Washington, D.C.: from the Associated Press
Headline: Bush Wants Newcomers to Learn English
"What the president has said all along is that he wants to make sure that people who become American citizens have a command of the English language," press secretary Tony Snow said. "It's as simple as that."
You would think it would be simple, wouldn't you? Of course, the President would never encourage people to do something that he couldn't do himself. Allow me to cite some examples of the president's command of the English language:
"We're honored that the Flying Tomato represented our country, and we want to thank all the dudes and dudesses of the snowboarders who are here. " -- With the 2006 U.S. Winter Olympic and Paralympic Teams, White House, May 17, 2006.
"The first choice, and a choice that I think will work with the Iranians is diplomacy. And I believe we can accomplish this through diplomacy." -- Sun City Center, Florida, May 9, 2006.
"There's what they call actionable intelligence, to which our military has responded on a quick basis is improving." -- Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2003.
"Border relations between Canada and Mexico have never been better."
"I believe we are called to do the hard work to make our communities and quality of life a better place."-- Collinsville, Illinois, Jan. 5, 2005.
"I think war is a dangerous place" -- Washington, D.C., May 7, 2003.
"I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully."-- Saginaw, Michigan, Sep. 29, 2000.
"I was raised in the West. The west of Texas. It's pretty close to California. In more ways than Washington, D.C. is close to California."-- Los Angeles, California, Apr. 8, 2000.
"You wanna be blunt about what has taken place, sometimes when you don't measure, you just shuffle kids through. Then you wake up at the high school level and find out that the illiteracy level of our children are appalling."-- It sure are, Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2004.
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
Message to Newcomers: When the president says that he wants you to have a command of the English language, the proper response is: "You first, Mr. President."
Thanks to Dubyaspeak.com for the quotes.