Our president, the malapropism poet

This poem, lifted from Snopes, is a compilation of actual George W. Bush malapropisms.

by George W. Bush

I think we all agree, the past is over.
This is still a dangerous world.
It’s a world of madmen and uncertainty
and potential mental losses.

Rarely is the question asked
Is our children learning?
Will the highways of the Internet become more few?
How many hands have I shaked?

They misunderestimate me.
I am a pitbull on the pantleg of opportunity.
I know that the human being and the fish can coexist.
Families is where our nation finds hope, where our wings take dream.

Put food on your family!
Knock down the tollbooth!
Vulcanize society!
Make the pie higher! Make the pie higher!

The post actually tracks down each of the Bushisms and tells us in what context our leader uttered them. “Knock down the tollbooth” was supposed to be, “Knock down the roadblocks.” Interesting, how his mind works.

(Link via Mark Kleiman.)

The Discussion: 6 Comments

I actually quite like this poem.

February 16, 2004 @ 7:44 pm | Comment

It’s almost as good as the Dubya Rap they played on The Daily Show last week (thank you CNN): “Madman… weapons. Madman weapons. Madman madman madman, yo.”

February 16, 2004 @ 9:03 pm | Comment

I believe that that third line is enjambed very properly.

I wonder if you could move this into sestina form?

February 16, 2004 @ 9:32 pm | Comment

“I am a pitbull on the pantleg of opportunity” bit is hilarious! What a dawg!

February 17, 2004 @ 12:51 pm | Comment

I like the poem A LOT .
I do have a “serious” question though ;
is Bush merely vocaly inept or does he have a form of dyslexia… OR does he suffer a from a small amount of brain damage due to alcohol abuse?

September 11, 2004 @ 11:33 pm | Comment

What I want to know is–how long are we going to continue to let Bush “disassemble” America…?

June 6, 2005 @ 8:06 am | Comment

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