Wednesday, September 26, 2007

[PREH - zuh - dent] at the UN

From USA Today's On Deadline:
Apparently, a marked-up draft of the president's speech popped up on the U.N.'s website as President Bush delivered his remarks this morning before the General Assembly, USA TODAY's David Jackson reports. The draft included phonetic spellings of some names and countries, and the cellphone numbers for Bush speechwriters.

Press secretary Dana Perino downplayed the incident, and said phonetic spellings are used to help interpreters. Asked if the president has trouble pronouncing some country's names, Perino deemed it "an offensive question."
Blake Hounshell at Foreign Policy says he has a copy of the speech that got the White House so worked up this morning. Here are some of the phonetic guides it included, according to the magazine's blog:

• Kyrgyzstan [KEYR-geez-stan]
• Mauritania [moor-EH-tain-ee-a]
• Harare [hah-RAR-ray]
• Mugabe [moo-GAH-bee]
• Sarkozy [sar-KO-zee]
• Caracas [kah-RAH-kus]
Hahaha. Brilliant. Classic "Bush is not a smart man" fodder. And while funny, relatively "meh." So why am I writing about it? The article also offers up the link to the UN speech that it was replaced with:

US Speech

My question is whether President Bush needs the "PRESIDENT BUSH:" in front of his speech to remind him not to read the top part or to remind him who he is.

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