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    When words get in the way, Bush goes phonetic - Yahoo! News

    When words get in the way, Bush goes phonetic

    By Matt Spetalnick
    Tue Sep 25, 5:33 PM ET

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - How do you keep a leader as verbally
    gaffe-prone as U.S. President George W. Bush from making
    even more slips of the tongue?

    When Bush addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday,
    the White House inadvertently showed exactly how -- with a
    phonetic pronunciation guide on the teleprompter to get him past
    troublesome names of countries and world leaders.

    The White House was left scrambling to explain after a marked-up
    draft of Bush's speech popped up briefly on the U.N. Web site as
    he delivered his remarks, giving a rare glimpse of the special
    guidance he gets for major addresses.

    It included phonetic spellings for French President Nicolas
    Sarkozy (sar-KO-zee), a friend, and Zimbabwe leader Robert
    Mugabe (moo-GAH-bee), a target of U.S. human rights criticism.

    Pronunciations were also provided for Kyrgyzstan (KEYR-geez-
    stan), Mauritania (moor-EH-tain-ee-a) and the Zimbabwe
    capital Harare (hah-RAR-ray).

    White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said the draft, labelled
    the 20th version and complete with typos and speechwriters'
    cellphone numbers, had been turned over in advance to help
    U.N. interpreters who must simultaneously translate leaders'
    speeches into several languages.

    Bush's text also had to be loaded onto a teleprompter to appear
    on screens in front of the podium as he spoke.

    "There was an error made," Perino told reporters. "I don't know
    how the draft of the speech that was not final was posted but
    it was and it was taken back."

    "Anyone giving a major speech or delivering a broadcast, like on
    the morning and nightly network news, has phonetics for cues
    just for the possibility they're needed," she later explained.

    Bush is no stranger to the occasional faux pas, and often jokes
    about his habit of mangling the English language.

    One of his highest-profile gaffes came in May when, at a welcoming
    ceremony for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, he nearly placed her in the
    18th century.

    At a speech during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
    summit in Sydney earlier this month, Bush seemed to confuse the
    organization with OPEC and spoke of Austrian troops in Iraq when
    he meant to say Australian.

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    Not much of a shocker. I wouldn't be surprised to hear that he can't pronounce single syllable words without assistance. And I've given quite a few speeches in my life and I've never had to phonetically spell out anything as a cue for myself. I learned the words or names if I was unfamiliar with them.
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    omg so embarrassing

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    ^ I know, right? Wow.

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