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Oct 25, 2006

President Bush’s 57 Varieties of Stay the Course

DCCC Press

Oct 25, 2006

President Bush’s 57 Varieties of Stay the Course

“As President Bush goes wobbly on his own rhetoric, it’s important that he remembers this is not a debate about semantics, this is a debate about policy and it’s time for a change,” said Bill Burton, communications director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “The president said that the election will be decided on the economy and national security and after failed policies that have led to record drug prices, record student loan cuts, no increase in the minimum wage, and no strategy for success in the war in Iraq, Americans are looking for a new direction.”

(August 30, 2006) BUSH: We will stay the course, we will help this young Iraqi democracy succeed, and victory in Iraq will be a major ideological triumph in the struggle of the 21st century. LINK

(August 11, 2006) BUSH: Stay the course also means don’t leave before the job is done. And that’s - we’re going to get the job done in Iraq. LINK

(July 11, 2006) BUSH: As a matter of fact, we will win in Iraq so long as we stay the course. LINK

(June 19, 2006) BUSH: And I saw people wondering whether the United States would have the nerve to stay the course and help them succeed. LINK

(March 24, 2006) BUSH: If we don’t lose our nerve, if we stay the course, someday down the road, an American President will be working with democratically-elected leaders in the broader Middle East at the table to keep the peace. LINK

(August 4, 2005) President Bush and President Uribe of Columbia at The Bush Ranch in Crawford: We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq. LINK

(November 21, 2004) BUSH: And so the United States of America will stay the course and we will complete the task. We’ll help Iraq develop a democracy and the world will be better off for it. LINK

(September 23, 2004) President Bush and Prime Minister Allawi Press Conference: It's hard work in Iraq. Everybody knows that. We see it on our TV. My message is that -- is that we will stay the course and stand with these people so that they become free. LINK

(August 13, 2004) BUSH: We must stay the course until the job is done. LINK

(April 20, 2004) Bush: But Americans are used to hard work when it comes to a cause greater than ourself. And that’s what we’re doing. And we’ll stay the course. LINK

(April 16, 2004) Bush, Blair Discuss Sharon Plan; Future of Iraq in Press Conference: It's a wonderful feeling to have a strong ally in believing in the power of free societies and liberty. And that's why we're going to stay the course in Iraq. LINK

(April 15, 2004) President Discusses Tax Relief in Iowa: And we will stay the course in Iraq so that his son did not die in vain. LINK

(April 13, 2004) Prime Time News Conference: “Look, this is hard work. It's hard to advance freedom in a country that has been strangled by tyranny. And, yet, we must stay the course, because the end result is in our nation's interest…And my message today to those in Iraq is: We'll stay the course; we'll complete the job. My message to our troops is: We will stay the course and complete the job and you'll have what you need.” LINK

(April 6, 2004) President Announces New Education Initiatives for a Stronger Workforce: We will stay the course in Iraq. LINK

(April 5, 2004) President Discusses Economy and Job Training in North Carolina: But we will stay the course. We will do what is right. LINK

(April 5, 2004) BUSH: So we’ve got tough action in Iraq. But we will stay the course. LINK

(April 5, 2004) BUSH: You know, I told the family how much we appreciated his sacrifice - he was killed in Iraq - and assured him that we would stay the course. LINK

(April 5, 2004) BUSH: I met with the family of a fellow who - who was killed in Iraq. … I told the - I told the dad, and the mom, and the wife that we’d stay the course. LINK

(April 2, 2004) President Discusses Strengthening Economy & Job training: This country will stay the course and get the job done. We will get the job done. LINK

(March 12, 2004) President, Mrs. Bush Mark Progress in Global Women's Human Rights: I want to thank you for going to Afghanistan recently with Joyce Rumsfeld, Secretary Rumsfeld's better half, who also went to Afghanistan recently to spread the word that America will stay the course…And I believe there's no doubt that if America stays the course and we call upon others to stay the course, liberty will arrive and the world will be better off. LINK

(January 23, 2004) President Bush Speaks with Nation's Mayors at Winter Meeting: We will stay the course until the job is done, because a free Iraq in the heart of the Middle East will make the world more peaceful. LINK

(January 12, 2004) President Bush and President Fox of Mexico speak with reporters in Monterrey Mexico: But the decision I made was the right one for America. And history will prove it's the right one for the world. And we will stay the course until the job is done. LINK

(December 15, 2003) President Bush Holds Press Conference: We will stay the course until the job is done, Steve. And the temptation is to try to get the President or somebody to put a timetable on the definition of getting the job done. We're just going to stay the course…And the citizens of Iraq need to know we will stay the course. LINK

(November 27, 2003) BUSH: I was able to assure them that we were going to stay the course and get the job done, but I also reminded them what I said publicly, that it’s up to them to seize the moment, to have a government that recognizes all rights, the rights of the majority and the rights of the minority, to speak to the aspirations and hopes of the Iraqi people. LINK

(November 25, 2003) President Applauds Congress for passing Historic Medicare Bill: And this nation will stay the course to bring democracy and freedom to Afghanistan and Iraq. LINK

(November 14, 2003) President Bush, Italian President Ciampi Discuss Iraq: “We will stay the course, and as more and more Iraqis realize freedom is precious and freedom is a beautiful way of life, they will assume more and more responsibilities, not only for security, but for humanitarian reasons, as well.” LINK

(October 28, 2003) Press Conference by the President in the Rose Garden: And this country will stay the course. We'll do our job. And it's to our interest that we do our job. LINK

(October 27, 2003) President Bush, Ambassador Bremer Discuss Progress in Iraq: It's in the national interest of the United States that a peaceful Iraq emerge. And we will stay the course in order to achieve this objective. LINK

(October 22, 2003) BUSH: And we’ll just stay the course. LINK

(October 9, 2003) President Addresses Top Priorities: Economic & National Security: Our work in Iraq has been long, it's hard, and it's not finished. We will stay the course. LINK

(July 14, 2003) President Reaffirms Strong Position on Liberia: We talked about Iraq. And I told him and assured him that the United States would stay the course because we believe freedom is on its way to the Iraqi people. LINK

(July 10, 2003) BUSH: We’re making steady progress. A free Iraq will mean a peaceful world. And it’s very important for us to stay the course, and we will stay the course. LINK

(July 2, 2003) President Bush Names Randall Tobias to be Global AIDS Coordinator: And so we'll stay the course in Iraq. LINK

(June 30, 2003) President Bush Pleased with Progress on Medicare: And so when you hear me talk about freedom, you must also know that I talk about peace, that our deep desire in America is for the world to be more free and more peaceful. And we'll stay the course. LINK

(June 11, 2003) President Promotes Medicare Plan to the Illinois State Medical Society: We have a lot more work to do in Iraq and we'll stay the course. LINK

(June 5, 2003) President Talks to Troops in Qatar: Not only does the war on terror go on, but we've got a lot of work to do in Iraq. And we're going to stay the course until the job gets done. LINK

(October 23, 2002) President Bush Signs Defense Appropriations Bills: The bill I sign today also sends a clear signal to friend and foe alike, that it doesn't matter how long it takes to defend our freedom; the United States of America will stay the course. There is no timetable in the Oval Office here behind me that says at a certain period of time, we no longer care deeply about our freedoms and, therefore, we're going to quit. There's no such timetable. LINK

(October 18, 2002) President Discusses Tax relief impact in Springfield, Missouri: It doesn't matter how long it takes, my fellow Americans, when it comes to our freedom, it doesn't matter how many years it takes, the United States of America will stay the course, because we will defend America, no matter the cost. LINK

(October 11, 2002) President Highlights Humanitarian Efforts in Afghanistan: The institutions necessary for the development of a peaceful, hopeful country are going to be put in place soon. We will stay the course to help that country develop -- in their image, not in ours. LINK

(October 5, 2002) Remarks by the President in Manchester, New Hampshire Welcome: When it comes to the defense of that which we love, which is our country; when it comes to doing our duty, which is to protect the future for our children and our children's children; when it comes to the defense of the peace, the United States of America will stay the course. LINK

(March 20, 2002) Remarks by the President to the Travel Pool: Nevertheless, we'll continue to work the issue, and work it hard. Zinni is over there, he's making some progress. He's saying to both parties, stay the course, work hard to get into Tenet. LINK

(January 31, 2002) Georgia Welcomes President Bush: The can run and they can hide, but they can't run and hide forever. This patient nation will stay the course until we bring the killers to justice. LINK

(January 22, 2002) President Calls on Congress to Pass Economic Security Package: I want to thank you all, and thank the American people for your patience. If we tire, the world will tire. If we get impatient, the terrorists win. Yet our great nation is bound by such a love for freedom, and the desire not for revenge, but for justice, that we're not going to tire; that we will stay the course.LINK

(November 26, 2001) President Welcomes Aid Workers Rescued from Afghanistan: But we're patient, we're resolved, and we will stay the course until we achieve our objective. LINK

(November 15, 2001) President Bush and President Putin Talk to Crawford Students: It's also important that we stay the course and be strong, because the stronger we are as a coalition, the stronger we are in achieving our objective, it is less likely somebody else is going to try to harbor a terrorist. Our objective is not just al Qaeda and Afghanistan. Our objective is to root out terrorism wherever it may hide, wherever it may exist, so the world can be more free. And that's a common objective of the President and mine. LINK

(October 11, 2001) President Holds Prime Time News Conference: And what the American people need to know is what our allies know: I am determined to stay the course…It is important that we stay the course, bring these people to justice, to show -- and show others how to fight the new wars of the 21st century. LINK


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