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The Finger on the Button

A look at the two men with the power over the past 12 years.

(SNN) – The world is keenly aware of the power and influence the United States has on world peace, economy and policy. We are also aware of the power that the President of the United States holds. It is called many things, having your finger on the button, holding the world at bay, but we know it best as “The Football.”

When President George W. Bush had it, the world trembled as he fumbled over thoughts, phrases and simple words. As a result, he ended his two terms with the nickname of doofus and George Dubya.

When Barack Obama took office, it seemed that one person with the finger on the button was smart, dapper, articulate and better looking.

But as time droned on, we realised that there is nothing new in all things presidential. The more things change, the more they remain the same. We shall call this moment here on The Sage, "The 'isms' of men of power."

We start with George W. Bush, or Bushisms, or Dubyaisms.
Stuff George is credited as saying:

  • "I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn't here." Waco, Texas, Aug. 13, 2002
  • "You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test." Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001
  • "I couldn't imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah." Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 2001
  • "You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror." Sept. 6, 2006
  • "I'm the commander, see, I don't need to explain. I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being president." quoted by Bob Woodward's Bush at War.
  • "I hear there's rumours on the Internets that we're going to have a draft." St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 8, 2004
  • "I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family." Greater Nashua, N.H., Jan. 27, 2000
  • "Do you have blacks, too?" speaking to Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2001
  • "This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating." New York Daily News, April 23, 2002
  • "I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully." Sept. 29, 2000
  • "They misunderestimated me." Bentonville, Arkansas, Nov. 6, 2000
  • "For every fatal shooting, there were roughly three non-fatal shootings. And, folks, this is unacceptable in America. It's just unacceptable. And we're going to do something about it." May 14, 2001
  • "I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe, I believe what I believe is right." Rome, Italy, July 22, 2001
  • "I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace." Washington, D.C. June 18, 2002
  • "I'll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office." Washington, D.C., May 12, 2008
  • "I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the Secretary of Defense.” Washington, D.C. April 18, 2006
  • "There's an old saying in Tennessee, I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee, that says, fool me once, shame on, shame on you. Fool me, you can't get fooled again." Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002
  • "Anybody who is in a position to serve this country ought to understand the consequences of words." Nov. 1, 2006

Now let's look at Barack Obama, or let's just call them Obamaisms:
Stuff Barack is credited as saying:

  • "We're the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad." Cincinnati, OH, Sept. 22, 2011
  • "The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries." Tampa, Fla., Jan. 28, 2010
  • "The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system." Washington, D.C., July 20, 2009
  • "No, no. I have been practicing. I bowled a 129. It's like, it was like Special Olympics, or something." March 19, 2009
  • "What I was suggesting - you're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith..." - interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos who corrected him, "your Christian faith."
  • "Let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel's.” Amman, Jordan, July 22, 2008
  • "On this Memorial Day, as our nation honours its unbroken line of fallen heroes, and I see many of them in the audience here today.”
  • "I've now been in 57 states, I think one left to go." Beaverton, Oregon
  • "Why can't I just eat my waffle?" Pennsylvania
  • "In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died, an entire town destroyed." Commenting on the Kansas tornado that killed 12 people.
  • "Even though most people agree. I'm presenting a fair deal, the fact that they don't take it means that I should somehow do a Jedi mind-meld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right." March 1st, 2013.
  • ''The fact is I really do respect the press. I recognize that the press and I have different jobs to do. My job is to be President; your job is to keep me humble. Frankly, I think I'm doing my job better.'' 2013 White House Correspondents' Dinner

Maybe it's just a tough job being the Prez.  

Thank you to for collecting these quotes over time.
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