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    Default Nelson Mandela: "Uhh...No, Mr. Bush...I Am Not Dead."

    Mandela still alive after embarrassing Bush remark

    Fri Sep 21, 8:15 AM ET

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Nelson Mandela is still very much alive despite an embarrassing gaffe by U.S. President George W. Bush, who alluded to the former South African leader's death in an attempt to explain sectarian violence in Iraq.

    "It's out there. All we can do is reassure people, especially South Africans, that President Mandela is alive," Achmat Dangor, chief executive officer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, said as Bush's comments received worldwide coverage.

    In a speech defending his administration's Iraq policy, Bush said former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's brutality had made it impossible for a unifying leader to emerge and stop the sectarian violence that has engulfed the Middle Eastern nation.

    "I heard somebody say, Where's Mandela?' Well, Mandela's dead because Saddam Hussein killed all the Mandelas," Bush, who has a reputation for verbal faux pas, said in a press conference in Washington on Thursday.

    Jailed for 27 years for fighting white minority rule, Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994. He won a Nobel Peace Prize for preaching racial harmony and guiding the nation peacefully into the post-apartheid era.

    References to his death -- Mandela is now 89 and increasingly frail -- are seen as insensitive in South Africa.


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    God, I hate this fucking "president."
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    president or not, GW is a damn fool. I'm guessing he was trying to make some sort of metaphorical statement about the Mandela sort of reformers in Iraq all being killed by sadam but seriously, those sort of mental acrobatics should be left to the professionals. It's kind of like how I won't tap on stage. I'm just not good enough at it to pull it off. I leave it for when the wife is away and the neighbours are all at work. Bush shouldn't ever stray from his carefully crafted speeches...heeheehee...can you guys imagine his handlers off camera simultaneously slapping their forheads as the words "Mandela is DEAD" came out of GW's mouth?!
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    what an idiot...
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    i'm no fan of W but he didn't mean that Mandela was dead. He makes enough mistakes without the press misinterpreting what he says.

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    Quote Originally Posted by it's me View Post
    i'm no fan of W but he didn't mean that Mandela was dead. He makes enough mistakes without the press misinterpreting what he says.
    I like Bush, and I believe I know what he meant, but he did goof. You've got to word it better. I believe he meant "Where are all the Mandela types?" But he didn't say that. He should have done a better job choosing his words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wingnut View Post
    I like Bush, and I believe I know what he meant, but he did goof. You've got to word it better. I believe he meant "Where are all the Mandela types?" But he didn't say that. He should have done a better job choosing his words.
    agreed but picking on the guy has really become a very popular sport

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    Since, we are FORDfree for a month, we may actually have a thread that discusses this semi-logically. GW should fire his current speech writer or not even speak to the press at all, this is just embarassing to America.

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    Quote Originally Posted by it's me View Post
    agreed but picking on the guy has really become a very popular sport
    Quote Originally Posted by osolomeo View Post
    GW should fire his current speech writer or not even speak to the press at all, this is just embarassing to America.
    Picking on the president or famous people in general is a popular sport...don't try to paint GW as some sort of happless victim of the dreaded "liberal media" and as for firing his speech writer, it's not the speech writer that creates the problem. It's when questions come up that weren't expected or when he decides to start improving shit that things unravel. He, like a lot of presidents before him but (though with him it's more dire) has a a very rigid script of what he's supposed to go in and say and get out. When he veers from that path though...wow...god bless the poor fool...he's just not a very bright man....never was.

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    I'm not picking on anybody who like Bush. That's fine, but wow.

    What a dumb ass.

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    Here's exactly what Bush said:

    "I thought an interesting comment was made when somebody said to me, I heard somebody say, 'now where's Mandela?' Well, Mandela's dead. Because Saddam Hussein killed all the Mandela's.

    He was a brutal tyrant that divided people up and split families and people are recovering from this. So there's a psychological recovery that is taking place and it's hard work for them and I understand that it's hard work for them."
    It's not Shakespear, but it's clear that he's talking about the calculated brutality of Saddam meticulously eliminated every person in Iraq that could have been a threat to his rule. So when Saddam fell, there was no "Mandella" to step in to the leadership gap and take control.

    Reuters is the fuck up in this sda little story. Worse, the fact that Mandella nor his people bothered to check the fatcs before commenting make him look like a fucking moron.

    If you really wanted to critisize the President you could point out that Mandella has been a disaster for South Africa and that Johanesburg has often resembles Bagdhad in it's skyrocketing crime-rate/murder rate.

    But that would be PC.

    Anyway, I'll let you guys get back to bashing the President for no reason.
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    Maybe Bush should get an airhorn!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    Here's exactly what Bush said:



    It's not Shakespear, but it's clear that he's talking about the calculated brutality of Saddam meticulously eliminated every person in Iraq that could have been a threat to his rule. So when Saddam fell, there was no "Mandella" to step in to the leadership gap and take control.

    Reuters is the fuck up in this sda little story. Worse, the fact that Mandella nor his people bothered to check the fatcs before commenting make him look like a fucking moron.

    If you really wanted to critisize the President you could point out that Mandella has been a disaster for South Africa and that Johanesburg has often resembles Bagdhad in it's skyrocketing crime-rate/murder rate.

    But that would be PC.

    Anyway, I'll let you guys get back to bashing the President for no reason.
    Great post Ax.

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    My theory is Bush wears an in-ear and has his lines fed to him ALL THE TIME during
    his press conferences and public appearances. This sounds like something lost in translation.
    I guess we should be glad he didn't say "Mandela is dead, purple monkey crazy butter".
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