Thursday, January 24, 2008

Which is the real Bushism?

This one probably looks funnier than it is. Here's the president talking to Fox News about Osama bin Laden:

"If we could find the cave he is in, I promise you — he would be brought to justice or wherever he's hiding," he tells FOX News in "George W. Bush: Fighting to the Finish."

Is the last part of the quote -- the one that more or less says "he would be brought to wherever he's hiding" -- further proof of terminal presidential disfluency? Or is it just a normal sort of afterthought that we wouldn't think twice about if we had the audio and visual clues of the broadcast to help us tie it to "the cave he is in"?

Anyway, much fun as it is to make fun of small details of bad sentences, one sort of hopes we don't lose track of the bigger picture created by what's said in the sentences:

Bush also discusses his controversial foreign-policy decisions, including the war in Iraq, in the interviews.

"The job of ... comfortable nations is to help others realize the blessings of a free society, because it's the great alternative to the ideology of hatred," Bush says.

His justification or Fox's, you figure? Or are they one and the same?

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3 Comments:

Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

Ah, yes. The Iraqis are blest indeed.

But to answer your question: it's six of one and a half-dozen of the other.

4:11 PM, January 24, 2008  
Anonymous rayb said...

If it's Bush's, it doesn't really matter anymore, does it? He's down to playing what he derisively termed "small ball" and the bigger players won't give him he ball in the games that matter. The guy can't put words together. He might have scored the same or better than the senator from Massachussetts, but he didn't get them honestly.

11:06 PM, January 27, 2008  
Blogger fev said...

Yeah, but isn't it fun to hear him talking about how we're at risk of losing our scientific edge?

9:29 PM, January 28, 2008  

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