George W. Bush's Top 10 Dumbest Moments

January 16, 2009

George W. Bush’s adventures in the White House are soon coming to an end. The “decider” will soon pack up his cowboy boots and head back home to Texas. He leaves office with a litany of problems, including two unfinished wars and a country in the midst of a catastrophic economic crisis.  He may be a deeply unpopular president, but he was always good for a laugh. Love him or hate him, George W. Bush was hugely entertaining.

By Nick Coles

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10. Food on Americans


As a presidential candidate, George W. Bush was prone to gaffes. In Nashua, New Hampshire on January 27th, 2000 he spoke at a campaign rally and said "You're working hard to put food on your family." I wonder what family dinners are like at the Bush house. Does everyone line up and wait for Barbara or Laura to start smothering everyone with food? Even with an error like this, he still managed to get “elected.”

9. Bush Massages German Chancellor

In 2006, George W. Bush attended a G8 summit meeting in Germany along with other world leaders. In the middle of the meeting he decided that Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, needed a back rub. He sauntered over to the German leader and started massaging her shoulders and neck. Merkel immediately hunched her shoulders, threw her arms up in the air and looked terribly uncomfortable. Bush strolled away and bloggers screamed sexual harassment.

8. Bush Attacked by Camera

President Bush was in the middle of a press conference “sharing his thoughts on what he was thinking about” when a camera came unstuck and started swinging in front of Bush’s face. Bush looked at it totally confused. The moment perfectly captured how the Commander in Chief handles an unexpected situation.

7. Bush Swears

At the same G8 summit where he man-handled German Chancellor Angelina Merkel, Bush faced a barrage of criticism for uttering a swear word in a private conversation with British Prime Minister, Tony Blair. Bush was unaware he was being recorded when he explained his plan for peace in the Middle East. He told Blair “What they need to do is get Syria to get Hizbollah to stop doing this sh*t, and it's over." It’s not the worst swear word in the book, but it's hardly eloquent and very unpresidential.

6. Bush's New Ways to Harm the Country

During Bush’s campaign for a second term he inadvertently suggested that his administration was plotting new ways to harm the United States. While signing a bill for defense spending Bush said, "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." He certainly delivered on that promise.

5. Bush's Exit Strategy


It’s common knowledge that Bush has a disdain for press conferences. He rarely held them and when he did they were usually brief. In 2005, Bush tried to make a quick exit from a press conference in Beijing. After answering only 6 questions and getting snappy with a journalist, Bush headed towards a set of double doors. He tugged at them a few times, only to find them locked. He awkwardly looked around, gave his best deer-in-the-headlight look, and had to be escorted out by an aide.

4. Is Our Childrens Learning?


President Bush would be the first to admit that he was only an average student who was more interested in partying than learning. When he was running for president he famously said, “Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?" Years later, when he was president, he answered his own question - "Childrens do learn." Bush’s speaking ability proves that anyone can grow up and be president… even if you have only a basic understanding of the English language.

3. President Bush Dances


At the beginning of 2008, President Bush visited Africa. In Liberia, the final leg of the tour, he found some people who actually liked him and expressed his appreciation through a kooky, strange and culturally insensitive dance.

2. Bush Wants OB-GYNs to Spread the Love


In 2004, Bush was campaigning for a second term and talking about health reform. He told a crowd that frivolous lawsuits were the reason that: "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." The idea of this is just scary!

1. Bush's Old Saying


Bush’s most famous bushism occurred in 2002 when he addressed a fundraiser in Nashville, Tennessee. He told the crowd "There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." It was excruciatingly embarrassing as Bush struggled and squirmed to find the correct words. You could see the cogs in his brain working over time. Then he stopped, moved on, and the rest is history.

No other president in history has caused more laughter or late night talk show jokes than Bush. His way with words, his awkward folksiness, and his physical stumbles will forever be remembered.

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