Sunday, May 21, 2006

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Current mood: contemptuous

Category: News and Politics

Bush Wants Newcomers to Learn English

By SUZANNE GAMBOA, Associated Press Writer 49 minutes ago

The White House took both sides in a dispute over English being the national language Friday as a broad immigration bill moved toward a final Senate vote next week with one conservative predicting it will never become law.

Bush's support for the dueling sides doesn't stray from his long-held view on learning English, said White House press secretary Tony Snow.

"What the president has said all along is that he wants to make sure that people who become American citizens have a command of the English language," Snow said. "It's as simple as that."


Bush could set an example by learning to speak English himself.

What if the president had no prepared speeches, no teleprompters, no talking points, no earbuds piping in Dick Cheney's words of wisdom?

What if he had to communicate extemporaneously? A chilling thought, no?