Peeance Freeance

Dear loyal readers, or should I say loyal reader (Hi Mom!),

Let me begin by apologizing for the long delay in posting to this blog. I’ve been a little busy since my last post in (ahem) January. Or, to be perfectly honest, I’ve been a little lazy since then. At any rate, sometimes you stumble onto something so beautiful or so terrible that you just have to share it with the rest of the world and that’s exactly why I’m getting back to work here.

So I’m visiting the British Library in London and there’s this wonderful computer based exhibition on historical audio clips. They’ve got clips of all sorts of famous figures in history, from all around the world. I notice there’s a little section on famous American political icons, featuring audio from the likes of FDR, JFK and Harry Truman. Oh, and I notice they’ve got a clip of George W. Bush. I can’t resist clicking that one, wondering what he could have possibly said in his eight years of incoherence, which would have been worth capturing in this august collection. And what I hear is…

The “Peeance Freeance” speech set to a kind of rap/vocal backing. I thought I had heard all the famous Bushisms by now but this one was new to me. To experience the full joy of this gaffe, check out this youtube video (the music is by the George W. Bush Singers from their CD “Songs in the Key of W”):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QnCZRlizMo

So the curators of the British Library decided the most noteworthy audio clip representing our last president was a blunder set to music. How appropriate.

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