Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Take It to the Limited Vocabulary One More Time


I give up. I really do.

From the Associated Press today:

"(Bush) said he has been telling fellow leaders that the proposal devised by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson 'is a robust plan to deal with a serious problem."

If this particular quote sounds suspiciously familiar, read this:

(DXM: Boom to Robust, Redux/2.28.08)

I swear to God, the man has Down Syndrome.

18 comments:

Steve said...

At least he didn't blink when he said it.

But seriously, watch the guy when he's trying to be presidential, and watch him when he's out golfin', fishin' or shootin'. The only time he's really present is when he's out having fun.

He was completely unqualified for the job except in one way: he did what he was told, and said what he was told to say. He never actually believed he was a great leader, and for some reason I find that endearing in a Sling Blade kind of way.

Now Palin. There's someone who actually believes she's a great leader. Once she starts throwing her weight around, she'll have to be reined in by the neocon think tanks. Loose cannon, that one.

Anonymous said...

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) - Cite This Source - Share This
ro·bust /roʊˈbʌst, ˈroʊbʌst/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[roh-buhst, roh-buhst] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–adjective
1. strong and healthy; hardy; vigorous: a robust young man; a robust faith; a robust mind.

He's like a child with a hammer....everything is a nail.

At least Forrest Gump was a good man Jenny.

Anonymous said...

A robust plan would have oversight.

VOTAR said...

You're going to open up some sort of ass rip in the Space Time Continuum if you keep referencing blog posts which reference blog posts which reference blog posts which

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Chez said...

Wanna come up and babysit so I can do some real writing?

Michael said...

Aw, Votar beat me to it. A post which wholesale references an earlier post, which itself references other posts...

Wait, I'm doing the same, but with comments!

Nooooooooooooooo....

Aside from that, saying he has Down's Syndrome gives him far too much credit, as that provides a credible reason other than pure greed combined with a lack of articulation. Maybe he can't afford to have Rove come up with something witty anymore?

VOTAR said...

I'll be up in a few weeks. You can get out, stretch your legs a little. Leave everything to me. I got the babysitting thing covered, I've had years of experience caring for small creatures. Basket: check. Rattle toy: check. Water bowl: check. Catnip: check. Urine spot remover: check.

Good to go.

Heather said...

"Wanna come up and babysit so I can do some real writing?"

I will! Just need airfare and the use of my vacation days.


...she's so cute...how could anyone say no?

randy said...

everytime i see Paulson's name I just want to scream "His name is Henry Paulson" when you die for project mayhem... you have a name!

Anonymous said...

Nah, he's not retarded. Please don't insult retarded people.

He's just plain evil. I've seen his type all my life having been brought up in an evangelical fire & brimstone atmosphere.

Bush, McCain, Palin, and their rabid supporters, all the same.

Thumping the bible with one hand while screwing everyone with the other.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps he's simply an idiot savant – minus the savant

aaron said...

I'll babysit if you're ever in the Greater Vancouver area, but otherwise airfare's gonna be a sticking point. What bugs me most about seeing your past columns again is that they're still relevant! Nothing's changed! The message still needs to be heard. That saddens me much more than a shortage of original material. Now maybe if each rerun came with a new baby picture I'd feel a little hope...

Chez said...

Well Votar, we already know you've got a shitload of pacifiers.

VOTAR said...

Tucked away in a bag on a shelf somewhere, I'm sure, along with the rest of the paraphernalia.

Ah, good times, good times.

Mack said...

Pacifiers? Please don't tell me you guys licked each others eyelids too.

Tony said...

I use the word "robust" all the time. I suppose I could start using "sturdy" or "vigorous" instead, but how often do you think someone should cycle the adjectives they use for a given concept?

Castigating Bush for this is a pointless waste of your impressive talent and your readers' valuable time. If he's actually evil incarnate, you've no time to lose getting the word out in whatever way your readers will understand, but for Pete's sake STICK TO THE FACTS. If you're hoping to sway voters by highlighting (relatively) insignificant nits and foibles, then you're trying to persuade by misdirection rather than through honest debate. How evil is that?

Oh, and it's Down Syndrome, not "Down's Syndrome." But hey, at least you pronounce "nuclear" correctly, right?

Chez said...

I'm trying to do this and take care of a baby, which means that I'm prone to screwing insignificant crap up often because I'm barely proofreading. Just typing quickly.

Sorry about that.

As for picking on Bush for his inability to come up with more than one adjective per eight years, I thought I made it clear in the old post that I linked to why I have a problem with something that, in a relative sense, is so inconsequential.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of retard speak:

Sarah Palin proves she is a beauty pageant contestant:

“Well, you know, first Fannie and Freddie, different because quasi-government agencies there where government had to step in because the adverse impact all across our nation, especially with homeowners, is just too impacting.”

Great take on this here:
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2008/09/palin_on_thin_ice.html