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No­table quotes from Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush:

“It is my con­sid­ered judg­ment that you should now re­sign. I ex­pect in your lonely, em­bat­tled po­si­tion this would seem to you as an act of dis­loy­alty from one you have sup­ported and helped in so many ways. My own view is that I would now ill serve a pres­i­dent, whose mas­sive ac­com­plish­ments I will al­ways re­spect and whose fam­ily I love, if I did not now give you my judg­ment.” — Au­gust 1974, speak­ing to Pres­i­dent Richard Nixon shortly be­fore he re­signed, when Bush was Repub­li­can na­tional chair­man.

“And my op­po­nent won’t rule out rais­ing taxes. But I will. And the Congress will push me to raise taxes, and I’ll say no, and they’ll push, and I’ll say no, and they’ll push again. And I’ll say to them: Read my lips. No new taxes.” — Aug. 18, 1988, dur­ing his ac­cep­tance speech at the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion.

“We know what works: Free­dom works. We know what’s right: Free­dom is right. We know how to se­cure a more just and pros­per­ous life for man on Earth: through free mar­kets, free speech, free elec­tions and the ex­er­cise of free will un­ham­pered by the state.” — Jan. 20, 1989, dur­ing his in­au­gu­ral ad­dress.

“Look to the very heart of Europe, to Ber­lin, and you will see a great truth shin­ing brighter with each pass­ing day: The quest for free­dom is stronger than steel, more per­ma­nent than con­crete.” — Novem­ber 1989, as the Ber­lin Wall was crum­bling.

“I do not like broc­coli, and I haven’t liked it since I was a lit­tle kid and my mother

made me eat it. And I’m pres­i­dent of the United States, and I’m not go­ing to eat any more broc­coli.” — March 22, 1990.

“Five months ago, Sad­dam Hus­sein started this cruel war against Kuwait. Tonight, the bat­tle has been joined . ... Our goal is not the con­quest of Iraq. It is the lib­er­a­tion of Kuwait.” — Jan. 17, 1991, when the first Gulf War be­gan.

“The fact that he is black, a mi­nor­ity, has noth­ing to do with this. He is the best qual­i­fied.” — July 1991, on an­nounc­ing he had se­lected fed­eral ap­peals court judge Clarence Thomas for the U.S. Supreme Court.

“I plan to put some­thing back into so­ci­ety, and not at the head ta­ble, not al­ways in the glam­our, cer­tainly not with a lot of news at­ten­tion.” — Jan­uary 1993, days be­fore leav­ing of­fice.

“To those who say we no longer need a CIA, I say you’re nuts. To those who want to dis­man­tle CIA or put it un­der some other de­part­ment ... you’re nuts, too. And to those who feel the right to know takes prece­dence over le­git­i­mate clas­si­fi­ca­tion of doc­u­ments

or over pro­tect­ing our most pre­cious as­set, our peo­ple, the same to you. You’re nuts, and so’s the horse you came in on.” — Sept. 17, 1997, at cer­e­mony mark­ing the 50th birth­day of the CIA.

“Though I might be tempted to ut­ter a few words of en­cour­age­ment to any­one who is con­sid­er­ing my boy, I will heed the im­mor­tal words of Dana Car­vey: ‘Not gonna do it. Wouldn’t be pru­dent.’” — Early 2000, cit­ing a line from the “Sat­ur­day Night Live” co­me­dian while at­tend­ing a non­par­ti­san event as his son sought the GOP nom­i­na­tion.

“I learned more from Ron­ald Rea­gan than from any­one I en­coun­tered in all my years of pub­lic life.” — June 11, 2004, at the fu­neral for for­mer Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan.

“Who would have thought that I would be work­ing with Bill Clin­ton, of all peo­ple? ... It’s been an eye-open­ing and en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence for me to work with him on some­thing truly apo­lit­i­cal.” — Oct. 25, 2005, dis­cussing his work with for­mer ri­val on tsunami and hur­ri­cane re­lief.

[AP PHOTO/MARCY NIGHSWANDER, FILE]

In this June 5, 1989, file photo, U.S. Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush holds a news con­fer­ence at the White House in Wash­ing­ton where he con­demned the Chi­nese crack­down on pro-democ­racy demon­stra­tors in Bei­jing’s Tianan­men Square.

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