George W. Bush’s “best presidential moment” was quoted in translation from an interview with the German language weekly Bild am Sonntag.
“I would say the best moment of all was when I caught a 7.5 pound perch in my lake,” he told the newspaper in an interview published on Sunday.
Although the White House’s English language transcript correctly describes the president’s catch as a largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides), a number of moonbat blogs are leaping (like hungry bass) after a rather unsurprising English-to-German-then-back-to-English translation error.
Americablog started it:
Bush told the following to a German newspaper yesterday:
Bush told weekly Bild am Sonntag when asked about his high point since becoming president in January 2001.
“I would say the best moment of all was when I caught a 7.5 pound perch in my lake.”
The only problem is that the world’s record for the largest freshwater perch caught is 4 pounds 3 ounces.
So Bush either doubled the world record, and didn’t report it, or he’s a liar.
(Major kudos to the Stacy Taylor Show on KLSD-AM in San Diego for catching this.)
So, naturally, Kos joined in:
Jesus. H. Christ. Is Bush even capable of telling the truth?…
Apparently, since Bush didn’t have any “best moments”, he had to invent one.
Someplace along the translation line (the original story was published in German) the fish in question has mutated from a record setting freshwater perch to a stocked bass charitably described as, well, fair sized. The size and species of George’s finned prey isn’t what really struck me, though.
It was the way he tossed off “…my lake,” as though owning your own lake is the most natural thing in the world.
Of course, there’s nothing natural about Bush’s private man-made lake, or the fish, for that matter, which are planted for his private angling pleasure.
And there it is. After six years as “the most powerful man in the world,” the final Decider of all matters of national and international importance, George W. Bush’s best moment was the solitary pursuit of a private pleasure on his private lake playing what was, in essence, a game of shoot the fish in the barrel.
Doesn’t that seem a bit, I dunno, sociopathic to you?
The story, as with all BushCo stories, was a lie…. In the meantime, the White House has scheduled a press conference with the 7.5-pound perch/bass/man-dressed-as-fish at which time he is expected to describe being caught by Dear Leader as the high point of his last five years. If the perch is unavailable, Harry Whittington is expected to stand in on his behalf.
Personally, I think we have here a very vivid demonstration of the eagerness of the left to grab any item or detail potentially servicable for the confirmation of their own preconceived ideas and prejudices, and then try to milk it for everything it’s worth, without the slightest regard for fairness or accuracy.