People, don’t misunderestimate the awesome linguistic power of a fully operational George W. Bush.
Jacob Weisberg at Slate has collected hundreds of “Bushisms” over the course of Bush’s presidency. In honor of our departing Commander-in-Chief, Weisberg’s compiled his list of The Top 25 Bushisms of All Time. There’s even a priceless video montage.
I don’t know if I could possibly choose but these are some of the classics that have always tickled me:
“Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?”—Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000
“You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.”—Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001
“There’s an old saying in Tennessee—I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee—that says, fool me once, shame on—shame on you. Fool me—you can’t get fooled again.”—Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002
Weisberg even tries to make sense of it all:
People often assume that because I’ve spent the past nine years collecting Bushisms, I must despise George W. Bush. To the contrary, Bushisms fill me with affection for the man—and not just because of the income stream they’ve generated. . . .
Being able to laugh at yourself is a rare quality in a leader. It’s one thing George W. Bush can do that Bill Clinton couldn’t. Unfortunately, as we bid farewell to Bushisms, we must conclude that the joke was mainly on us.
MRP wants to know: What’s your favorite Bushism?
Hat tip to Captain Moondog.