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Bushisms of the Week

“The best way to relieve families from time is to let them keep some of their own money.”–Westminster, Calif., Sept. 13, 2000

“They have miscalculated me as a leader.”–Ibid.

 “I don’t think we need to be subliminable about the differences between our views on prescription drugs.”–Orlando, Fla., Sept. 12, 2000

“This is what I’m good at. I like meeting people, my fellow citizens, I like interfacing with them.”–Outside Pittsburgh, Sept. 8, 2000

“That’s Washington. That’s the place where you find people getting ready to jump out of the foxholes before the first shot is fired.”–Westland, Mich., Sept. 8, 2000

“Listen, Al Gore is a very tough opponent. He is the incumbent. He represents the incumbency. And a challenger is somebody who generally comes from the pack and wins, if you’re going to win. And that’s where I’m coming from.”–Detroit, Sept. 7, 2000 (Thanks to Michael Butler, Houston.)

“We’ll let our friends be the peacekeepers and the great country called America will be the pacemakers.”–Houston, Sept. 6, 2000

“We don’t believe in planners and deciders making the decisions on behalf of Americans.”–Scranton, Pa., Sept. 6, 2000

“I regret that a private comment I made to the vice-presidential candidate made it through the public airways.”–Allentown, Pa., Sept. 5, 2000

For more, see “ The Complete Bushisms.”