A clear pattern emerges when one observes George W. Bush's errors in speaking.
|What He Said
|What It Means|
|"Well, it's an unimaginable honor to be the president during the Fourth of July of this country. It means what these words say, for starters. The great inalienable rights of our country. We're blessed with such values in America. And I—it's—I'm a proud man to be the nation based upon such wonderful values."—Visiting the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C., July 2, 2001||Whether he is conscious of it or not, Bush confuses his personal interests (including oil money) with those of the people and the nation.|
|"My administration has been calling upon all the leaders in the—in the Middle East to do everything they can to stop the violence, to tell the different parties involved that peace will never happen."—Crawford, Texas, Aug, 13, 2001 (Thanks to Michael Shively.)||The United States military industrial complex needs weapons sales, and therefore does not want a peaceful world.|
|"Redefining the role of the United States from enablers to keep the peace to enablers to keep the peace from peacekeepers is going to be an assignment."—Interview with the New York Times, Jan. 14, 2001 (Thanks to Rachael Contorer.)||The United States military industrial complex needs weapons sales, and therefore does not want a peaceful world.|
|"There's a lot of people in the Middle East who are desirous to get into the Mitchell process. And—but first things first. The—these terrorist acts and, you know, the responses have got to end in order for us to get the framework—the groundwork—not framework, the groundwork to discuss a framework for peace, to lay the—all right."—Referring to former Sen. George Mitchell's report on Middle East peace, Crawford, Texas, Aug. 13, 2001 (Thanks to Michael Shively.)||In foreign policy, I haven't a clue. I need Condoleezza Rice to tutor me.|
|"We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease."—Gothenburg, Sweden, June 14, 2001||In geography, I haven't a clue. I need Condoleezza Rice to tutor me.|
|Russia is no longer our enemy and therefore we shouldn't be locked into a Cold War mentality that says we keep the peace by blowing each other up. In my attitude, that's old, that's tired, that's stale."—Des Moines, Iowa, June 8, 2001||In foreign policy, I haven't a clue. I need Condoleezza Rice to tutor me.|
|"Anyway, I'm so thankful, and so gracious—I'm gracious that my brother Jeb is concerned about the hemisphere as well."—Miami, Fla., June 4, 2001||I killed too many brain cells when I was an active alcoholic, and I can no longer read at the high school level. That's why you see so many photos of me with children in elementary schools. When Condoleezza isn't around, the elementary school children tutor me.|
|"It's important for young men and women who look at the Nebraska champs to understand that quality of life is more than just blocking shots."—Remarks to the University of Nebraska women's volleyball team, the 2001 national champions, Washington, D.C., May 31, 2001||My skills in leadership never progressed beyond the world of sports, where I was head cheerleader in college.|
|"So on behalf of a well-oiled unit of people who came together to serve something greater than themselves, congratulations."—Remarks to the University of Nebraska women's volleyball team, the 2001 national champions, Washington, D.C., May 31, 2001||The oil industry dictates my vision of the world and my policies.|
|"Neither in French nor in English nor in Mexican."—Declining to answer reporters' questions at the Summit of the Americas, Quebec City, Canada, April 21, 2001||In geography, I haven't a clue. I need Condoleezza Rice to tutor me.|
|The Senate needs to leave enough money in the proposed budget to not only reduce all marginal rates, but to eliminate the death tax, so that people who build up assets are able to transfer them from one generation to the next, regardless of a person's race."—Washington, D.C., April 5, 2001||My tax policies favor rich, white people.|
|"I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well."—Washington, D.C., Jan. 29, 2001||My administration is a re-run of those of my father and Ronald Reagan.|
Note: During the election dispute, James Baker said, "Unlike the Democrats who are trying to change the rules after the election, we are doing everything we can to play the rules--I mean to play by the rules."