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The word according to George W.

(CNN) -- Like his father, the 41st president, President George W. Bush sometimes has difficulty with grammar, resulting in severely mangled syntax.

His oral mishaps have become standard fodder for comedians on late-night television, but the president even poked fun at his speaking skills at the Radio-Television Correspondents Association annual dinner in March.

He jokingly expounded on several gaffes, including a complicated point he was making on economics -- instead of saying the country's economic pie should be bigger, he said the "pie ought to be higher." He ended his speech by thanking the correspondents for their "horsepitality" and made it clear that while he can laugh at himself, he takes his job seriously.

"Our military still protects our shores. Americans still get up and go to work. I don't think it's healthy to take yourself too seriously, but what I do take seriously is my responsibility," he said.

So as he marks 100 days in office, below is a select list of memorable phrases uttered by the 43rd president since his January 20 inauguration.

"Neither in French nor in English nor in Mexican."
  -- April 21 in Quebec, Canada. The president was declining to take questions from reporters during a photo opportunity with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien.

"We also have got a program that says, in the after-school programs -- we spend all kinds of money for after-school programs -- but I think it's so important for us to open up those after-school programs to faith-based and community-based programs that we'll be able to say -- that sends a clear message, that if you exist because of the universal call to love a neighbor just like you would like to be loved yourself, you're welcome on to the public school grounds in an after-school program to teach children right from wrong; to teach them that somebody in our society cares for them, which really leads me to a bigger point and a bigger mission for all of us. And that is how to usher in a period of responsibility in America."
  -- April 18 in New Britain, Connecticut

"We must have the attitude that every child in America -- regardless of where they're raised or how they're born -- can learn.
  -- April 18 in New Britain, Connecticut

"Instead of saying, 'Oh, you're 10 and you go here; and you're 12, you go here; or you're 16, we'll just put you here' -- it's time for this country, all across the land, to start asking the question, 'What do you know?' And if you don't know what you're supposed to know, we'll make sure you do early before it's too late. That's what accountability will do for our country. It begins to change the mentality."
  -- April 11 in Concord, North Carolina

"I want to congratulate the winners who are here -- the CEOs, the leaders, the employees, the rowdy Texans."
  -- April 6 at the Malcolm Baldridge Awards in Arlington, Virginia

"The Senate needs to leave enough money in the proposed budget to not only reduce all marginal rates, but to eliminate the death tax, so that people who build up assets are able to transfer them from one generation to the next, regardless of a person's race."
  -- April 5, Washington, D.C.

"There are some familiar faces here, but none more beloved than Yogi Berra. Yogi's been an inspiration to me -- not only because of his baseball skills, but, of course, for the enduring mark he left on the English language."
  -- a March 30 White House appearance with members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Berra also had a way with words, uttering such phrases as, "It ain't over till it's over," "It's déjà vu all over again," and "You can observe a lot by watching."

"I've expanded the definition of words themselves, using 'vulcanized' when I meant 'polarized,' 'Grecians' when I meant 'Greeks,' 'inebriating' when I meant 'exhilarating.' And instead of 'barriers and tariffs,' I said, 'Terriers and bariffs.' And you know what? Life goes on."
  -- March 29 at the Radio-Television Correspondents Association annual dinner

"It would be helpful if we opened up ANWR (the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge). I think it's a mistake not to. And I would urge you all to travel up there and take a look at it, and you can make the determination as to how beautiful that country is."
  -- March 29 news conference in Washington

"And we need a full affront on an energy crisis that is real in California and looms for other parts of our country if we don't move quickly."
  -- March 29 news conference in Washington

"Sometimes, my words in Washington don't exactly translate directly to the people, so I've found it's best to travel the country."
  -- March 27 in Kalamazoo, Michigan

"A lot of times in the rhetoric, people forget the facts. And the facts are that thousands of small businesses -- Hispanically owned or otherwise -- pay taxes at the highest marginal rate."
  -- March 19, Washington, speaking to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

"Ann and I will carry out this equivocal message to the world: Markets must be open."
  -- March 2 swearing-in ceremony for Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman in Washington

"Most people in Arkansas know where Texas is, and all the people in Texas know where Arkansas is."
  -- March 1, speaking to children in North Little Rock, Arkansas. During the 1992 presidential campaign, Bush's father, President George Bush, referred to his opponent, then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, as "the governor of a certain state ... located somewhere between Texas and Oklahoma." Arkansas is east of Oklahoma and sits between Louisiana and Missouri.

"Those of us who spent time in the agricultural sector and in the heartland, we understand how unfair the death penalty is."
  -- February 28 in Omaha, Nebraska

"You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test."
  -- February 21, Townsend, Tennesse.

"Mexico is the first foreign country I have visited as president, and I intended it to be that way."
  -- February 16 in Mexico City

"I assured the prime minister of Canada that my vision of the hemisphere goes both north and south."
  -- February 13, talking to reporters aboard Air Force One

"One of my charges is to run the executive branch of government."
  -- January 30 at the White House

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