Tuesday, December 20, 2005


Freudian slip?

Was this just a slip of the tongue in President Bush's press conference yesterday?
In a nation that once lived by the whims of a brutal dictator, the Iraqi people now enjoy constitutionally protected freedoms, and their leaders now derive their powers from the consent of the government [sic].
I'm hoping this was just a slip of the tongue, and not of the Freudian variety. If it was not, I recommend a re-reading of this: "Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

UPDATE: Maybe I should have made the title of this post plural:
Let me give you an example about my concerns about letting the enemy know what may or may not be happening. In the late 1990s, our government was following Osama bin Laden because he was using a certain type of telephone. And then the fact that we were following Osama bin Laden because he was using a certain type of telephone made it into the press as the result of a leak. And guess what happened? Saddam -- Osama bin Laden changed his behavior.

Collective Improvisation:
Wow!! That's all I can say... Wow!!
And Jon Stewart did not pick up on this?

Posted by Blogger TheMalau on 12/26/2005 04:51:00 AM : Permalink  

that was no slip.

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous on 12/29/2005 09:37:00 PM : Permalink  

I saw the press conference too. I have a theory about his malapropisms and mushmouth in general: He doesn't believe it himself, and he's not even paying attention to what he's saying. His attention drifts in the middle of sentences and when it comes back, it usually does so on key words and phrases, "9/11" "Saddam" "victory" etc.

And in the case you cite he was working off loose notes as opposed to a tight script, so the actual transcript ends up reading like Mad Libs typed up by a room full of monkeys. I laughed myself silly.

Posted by Blogger Fang Bastardson on 1/13/2006 03:59:00 AM : Permalink  

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