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Subject: Dubya Humor Watch #2

Ed Harris (Venezia)
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Date Posted: 17:12:44 12/01/04 Wed
In reply to: Ed Harris (Venezia) 's message, "Bush in Canada" on 15:35:13 12/01/04 Wed

Whether or not Mr President has someone to write his jokes for him, we can not deny that his speeches have some truly entertaining moments. I remember watching his speech at Buck House, just after David Blane had finished his 40 days' public starvation by Tower Bridge. "I understand that the last prominent American to visit London lived for a month in a glass box suspended over the Thames with no food," said Mr Bush. "I'm sure that many people in this city would be happy to make similar arrangements for me," he went on. "Well, they have a right to say that. They now have that right in Baghdad, too." Bravo Bush.

Another of my favourites was his Thanksgiving speech in which he parodied the whole US election whilst talking about the turkey which he had just saved, clearly drawing a parallel between himself the lucky but ridiculous creature in the cage next to him. Look it up on the BBC website, if you can find it.

Whatever one might feel about George W. Bush, can anyone honestly say that, e.g., Tony Blair has ever made us laugh with him?

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Dave (UK)
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Date Posted: 17:54:02 12/01/04 Wed

However, unlike Blair, some of his statements are unintentionally humorous ;-)

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[> [> [> [> Subject: Another Duby classic

Trixta (UK)
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Date Posted: 14:13:48 12/05/04 Sun

On the subject...

Pilfered (and paraphrased) from the Daily Record:

Bush visits a school class in Florida (?) and sits in on the English class. The current topic is the definition of the word Tragedy, which Dubya gets to judge.

Kid 1 steps forward and says that were he (the kid) to fall off his bike, this would be a tragedy. No, says Bush, that would be an accident.

Kid 2 steps forward and says that were a busload of schoolkids to plunge into a ravine, that would be a tragedy. Not so, says Bush, that would be a great loss.

Kid 3 steps forward and says that were Air Force One to crash into the ground, killing Mr. & Mrs. Pres. that would be a tragedy.
Well done, says Bush. And why would that be a tragedy? he goes on to ask.
Kid 3: Because it wouldn't be a great loss and probably wouldn't be an accident.


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Ed Harris (Venezia)
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Date Posted: 14:29:24 12/05/04 Sun

I believe that Disraeli was once asked to distinguish between a misfortune and a calamity. Straight off the cuff, he said, "If Mr Gladstone were to fall into the Thames, that would be a misfortune. If someone were to pull him out again, that would be a calamity."

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[> [> [> [> [> Subject: I first heard that joke told of former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso

Ian (Australia)
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Date Posted: 15:42:25 12/05/04 Sun

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