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Follow a man around with a tape recorder long enough and he will say ridiculous things. If he is George W. Bush, to judge by this collection of verbal gaffes, he will say many ridiculous things-some funny ("It's about past seven in the evening here so we're actually in different time lines";) some callow ("This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating"); some mysterious ("We'll be a country where the fabrics are made up of groups and loving centers"); but most just embarrassing ("Of all states that understands local control of schools, Iowa is such a state"). Undoubtedly Bush struggles to "express himself with clarity and coherence," in the words of Garry Trudeau's foreword, but the tacit corollary-that he is a fool and unfit for the presidency-is not demonstrated here. While the characteristic "Bushisms" on display-stammering, misstatements, stubborn disagreements between subject and verb-may hint at the President's rumored dyslexia, mostly they portray a man whose limited rhetorical gifts cannot stand up to the 24/7 media glare. Defensive Bush supporters will find this an endearing proof of his authenticity; his detractors will laugh heartily but should, of course, look elsewhere for a substantive critique. B&w photos.
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About the Author

Jacob Weisberg is the editor of Slate magazine and three previous editions of Bushisms. He lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (November 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743225198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743225199
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,992,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an entertaining collection of the "accidental wit and wisdom of our 43rd president," but it is too lightweight to make a book. This and its predecessor combined are perhaps worth a full book, but 87 pages with only a quote or two on each page is pretty much a ripoff at $ list price. The whole book can easily be read while browsing at a bookstore.
In my opinion, if the cost of a book new is greater than the cost of photocopying it at a public copy machine ($/page), it's overpriced. My suggestion is to read it at a library or bookstore, or purchase it used.
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This book is a hoot, and extremely fun to read! You can, once again, see the vast gap between normal speech and diction and the garbled gobbledygook that so frequently spews from the mouth of George W. Bush. One reviewer suggested that if you follow anyone around long enough, you'll hear similar things. Maybe he's only hanging around illiterate and dyslexic morons, but I don't hear that kind of gibberish on a regular basis and I've never heard such mangling of the English language since....well, maybe Archie Bunker and Yogi Berra. Fortunately, neither of them was in charge of our country. Love him or hate him, this book gives readers a clear view into the garbled mind of Dubya.
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Despite the marketing and spin doctoring surrounding the president, this book and the quotations it contains reveals the true intellectual capacity of the man who occupies the most powerful office in the world. These are not fabricated quotations, they come directly from printed news sources and can easily be confirmed through the most basic research methods. A book like this is fun to read and fun to laugh at, but it also reveals (perhaps unintentionally) the remarkable gullibility of our populace. How could an undistinguished man of such mediocre intellectual abilities ever have gotten elected in the first place?
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Very enjoyable. Better read it now before it is banned by the US!
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By A Customer on June 22, 2004
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Hilarious! Great reading. I highly recommend this book! Though many imagined images about Dubbya come to mind as I read this book, I do wish it featured Ocker's hillarious illustrations which I found along with quotes in the George W. Bush Coloring Book!
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This book is a panic and one of the funniest I've read! You can see the chasm between the Lingua Pura and Bush's atrocious treatment (or should I say MIStreatment) of language. The malapropisms that man is guilty of would embarrass most people, but it is doubtful that Bush (aka Dumbya) is able to see that. Even Archie Bunker, the subliterate fictional bigot of "All in the Family" fame was much more articulate than Dumbya! I have yet to hear anybody tear the language asunder as this man has. It's embarrassing! I guess you could say Dumbya is unwittingly witty as he is unintentionally funny.

As another reviewer stated in his clever review on the US board, luckily Archie never governed a country. Even so, at least Archie would be a tad brighter than Dumbya, whose administration is of the emperor's new clothing genre. This naked emperor has provided comic relief with some of his more ludicrous statements.

Regardless of whether or not you support Dumbya, this delightful book will provide a good look at what passes for a mind for Dumbya. The man is an embarrassment!
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