Bush Receives Lifetime Achievement Award, for unique use of English languageon December 21, 2008 at 7:43 am
President Bush will not leave office empty handed, or with the sad memory of the size 10 shoe debacle fresh in his mind. He has been honored with the highly coveted Lifetime Achievement Award from the Plain English Campaign who praised Bush for "capturing the spirit of every true gobbledegooker by using his unique way with words to address a wide range of subjects." While we are familiar with many puzzling comments, it’s nice to know that our president has been noticed
and honored by this esteemed group of gobbledegook connoisseurs. .
One example from 2001 during a visit to Rome was singled out for praise. "I hope you leave here and walk out and say, ‘What did he say?’"
Another great moment in oratory:"I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe – I believe what I believe is right," Bush said. Bush..capturing the spirit of a true gobbledegooker: In Anadale, VA in 2004 he stated, “Let me put it to you bluntly. In a changing world, we want more people to have control over your own life”
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was added for such gems as this from a news conference in 2003, which left reporters baffled. "Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know." I’ll say!
Imagining a conversation between the two gives this observer a migraine, and makes some former winners appear to be amateurs.
In 2003, It was Actor Richard Gere who said: "I know who I am. No one else knows who I am. If I was a giraffe and somebody said I was a snake, I’d think ‘No, actually I am a giraffe.”
Naomi Campbell received a nod with "a baffling quote made by a public figure" by reportedly declaring: "I love England, especially the food. There’s nothing I like more than a lovely bowl of pasta." The identity of her travel agent was never revealed. Bush Receives Lifetime Achievement Award, for unique use of English language