Tuesday, November 27, 2007

President Bush at work: Unable to pronounce either "Olmert" or "Mahmoud"

ThinkProgress has video of President Bush making a statement from the MidEast Peace talks in Annapolis. Too bad he stumbles badly on the names of both the major participants from Israel and Palestine. Watch it and wonder. Has he fallen off the wagon again, or do we have a functionally illiterate president? (click on the image to go to the video)


Flashback: In September, a marked-up draft of Bush’s speech to the U.N. was inadvertently released. The draft included “phonetic spellings of some names and countries.” Dana Perino said at the time that it was “offensive” to suggest Bush has a hard time pronouncing certain names:

REPORTER: Does the president have a hard time pronouncing some of these countries’s [sic] name?

PERINO: I think that’s a offensive question. I’m going to just decline to comment on it.
More offensive than mispronouncing the names of two world leaders?

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