Leave No President Behind

This is old news, but I just found the video so I wanted to post it. I know there’s a million videos out tracking all the Bushisms, but this is different because it shows a President who doesn’t have command of basic political science terminology. If you’re my top leader, and you’re leading a sovereign nation, and interacting on America’s behalf with other sovereign nations, then I feel fine about requiring you to understand what the word means. This video shows Bush failing that basic test.

Here’s how our local paper covered it (including the transcript):

The first moment came when Mark Trahant of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) asked him, “What do you think tribal sovereignty means in the 21st century, and how do we resolve conflicts between tribes and the federal and the state governments?”

Said the president, “Tribal sovereignty means that — it’s sovereign. You’re a — you’ve been given sovereignty, and you’re viewed as a sovereign entity. And, therefore, the relationship between the federal government and tribes is one between sovereign entities.”

This was the president talking. He wasn’t kidding.

Some in the audience laughed. I wanted to cry.

Shall we start a Leave No President Behind campaign?

Yet again America sinks lower.

PS: Others covered it as well.