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100 Years Ago

Well not quite 100 years ago, but an old blog posting of mine from 2007

It seems obvious that a clever speech-writer told George Dubya to say something like “People say where is the equivalent of Mandela for Iraq? Where is the peace-maker who can unite everyone? Well, he doesn’t exist because Saddam killed all those of that calibre. He killed all the ‘Mandelas’.“.

Instead, George was probably as surprised as the rest of us to discover that Nelson was dead, and not only that but Saddam had killed him.

Here is the post:

NELSON Mandela yesterday assured the world that, contrary to the impression given by the President of the US, reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated.

Even for blunder-prone George Bush, it was a gaffe of toe-curling proportions.

Defending his stand on the war, Mr Bush said Saddam Hussein’s brutality made it impossible for a unifying leader to emerge to halt civil warfare that has torn Iraq apart.

“I heard somebody say, ‘Where’s Mandela?’,” Mr Bush said. “Well, Mandela’s dead because Saddam Hussein killed all the Mandelas.”

The South African authorities were besieged with calls after Mr Bush’s speech, which was carried live on TV. Many viewers feared the country’s first black president and Nobel Peace Prize winner had died.

Just in case you can’t believe that the most powerful man in the world can spout such pish…..

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3 Responses

  1. My utter pish (well, shit to be more exact) foxes paw currently is that of UKIP’s interim chair in Scotland MIsty (lol) Thackeray on sacked Ukip Scotland leader Lord Christopher Monckton: “It would have been more gracious if my old mate Christopher had silently vanished up the Orinoco instead of this ­undignified defacation.”

  2. “I heard somebody say, ‘Where’s Mandela?’,” Mr Bush said. “Well, Mandela’s dead because Saddam Hussein killed all the Mandelas.”

    Tbh, this strikes me as one of his more astutely expressed views, imo (not justifying the original invasion). Allowing for a direct comparison between Iraq and SA, just as Robert Mugabe’s ZANU and Ian Smith killed Zim’s Mandelas – sometimes in shady collusion – so did Saddam. Who have taken over from him when he died? One of his charming sons?

    ~alec

  3. Robert, I know that you don’t often watch TV or movies but I higly recommend that you watch Will Ferell’s ‘You’re Welcome America’ where he does a one man stand up representation of George Dubya. It is a brilliant performance, all the more so when you realise that most of the ‘lines’ were actually spoken by Bush. Here is a link to a small sample on you-tube.

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