Bushspeak: The Curious Wit & Wisdom of George W. Bushby George W. Bush
President George W. Bush may be just as well known for his widespread popularity as for his repeated verbal gaffs, and even his supporters would admit that the appeal of our 43rd president has never been his eloquence or intellectual depth. So perhaps it was almost too easy a task to assemble this short but potent collection of quotes uttered by Dubya -- but it sure makes for a good chuckle. Each of the five main tracks on Bushspeak lines up a string of theme-related howlers, organized in themes and set to patriotic instrumental music such as "America the Beautiful" and "The National Anthem." Most obvious among the quotes are word fumbles such as "We'll make American what we want it to be: a literate country and a hopefuler country" and "We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile." The Harvard M.B.A. reveals his distinctive economic and social vision with snippets such as "We need an energy bill that encourages consumption," and "As I told a lot of folks from Texas over the years, I wish I knew the law." But the real fun comes when the Pres really lets personality shine on head-scratchers like "I couldn't imagine someone like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah," and "I know that human beings and fish can coexist peacefully." Finally, for those worried that the wealthy Republican cares only for his own kind, he asserts, "First let me make it very clear: Poor people aren't necessarily killers." Political pundits of all stripes will find innumerable laughs here, and for those wishing to splice Bushisms into their own mixes, the final track collects all the quotes without the flag-waving background music.
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- Shout Factory
Performance CreditsGeorge W. Bush Primary Artist
Technical CreditsDavid McIntosh Business Consultant
Gordon Skene Producer
Shawn Amos Producer
John Roberts Artwork
Mark Twain Author
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This little collection of "Bushisms" would certainly have the President laughing at himself. Though I've bought and loved many of the Capitol Steps' CD's, I find this Shout Factory production much more enjoyable because George's words are given here with no side comments from the producer, except for the title of the recording and general themes. I have to admit, though, that I found the Outro unnecessary and redundant, and would have criticized it if I Hadn't first read B&N's editorial review. I also understand that for the small price of the disc, one couldn't have expected a lot of tracks to fill up anything like an hour-long CD. Still, I would like to have seen more selections, as the recording finished just as I was getting into laugh mode. Despite these minor criticisms, I still find this CD the best kind of political satire, since the subject, albeit unwittingly, provides all the laughter himself.