"I said, 'Sonny, how's your budget?' He said, 'We've got a surplus.' I said, 'Congratulations, that's a sign of leadership.'"
--President Bush, in Atlanta on July 18, describing a conversation he had with Gov. Sonny Perdue. Georgia's budget surplus for the past fiscal year was $247 million.
The Congressional Budget Office predicts the federal deficit will reach $477 billion by the end of the year.
"Who would Jesus bomb?"
--Message on a sign held by a protester outside the Atlanta Civic Center during Bush's visit.
"It's your money, you should be able to put it anywhere you want. ... I think that if a person is put in charge of their finances, they will take that responsibility seriously."
--Susie Davis, officer of the Republican Party in Effingham County. Davis is a supporter of President Bush's proposed privatized Social Security accounts.