Father Like Son

"For seven and a half years I've worked alongside President Reagan. We've had triumphs. Made some mistakes. We've had some sex...uh...setbacks." —in 1988

"We're enjoying sluggish times, and not enjoying them very much." —in 1992

"I just am not one who – who flamboyantly believes in throwing a lot of words around." —in 1990
"It's no exaggeration to say the undecideds could go one way or another." —George Bush Sr., in 1988

"I put confidence in the American people, in their ability to sort through what is fair and what is unfair, what is ugly and what is unugly." –in 1989

"You cannot be president of the United States if you don't have faith. Remember Lincoln, going to his knees in times of trial and the Civil War and all that stuff. You can't be. And we are blessed. So don't feel sorry for — don't cry for me, Argentina. Message: I care." —speaking to employees of an insurance company during the 1992 New Hampshire primary

"I've told you I don't live and die by the polls. Thus I will refrain from pointing out that we're not doing too bad in those polls." –in 1991

"I'm not the most articulate emotionalist." –in 1989


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    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      8 years ago

      Vivek Sri

      I guess we have alot in common. I visit this hub myself and still laugh at George Bush's Bushisms. Thanks for the commentary and encouragement.

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      8 years ago

      oh! that's a great one, loved and laughed all the way. keep your funny bones busy and your hubs working.

    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      9 years ago


      I agree, that's what's funny about it - he really botched that one up !

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      9 years ago

      i lke number 1 the best LOL

      it so funny, but then again it doesn't make any sense haha

      "I promise you i will listen to what has been said here, even though i wasn't here" ????????

      hehe it cracks me up though :)

      i should use that sometime. haha

      anyway: great hub!!!!!! check out my hub titled "LOL talk"

      and tell me what you think!!!!!!!!!


    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      9 years ago

      Hey TonyMac04 -

      Most of us did, we was re-elected. I think towards the end he was so badly battered that its possible he could have tripped up on his own name.

      Thanks for stopping in all the way from South Africa. Small world :)

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      Tony McGregor 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Makes one wonder about the people who elected him? He seemed almost surreal to us a long way from the US.

      Thanks for sharing these very funny quotes. I know most politicians make bloopers from time to time, but this guy was incredible!

      Love and peace


    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      9 years ago

      Hi FastFreta

      Glad we can all laugh. I almost feel bad for the guy, seems like at times he couldn't put a coherent sentence together.

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      9 years ago from Southern California

      I laughed all the way through this hub. I didn't hear most of these first hand, so it's almost hard to believe that they were really said. But make no mistake I do believe them. I've got to print this and let my friends see it. Really, really good Bail Up.

    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      9 years ago

      Thanks andromida - He's a funny guy !

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      syras mamun 

      9 years ago

      Quote number 8 is real great.I found the education quote very funny.thanks.


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