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Bush not an idiot; he's just from Texas
Arizona Star ^ | Friday, August 25, 2006 | Kathleen Parker

Posted on 08/25/2006 6:24:42 PM PDT by WestTexasWend

Bush-bashing for sport has never lacked fans in the blogosphere, but questioning the president's intelligence lately has gone mainstream. Joe Scarborough, former Republican congressman and host of MSNBC's "Scarborough Country," recently tossed his beanie into the ring, running a 10-minute segment titled: "Is Bush an 'Idiot'?"

Scarborough wasn't calling Bush an idiot, mind you. He was just quoting that renowned American intellectual, Linda Ronstadt. Recently, Ronstadt had commented on the president's performance while attending an international summit of heads of state.

No wait, my mistake, she made those comments to reporters and audiences while touring in Canada. But never mind. When Ronstadt talks, people listen. Citing other leading American intellectuals — The Dixie Chicks, Peter, Paul & Mary and Joan Baez — Ronstadt said:

"I'm embarrassed George Bush is from the United States. ... He's an idiot. He's enormously incompetent on both the domestic and international scenes."

Scarborough said he felt compelled to explore whether the president is intellectually curious. To debate the topic, Scarborough rounded up two commentators — John Fund of The Wall Street Journal and Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC senior political analyst. He also provided a video collection of Bushisms in which the president repeatedly trips over his own tongue.

Fund said that Bush is not dumb, just inarticulate, while O'Donnell suggested that Bush is out of his league. They both may be right, but I'd like to submit an alternative explanation for Bush's linguistic deficit.

Language barrier.

This theory occurred to me not long ago at an off-the-record luncheon with Bush and a hundred or so of his supporters. I was the guest of a guest and welcomed the opportunity to observe the president in his natural habitat.

What I witnessed was revealing. Not only was the man fluent in the English language and intellectually agile, he was knowledgeable on a wide range of subjects raised during a 90-minute Q&A. Someone apparently had been slipping intellectual-curiosity tablets into Bush's cola. Toward the end, one of the guests said, "Mr. President, I think if Americans could hear you speak the way you have today, you'd have a 95 percent approval rating."

I think that's almost true. Not 95 percent, obviously, but he'd surely have a higher than 30 percent approval rating were he better able to explain what he's thinking. Bush does know; he just can't seem to say.

The question is why?

My theory dovetails with something one of his most acerbic critics, columnist Molly Ivins, once wrote: "George W. Bush sounds like English is his second language." That's because it's true. "Washington English" is a second language for Bush; "Texas English" is his first.

When he tries to speak Washington English, which is the way Bush thinks presidents are supposed to speak — over-enunciating and sprinkling his comments with awkward aphorisms — he fumbles. He forgets what he's saying because the thoughts and words are not his own. My guess is he over-enunciates to cover his prairie accent, but the effect is, well, sssssstrange.

Tapes of Bush as governor of Texas reveal none of the malapropisms for which he is now infamous. That's because in Texas, he speaks his native tongue.

Anyone who speaks before cameras knows the taste of humility and can relate to the agony of being George Bush.

Even, perhaps, Scarborough, who wrapped up his idiot segment, saying: "And that is a big question, whether George W. Bush has the intellectual curiousness — if that's a word — to continue leading this country."

My dictionary confirms that "curiousness" is a word, though Joe's expression suggested it wasn't the one he meant to use. No worries. Sometimes in the excitement of a moment, even the curiouser and curiouser quite forget how to speak good English.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: bushbashing; dixiehicks; ronstadt; scarborough
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1 posted on 08/25/2006 6:24:43 PM PDT by WestTexasWend
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To: WestTexasWend

Coincidentally, Ronstadt just cancelled her tour of TX & Mexico after unexplained surgery >>>

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfgate/detail?blogid=7&entry_id=8295


2 posted on 08/25/2006 6:26:57 PM PDT by WestTexasWend (NO OIL FOR APPEASERS)
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To: WestTexasWend

I wonder how many idiots have a batchelors degree from Yale and a MBA from Harvard.

Just saying, the standards at those two schools must have really dropped.


3 posted on 08/25/2006 6:29:25 PM PDT by donmeaker (If the sky don't say "Surrender Dorothy" then my ex wife is out of town.)
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To: donmeaker

The funny thing is President Bush will be remembered for his greatness long after everyone has forgotten the names of his detractors.


4 posted on 08/25/2006 6:30:42 PM PDT by CWOJackson
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To: WestTexasWend

The comments following the article are hilarious!!


5 posted on 08/25/2006 6:31:37 PM PDT by BlueAngel
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To: WestTexasWend

Good theory--but let's not forget that Bush is not a Texan--at least not by birth, or education.


6 posted on 08/25/2006 6:31:44 PM PDT by basil (Exercise your Second Amendment Rights--buy another gun today!)
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To: WestTexasWend
Coincidentally, Ronstadt just cancelled her tour of TX & Mexico after unexplained surgery

One can hope it was for a full frontal lobotomy.

7 posted on 08/25/2006 6:32:58 PM PDT by GOP_Raider (Would you like to join the OFFICIAL Oakland Raiders ping list? Sure you would, send me freepmail.)
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To: WestTexasWend
Bush has always been at his best when he shoots from the hips. When he made the speech at ground zero with the fireman that was 100% bush. His main problem is he is trying to be someone he is not, a policy wonk beltway insider type. If Mr. Genius (Rove) had two brain cells he would stop pushing bush to be so scripted and let him speak naturally.
8 posted on 08/25/2006 6:33:05 PM PDT by spikeytx86 (Pray for Democrats for they have been brainwashed by there fruity little club.)
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To: WestTexasWend
Dixie Chicks, Peter, Paul & Mary and Joan Baez — Ronstadt said:

None of those has beens or never was should be taken seriously as critics of someone's intelligence.

9 posted on 08/25/2006 6:33:26 PM PDT by jerry639
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To: donmeaker
At least President Bush never had a dead staff worker found in his office.

Joe Scarborough ought to keep his own messy personal life in mind before he starts bashing our President.

10 posted on 08/25/2006 6:34:04 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: basil

He grew up in Texas. His dad was small potatoes until he got things really going when GW was a teenager.


11 posted on 08/25/2006 6:34:11 PM PDT by donmeaker (If the sky don't say "Surrender Dorothy" then my ex wife is out of town.)
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To: GOP_Raider
Did she ever actually have frontal lobes?
12 posted on 08/25/2006 6:34:17 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Every single day provides at least one new reason to hate the mainstream media...)
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To: WestTexasWend
O'Donnell suggested that Bush is out of his league.

Hey, Larry Baby, a Bush Leaguer beat your boys Al and Johnny. He's in the White House and they're in the dug out.

Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah.
13 posted on 08/25/2006 6:35:33 PM PDT by no dems ("25 homicides a day committed by Illegals" Ted Poe (R-TX) Houston Hearings 8/16/06)
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To: WestTexasWend

Is Scarborough an idiot? The only ones who may have answered no is his 7 viewers.


14 posted on 08/25/2006 6:36:07 PM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: donmeaker
I wonder how many idiots have a batchelors degree from Yale and a MBA from Harvard.

"Yeah, well, everybody knows his daddy paid off his professors. NO BLOOD FOR O----ooooh, look something shiny!"

/moonbat drivel

15 posted on 08/25/2006 6:36:32 PM PDT by GOP_Raider (Would you like to join the OFFICIAL Oakland Raiders ping list? Sure you would, send me freepmail.)
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To: basil

President Bush's love and devotion to Texas makes him a total Texan in my book.


16 posted on 08/25/2006 6:37:17 PM PDT by BlueAngel
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To: donmeaker
"I wonder how many idiots have a batchelors degree from Yale and a MBA from Harvard."

Most of the people I know who have BS degrees, or higher are complete and total morons who are removed from reality. In my experience with people the more 'educated' you are, the less you know. I think there's something about 4 or more years of college that pollutes people's minds. It makes them perfect management, and or government employee material though.

Back on topic. Bush is just a horrific public speaker, and a terrible communicator. It has no bearing on his intelligence. I'm sure he is a very smart man, and he comes across as being very genuine and likable, which makes up for his faults as an orator.

17 posted on 08/25/2006 6:40:34 PM PDT by KoRn
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To: WestTexasWend
Coincidentally, Ronstadt just cancelled her tour of TX & Mexico after unexplained surgery >>>

Surgery to remove her fat head from her fat ass?

PS:

Scarborough has contracted Terminal McVainitis, characterized by an extreme and inapproproiate desire to be fawned upon by the media, coupled with an irresistable impulse to stab "friends" in the back at every opportinity.

18 posted on 08/25/2006 6:43:29 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (John Bolton for Secretary of State)
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To: BlueAngel
Well said. Like they say, he wasn't born here, but he got here as fast as he could ;)

Life long Texan myself and wouldn't live anywhere else.

19 posted on 08/25/2006 6:43:45 PM PDT by BigTex5
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To: WestTexasWend
"...unexplained surgery."

Liposuction? In her case, that would be emergency surgery.

20 posted on 08/25/2006 6:44:40 PM PDT by Bonaparte
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To: OldFriend

I wonder who in the DNC is blackmailing Scarborough over the dead intern?


21 posted on 08/25/2006 6:45:48 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: BigTex5

Same here!


22 posted on 08/25/2006 6:46:25 PM PDT by BlueAngel
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To: WestTexasWend

Yes, where would we be without such intellectual paragons as Molly Ivans, Linda Ronstadt and Martin Sheen?

We forget Bush not only graduated from Yale but has an M.B.A. from Harvard. One simply CAN'T be stupid and achieve that.

Many people erroneously think one has to speak like Winston Churchill to be a smart politician. Nothing is further from the truth -- many of the greatest statesmen have had only mediocre oratorical skills.


23 posted on 08/25/2006 6:46:45 PM PDT by T.L.Sink
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To: T.L.Sink

And don't forget Baahbra Stresshand and her consistent typos on her blog. I swear its hilarious.


24 posted on 08/25/2006 6:48:40 PM PDT by BigTex5
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To: WestTexasWend
"I'm embarrassed George Bush is from the United States. ... He's an idiot. He's enormously incompetent on both the domestic and international scenes."

Poor Linda, what a washed up has been.

I've seen President Bush speak several times in person, one being at my daughter's graduation when she got her Masters.

The thing that most impressed me all those times about our President, is he NEVER sounds rehearsed. His words come from his heart.

Something I'm sure Rondstadt can't understand. Wasn't she married to Jerry Brown after some rock star dumped her? Liberal words are well manicured and paid for by some writer, in the Clinton/Kennedy tradition.

Who really wrote, "Profiles in Courage", Linda? Do some research.

25 posted on 08/25/2006 6:50:06 PM PDT by LisaMalia (Go Buckeyes!)
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To: WestTexasWend

"And that is a big question, whether George W. Bush has the intellectual curiousness — if that's a word — to continue leading this country." "

Screw the "intellectual curiosness" or "intellectual curiosity," Jackass Joe .. he has the electoral votes ... all he NEEDS to continue leading this country.


26 posted on 08/25/2006 6:50:56 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: CWOJackson
The funny thing is President Bush will be remembered for his greatness long after everyone has forgotten the names of his detractors.

I agree wholeheartedly.

27 posted on 08/25/2006 6:54:47 PM PDT by snowsislander
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To: WestTexasWend

I have a cousin that lives near Ft. Worth who met GWB while he was Governor at a BBQ in recognition for one of his best fundraisers. Said he was very friendly and interacts really well with a small group. I thank God every day he was elected President in lieu of the ignoramuses Algore or John F'n sKerry.


28 posted on 08/25/2006 6:55:25 PM PDT by GW and Twins Pawpaw (Sheepdog for Five [My grandkids are way more important than any lefty's feelings!])
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To: basil

True enough but if I were King for a day I would grant him the honor of being a Native Son.


29 posted on 08/25/2006 6:58:00 PM PDT by GW and Twins Pawpaw (Sheepdog for Five [My grandkids are way more important than any lefty's feelings!])
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To: donmeaker
Kerry is a Yalie and Ted Kennedy is a Harvard grad. Maybe it's more about having money and connections than being smart.

Considering how many Ivy League grads have been running government agencies for the past 50 years, and how screwed up they are, I think you may see my point.
30 posted on 08/25/2006 6:58:36 PM PDT by BW2221
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To: GW and Twins Pawpaw

What other presidents other than Texans go to BBQ's?


31 posted on 08/25/2006 6:59:04 PM PDT by BigTex5
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To: BigTex5

I wasn't born in Texas, and I don't live there now, but I will always be a Texan.

(I did live there from age 1 til age 37 minus a year.)


32 posted on 08/25/2006 6:59:09 PM PDT by stands2reason (ANAGRAM for the day: Socialist twaddle == Tact is disallowed)
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To: KoRn
Back on topic. Bush is just a horrific public speaker, and a terrible communicator. It has no bearing on his intelligence.

Damn straight.

33 posted on 08/25/2006 7:00:38 PM PDT by stands2reason (ANAGRAM for the day: Socialist twaddle == Tact is disallowed)
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To: BW2221
And, don't forget the "talking head" for the Taliban. He's a Yalie now too.
34 posted on 08/25/2006 7:00:52 PM PDT by BW2221
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To: WestTexasWend
"Coincidentally, Ronstadt just cancelled her tour of TX & Mexico after unexplained surgery"

Did her previously coke damaged and deviated septum let loose again?

"Love is my nose and you better not pick it"

35 posted on 08/25/2006 7:01:14 PM PDT by Slump Tester ( What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: stands2reason

30+ years.. Yeah, you're always a Texan at heart ;) Sorry you had to leave ;(


36 posted on 08/25/2006 7:01:21 PM PDT by BigTex5
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To: donmeaker

This is actually a very good explanation of Bush's biggest failure... his poor communication, both in language and in policy.


37 posted on 08/25/2006 7:02:19 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (Man Law: You Poke It, You Own It)
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To: BigTex5

What presidents other than Texans even know what a barbecue is?????:-)


38 posted on 08/25/2006 7:02:47 PM PDT by GW and Twins Pawpaw (Sheepdog for Five [My grandkids are way more important than any lefty's feelings!])
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To: KoRn
I have heard more than one powerful speech by GWB, so I don't think that he is the worst public speaker I have ever encountered - although he is certainly no RWR. When I find myself being critical of his speaking style, I just remember the way the words rolled off "Slick Willie's" tongue. The problem was that you could not believe a word of his carefully crafted statements. I am thankful to have a POTUS that is a genuine, sincere, honest man rather than a "smooth operator" like Bill Clinton.
39 posted on 08/25/2006 7:02:53 PM PDT by srmorton (Choose Life!)
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To: WestTexasWend
Do all Texans want to destroy American sovereignty in a regional consortium, code named "trade"?

40 posted on 08/25/2006 7:04:49 PM PDT by William Terrell (Individuals can exist without government but government can't exist without individuals.)
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To: WestTexasWend
Bush not an idiot; he's just from Texas

I voted for him, and I'm glad he won. But, only because his opponent was a complete lunatic.

The Republican Party has got to do better in 2008. And, get that Rove character out of the picture!

41 posted on 08/25/2006 7:05:21 PM PDT by Barnacle
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To: GW and Twins Pawpaw

Hat tip to you.... You're right ;)


42 posted on 08/25/2006 7:06:08 PM PDT by BigTex5
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To: BigTex5

MY 2 favorite bumper stickers:

I wasn't born in Texas but got here as fast as I could

and my very favorite:

American by Birth, Southern by the Grace of God

I spent 13 years in TX and W was my governor...but now I'm back in Alabama....couldn't be happier (hey, I get to claim Jeff Sessions as my senator)


43 posted on 08/25/2006 7:06:14 PM PDT by BamaDi (W - My hero!)
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To: srmorton
Reagan set the standard ... a standard that may never be equaled.
44 posted on 08/25/2006 7:06:14 PM PDT by BW2221
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To: William Terrell

Thanks. It's always a pleasure to read a Conservative post here on Free Republic.


45 posted on 08/25/2006 7:07:18 PM PDT by Barnacle
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To: srmorton
re: rolled off "Slick Willie's" tongue

"I'm going to put you in a great deal . . ."

"I'm going to go to work for you . . ."

"We both know there's a number you can afford . . ."

"My manager would never accept that, but I guess I could ask . . ."

"It's a great little product, I bought one for my mom"

46 posted on 08/25/2006 7:11:40 PM PDT by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans. We Vote.)
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To: WestTexasWend
What a tragedy....in an era when a country is confused by political correctness, and starving for substance, a plainspoken President abandons his strength.

He's simply acting too nice, relative to his policies.

Any sign of weakness, domestically or abroad (we're all human after all) is exploited by ruthless enemies.

Bush has bent over too far backward.

47 posted on 08/25/2006 7:14:47 PM PDT by Monti Cello
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To: BlueAngel
President Bush's love and devotion to Texas makes him a total Texan in my book.

Me too. Then there's Cindy Sheehan who bought land only a few miles from the President and who will NEVER be a Texan no matter how hard she tries.

48 posted on 08/25/2006 7:17:22 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: WestTexasWend

Screw Scarborough.

I hope he runs for Senate so that we can openly humiliate the bastard.

Again.


49 posted on 08/25/2006 7:20:51 PM PDT by Eagle Eye (There ought to be a law against excess legislation.)
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To: WestTexasWend

Ah this is rich, a dimwitted shmuck questioning Bush's intelligence.


50 posted on 08/25/2006 7:23:47 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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