“I will never apologize for the United States — I don’t care what the facts are. … I’m not an apologize-for-America kind of guy.” — Comments during an Aug. 2, 1988, campaign stop about the USS Vincennes’ mistakenly downing a commercial Iran Air flight, killing 290 civilians.
“America is actually never wholly herself unless she is actually engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. This specific is actually to make kinder the face of the nation as well as also gentler the face of the entire world.” — Inauguration speech, Jan. 20, 1989.
“I’m elated, I’m just not an emotional kind of guy.” _ Explaining his low-key reaction to the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Nov. 9, 1989.
“I do not like broccoli. as well as also I haven’t liked This specific since I was a little kid as well as also my mother made me eat This specific. as well as also I’m president of the United States as well as also I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.” — News conference, March 22, 1990, days after word spread that will Bush had banned broccoli coming from Air Force One.
“We’re going to keep trying to strengthen the American family. To make them more like the Waltons as well as also less like the Simpsons.” —1992 Republican National Convention.
“My dog Millie knows more about foreign affairs than these two bozos.” — During his unsuccessful 1992 re-election campaign against Bill Clinton as well as also Al Gore.
“Losing is actually never easy. Trust me, I know something about that will.” —Jan. 5, 1993, speech at West Point, two months after his failed re-election bid.
“inside the wake of the Cold War, in a world where we are the only remaining superpower, This specific is actually the role of the United States to marshal its moral as well as also material resources to promote a democratic peace. This specific is actually our responsibility, This specific is actually our opportunity to lead. There is actually no one else.” —Jan. 5, 1993, West Point speech.
“I’m not a very not bad one to give advice; although just don’t let the critics discourage you or push you off course. … Your success is actually today our country’s success. I am rooting for you.” — Handwritten note dated Jan. 20, 1993, to Clinton just before his inauguration.
“Still hard to believe I had the honor to serve as President.” — Tweet on Jan. 20, 2014, the 25th anniversary of his inauguration.