Former US President George W Bush made headlines on Thursday for a gaffe he made while speaking about the Russian-Ukrainian war at an event in Dallas. From the podium, he condemned the large-scale invasion by Russia as “brutal” and “unwarranted”. However, he incorrectly said “the invasion of Iran”. In no time, he corrected himself: “I mean, Ukraine.”
Bush then joked about his “senior moment” – “Anyway, 75 (years)”, and the audience burst into laughter.
Bush’s critics gleefully staged the “Freudian slip” of the country’s 43rd president. Nina Turner, a former Ohio State Senator, shared the video of Bush’s speech on Twitter and captioned it: “Freudian slip if I ever saw one! He told the truth for once !” She was referring to the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 during Bush’s first term as US president.
George W. Bush: “One man’s decision to launch a totally unwarranted and brutal invasion of Iraq – I mean Ukraine – Iraq as well.
Bush’s remarks quickly went viral on social media after the clip was tweeted by a Dallas News reporter. The video has garnered over three million views on Twitter alone, according to a report.
Speaking in Dallas this afternoon, former President George. W Bush made an important verbal error when discussing the war in Ukraine.
He tried to refer to what he described as the “totally unwarranted and brutal invasion” – but said Iraq, instead of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/tw0VNJzKmE— Michael Williams (@michaeldamianw) May 19, 2022
Do you remember when he said, “The left hand now knows what the right is doing” in a speech a long time ago? The crowd was divided when he shuffled his right hand with his left.
Bush is not the only American president to have faux pas in public. Joe Biden once called his Vice President Kamala Harris a “First Lady”, while Donald Trump’s “Covfefe” tweet still gets a bit of a laugh.
The skids of Joe Biden
Biden was never considered a gifted speaker. A few months ago, during his second State of the Union address, Biden raised quite a few eyebrows while expressing sympathy for “Iranians.”
He meant the Ukrainians.
Hitting Russian President Vladimir Putin over the invasion of Ukraine, Biden had said, “Putin can surround kyiv with tanks, but he will never win the hearts and souls of the Iranian people.”
Shortly after, an excerpt from his speech was posted on social media. In the clip, Vice President Harris can be seen speaking “Ukrainian” following the noise from her president.
It was not this.
During a speech at the Equal Pay Day event at the White House, Biden pointed to Harris and called her the “First Lady.” Watch this video:
Joe Biden says ‘First Lady’s husband has tested positive for covid’
In the video, Biden can be heard saying, “There’s been a little change in the disposition of who’s on stage because of the first lady’s husband who contracted COVID-19.”
He soon realized the gaffe, but somehow made it worse: “She’s fine. Second lady – and first gentleman, what do you think?”
In another clip that has gone viral, Biden was seen turning a blind eye during an opening session of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland this year, prompting netizens to wonder if the man 79-year-old had fallen asleep.
Trump’s “Covfefe” and “7/11”
Trump made waves – not quite as he expected – when he tweeted in 2017: “Despite constant covfefe of negative press.” People wondered for days — and probably still haven’t figured out — what “covfefe” meant.
No dictionary in the world mentions the word “covfefe”.
Prior to being elected to the Oval Office, Trump said at a rally in Buffalo, New York, “I was over there and watched our police and firefighters there on July 11.”
Trump, of course, meant 9/11 – the September 9, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
“At the World Trade Center, right after it fell, I saw the greatest people I’ve ever seen in action,” he added. Watch the clip below:
Trump has also called himself America’s “precedent” – Trump’s typos are an endless mine of comedic gold.
The office of the President of the United States is regarded around the world with admiration and solemnity, but it is moments like these that serve as a reminder (sometimes comically) that however powerful these leaders are, they are still human and therefore, have their own weaknesses.
First post: STI