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'Dumb Dubya' in right royal gaffe (What Makes Us Great -- We Don't Pretend to be Sumpin We Ain't)
News24 (South Africa) ^ | 8 May 2007 | News24

Posted on 05/08/2007 6:19:37 PM PDT by Cornpone

London - British newspapers were scathing on Tuesday about US President George W Bush's blundering welcome for Queen Elizabeth II, labelling him "Dumb Dubya" and saying he has the "gift for the gaffe".

Bush messed up at a ceremonial welcome for the queen at the White House Monday when he spoke of a visit paid by Elizabeth to mark the 200th anniversary of the US Declaration of Independence from Britain "in 17 - in 1976".

After the queen looked up at him from beneath her wide-brimmed black hat, he winked at her, before turning to the laughing audience and telling them: "She gave me a look that only a mother could give a child."

Britain's media, which has revelled in reporting previous Bush bloopers, claimed that this was among his worst.

The nation's biggest-selling paper, the right-wing tabloid Sun, accused Bush of making "one of his great verbal blunders" while the centre-right broadsheet The Times headlined its piece: "Oops, he did it again."

"On a morning that should by rights have been frozen in time as a moment of pure pageantry, with military marching bands, pipers trucked out in tricorn hats and powdered wigs, and visiting royalty, one can count on George Bush," the centre-left broadsheet The Guardian said.

"The president yesterday once again demonstrated his gift for the gaffe, injecting an unintended sense of levity into the White House welcome for the queen."

'Her majesty's withering look spoke volumes'

This was not Bush's first slip in front of the monarch, the Guardian added.

"When she visited the White House in 1991 during his father's presidency, he said he was the black sheep of the Bush family.

"He then asked: 'Who's yours?' The queen did not reply," it said.

The right-wing tabloid The Daily Mail asked: "Is he winking at One?" and said that Bush could have tried to recover from his initial blunder in several ways.

"But turning to her and giving her a sly wink is probably not included in any book of royal etiquette," it added.

In an editorial, centre-left tabloid The Daily Mirror dubbed Bush "Dumb Dubya," adding: "Her majesty's withering look spoke volumes, giving the watching public and the president a very clear message.

"Which is more than he ever manages."


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Ain't the press a hoot?
1 posted on 05/08/2007 6:19:43 PM PDT by Cornpone
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To: Cornpone

What do you expect from Fleet Street???


2 posted on 05/08/2007 6:20:16 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: Cornpone

lol ..i thought it was funny...shes in his house not hers...she should lighten up and follow the protocol of the place she is visiting ...not the other way around...
i love Brits...my Brit friends think it was a hoot.


3 posted on 05/08/2007 6:22:25 PM PDT by donnab
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To: Cornpone

Bush’s only blunder was in saying 1776, when in fact the Queen wasn’t even born until almost 50 years later.


4 posted on 05/08/2007 6:24:14 PM PDT by Sender ("America is at that awkward stage..." - Claire Wolfe)
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To: Cornpone

And why exactly should Americans kowtow to people who believe, by an accident of birth, that they are “royalty”? Didn’t our forefathers fight and die to cut our ties to such inbred vermin?


5 posted on 05/08/2007 6:25:33 PM PDT by rockprof
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To: Cornpone
Well the Queen might have been an old stiff yesterday but she at least at one time had a self-deprecating sense of humor as evidenced by her brief foray into films - such as her hilarious appearance in the original "Naked Gun" movie.
6 posted on 05/08/2007 6:26:01 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 74 days away from outliving Curt Hennig (whoever he is))
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To: Sender

Nice one!


7 posted on 05/08/2007 6:26:45 PM PDT by RedCell ("...thou shalt kill thine enemy before he killeth you by any means available" - Dick Marcinko)
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To: donnab

Considering her eldest, she should lighten up, or at least apologize... profusely.


8 posted on 05/08/2007 6:27:25 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Cornpone
To our UK members: tell your countrymen to get off their high horses and lighten up. Has nobody there ever screwed up?

One more thing: we resent their continuing deprecation of our president.

9 posted on 05/08/2007 6:27:53 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Cornpone
Why does Bush have to yield to the “queen” anyway? Can’t she show some respect and conform a bit?
10 posted on 05/08/2007 6:28:31 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: Cornpone

ohfercryinoutloud...he just can’t win.

If he’s not being criticized for making too much a fuss over royalty, he’s beeing criticized for not making a fuss over royalty...


11 posted on 05/08/2007 6:28:37 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands (http://wardsmythe.com)
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To: Cornpone

That’s it? That’s the “gaffe”?

Looks like the lefties in the British press are really reaching this time.


12 posted on 05/08/2007 6:28:59 PM PDT by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for. It matters who takes office.)
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To: Cornpone

We fought a war a long time ago so that we wouldn’t have to kowtow to the English monarch. If the British press doesn’t like George Dubya, tough!!!!!!!!


13 posted on 05/08/2007 6:29:40 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: Cornpone

Based on his expression, I believe that he said it on purpose!


14 posted on 05/08/2007 6:30:22 PM PDT by Cannon6
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To: Cornpone

The British press picking on Bush but cowering to the Muslims in their own back yards.

Screw ‘em!


15 posted on 05/08/2007 6:30:27 PM PDT by airborne (Duncan Hunter is the only real choice for honest to goodness conservatives!)
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To: Cornpone; Pharmboy

Yah know, if I were a Colonial wanting to gently tweak the nose of George III one more time, doing it through a successor to his throne, I couldn’t have said it better than did GWB.


16 posted on 05/08/2007 6:30:45 PM PDT by NonValueAdded
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To: Cornpone

This is awesome. What gets into him sometimes? I wish he’d be like this EVERY DAY.


17 posted on 05/08/2007 6:31:17 PM PDT by James W. Fannin (unappeasable)
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To: Cornpone

I suppose if he had come out in Drag, like Benny Hill, they would have found it hilarious.


18 posted on 05/08/2007 6:32:38 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("The military Mission has long since been accomplished" -- Harry Reid, April 23, 2007)
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To: AmishDude

There is nothing he can do that is right in their eyes. Talking about making a mountain out of a mole hile.
I thought it was kind of funny.
Honestly, shes lucky that we even let her in the country.


19 posted on 05/08/2007 6:32:52 PM PDT by Holicheese (I love shrimp and grits.)
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To: Cornpone
Unlike Helen Mirren, he isn’t one of her subjects. And he still found time to see her. So I don’t think it’s a big deal. Bush is big enough that he can laugh at himself. Others should learn by his example.
20 posted on 05/08/2007 6:35:04 PM PDT by ChessExpert (Carbon Dioxide is Green! It helps trees and plants grow. CO2 is a trace gas necessary for life.)
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To: Cannon6
>"Based on his expression, I believe that he said it on purpose!"

Of course it was INTENTIONAL!

It was a joke, a giggle, at the queens longevity.

A compliment really.

21 posted on 05/08/2007 6:35:54 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (The liberty we prize is not America’s gift to the world, it is God’s gift to humanity.”GWB-03)
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To: Cornpone

Who gives a rip? I love our prez. He appears to be forthright, candid and all male.


22 posted on 05/08/2007 6:37:38 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: Cornpone

I was reading about Prince Harry’s girl friend -or ex now I think, because of the girl friend’s mom. Seems the family made enough money to live in the nice part of town. However, the gaffe’s from the mom were unacceptable:

1) seen chewing gum at a horse race.

2) said “pleased to meet you” when introduced to the Queen. (Of course you were. The proper greeting was “How do you do?)

3) something to do with table manners and which fork she used or something trivial. (My mom once drank out of the finger bowl at a fancy party! Thought it was really weak soup!)


23 posted on 05/08/2007 6:38:19 PM PDT by geopyg (Don't wish for peace, pray for Victory.)
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To: Cornpone
Who cares what the Western World’s highest paid welfare recipients think?

Why must we always bow to everyone else’s protocols. How about if we start ridiculing visitors to the U.S. for not saying “Howdy?”

I’ve got an idea. We do the stupid British Royalty bullsh*t when we are visiting them, and they follow American tradition when they visit us.

24 posted on 05/08/2007 6:40:15 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (When toilet paper is a luxury, you have achieved communism.)
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To: everyone

Quick comments on this non-story:

One, we all know that Bush is a man without majesty — a regular guy who does not, metaphorically speaking, do particularly well in formal wear. In his ceremonial, head-of-state role, he’s mediocre. Gaffes are inevitable with him. C’est la vie. You can’t be everything.

Two, even the majestic Ronald Reagan had a few slips in comparable situations. Even those who seem to have everything aren’t perfect.

Three, don’t trust a liberal reporter’s, or any other single reporter’s, assumption about the Queen’s attitude toward this very minor slip. We just don’t know. It’s equally possible that Elizabeth R. enjoyed kidding the President just a bit. I doubt she is quite the complete stiff that many people undoubtedly assume.

Four, even if the Queen was offended, which I doubt, she had no right to be, and this writer has no right to be.

Five, far more important than a couple of gaffes is that fact that the royal visit, and the White House’s handling of it, was the opposite of a gaffe: It was a classy gesture between two classy (though very different) heads of state. I have no doubt that the Queen loves America and has appreciated her several receptions here over the years, and, in context, that’s what matters most.

Which could all be boiled down to one point for this writer, and everyone who agrees with him: Grow up.


25 posted on 05/08/2007 6:41:06 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charley the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: Cornpone

I don’t know if there is a “gay” gene, but there sure is a “gaffe” gene, and the Bush family has got it in spades.


26 posted on 05/08/2007 6:41:27 PM PDT by montag813
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To: airborne

Yeah, that too. Though I wouldn’t condemn the entire British press by any means. Much of it is fairly good.


27 posted on 05/08/2007 6:41:43 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charley the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: Cornpone
I guess all the ones with a sense of humor are here, huh? I thought she looked really nice and relaxed for once, in the pics. She had best not be acting uppity with our President though. It just encourages him.
28 posted on 05/08/2007 6:42:08 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: OldPossum

“One more thing: we resent their continuing deprecation of our president.”

He may be a dunce, but he is still our dunce. Not yours.


29 posted on 05/08/2007 6:42:20 PM PDT by 353FMG (Liberalism is a satanic cult.)
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To: Cornpone

This is all I heard about from the liberals at work today. “Did you here about Bush?, did you here about Bush?, did you here about Bush.”
How many times did I here “Did you here about the terrorist who were arrested in NJ?” Zero, nada, zilch.... Shows you what is really important to them.


30 posted on 05/08/2007 6:45:31 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: lilylangtree

Proves that he is a man, not a self-serving manikin like his predecessor. Bush, with his wink, is telling the Queen … here is how we do it here in the Colonies, welcome to MY house. ;-)


31 posted on 05/08/2007 6:46:03 PM PDT by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: Cornpone
'Her majesty's withering look spoke volumes'

I finally saw the entire blooper tonight and there was definitely no look of whatever from the Queen...........

Good recovery Mr. Pres and nice smile Mrs. Queen........

32 posted on 05/08/2007 6:46:06 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Contrary to all the movies, zombies do not eat brains. They are strict vegetarians.....)
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To: donnab
my Brit friends think it was a hoot.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

It is a hoot.

Here the liberal socialist moonbat press, who have little or no use for Royalty, and in Britain, the labor government barely conceals its disdain for the royals, wanting to get rid of them once and for all and......

SUDDENLY

The MSM drive bys take the tact that President Bush is someone we all need to be ashamed of becuase he does not consider himself bound to British Aristocratic ettiquette? What a laugh! It wasn't too long ago thet the MSM was pilloring the Queen for the death of Lady Diana. What a bunch of propagandizing tool heads!

HEY! Dubyah is a red blooded Texan, and he is the president in his own house. He can wink at anyone he wants to , and they are gonna have to like it.

BJ Clinton would stare at every womans boobs, look down the decolatage of their gowns, salivate over their gloved hands at state dinners, and tried to fondle some while their husband diplomats were not looking. But we heard nothing about that, wonder why?

I like our president winking at the Queen. She likely secretly gets a kick out of it. Leger Majestie, not a thing wrong with it.

Thank you Mr. President for not becoming an aristocratic idol worshiper, curtseying and simpering at the feet of the Queen, like the socialist moonbats wanted you to do.

President Bush passed the true American test.

33 posted on 05/08/2007 6:47:25 PM PDT by Candor7
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To: lilylangtree
"Who gives a rip? I love our prez. He appears to be forthright, candid and all male."

You and me both, kiddo...

34 posted on 05/08/2007 6:48:00 PM PDT by redhead (Victory FIRST, Then peace...)
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To: Hot Tabasco

...and for what its worth, I think her reaction was typical of monarchy and that prevented her from busting out laughing...........as I’m sure she wanted to do.


35 posted on 05/08/2007 6:50:24 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Contrary to all the movies, zombies do not eat brains. They are strict vegetarians.....)
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To: CindyDawg
Just goes to show our President believes all of God's children are created equal.

Besides I think the Queen likes our Cowboy. God Bless you President Bush.

36 posted on 05/08/2007 6:51:05 PM PDT by BARLF
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To: 353FMG

I know that you are making a play on an old, old joke but though I disagree with our President on a lot of stuff, he is no dunce. He may not be his best in formal situations but dunces don’t end up the Leaders of the Free World.


37 posted on 05/08/2007 6:52:56 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: BARLF

I think so too:’)


38 posted on 05/08/2007 6:54:04 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: Holicheese
The funny thing is how these stories just get repeated uncritically. I was looking for the source of the infamous "black sheep" gaffe. Well, it seems to be a part of a biography of Barbara Bush (W's mom) by someone named Pamela Kilian.

Here's what I got from a blog:
Barbara delivered that same glare when he first crossed paths with Her Majesty. That was in 1991. Poppy was hosting a state dinner at the White House, and young George -- who wore cowboy boots for the occasion -- had to be seated somewhere close to Virginia. Barbara Bush, in her memoir, said "our Texas son" was not allowed to say one word to the queen to avoid embarrassing the family with an inopportune wisecrack.

Then, to her horror, he let one slip.

According to Pamela Killian's Barbara bio, the queen asked Bush if he were the black sheep of the family and he admitted, "I guess so." To his mother's horror, Bush then asked, "Who's yours?"

Killian says that Barbara stepped in and said, "Don't answer that," while The New York Times reports the queen got in a tart, “None of your business.”

Apparently, the British press, and now others, are accepting this story uncritically even though it sounds absurd. Think about it: Barbara putting down Texas, George behaving in this way, despite the fact that by 1991, he was quite a serious guy, a father of school-aged girls. The portrayal of George is just ludicrous and parodic. But most of all, can you imagine Queen Elizabeth II even getting upset about such a thing, let alone uttering "none of your business"? "None of your business"???

It's insane, and they just throw it around as fact. You also have the story that took two pictures and tried to portray the (horrors!) wink as an assassination attempt.

These Brit lefty journalists are royalists now? Just imagine if Bill Clinton did such a thing. He probably did worse, but nobody cared.

39 posted on 05/08/2007 6:56:20 PM PDT by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for. It matters who takes office.)
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To: Cornpone

If the royal family lived in the USA they would be residing in a trailer park. (With apologies to trailer dwellers).


40 posted on 05/08/2007 6:57:51 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Democrat Happens!)
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To: Cornpone
The Brits are right of coarse. President Bush could use some brushing up on social manners. Perhaps Onslow could teach him in cool school.

Oh...Nice...

41 posted on 05/08/2007 6:59:49 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: BARLF

I believe that Bush knows protocol quite well, and knows how charming it is to tweak protocol every once in a while. I would be very surprised if the Queen didn’t genuinely like him.


42 posted on 05/08/2007 6:59:59 PM PDT by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for. It matters who takes office.)
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To: Cornpone

The Queen ain’t no model of decorum. Didn’t she “knight” Elton John?


43 posted on 05/08/2007 7:00:14 PM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: OldPossum

“..dunces don’t end up the Leaders of the Free World.”

You are right, but what about the peanut farmer from Georgia or the groper from Arkansas? Perhaps WE are the dunces for electing the people we did recently.


44 posted on 05/08/2007 7:00:51 PM PDT by 353FMG (Liberalism is a satanic cult.)
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To: Cornpone
The picture of the queen giving GWB what appeared to be the stinkeye was totally out of context, and wasn't even taken when he made his remark. Besides, I'm sure Her Majesty was much more offended when it was revealed to the world that her idiot son wished to be a human tampon.
45 posted on 05/08/2007 7:03:04 PM PDT by Inspectorette (q)
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To: montag813
but there sure is a “gaffe” gene, and the Bush family has got it in spades.

Show me a family without this "gaffe" gene. Put any family- any one- under such a microscope of media attention for as many years you will be shown several, perhaps several dozen.

What's your point?

46 posted on 05/08/2007 7:03:29 PM PDT by perfect stranger
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To: Cornpone
Every single article I have read on “the royal visit” trumpets this single aspect,(actually a half gaffe) as if it was vitally important, and could affect international relations with the monarchy of Britain, forever.
ROTFLMAO!

IMHO, my POTUS more than makes up for any unintended “spoken lapse” when he keeps his promises.
(IE-he honored the request of the father of serviceman killed in Iraq, when he used a pen the father gave him, to veto Congress’s latest lunacy.”

The media, and the entire world need to be reminded to bear in mind that George W. Bush has been elected as POTUS, twice.
More USA citizens have voted specifically for him (TWICE), and in much larger numbers, than any other elected member of the Senate or House can claim.
And he certainly has more votes than any reporter.
We never get the opportunity to choose any of the snarky media reporters.
We don’t get the chance to elect many Senators and members of the House of Representatives, as most of them are outside our State and local voting districts.

So no, I don’t think the press is a hoot.

47 posted on 05/08/2007 7:05:08 PM PDT by sarasmom ( The cover of my "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" is now flashing "Panic".)
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To: Cornpone
U =
48 posted on 05/08/2007 7:06:50 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: Cornpone

I love stories like this, they bring out the true flavor of the press. These particular commentators appear to have incurred a collective case of the vapors and would probably benefit from a helping hand to the fainting couch in the ladies’ room and an ammonia ampule held under the nose. The Queen will soon depart from the ostensibly odious company of Mr. Bush but unfortunately for her she’ll be returning to this mob of bedwetters and mouth breathers. She has this American’s sympathy.


49 posted on 05/08/2007 7:11:55 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: California Patriot; maica
Three, don’t trust a liberal reporter’s, or any other single reporter’s, assumption about the Queen’s attitude toward this very minor slip.

I watched it and thought that the queen gave him a look that spoke volumes, but was not nasty in any way. GWB just stayed silent for a second and then made his self-depricating comment about the look. Everyone there laughed very good-naturedly. The laugh seemed to be at her almost straight-man comedic look and his reply, not really at the slip.

These attacks on President Bush are just done so no one ever has to look at the other 99.99% of the time when he is terrific. In fact, I think the way he handled the "17" slip was terrific. Most of the people attacking him for it did not watch it at all, but only heard the attack sound-bite.

50 posted on 05/08/2007 7:12:31 PM PDT by Freee-dame
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