Whopper of the Week: George W. Bush

“The Vice President is not reinventing the federal government, he is reinvigorating the federal government. And Americans will feel this influence in our own lives. We’ll have to work through a maze of bureaucracy to get health care, or tax relief [italics Chatterbox’s]. … How many of you own a rooftop photovoltaic system? Let’s see the hands. Not too many. You’re beginning to get the drift of ‘targeted.’ “

Candidate George W. Bush at a Nov. 1 campaign rally in Minneapolis.


“On a third front, theHouse Waysand Means Committee may late this week approve tax breaks for purchase of photovoltaic solar systems in homes and for buying ultra-fuel efficient hybrid cars–both urged by the administration [italics Chatterbox’s].”

July 17 Associated Press report   by H. Josef Hebert.


(Thanks to Democratic strategist Harrison Hickman.)

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Whopper Archive:

July 13, 2001: George W. Bush

July 6, 2001: Sumner Redstone

June 29, 2001: David Brock

June 22, 2001: Edmund Morris

June 15, 2001: George W. Bush

June 8, 2001: Nepali Prince Regent (subsequently, King) Gyanendra

June 1, 2001: Mary McGrory

May 25, 2001: Ari Fleischer

May 18, 2001: York, Pa., Mayor Charles Robertson

May 11, 2001: Ted Olson

May 4, 2001: Rear Admiral Craig Quigley

April 27, 2001: Ben Affleck

April 20, 2001: South Carolina state legislator Chip Limehouse

April 13, 2001: Gray Davis

April 6, 2001: Sumner Redstone

March 30, 2001: Spencer Abraham

March 23, 2001: George W. Bush, Rep. Jennifer Dunn, and/or the Treasury Department

March 16, 2001: George W. Bush

March 9, 2001: Russ Freyman, spokesman, National Association of Manufacturers

March 2, 2001: Paul O’Neill

Feb. 23, 2001: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton

Feb. 16, 2001: Oscar spokesman John Pavlik

Feb. 9, 2001: Lynne Cheney

Feb. 2, 2001: Bobby Thomson

Jan. 26, 2001: Denise Rich