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Do phonetic spellings in a draft speech suggest that Bush has trouble with pronunciation?


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Tim Grieve
September 26, 2007 12:30AM (UTC)

A draft of George W. Bush's address to the United Nations this morning appeared briefly on the U.N.'s Web site today, and it included phonetic spellings for the names of some of the countries and leaders Bush was supposed to mention.

A reporter asked White House press secretary Dana Perino if that meant that the president has a hard time pronouncing some of these names.

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"I think that's an offensive question," Perino said. "I'm going to just decline to comment on it."


Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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