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Bush trips over Abu Ghraib pronunciation

CARLISLE, Pa., May 24 (Reuters) - Two rehearsals for his prime-time speech on Monday were not enough to keep U.S. President George W. Bush from mangling the name of the Abu Ghraib prison that brought shame to the U.S. mission in Iraq. During the half-hour televised address, Bush mispronounced Abu Ghraib each of the three times he mentioned it while announcing U.S. plans to tear down the infamous jail and replace it with a new facility.
Bush trips over Abu Ghraib pronunciation
25 May 2004 02:17:41 GMT

CARLISLE, Pa., May 24 (Reuters) - Two rehearsals for his prime-time speech on Monday were not enough to keep U.S. President George W. Bush from mangling the name of the Abu Ghraib prison that brought shame to the U.S. mission in Iraq. During the half-hour televised address, Bush mispronounced Abu Ghraib each of the three times he mentioned it while announcing U.S. plans to tear down the infamous jail and replace it with a new facility. The prison, the scene of torture under Saddam Hussein and the setting for the Iraqi prison abuse scandal under the U.S. military, has a name that English speakers usually pronounce as "abu-grabe". But the Republican president, long known for verbal and grammatical lapses, stumbled on the first try, calling it "abugah-rayp". The second version came out "abu-garon", the third attempt sounded like "abu-garah". White House aides, who described the speech as an important address on the future of Iraq, said Bush practiced twice on Monday before boarding his helicopter for his trip to the speaking venue at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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What Bush knows and how he knows it 25.May.2004 11:42

JR

The mispronunciation brings up an interesting point. How does Bush even find out about what's happening in Iraq, and things in general.

I raise this point because you would assume that pronouncing Abu Ghraib correctly, and I mean precisely as if an Arabic speaker were saying it, would have been the top priority in Bush's speech. The fact that he mispronounced it three times shows more than just ignorance and intellectual shortcomings. I believe it shows a measure of disdain and contempt, like a young boy who's sorry not because of what he did, but because he got caught.

How Bush stays up to date on world affairs is worthy of a documentary film or book. One imagines Karl Rove and Andrew Card with articles and summaries of articles from various sources, with pertinent sections highlighted, and side notes explaining certain words or nuances that Bush can't understand. I imagine the "news" he gets is so filtered through those guys that it doesn't even resemble what's actually happening.