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Actually, that was a Bush aide in 2002 talking to a New York Times reporter[1]:

"That's not the way the world really works anymore. We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."

[1] http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/17/magazine/faith-certainty-a...

It's been confirmed that was Karl Rove, btw[1][2]

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality-based_community#cite_n...

[2] "later acknowledged to have been Karl Rove" http://www.hermes-press.com/suskind.htm

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