I Feel Badly for George Bush
There is little sympathize about with George Bush. I do feel sorry for his inability to master the Queen's English and public speaking. It seems he cannot make a public speech without making a malapropism, use an incorrect word, a major grammatical error or even loose his train of thought.
Even with speech writers, who should be skillful wordsmiths he bumbles along. I don't think he can follow a written text very well and tries to adlib, which makes it worse.
MY God! he mangled his thought in front of the Queen! With a little hunour and the Queen's gracious forebearance he recovered. I am sure the Queen has seen it all but I think she would be sympathetic. Her father, King George, who did not intend to be King, suffered from a stutter. With great effort he largely overcame it for public speaking.
George Bush must have a significant learning difficulty. I assume he has made some effort to overcome it. His handlers must have a fit every time he stumbles in a public speech.
Here are some examples of his gaffs.
I am sympathetic for I was not a fluid reader and easy public speaker when I went off to seminary. I spent a lot of time alone practicing reading out loud and training my eyes to follow the text with understanding . Before giving a sermon or public speech I practiced several times. I even had my own system of marking the speech into segments so when I read it it made sense and had the correct inflection of voice. This was hard work but I think in the end I mastered the craft. I wonder if George made the effort.
It is hard to believe he is a graduate of two of the leading US Universities, Yale and Harvard. In fact, it is hard to imagine he was even accepted as a student there. Family connections obviously count. I have taken courses at both Yale and Harvard and I aways found the students to be very bright. Poor George, he must be smarter than he sounds but he must be an embarassment to these august Universities. I look forward to the day when the US has a President who can deliver a powerful and moving speech.