Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Meanwhile, a village in Texas is missing its idiot

"Childrens do learn," Bush tells school kids
Wed Sep 26, 2007 1:46pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Offering a grammar lesson guaranteed to make any English teacher cringe, President George W. Bush told a group of New York school kids on Wednesday: "Childrens do learn."

Bush made his latest grammatical slip-up at a made-for-TV event where he urged Congress to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act, the centerpiece of his education policy, as he touted a new national report card on improved test scores.

The event drew New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings plus teachers and about 20 fourth and fifth graders from P.S. 76.

During his first presidential campaign, Bush -- who promised to be the "education president" -- once asked: "Is our children learning?"

On Wednesday, Bush seemed to answer his own question with the same kind of grammatical twist.

"As yesterday's positive report card shows, childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured," he said.

The White House opted to clean up Bush's diction in the official transcript.

Bush is no stranger to verbal gaffes. He often acknowledges he was no more than an average student in school and jokes about his habit of mangling the English language.

Just a day earlier, the White House inadvertently showed how it tries to prevent Bush from making even more slips of the tongue than he already does.

As Bush addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, a marked-up draft of his speech briefly popped up on the U.N. Web site, complete with a phonetic pronunciation guide to get him past troublesome names of countries and world leaders.


21 comments:

Sysm said...

he's his own LOLCAT.

Valley Girl said...

Jesus. I'm ashamed to be 'Merican, as Dubya would say.

cajunvegan said...

"In my sentences I go where no man has gone before."

- George W. Bush

Justin said...

"I heard somebody say, 'Where's (Nelson) Mandela?' Well, Mandela's dead. Because Saddam killed all the Mandelas."

Bizarro-Flounder said...

I know that it should be "childrens doth learn", but give the guy a break.

jiggs said...

he sure is a dummy.

Scarlet Hip said...

Sysm - and not nearly as entertaining.

Valley Girl - he does raise the embarrassment level to new standards.

Cajunvegan - I'll have to include that one in my all-time favorite Bushisms list.

Justin - amazing isn't it!? Since Saddam is dead and Mandela is in fact, alive.

Flounder - he is the president of the United States, not some buddy of yours at a backyard barbecue. I don't think expecting him to not fuck up every thing he says is too much to ask.

Jiggs - dumber than a bag of hammers.

yournamehere said...

Yet we couldn't find anyone to beat him in 2004.

Hypersonic said...

yournamehere: well with national literacy levels falling, maybe they're in the majority now. Might explain why he got elected.

Big Momma Pimpalishisness With A Cherry On Top said...

Sigh.

Naynayfazz said...

(holding hand to head)

DOH!

miss kendra said...

sysm is onto something. LOLprezidentz!

Think Frustrated said...

It's just funny that he made that mistake while talking about education, specifically that "childrens do learn." He's just making up for what he missed as a kid. I also like how the official White House transcript had no such error.

BTW, NCLB is bullshit. As a teacher, you will most likely agree.

Thérèse said...

What... a moron.

egan said...

He clearly isn't Hooked on Phonics, or grammar for that matter.

jamwall said...

I love drunken presidents.

Übermilf said...

I think he's doing a fine job.

Nance said...

Right now, as a teacher of English, I want to cry. This is so much worse than the Dan Quayle Potato(e) Incident.

...because this man has ruined education in every possible way, you know.

Melliferous Pants said...

I are can't believe he am our president.

Mad Munkey said...

It's better than Chillin's.

Bone said...

Sigh. *shakes head* I'll look forward to seeing this one on Letterman's Great Moments In Presidential Speeches.

I always enjoy the rare occasion when he does successfully pronounce a fairly difficult (for him) word. He beams so proudly, like he just completed a 30 piece jigsaw puzzle or something.