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Some Dubya incidents are truly worth special notice. This section of the site features those incidents. If you know of any other confirmed Dubya escapades worthy of inclusion here, please e-mail DubyaSpeak.
Dubya Incidents (Page 6)
DUBYA MISPRONOUNCES "NEVADA" IN VISIT
(Excerpted from Yahoo! News article, Nov. 26, 2003. Sent in by DubyaSpeak reader.)
CARSON CITY, Nev. - Nevada memo to George Bush: When making a first presidential visit to a state, use the right pronounciation of its name. Bush, in Las Vegas on Tuesday, repeatedly said Ne-vah-da. To properly pronounce Nevada, the middle syllable should rhyme with gamble.
Mispronouncing the state's name "sets people's teeth on edge," said state Archivist Guy Rocha. "He's the president, and he ought to get it right. Nothing personal." State Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas, said the mispronunciation shows Bush, who won the state in the 2000 election, doesn't care much about the state. "They take such pains to orchestrate these trips and to make sure everything is politically correct," she said. "You would think the name of the state would be a simple piece of that."
SAN DIEGO, California, May 1, 2003 — In addition to ordering the USS Abraham Lincoln to turn around so that the San Diego skyline didn't ruin Dubya's tailhook landing in a custom-painted US Navy S-3B Viking (which was justified due to the ship being "too far" from shore for a helicopter landing), Dubya's crew made sure that a flashy banner was available for this prime photo-op.
Even though this was all a big waste of taxpayer money for the mere purpose of self-aggrandizement, I would be willing to overlook it, if only Dubya would admit to it. But Dubya refuses to come clean.
In fact, on Oct. 28, 2003, nearly four months after the Iraq mission was "accomplished", Dubya was still in full deflection mode on the banner: "The 'Mission Accomplished' sign, of course, was put up by the members of the USS Abraham Lincoln, saying that their mission was accomplished. I know it was attributed some how to some ingenious advance man from my staff — they weren't that ingenious, by the way."
Dubya's inability to even admit to this, the smallest of deceptive/opportunistic acts amidst a wealth of others, has generated quite a buzz on the Internet and even in the normally docile press. A sampling: CNN | BuzzFlash
Dubya finally came clean in the last press conference of his term on January 12, 2009:
"I have often said that history will look back and determine that which could have been done better, or, you know, mistakes I made. Clearly putting a 'Mission Accomplished' on a aircraft carrier was a mistake. It sent the wrong message. We were trying to say something differently, but nevertheless, it conveyed a different message."
At least he came clean... 5 years and 7 months after the fact.
DUBYA DESECRATES THE STARS & STRIPES
(From wire reports and Yahoo!, Jul. 23, 2003)
Federal Flag Code, Section 4(g): "The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature."
I guess Dubya's not up on his federal law... or common sense.
COMPASSION FOR THE OVERHEATED
(Excerpted from article in the New York Times, Jul. 20, 2003)
Mr. Bush could not resist tweaking the members of the news media as they stood in the blazing sun awaiting a glimpse of a Crawford tradition: the president, driving his white pickup truck with Texas plates, arriving to pick up his guests.
As he passed a collection of sweating American and Italian reporters, Mr. Bush, showing his compassionate conservative side, rolled down his window, waved, and said: "Let me turn down my air conditioner — how y'all doing out there?"
THE SEGWAY INCIDENT
(Excerpted/Adapted from articles in The Scotsman and The American Prospect, Jun. 13-14, 2003)
Attempting to square the circle of Middle East politics may be all in a day's work for George Bush, but yesterday he found himself flummoxed by the latest in transport technology.
Mr Bush got into trouble when he took the Segway Human Transporter out for a test drive.Trumpeted by its manufacturers as the "world's first dynamically stabilised, self balancing human transporter", the scooter-like vehicle is designed to be stable.
But the United States president found the futuristic machines to be anything but stable as he went for a spin with his father, former president George Bush, on the driveway of their weekend home in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Attempting to mount the device while holding a tennis racket, Bush was unable get a foothold on the machine and went flying.
So how did Bush manage to nearly fall flat on his face? The possibilities were numerous: The ground could have been slippery. Maybe Bush impatiently got on the machine before waiting the few seconds needed for the Segway to warm up. Could the battery have run out? A spirited discussion raged on the chatboards of SegwayChat.com. One Washington resident and Segway enthusiast — who compared the Segway's effect on his life to "having kids" — told me he would "put money" on the theory that Bush had thought the machine was in "Power Assist Mode," not the "Balance Mode" that is required to ride it.
The true explanation, it turned out, was far simpler.
"You have to turn it on," explained Segway spokeswoman Stacy Ferguson, whose office had spoken to White House officials after the incident. In all likelihood, she said, Bush "didn't see the display." (That display is green, with a smiley face, if the unit is ready to go. Maybe the president didn't see the blank screen.) The president was holding a tennis racket when he got on, so perhaps he was distracted. "We have been saying that the Segway is great on the sidewalk, but it's not meant for the tennis court," ventured Ferguson — though the president was on a driveway.
DUBYA GOES TO WAR
(Excerpted from Knight Ridder article on Dubya's televised speech to the nation announcing the commencement of attacks on Iraq, Mar. 20, 2003. Thanks Lisa.)
President Bush announced the attack in a four-minute television speech to the nation. "On my order, coalition forces have begun striking selected targets of military importance to undermine Saddam Hussein's ability to wage war," he said. "These are the opening stages of what will be a broad and concerted campaign."
Minutes before the speech, an internal television monitor showed the president pumping his fist. "Feels good," he said.
THE BINOCULAR INCIDENT
(Thanks to all of the people who sent this in.)
When the Commander-in-Chief went on an inspection tour, he was given the opportunity to look through a pair of binoculars. In this photograph, Dubya seems to be intently focused on events in the distance, but there's one problem: Dubya hasn't taken the lens covers off, so he's not seeing anything but a whole lot of black.
Counterpoint: Numerous people have written in to offer the suggestion that Dubya is using night-vision goggles, whose lens covers feature small pinholes in the center to prevent damage when exposed to sunlight. They are incorrect, as several military personnel have assured me. I will grant that this photo is most likely opportunistic in its timing (i.e. Dubya removed the lens covers moments later), but that doesn't mean it isn't fun to look at!
DUBYA THE VAIN
(Thanks Lisa. From Boston Globe article, Sep. 5, 2002.)
Republican gubernatorial candidate Mitt Romney, speaking before business leaders yesterday, recalling the Olympic opening ceremony last winter: "The television audience was estimated at 3.5 billion, more than half the population of the planet. And I'm standing next to the president of the United States, and what I thought to myself is, when we go out there, what does he think? You know what, the president of the United States, as he goes out to an audience like that, with three and a half billion people looking at him, he turned to me and he said, 'Do I look fat?'"
DUBYA AND POOTIE-POOT
(Recommended by reader. Published widely across Internet, and popularized by European TV networks.)
Dubya toured Europe in May, 2002, in hopes of securing support for his war on terror. Dubya managed instead to secure his reputation in Europe for being an unsophisticated boob. Moments before signing an historic nuclear arms reduction pact with Russian President Vladimir Putin (Dubya's nickname for Putin: Pootie-Poot), Dubya was chewing gum, and when it came time to sign the treaty, spit it out into his hand and signed away. Classy.
DO YOU HAVE BLACKS IN BRAZIL?
(Excerpted and adapted from article in "Der Spiegel", May 19, 2002)
It is said, that, before September 11, George W. Bush thought the Taliban were a Bavarian brass band. Now, thanks to his comprehensive knowledge, the most powerful man in the world has got into hot water again.
It was Condoleezza Rice, national security advisor, who helped her boss out of the embarassing situation. During a conversation between the two presidents, George W. Bush, 55, and Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, 71, Bush bewildered his colleague with the question "Do you have blacks, too?"
Rice, 47, noticing how astonished the Brazilian was, saved the day by telling Bush "Mr. President, Brazil probably has more blacks than the USA. Some say it's the country with the most blacks outside Africa." Later, Cardoso commented that regarding Latin America, Bush was still in his "learning phase".
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