Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Thursday, July 11, 2002
Nice Try, Not Buying
Robert Musil has posted a claim that the latest and perhaps finest Bushism (in Alterman's blog, which doesn't permalink items), is really a brilliant witticism.
“The problem with the French,” Bush confided in Blair, “is that they don’t have a word for entrepreneur.”
Now that is clever, even brilliant, from the right angle, and if Mike Kinsley or P. J. O'Rourke had written it, I would certainly admire it as such. But in this case, as usual, the messenger is also the message. We're dealing here with a man who thinks it the height of witticism to call Vlad Putin "Pootie-Poot" or Queen Elizabeth "Queenie". At least he didn't ask her for an autographed copy of "We Are the Champions". This is a man who I am confident doesn't know the French for bon mot and didn't originate this line as a social commentary.
It should be noted that this is said to be a joke being told by Blair, so we don't know for certain that Bush actually said it.