"BIGGEST BUSH WHOPPER" CONTEST WINNER
from Council For a Livable World

 

 

After one week we've received almost 1,000 replies to our request to choose the Biggest Bush Whopper. The clear winner was this Bush claim, quoted in the Washington Post on May 31, 2003:

 
"But for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong. We found them."
 
Many of you chose to send in a quote you found yourselves, here are some of the more popular:
 
"I am a uniter not a divider."
 
"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
 
"The problem with the French is they don't even have a word for 'entrepreneur'."
 
Many of you also took issue with the contest, either on the grounds that all of the whoppers were equally egregious or, as one respondent put it, "How do you decide, when virtually everything the man says is a lie?"
 
The final tally is as follows:
 
8.60% "I call my philosophy and approach compassionate conservatism."
 
30.58% "But for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong. We found them."
 
4.68% "We can cut the deficit in half over the next five years."
 
13.93% "For diplomacy to be effective, words must be credible, and no one can now doubt the word of America."
 
2.18% "The President's budget proposes to invest $400 billion over 10 years to strengthen and improve Medicare with prescription drug coverage."
 
2.39% "Our [Iraq] mission has broad support from the international community, including troops from 18 out of 25 current and future NATO countries."
 
4.46% "The President's economic policies will create 2.6 million jobs over the next year"
 
7.94% "Now, I think things have gotten so bad inside Iraq, from the standpoint of the Iraqi people, we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators."
 
8.16% "I refuse to give up on any child and the No Child Left Behind Act is opening the door of opportunity to all of America's children."
 
8.16% "Saddam Hussein had an advanced nuclear weapons development program."
 
7.83% Other
 
Sincerely,
 
John Isaacs & Guy Stevens
 
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