Call Me Skeptical
Plausible or not so plausible? You decide:
Most Americans think of President Bush as the commander in chief. His speechwriters have another name for him: the editor in chief.
“He always wants it to be logical and straightforward,” William McGurn, the chief White House speechwriter, said in a hurried telephone interview on Friday, just four days before the State of the Union address. “That’s his big obsession. I always say I’ve been edited by Bill Buckley at the National Review, Bob Bartley at The Wall Street Journal. And the president is the strictest editor, the most line by line.”
Yes, I so often think of William F. Buckley, Jr., and his command of the English language as secondary to the effulgent intellect of our current President. Ah yes, that beacon of learned discourse. That shining…
Oh, who the hell am I kidding? I grew up in West Virginia, and George Bush makes plain talking from the hollers sound erudite by comparison.
Putting the State of the Union into common parlance so that citizens of this nation can fully comprehend the direction in which the President hopes to take the nation? Just common sense. But portraying George Bush as the sort of man who goes line by line in a speech to have it reworked for clarity, consistency and rhetorical dexterity?
Na. Gah. Dah. Sorry, I'm not buying it.