So I've shown you way too many videos. I'll probably show you too many more. The 17 seconds below, however, tells it all. This is McCain on September 30, 2008, at the Des Moines County Register. If you think he's joking, click here for the full interview. There's no laugh, no punch line after he delivers this line.
At least Bush pretended to be joking.
I'm preaching to the choir, huh? I know. :-) But this terrifies me.
Bush said it three times (quoted from InfoWars):
Bush infamously said, “If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator,” during a December 2000 speech.
He also remarked, “A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there’s no question about it,” in a July 2001 Business Week interview.
When Bush was Governor of Texas in 1998 he stated, “You don’t get everything you want. A dictatorship would be a lot easier.”