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Bush goes into gaffe overdrive

Staff and agencies
Friday September 7, 2007
Guardian Unlimited

Bushisms were famous before the man even entered the White House. But with his presidency entering its twilight phase, there is no end, it seems, to the steady supply of inadvertent slips of the tongue.

Yesterday he had reached only the third sentence of his address to an audience at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, when he committed his first gaffe.

"Thank you for being such a fine host for the Opec summit," Mr Bush said to the Australian prime minister, John Howard, confusing two completely different groupings of nations. "Apec summit," he quickly corrected himself.

He then joked that Mr Howard had invited him to the Opec summit next year (for the record, an impossibility, since neither Australia nor the US are members of the oil exporting cartel).

That slip paled in comparison with the next gaffe - a slip of the tongue that placed Austrian, not Australian, troops in Iraq.

Talking about Mr Howard's visit to Iraq last year to thank his country's soldiers serving there, Bush called them "Austrian troops".

That one was fixed for him, with the official text released by the White House switching it to "Australian". Tapes of the speech, however, clearly show Mr Bush saying "Austrian".

Then, speech done, Mr Bush confidently headed out - the wrong way. He strode away from the lectern on a path that would have sent him over a steep drop. Mr Howard and others redirected the president to where there were steps leading down to the floor of the theatre.

Seriously, how has someone this mentally inept not already become the 1st-place winner of a Darwin Award?


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 10th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
I don't know why things like this still surprise me - I should come to expect it by now.

It's just really sad/wrong that I have to.

Looking forward to January '09,
<3 Megan
Sep. 10th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
Re: *headdesk*
Maybe someday you will look down and catch a glimpse of the depths of my cynicism.
Sep. 11th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
Re: *headdesk*
i'm looking forward to jan 09 as well!
Sep. 11th, 2007 06:25 am (UTC)
secret service to prevent untimely accidental suicide
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