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Bush-isms

Say what you will about the President. He has a sense of humor, sometimes intentionally (as in this description of the scene after Bill Clinton's recent surgery: "When he woke up he was surrounded by his loved ones: Hillary, Chelsea and my Dad"), sometimes unintentionally.

Everybody is having a field day with that photo of George W. Bush holding the hand of Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah. (Talk about a fearless man date!) That, coupled with this comment by Bush—with regard to the annual Galveston, Texas gay beach party known as "Splash Day"—has given me a good belly laugh this afternoon.

My pal Chip at Binary Circumstance is having a laugh too.

Comments welcome.

Comments

While some of these so-called Bushisms (such as this one) appear to be genuine screw-ups by President Bush, it strikes me that quite a few of them are nowhere near as silly as they may at first appear. Take the following (often repeated in sections of the British media):

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."

Now, it's entirely possible that I'm just reading too much Tom Clancy, but wasn't Bush basically saying that they're trying to figure out how and where the terrorists might strike next? And from an Objectivist perspective (i.e. defence being one of the few legitimate government functions), isn't that exactly what he ought to be doing?

As for the latest incident, as I say above it probably is a genuine screw-up, but wouldn't it be even funnier if Bush knew exactly what he was saying? :-D

MH

I ~hope~ Dubya isn't ~that~ cunning. :)

Of course, sometimes the President screws up his sentence structure, even though his meaning is clear. But let's not forget that this President himself has learned to poke fun at his own ability to "mangle" the English language. See here http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20041014-111510-5151r.htm, for example.

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."

Yes, it's clear what meaning he ~meant~ to convey, but it's also true that Bush virtually never does stop thinking about ways to harm the United States and our people. Of course, I'm sure he doesn't ~think~ he is harming the country, but he is, and how.

See also Fred Kaplan, "The Idealist in the Bluebonnets," Slate, April 26, 2005:

http://slate.msn.com/id/2117517/

"Bush invited the Crown Prince to Crawford—the highest token of honor and friendship that this president bestows on foreign leaders—for one basic reason: to see if the royal family can do something to lower oil prices. It is doubtful, under the circumstances, that the president made a fuss over Saudi Arabia's execrable human-rights record or its snail's-pace crawl (if that) toward democracy."