Enemies of English – Part Two: Special Presidential Edition

George Dubya will leave the White House in a few short days, on 20th January. I couldn’t let the moment pass without my own, small tribute to the man, certainly one of the greatest Enemies of English to hold high office in recent memory. His mangling of language and, indeed, basic concepts is legendary, so, for your pleasure, please find here some of his greatest hits.

More after the break…

“You know, I’m the President during this period of time, but I think when the history of this period is written, people will realize a lot of the decisions that were made on Wall Street took place over a decade or so, before I arrived in President, during I arrived in President.” ABC News interview, Dec. 1, 2008

“I want to share with you an interesting program — for two reasons, one, it’s interesting, and two, my wife thought of it — or has actually been involved with it; she didn’t think of it. But she thought of it for this speech.” Washington D.C., Oct. 21, 2008

“And they have no disregard for human life.” on the brutality of Afghan fighters, Washington, D.C., July 15, 2008

“Amigo! Amigo!” calling out to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Spanish at the G-8 Summit, Rusutsu, Japan, July 10, 2008

“Throughout our history, the words of the Declaration have inspired immigrants from around the world to set sail to our shores. These immigrants have helped transform 13 small colonies into a great and growing nation of more than 300 people.” Charlottesville, Va., July 4, 2008

“I want to tell you how proud I am to be the President of a nation that — in which there’s a lot of Philippine-Americans. They love America and they love their heritage. And I reminded the President that I am reminded of the great talent of the — of our Philippine-Americans when I eat dinner at the White House.” – referring to White House chef Cristeta Comerford while meeting with Filipino President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Washington, D.C., June 24, 2008

We want people owning their home — we want people owning a businesses.” Washington, D.C., April 18, 2008

“So long as I’m the president, my measure of success is victory – and success.” on Iraq, Washington, D.C., April 17, 2008

“I thank the diplomatic corps, who is here as well.” Washington, D.C., March 12, 2008

“I can press when there needs to be pressed; I can hold hands when there needs to be — hold hands.” on how he can contribute to the Middle East peace process, Washington, D.C., Jan. 4, 2008

“I’ll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office.” Washington, D.C., May 12, 2008

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~ by mrprestney on January 16, 2009.

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