Plenty of other nice, Red states: … besides California for him to go and be humble and honored to visit anyway!

Bush, who has traveled more extensively within the United States in his first weeks in office than any other recent president, visiting almost two dozen states, has also rarely misses an opportunity to humble himself.

In Tennessee on Feb. 21: “I’m pinching myself everyday. … It is an unimaginable honor to represent the great people of this country.”

To a March 2 conference of state legislators: “I cannot tell you what an honor it is to be the president and to drive in those cars with the American flag flying and to see people lining the roads waving to the — waving to the office.”

To regional reporters at the White House: “It’s such a humbling experience — and most politicians need to be humbled, so it’s a good start.”

At a March 1 rally in Atlanta: “I haven’t been your president for very long but I can report that it is a fantastic experience. I can’t tell you what an honor it is.”

On the same day at Lakewood Elementary School in Little Rock, Arkansas: “It’s a big honor as I’m sure you can imagine. … The White House is a majestic place. It’s like a museum in many ways.”

On March 8 in Fargo, North Dakota: “I’m so proud to be landing in Air Force One and getting off the airplane and driving into this hall and seeing people lining the streets, waving at the office of the president.”

To visiting Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the White House on March 20: “You didn’t think you were going to be the prime minister, and you probably darn sure didn’t think I was going to be the president.”

On a whim, to a couple of dozen children in the White House State dining room last week: “Want to go see my office? Come on, let’s do it.”

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