Sunday, October 17, 2004

One of the most fascinating things about following President Bush's campaigning is wondering what the hell he's going to say next. Yesterday, for example, he was addressing a crowd in Florida when he sought to dispel rumors of a possible military draft by saying "After standing on the stage, after the debates, I made it very plain: We will not have an all-volunteer army."

Of course, he quickly realized his mistake and said that what he meant to say was that there will be no draft.

Now I realize that English is a difficult language. Many non-native speakers have difficulties mastering it. Even I, as smart as I am, hardly speak a word of it. Remember the Dan Rather interview? I needed a translator.

But George W. Bush was born in America. He has lived there his entire frikkin' life. The man is now well into his fifties. Bush even went to one of the top schools in the United States, Yale University.

Isn't it reasonable to assume he would have picked up the damn language at some point along the way?