Thursday, August 05, 2004

Apparently, Bush thinks about harming Americans at all times. Even when he's in the shower?

I found this link from Eschaton, and it was too good to pass up, both because of my love of the English language AND my hate of stupid:
"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
It's true that it's just an innocent slip of the tongue - I'm sure that the U.S. government isn't actively looking for ways to hurt American citizens - and it's the kind of mistake that could have happened to anyone who does a lot of public speaking. But my beef with this sound byte is twofold: firstly, most people who say things like that will realize that they've pulled a boner, and try and cover it up. (Also: was that him "going off the script"? Because that's the only way that situation could have occured; I doubt very much the speechwriters were responsible for that.) Secondly, it just frustrates me to see what low levels Presidential speeches have fallen to. Compare any one of Bush's speeches to this one sentence uttered by Lincoln (full text here), and the mind reels from intellectual vertigo:

"To have expected them to do otherwise than they did -- to have expected them not to meet denunciation with denunciation, crimination with crimination, and anathema with anathema, was to expect a reversal of human nature, which is God's decree, and never can be reversed."

Now that's a speech.

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