LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. - Since taking office in 2001, President Bush has, shall I say, developed a language of his own, from his lexicon to his sentence structure.
And the 43rd president of the United States put his "Bushisms" on display while visiting Lancaster County last week.
To be fair, Bush tends to be more relaxed when he's unscripted, more open and engaging when he's in a town-hall meeting like the one held in West Hempfield Township on Wednesday. It's also where the Bushisms tend to slip out.
Consider this enlightening nugget from the Lancaster visit: "My job is a decision-making job," the Decider said. "And as a result, I make a lot of decisions."
Later, he referred to the Jay Group Inc., whose headquarters hosted Bush's nearly 90-minute event, as an "S-CHIP corporation." The Jay Group is a "subchapter S corporation," as identified by the president earlier in his speech, while "SCHIP" is the federal children's health care program whose proposed expansion Bush vetoed earlier in the day.
Too nitpicky? OK, but I found this one entertaining:
"I always tell Condi Rice, 'I want to remind you, Madam Secretary, who has the Ph.D. and who was the C student. And I want to remind you who the adviser is and who the president is.'"
For those who don't know, Rice earned her doctorate from the University of Denver in 1981, while Bush was the "C student" at Yale University. Never doubt the capacity and potential of mediocre classmates to achieve great things, I guess.
Sometimes, however, his diction fails to rate even a "C."
"I got a lot of Ph.D. types and smart people around me who come into the Oval Office and say, 'Mr. President, here's what's on my mind.' And I listen carefully to their advice. But having gathered the device (sic), I decide, you know, I say, 'This is what we're going to do.' And it's, 'Yes, sir, Mr. President.' And then we get after it, implement policy."
I want to know who in the Cabinet is providing "advice" and who's giving him the "device." And what does the device do? What does it look like? Does Vice President Dick Cheney have access to the device? The Joint Chiefs? Why isn't Sen. Harry Reid calling for a hearing on the device?
On the upcoming presidential race, he had this to say: "The politics is coming around the corner here in 2008." I'm thinking of a song like, "The politics'll be comin' 'round the mountain when it comes ... ."
I have an enormous amount of respect for the office of the president and for Bush. Let's not forget that 62 million people voted for him in 2004, an astounding statistic in the realm of presidential politics.
Sometimes, though, I'm just stunned by Bush's use of the vernacular, such as this comment regarding the benefit of cutting taxes for small businesses:
"You know, when you give a man more money in his pocket — in this case a woman more money in her pocket — to expand a business, it — they build buildings. And when somebody builds a new building, somebody has got to come and build the building. And when the building expanded, it prevented (sic) additional opportunities for people to work."
62 million people voted to put this BACK in the White House. I like to imagine that there's some big headed banjo-playing boy with an extra finger that lives in his inner ear and speaks for him. At least that would explain a lot. Everytime he opens his mouth,the collective citizenry in this country lose IQ points.