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Chief among my suspicions is that Bush is too lucid for them to be authentic.

I also wonder what is seen as new here with these 'minutes' for them to be a scoop. What am I missing?

by Magnifico on Wed Sep 26th, 2007 at 03:50:26 PM EST
Maybe the minute-taker wrote what Bush meant, not what he said. Consider that it is really a translation into Spanish of what Bush said in English by two professional interpreters, and our back-translation.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 26th, 2007 at 04:19:37 PM EST
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I also want to note for the record that Bush in the past has claimed that he can speak Spanish.
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Wed Sep 26th, 2007 at 04:20:40 PM EST
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That said, I also have long believed that Bush's whole folksy-tongue-tied-bumpkin thing is a crude and cynical act.  Video of him from his father's term in office shows that he did once know how to speak with some lucidity, even if it wasn't with actual intelligence.
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Wed Sep 26th, 2007 at 04:22:56 PM EST
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Though recently Vicente Fox said Bush's Spanish was at grade-school level.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 26th, 2007 at 04:23:44 PM EST
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Well, I could tell that from having heard him speak just a few sentences during the 2000 campaign.  His accent is gawdawful.
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Wed Sep 26th, 2007 at 04:24:58 PM EST
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his English is at grade-school level, too.

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by Man Eegee (man.eegee :at: gmail.com) on Wed Sep 26th, 2007 at 05:39:23 PM EST
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