Couldn’t Say Shit ‘Cause He Had a Mouthful
Posted by PintofStout on April 25, 2008
I was watching the NHL playoffs the other night on Versus (Go Pens!) when the rink-side reporter had an outtake moment, except it was live. When they cut back to the studio, the announcer there stumbled on his words as well. I figured it was because he was pretty much lying when he said technical difficulties were the culprit. Maybe it wasn’t even a blatant lie, but more of a fall-back lie in the industry. Even as little or automatic the lie was, something clicked in his brain and he stumbled on the words. There must be something in our brain that makes lying more difficult than not. I don’t mean to say it isn’t possible to lie fluently, but simply to say you may be more likely to be tongue-tied when trying to bullshit someone.
This made me think of our befuddled commander-in-chief and his notorious love-hate relationship with his first language. He has been ridiculed and mocked and imitated and satirized since the 2000 election campaign for his speech follies. Remember when he said “strategery”? Me neither; because he didn’t say it. Will Farrell said it in a piece of comic genius. Take that little factoid and put it in your lockbox for safe keeping, lest it get swiftboated by truthiness.
The presidential language gaffes have been easy to find and come across. When someone speaks as much and as often as the president, they’re bound to screw up. But many people speak as often and screw up far less. I would like to put forth the theory that the president fumbles his phrases on account of his having to lie through his teeth so very often. He must speak to a much larger audience than the hockey announcer and he tells much bigger lies. This administration has been downright organic in growing their secret files by heaping loads of bullshit on them. If George W. Bush stumbles on words and can’t find the right thing to say, it is certainly helped along because he is lying through his teeth. That and he may well be illiterate. Maybe this explains Laura’s pet cause of literacy.
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