„The terrorists in Iraq believe their attacks on innocent people will weaken our resolve. They believe we will run from a challenge. They are mistaken. Americans are not the running kind.“

—  Paul Wolfowitz, Yahoo News article October 10, 2003 http://in.news.yahoo.com/031010/137/28diu.html This statement is identical to one made by President George W. Bush on October 9, 2003 and is likely to have been a mis-reporting of Wolfowitz quoting Bush's statement.
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—  George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
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„We thought that the proletariat would eventually run the world. But it is the Americans who have assumed that position... The American people have changed.“

—  Mengistu Haile Mariam Former dictator of Ethiopia 1937
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Caitlin Upton: I personally believe that U. S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some people out there in our nation don't have maps and, uh, I believe that our education, like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should—our education over here in the U. S. should help the U. S., uh, or, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq, and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future, for our children.“

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—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
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