January 16, 2007

President Bush on the Newshour 

President Bush made himself available for an extended interview with Jim Lehrer on the Newshour on PBS today, which is airing here in Champaign-Urbana as we speak. The subject is (surprise) Iraq. The President was disappointed that the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki "fumbled" the execution of Saddam Hussein in such an indignified way...and of course there are a few other problems too. How exactly do you conduct a dignified execution? Never mind, I don't think I want to know. Anyway, here's the archive page for this interview from the Newshour, complete with audio links: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/indepth_coverage/politics/bush-interview_01-16-07.html

January 11, 2007

Mistakes were made.... 

I love the Spanish language. One of the things I love about it is the subtle variations of meaning provided by all those verb tenses. Then you have these standard ways of saying things like "It broke on me" which in English would be "I broke it." Speaking of breaking things, President Bush spoke last night (in English) about how things are going in Iraq. He proposed a new set of steps which includes sending more than 20,000 additional troops. He said mistakes were made...borrowing easily from the lovely Spanish-style passive verb syntax. But as always, I could be wrong so don't listen to me, listen to the President himself, presented here without filters: streaming RealAudio MP3 download

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