IN other words, once the "media elites" decide a certain personage is prone to the heartbreak of disfluency, they begin the incessant process of culling each and every word spoken in public by that person, to make the person look and sound as booby-fied as possible. It's been done to so many celebs and politicians over the years, the schtick should be easily recognized and dismissed by now.
There are books full of sayings by the likes of Yogi Berra, Casey Stengel, Dan Quayle, Bush The Elder, Clinton The Chameleon, and now Bush The Younger. It's an easy yuk, when you're too lazy to listen to the real message behind the words, and would rather put your focus on the superficial and occasionally amusing malapropisms of the verbally-maladroit.
Would you rather watch Dubya stumble over his phrases, while trying to deliver an honest, unflinching message of resolve and commitment, or listen in rapture to the silver-tongued (sometimes) Clinton, assuring whoever he's in the room with, that he is 110% on board with that person's beliefs and agenda? What is the definition of "is," Bill? Did you, or did you not, have sexual relations with that woman? Is a cigar, sometimes, just a cigar? Or is it always a sex-toy?
Not that I'm averse to a laugh, you know that's not the case, but I think it's simply dishonest to use these edited clips to try and paint Bush as a simpleton, lost in the world of educated sophisticates, like the geniuses at the UN, his European counterparts, or the media sharpies and harpies who love to make themselves appear more educated and worldly than our president. He's far from stupid, actually. He "gets it," about the enemy we're fighting, and he's gotten it since 9/11. He's also the most honest man I've seen in this office, since the unhappy days of Dhimmi Carter, who has now gone hopelessly senile.