Quotes – U.S. President George HW Bush

“The world once divided into two camps now recognizes one sole and preeminent power, the United States of America. And they regard this with no dread. For the world trusts us with power, and the world is right. They trust us to be fair, and restrained. They trust us to be on the side of decency. They trust us to do what’s right.”
– President George H W Bush, 1992

“What is at stake is more than one small country, it is a big idea – a new world order…to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind…based on shared principles and the rule of law…The illumination of a thousand points of light…The winds of change are with us now.”
– President George H W Bush

“I will never apologize for the United States of America – I don’t care what the facts are.”
– President George H W Bush

“I can tell you this: If I’m ever in a position to call the shots, I’m not going to rush to send somebody else’s kids into a war.”
– President George H W Bush [U.S. invaded Panama and Iraq during the Bush Administration]

“It is quite clear that one of the major challenges of the 1970s will be to curb the world’s fertility.”
– President George H W Bush

“You have a survivability of command and control, survivability of industrial potential, protection of a percentage of your citizens, and you have a capability that inflicts more damage on the opposition than it can inflict on you.”
– Vice-President George H W Bush, on how to win a nuclear war, 1980

“We love your adherence to democratic principle.”
– Vice President George H W Bush to Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos

“If the American people knew the truth about what we Bushes have done to the nation, we would be chased down the street and lynched.”
– George H W Bush to reporter Sarah McClendon, Dec. 1992

“You can say anything you want in a debate, and 80 million people hear it. If reporters then document that a candidate spoke untruthfully, so what? Maybe 200 people read it, or 2000 or 20,000.”
– George H W Bush’s press secretary to reporters following the 1980 vice-presidential debate

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