Eight years of Bushisms

“I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family” comes in at No. 2


 

Jacob Weisberg, editor of Slate, earned a spot in the history of the English language when he popularized the term “Bushisms”—coined for George W. Bush’s frequent struggles with nouns, verbs and tense. He also made a small cottage industry of it, including various Bushism books and calendars. On the eve of Dubya’s departure, Weisberg compiles the Top 25 bloopers—”I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family” comes in at No. 2—and concedes that all the broken syntax nearly made Bush endearing.

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Eight years of Bushisms

  1. Thank god Bush is going going gone because if I heard ‘ NUCULAR ‘ one more time! Personally I think the guy was doing it on purpose. Someone should ask him although the answer would probably be that he was employing ‘ truthiness ‘

    • It got even better when he used nucular and terrer in the same sentence. Well miss him, only figuratively that is.

    • Wayne

      I remember watching a video of Bush prior to ’04 election. It had clips of Bush saying nuclear, and a couple of other words, during his time as Texas governor and he used to pronounce them differently, before he ran for President. Some people think he changed how he pronounced a few words in order to seem more like the common man and less like a man who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, which he was.

      • JWL are making a case for him being intelligent or just savvy?

        • Neither really, not a fan of Bush. Just thought it was interesting. How he pronounced words was neither here nor there, in the end.

  2. I don’t think Bush – Mass DECEPTOR and murderous Criminal – should be allowed to slip quietly out of town. There should be a great hue and cry — a loud, collective angry howl, demonstrations with signs and bullhorns and fiery speeches — over the damage he’s done to the world. He is no president, he is criminal. He should have been impeached and tried long ago.

    Don’t let him leave his office… let’s do something really practical, and THROW HIM OUT OF OFFICE!

    • Nah! If we all threw our shoes at him, now yr talking.

  3. and concedes that all the broken syntax nearly made Bush endearing.

    Hardly, but then that’s Slate for you.

  4. I have a good feeling history will judge him much more positively. Unlike most of the useless comments put online by anger people with nothing else to do.

    • we’re just ” misunderestimating” him. Hmm… anger people. maybe they should add that one to the list?

    • “Unlike most of the useless comments put online by anger people with nothing else to do.”

      Don’t get ahead of history now and pass judgements.

  5. For those inclined 1.
    “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”
    I laughed until i cried.
    It’s been said before, but is this where satire [ or irony] finally met its demise? Sadly, probably not.