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Bush Speak

Bush still sounds like a dope to me...

"Because the -- all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculated, for example, is on the table. Whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases. There's a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those -- changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be -- or closer delivered to that has been promised. Does that make any sense to you? It's kind of muddled. Look, there's a series of things that cause the -- like, for example, benefits are calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of prices. Some have suggested that we calculate -- the benefits will rise based upon inflation, as opposed to wage increases. There is a reform that would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those -- if that growth is affected, it will help on the red." (President Bush - Tampa, FL, Feb. 4, 2005)

But some linguists are saying that our Georgie is leaving behind his ranch-style lingo for more citified speech now that he's suckered enough voters with his down home verbal ineptitude. He's even making references to Camus, de Tocqueville and the Magna Carta and pronouncing them properly.

I picture a new sitcom that's Green Acres in reverse. George and Laura chuck their boots, barbecue and barns for books, brie en croute and brownstones. So long Hooterville! Hello Manhattan!



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Mar. 22nd, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I saw an article about that on Page One of the Wall Street Journal the other day. It didn't really surprise me, given that many heads of state are heavy users of speechwriters - why not extend the concept to speech consultants?
Mar. 22nd, 2005 02:31 pm (UTC)
Everything about Bush is a fraud: the fake Texas accent, the Godliness, the ranch in Crawford (built for the sole purpose of being a scenic backdrop for his presidency), his fake culture of life. The thing is, some people would have voted for him anyway, as we've already seen, no matter what he did or does. It's like Bill Mahr once said: "Bush could murder a family of four on the 6 o'clock news, and 40% of the country would still support him in the next Gallup poll."
Mar. 22nd, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC)
I think this may be an instance where we have to closely consider the source of this favorable "he's-smarter-than-he-looks" review. Those darn Wall Street neocons. :^)

I would pay good money to hear Bush quote de Tocqueville and put it in context without looking like he'd been heavily coached.

"I'm reminded of the legendary documentarian of Early American democracy, Monsieur Alexis de Toc...Tocque--Karl, hold that sign a little higher up. Thanks. Ah, de Tocqueville, when he said...."
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