Obama takes the oath soon. We thought this would be a good time to go over the odd moments that occurred throughout recent president George W. Bush’s career.
If we asked you what was the biggest goofball episode involving George W Bush, what would you think of? Probably a bunch of stuff, right? Yeah, us too.
Here’s a list of the various faux pas, gaffes, and general screwups from Dubya’s terms as U.S. President and Governor of Texas. By the way, we tried to leave out Bushisms (idiotic things he said) – we’ll save those funny lines for another post.
First, Some Runners up to sort of “clear the palette” if you will.
Worthy Mention #1: Major League Asshole
At a campaign rally, Bush remarked “There’s Adam Clymer, major league asshole from the New York Times” without realizing that his mic was live.
Worthy Mention #2: Now watch this drive…
“I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop the terrorist killers. Now watch this drive.” Classic segue demonstrating Bush’s lack of seriousness about issues.
Worthy Mention #3: Clean Glasses
When Bush appeared on the “Late Show With David Letterman” just prior to the 2000 election, he was caught on tape committing a heinous breach of social etiquette. During a commercial break, producer Maria Pope was on stage discussing something with Letterman, and while she was standing there in front of Bush, he leaned forward, grabbed the back of her sweater, and used it to clean his glasses.
Top 10 Odd Bush Moments
10. One Finger Victory Salute
This video of Bush flipping the bird was taped at an Austin production facility during the later months of Bush’s term as Texas governor. He shrugs it off as a “One Finger Victory Salute”.
9. No weapons of mass destruction under here…
At a radio and television correspondents dinner, W has a little joke with his friends, showing a slide of him looking under the cushions while he comments “Those weapons of mass destruction got to be here somewhere.” Wow, invade a country because of WMDs that don’t exist, killing untold numbers of people, then make light of it. What a cut-up!
8. Winking at the Queen
Winking at the Queen of England is not something you do. So naturally, George does it. On a state visit to the U.S., Bush almost suggested that the monarch had toured the States in 1776. Then he winked at her.
7. The Pretzel Incident
On January 14, 2002, U.S. President George W. Bush emerged in front of a press conference with a very prominent broken blood vessel welt on his cheek, and said that he had choked on a pretzel while watching television the day before. Bush had reportedly been sitting on his couch, 90 minutes into watching an NFL football Miami vs. Baltimore play-off game on television, when he choked on the pretzel, falling to the ground, injuring himself, and briefly losing consciousness. The following day, Bush twice addressed press reporters joking that he should have listened to his mother and “chewed before he swallowed.”
6. Peter, you gonna ask me that question with shades on?
President Bush puts his foot in his mouth by asking legally-blind L.A. Times reporter Peter Wallsten about his shades. LOL.