Skip to comments.[Prime Minister] Brown's (endearingly mis)pronounced friendship [Auschwitz=Ouchwhich]
Posted on 07/21/2008 4:21:14 PM PDT by SJackson
As Gordon Brown, the first British prime minister ever to address the Knesset, told our parliamentarians on Monday, his father was a lifelong friend of Israel who chaired the Church of Scotland's Israel Committee, visited at least twice a year and learned Hebrew.
Evidently, he didn't teach his son.
Brown admirably attempted, in Hebrew, to utter a phrase of greeting at the start of his speech and to quote Herzl's "If you will it, it is no dream" at the end - but rather mangled both. Indeed, his pronunciations were notable on several occasions, including an "Auschwitz" rendered as "Ouchwhich."
Still, this barely distracted from his pronouncements, which were notable, too.
Brown expressed fierce solidarity with Israel in its struggle to survive, outraged rejection for "those who question Israel's right to exist," abhorrence at the Iranian president's calls "for Israel to be wiped off the map" and a robust "determination to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapons program." Indeed, he upped the ante on Iran, declaring that the British now stood "ready to lead in taking further sanctions and ask the whole international community to join us."
If Iran did not suspend its nuclear program, he warned, it would face "growing isolation and the collective response not of one nation but of many nations."
At the same time, this leader of a Britain that, he said, "shares an unbreakable partnership" with Israel, "based on shared values of liberty, democracy and justice," set out familiar, if emphatically non-generous, positions on final-status issues. Insisting that "peace is within your grasp," he spoke of an Israeli-Palestinian accommodation built, among other fundamentals, upon "a two-state solution based on 1967 borders," with "Jerusalem the capital for both," a "just and agreed settlement for refugees" and Israel "freezing and withdrawing from settlements."
Having spent the vast majority of his speech extolling Israel's virtues, he rather rushed through this section on its obligations, so that he was back praising the Jewish people's contribution to global history by the time the NU-NRP's Uri Ariel had registered the "shared Jerusalem" and "withdrawn settlements" content and huffily departed from the chamber.
With Brown echoing that other recent Knesset visitor President George Bush in this implausible insistence that peace is just around the corner, it strangely fell to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who just the other day had assured us that an accord was closer than ever, to tell the House that profound differences still remain between the sides on key issues.
It must have been a rare pleasure for Brown to be visiting a country where the prime minister is significantly less domestically popular than he is. But as has all too often been his fate in a brief British premiership marked by a staggering decline in his standing, Brown still found that his timing here was a little off. He has had the misfortune to be touring just a couple of days before that rock star of global politics, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, arrives on a whirlwind trip, US network anchors in tow.
One of Brown's Labor prime ministerial predecessors, Harold Wilson, famously remarked that a week is a long time in politics. Earnest and warm though it was, far less than a week will pass before Brown's brief visit to the land so beloved by his father is forgotten - eclipsed by the world's preeminent political headliner.
To me Auschwitz and Ouchwhich are pronounced about the same, I don't think I'd notice.
I think all government officials should learn and conduct their business only in Spanish. It will end gaffes like this.
I am amazed that I would actually see a DemoRat presidential candidate that needs more selling and propping up than Hillary. I thought her riding of Billy’s coat tails would have been the ultimate political signature of total emptiness, ineptitude and weakness.
But my opinion has changed. Hussein Obamination has won the prize. Without the ENTIRE LIBERAL LEFTIST MSM propping this egotistical fraud up, with their faux “following” of his important visits...and you can imagine the swill that will be reported and printed after this fraudulent charade is over with —— hand out the barf buckets now, quickly.
Where are the heads of at least half of the American voters? Do they even care what goes into the Oval Office AND what happens to the “management” of what is left of Constitutional America? Clearly it ALL is at risk and the lap-dog minions of the MSM are going to be working hard overtime hours re-writing the Holy Bible to describe Hussein Obamination as the new Christ, given to us(and the world) to save us all with “change and hope” with his remarkable “foreign policy insight” and latent skills.
God help us.
Hmmm, Brown mangles his attempt at Hebrew and it’s “endearing” and “admirable.” But let George W. Bush do it, and its proof positive that he is a sub-human dolt. Don’t you just love the media?
Call an election, coward. Time for retirement.