Outta here! For about a week anyway. This year’s unusually hectic and frenzied Christmas season will culminate in celebrating
the War on Christmas out of reach of the otherwise ubiquitous net.
I’ll be back to posting before the New Year though, and although it is clear that 2009 will still be a rough year, I’m sure we all hope it will be an improvement. Especially with the attention Obama seems to be giving to science, with Steven Chu and now John Holdren as science adviser at a cabinet level position.
Still, I know we all will miss the deep well of tragic comedy that was W. Bush. In remembrance of the memorable past 8 years, I give you these thinkable moments.
“Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods.” –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Dec. 20, 2000 (LiquidThinker’s note: truly a uniquely qualified scientific mind.)
“The legislature’s job is to write law. It’s the executive branch’s job to interpret law.” –George W. Bush, Austin, Texas, Nov. 22, 2000 (LiquidThinker’s note: and a constitutional scholar as well.)
“It’s important for us to explain to our nation that life is important. It’s not only life of babies, but it’s life of children living in, you know, the dark dungeons of the Internet.” –George W. Bush, Arlington Heights, Ill., Oct. 24, 2000 (LiquidThinker’s note: What? My site was not around in 2000. Perhaps he was referring to Chick tracts?)
“Bill wrote a book at Yale. I read one.” –George W. Bush, on William F. Buckley, Al Smith Dinner, New York City, Oct. 19, 2000 (LiquidThinker’s note: ’nuff said.)
“I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.” –George W. Bush, Saginaw, Mich., Sept. 29, 2000 (LiquidThinker’s note: NEVER!!! A fish once tried to bite me and now death to Satan fishes!)
“Actually, I –” this may sound a little West Texas to you, but I like it. When I’m talking about –” when I’m talking about myself, and when he’s talking about myself, all of us are talking about me.” –George W. Bush, Hardball, MSNBC, May 31, 2000 (LT’s note: hard to argue with that impeccable logic.)
“We need to counter the shockwave of the evildoer by having individual rate cuts accelerated and by thinking about tax rebates.” -George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Oct. 4, 2001 (LT’s note: Yeah, that’ll show ’em.)
“My administration has been calling upon all the leaders in the – in the Middle East to do everything they can to stop the violence, to tell the different parties involved that peace will never happen.” -George W. Bush, Crawford, Texas, Aug, 13, 2001 (LT’s note: Calling Dr. Freud!)
“I have said that the sanction regime is like Swiss cheese – that meant that they weren’t very effective.” -George W. Bush, during a White House press conference, Feb. 22, 2001 (LT’s note: Blessed are the cheesemakers. Not sure how that fits, but just wanted to say it.)
“You see, the Senate wants to take away some of the powers of the administrative branch.” -George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2002 (LT’s note: That darn administration branch! What were them constitushun writers there thinkin’?)
“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.” -George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002 (LT’s note: A classic. Obviously an attempt to pay tribute to The Who.)
“It would be a mistake for the United States Senate to allow any kind of human cloning to come out of that chamber.” -George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., April 10, 2002 (LT’s note: Hard to disagree that cloning Senators is a bad idea.)
“Sometimes when I sleep at night I think of (Dr. Seuss’s) ‘Hop on Pop.'” -George W. Bush, in a speech about childhood education, Washington, D.C., April 2, 2002 (LT’s note: Please…refrain…Freud references.)
“I’ve been to war. I’ve raised twins. If I had a choice, I’d rather go to war.” -George W. Bush, Charleston, West Virginia, Jan. 27, 2002 (LT’s note: I’ll let this bask in its own brilliance.)
“[W]e’ve had leaks out of the administrative branch, had leaks out of the legislative branch, and out of the executive branch and the legislative branch, and I’ve spoken out consistently against them, and I want to know who the leakers are.” -George W. Bush, Chicago, Sept. 30, 2003 (LT’s note: Not touching that.)
“It’s a time of sorrow and sadness when we lose a loss of life.” –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Dec. 21, 2004 (LT’s note: is he referring to a resurrection?)
“God loves you, and I love you. And you can count on both of us as a powerful message that people who wonder about their future can hear.” –George W. Bush, Los Angeles, Calif., March 3, 2004 (LT’s note: I feel the love.)
“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.” –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C. Jan. 14, 2000 (LT’s note: Spacial entrepreneurs. Hey..I’ve got some 4 dimensional objects half price!)
“I think we are welcomed. But it was not a peaceful welcome.” –George W. Bush, defending Vice President Dick Cheney’s pre-war assertion that the United States would be welcomed in Iraq as liberators, NBC Nightly News interview, Dec. 12, 2005 (LT’s note: Yeah those unpeacefull welcomes can be taxing.)
“Because the — all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculate, for example, is on the table; whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases. There’s a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those — changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be — or closer delivered to what has been promised. Does that make any sense to you? It’s kind of muddled. Look, there’s a series of things that cause the — like, for example, benefits are calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of prices. Some have suggested that we calculate — the benefits will rise based upon inflation, as opposed to wage increases. There is a reform that would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those — if that growth is affected, it will help on the red.” –George W. Bush, explaining his plan to save Social Security, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 4, 2005 (LT’s note: uh uh uh…)
Jumping ahead now.
“I’ve been in the Bible every day since I’ve been the president.” –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Nov. 12, 2008 (LT’s note: Which character was he? Ah..the one who called Moses in the desert. Gotcha!)
“This thaw — took a while to thaw, it’s going to take a while to unthaw.” –George W. Bush, on liquidity in the markets, Alexandria, La., Oct. 20, 2008
“The German asparagus are fabulous.” –George W. Bush, Meseberg, Germany, June 11, 2008