Bush Watch: "IC"-ky, Dummy, And Funny

[ Posted Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 – 19:19 UTC ]

While researching tomorrow's article, I came across three Bush factoids that deserve a spotlight.

The first comes from an NPR interview, where a journalist (Juan Williams) finally asked Bush the question many have long been waiting to hear:

MR. WILLIAMS: By the way, in the speech, you spoke about the Democrats. You said, you congratulated the Democrat majority. And I notice your prepared text said Democratic majority. I surely think that you know that for the Democrats, they think when you say Democrat, it's like fingernails on the blackboard. They don't like it. They like you to say Democratic.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Yeah. Well, that was an oversight then. I mean, I'm not trying to needle. Look, I went into the hall saying we can work together and I was very sincere about it. I didn't even know I did it.


PRESIDENT BUSH: And that I did, I didn't mean to be putting fingernails on the board, I meant to be saying why don't we show the American people we can actually work together? There is a lot of politics in Washington -- in my judgment, needless politics. And it's almost like, if George Bush is for it, we're against it, and I -- and if he's against it, we're for it. And the American people don't like that.

And I'm going to tell you some big issues we need to work on. One is entitlements. Your grandchildren are going to grow up with a Social Security system that is broke unless we do something about it. Now, I understand how hard that is. I mean, it's -- But the solution can be done. But it requires a lot of political, you know, capital to be spent. And there is distrust in Washington. I am surprised, frankly, at the amount of distrust that exists in this town. And I'm sorry it's the case, and I'll work hard to try to elevate it. So the idea that somehow I was trying to needle the Democrats, it's just -- gosh, it's probably Texas. Who knows what it is. But I'm not that good at pronouncing words anyway, Juan.

In other words, it wasn't a slur, I'm from Texas and don't know English. Which leads us right to the next item.

The second choice bit is that the White House has hired a new pastry chef, William "Bill" Yosses. The punchline? He's the co-author of Desserts For Dummies -- which can now be interpreted two ways.


And the last thing worth mentioning is from Dan Froomkin's newly-renamed "White House Watch" column (née "White House Briefing") from (scroll to the last item in today's column). Someone was apparently taking notes at his recent Alfalfa Club speech. Was it funny? You decide...

More from Bush's speech to the exclusive Alfalfa Club on Saturday night, courtesy of my Washington Post colleague Lynne Duke, who received the prepared remarks from a source involved with the dinner.

"As always, I'm delighted to be back at Alfalfa. When I was here last year, my approval rating was in the 30s, my nominee for the Supreme Court had just withdrawn and my vice president had shot someone -- ah, those were the good old days.

"What with the polls and everything, the Washington Post said the other day that I was, quote, 'at the nadir of my presidency.' The press always underestimates me. I can go lower."

And: "Hey, let me give you an update on that satellite that was blown out of the sky last week. The Chinese didn't do it. Cheney was out hunting again."


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