Thursday, September 27, 2007

Bush: "I need help pronunciating this stuff"

Well, it *is* hard, if you don't know what you're doing:

When words get in the way, Bush goes phonetic

By Matt Spetalnick Tue Sep 25, 5:33 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) - How do you keep a leader as verbally gaffe-prone as U.S. President George W. Bush from making even more slips of the tongue?

When Bush addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, the White House inadvertently showed exactly how -- with a phonetic pronunciation guide on the teleprompter to get him past troublesome names of countries and world leaders.

The White House was left scrambling to explain after a marked-up draft of Bush's speech popped up briefly on the U.N. Web site as he delivered his remarks, giving a rare glimpse of the special guidance he gets for major addresses...

...It included phonetic spellings for French President Nicolas Sarkozy (sar-KO-zee), a friend, and Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe (moo-GAH-bee), a target of U.S. human rights criticism.

Pronunciations were also provided for Kyrgyzstan (KEYR-geez-stan), Mauritania (moor-EH-tain-ee-a) and the Zimbabwe capital Harare (hah-RAR-ray)...

..."There was an error made," (White House spokeswoman Dana) Perino told reporters. "I don't know how the draft of the speech that was not final was posted but it was and it was taken back..."

Well, you wouldn’t want him to get up there and start talking about Robert MOO-gayb or Nicolas Sar-KOTZ-ee, would you? (Personally, I think it's "moor-eh-TAIN-ee-a", not "moor-EH-tain-ee-a.")

But here are some other ones that will come in handy for “the leader.” Try reading some out loud, it's fun:

Ig-NORD nine-ee-LEV-en warningz

LIDE about DUB-bul-yew-em-deez to get my CUN-tree into a MUR-der-rus SIV-il war over OYL

Mih-lih-TAR-ee diz-ASS-ter

A-nuther Vee-et NAM but with more KUN-treez

SING-gul HAND-ed-lee con-DEM-d the en-TIRE Mid-uhl Eest to JEN-oh-SIDE-uhl WAR-fair for the nekst for DEK-ades

Ah-MEHR-ih-kanz LOO-zing thayr HOMES

KIDZ LOOZ-ing thayr HELTH care

Im-PEND-ing GLO-bal reh-SESH-un

While I stand a-ROUND spow-ting BULL-shit with my THUM up my ASS

HAN-ded a BAL-anst BUD-jet by my PRED-ess-ess-or, now up to my ASS in DETT to RED CHI-na

sup-PORT-ted OHN-ly by LI-ing CON men and the STOO-pid-est PRO-toe-fash-ists

EYE cud fuk up a WET DREEM, and the JEE-OH-PEE noo it wen they NOM-in-ate-ed me. So did my PAIR-entz.

Wurst FUK-ing PREZ-ih-dent in YEW ESS HISS-tor-ee

Tor-PEE-doh-d my own FRIGG-ing po-LIT-i-kal PAR-tee, for KR-eye-st SAY-k




Snortz FAYL-yur like it was ko-KANE



At 4:54 PM, Blogger twitchy said...

hey, wait - it's not another Veet - Namm ! Bill Maher noted and boy, I like this, it's another ENRON - cooked book, phony numbers, managerial deceit and the 'little people' take the fall - - HA HA HA HA HA HA

At 10:57 PM, Blogger Prendergast said...

That's the only nice thing about Enron--it was easy to pronounce. It was phonetic. If GWB had to talk about it, the teleprompter would have read:

"I don't know EN-nee-thing a-bowt Enron (EN-ron.)"


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