There I was, perusing the AP’s latest collection of Bushisms. It’s a sickness, I know, but I can’t help myself. Lord knows I should be beyond all this by now, but it truly never ceases to amaze me what comes out of our president’s mouth when he tries to sound presidential. All the old favorites are there (“Is our children learning?”), along with a few new gems I hadn’t seen before.
- “Thank you, Your Holiness. Awesome speech.” April 16, 2008, at a ceremony welcoming Pope Benedict XVI to the White House.
- “And they have no disregard for human life.” July 15, 2008, at the White House. Bush was referring to enemy fighters in Afghanistan.
- “I remember meeting a mother of a child who was abducted by the North Koreans right here in the Oval Office.” June 26, 2008, during a Rose Garden news briefing.
- “This thaw — took a while to thaw, it’s going to take a while to unthaw.” Oct. 20, 2008, in Alexandria, La., as he discussed the economy and frozen credit markets.
- “The fact that they purchased the machine meant somebody had to make the machine. And when somebody makes a machine, it means there’s jobs at the machine-making place.” May 27, 2008, in Mesa, Ariz.
Huh? What? Machine-making place? Machine-making place? Did he really say that? Dumb is one thing, but this is Homer Simpson territory (“Oh, Lisa, you and your stories: Bart’s a vampire, beer kills brain cells. Now let’s go back to that…building…thingie… where our beds and TV… is.”)
Was he misquoted? Or perhaps he was joking in that inimitable style of his?
But no. I looked it up. Here is the White House transcript of the event. He said it exactly as quoted during a visit to the Silverado Cable Company in Mesa, Arizona. Not only that, but thirty seconds after he couldn’t recall the word factory, he drew a blank on the word employee.
And Congress ought to just declare once and for all we’re going to make the tax cuts we passed permanent — add peace of mind for these businesses leaders; it’ll make it easier for their employees to keep a job; it’ll make it easier for them to do what they want to do and take care of their — people that work here.