Presidential Malaprops

Malaprop: the use of a word sounding somewhat like the one intended but ludicrously wrong in the context. Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary

Reporter: ... Mr. President, recently, Amnesty International said you have established "a new gulag" of prisons around the world, beyond the reach of the law and decency. I'd like your reaction to that, and also your assessment of how it came to this, that that is a view not just held by extremists and anti-Americans, but by groups that have allied themselves with the United States government in the past—and what the strategic impact is that in many places of the world, the United States these days, under your leadership, is no longer seen as the good guy.

President Bush: "In terms of the detainees, we've had thousands of people detained. We've investigated every single complaint against the detainees. It seemed like to me they based some of their decisions on the word of -- and the allegations—by people who were held in detention, people who hate America, people that had been trained in some instances to disassemble—that means not tell the truth. [HT note: disassemble means to take apart.. Dissemble means not to tell the truth.] And so it was an absurd report. It just is. And, you know—yes, sir."

Exerpted from the Presidential press conference in the Rose Garden, May 31, 2005

Wouldn't it be nice to have a president who is smarter than you are?

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