snopes.com  

Go Back   snopes.com > Urban Legends > Questionable Quotes

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 31 May 2015, 08:32 PM
snopes's Avatar
snopes snopes is offline
 
Join Date: 18 February 2000
Location: California
Posts: 109,626
Roll eyes George H.W. Bush on the Bush family

Comment: Did G.H.W.Bush say this or something like it?

"Sarah, if the American people had ever known the truth about what we
Bushes have done to this nation, we would be chased down in the streets
and lynched." George Bush Senior speaking in an interview with Sarah
McClendon in December 1992
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01 June 2015, 01:56 AM
urbanlegendfanatic urbanlegendfanatic is offline
 
 
Join Date: 16 October 2014
Location: California
Posts: 139
Default

No. There's plenty of reasons not to like politicians without having to invent obnoxious quotes by them.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01 June 2015, 02:07 AM
Mouse's Avatar
Mouse Mouse is offline
 
Join Date: 11 July 2003
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 6,880
Mouse

That sounds like more self-awareness than a member of the Bush family would demonstrate.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01 June 2015, 04:13 AM
crocoduck_hunter's Avatar
crocoduck_hunter crocoduck_hunter is offline
 
Join Date: 27 May 2009
Location: Roseburg, OR
Posts: 11,525
Default

Whatever else he was, George Sr wasn't an idiot. I don't think he'd ever say something quite so self-incriminating. Other than in a "with this legislation, I've outlawed Russia forever" sort of way.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01 June 2015, 02:41 PM
Steve Steve is offline
 
Join Date: 19 October 2002
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 4,718
Default

Earlier versions of this quote aren't about the Bush family. If GHW Bush actually said it, he was referring to the response Americans would have to revelations of the whole truth about Iran-contra, and the victims of the lynching would presumably be the Reagan administration.

Of course there's still good reason to doubt. For one thing, my source has the URL http://www.marijuanalibrary.org/MCCLENDN and I suspect that site isn't run by Woodward and Bernstein. And it only quotes Commander Alexander Martin quoting a supposed newsletter. But if anyone can dig up a copy of Sarah McClendon's newsletters from June 1992 (apparently she ran a biweekly one, so there'd be 2 or 3 from that month), we could see if the quote is in there.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 21 June 2015, 10:37 PM
urbanlegendfanatic urbanlegendfanatic is offline
 
 
Join Date: 16 October 2014
Location: California
Posts: 139
Default

In any case when it comes to quotes the onus should be on the person attributing the quote to a particular celebrity or politician to have proof they ever said it. So the site telling you this quote came from one of the Bushes should have to provide a link to a video, or a newspaper interview or something of that nature rather than just putting quotation marks around it and saying that they said it. If that makes sense. I could make up the quote "I did feel that at some point I would need to address the complexity of my identity. Though I was born in Kenya I have always considered myself to be an American citizen. My citizenship is therefore more complex than being true or false in that particular instance". Now I add a cute picture of Obama as a child, put the words on the picture and I have this;


And ... it still proves nothing. I still haven't proved Obama ever said this. Because he never did - I made the whole thing up. Rachel Dozeal said it - I just switched some of her words around.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
George H. W. Bush's gallon of milk snopes Politics 50 08 July 2014 01:46 AM
George W. Bush résumé snopes Politics 6 13 January 2009 06:19 PM
Ronald Reagan on George W. Bush snopes Questionable Quotes 3 29 August 2007 07:46 AM
But now you're you - George W. Bush matches Questionable Quotes 2 19 July 2007 09:46 PM
George Bush and the First Person Possessive snopes Questionable Quotes 2 19 June 2007 10:18 PM


All times are GMT. The time now is 12:12 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.