Unlike many of my contemporaries, I was quite partial to Dubbya. At the end of the day, he proved himself to be a great friend of Israel and the Jewish people and that's good enough for me. Then again, I wasn't living in the country he was presiding over.
I was a little sorry to see him fly off in his helicopter, it was as though I was saying goodbye to an old friend. I also know I won't be the only one who will miss his constant supply of quotable quips, some of which will no doubt go down in history, albeit for the wrong reasons.
As a way of saying farewell, I'd therefore like to list my favourite quotes. You will no doubt note that I have chosen to do this after he left office as a matter of respect to the 43rd President of the United States of America.
This one's for you, Dubbya.
Here is a top ten list of my favourite malapropisms (in the Daily Show format, with apologies to Jon Stewart):
Our enemies are innovative and resourceful and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.
Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.
It’s in our country’s interests to find those who would do harm to us and get them out of harm's way.
[The Taliban] have no disregard for human life.
I think we agree, the past is over.
I believe that the human being and the fish can coexist peacefully.
They misunderestimated me.
Here's an old saying in Tennessee—I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee—that says: fool me once, shame on ... (long pause) shame on you? (long pause) Fool me - you can't get fooled again."
Border relations between Canada and Mexico have never been better.
Rarely is the question asked, is our children learning?
and my all time favourite:
The problem with the French is that they don’t have a word for entrepreneur.
Goodbye Dubbya. I miss you already.