I just noticed the two weird Bush quotes on the daily Twisted History feature today. If I would have known we’d be getting that type of stuff, I’d never have added it. I’ll have to keep an eye on it. If it’s balanced, though, I’m all for it.
Curious, I decided to research them. Googling “And there’s no doubt in my mind, not one doubt in my mind, that we will fail.” just got me a bunch of sites that don’t appear to be anything close to even-handed. The only link to a legit news site was dead.
The same goes for “I think if you know what you believe, it makes it a lot easier to answer questions. I can’t answer your question.”
I’m not (really) questioning the truth to these quotes. Anyone in the public eye makes silly mistakes and mis-steps frequently, and President Bush probably does it more than most. I think we’ve seen that smooth, slick public speaking may play good on the evening news but isn’t a reliable indicator of leadership ability.
What I’d like to see is the context of the quote and what the immediate reaction was. For all I know from the anti-Bush sites I’ve found, he could have been quoting Al Gore. If anyone has links to something other than “Look How Stupid Dubya Is” about these quotes, pass them on. Thanks.