''And so, General, I want to thank you for your service. And I appreciate the fact that you really snatched defeat out of the jaws of those who are trying to defeat us in Iraq.''
—President George W. Bush, meeting with Army Gen. Ray Odierno, Washington, D.C., March 3, 2008
'You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.''
—President George W. Bush, Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001
''Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.''
—Presidential candidate George W. Bush, LaCrosse, Wis., Oct. 18, 2000
''And there is distrust in Washington. I am surprised, frankly, at the amount of distrust that exists in this town. And I'm sorry it's the case, and I'll work hard to try to elevate it.''
—President George W. Bush, speaking on National Public Radio, Jan. 29, 2007
''You work three jobs? … Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that.''
—President George W. Bush, to a divorced mother of three, Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 4, 2005
''I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the Secretary of Defense.''
—President George W. Bush, Washington, D.C. April 18, 2006
''You know, when I campaigned here in 2000, I said, I want to be a war president. No president wants to be a war president, but I am one.''
—President George W. Bush, Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 26, 2006