Bush concluded the final day of his 2-day Economic Summit (TM) with 40 minutes of closing words babble. Why anyone lets this man speak without handlers and cattle prods is completely beyond me. Anyway, here's a few of my favorite remarks.
- 4 years and a $236 billion surplus turned $413 billion deficit, but now Bush is "ready to work".
BUSH: I -- but I didn't come up here to Washington -- I know a lot of people I my Cabinet didn't agree to serve to pass problems on. I like to confront problems. I like to -- I like to work with people so that we can say we left behind a better America, after it's all said and done. And I don't have that much time here in Washington. So I'm going to -- So I'm ready to work.
- Bush used the Fox News slogan "Fair and Balanced" when talking about "frivolous lawsuits" cluttering up the court system. "Fair and Balanced"? What ever happened to "Fair and Just"?
BUSH: We believe, and many of you have -- believe that that money can be better spent; that it's possible to have a justice system that is fair and balanced; that if you have a claim, you should be able to go to an uncluttered court to have your claim adjudicated.
- Nicaragua, Guatemala, uh who the f*ck really cares -- Bush scolded Hilda Bankston for correcting him before the press.
BUSH: And lawsuits can just plain ruin somebody's life. Donnie headed a seminar yesterday, and I happened to be there, and we heard the story of Hilda Bankston -- I think Hilda is probably still here. There you go. First of all, Hilda was born in Nicaragua -- is that right?
MRS. BANKSTON: Guatemala.
BUSH: Guatemala -- see, I wasn't paying very close attention. Maybe I'll get the rest of the story right here. It's okay to correct the President -- just not in front of all the TV cameras.