Bushspeak, Vol. 2: Fore More Years“I’m gonna try to see if I can remember as much to make it sound like I’m smart on the subject.”

So says our commander in chief of the last eight years. Though he’s repeatedly proven himself less than adept at public speaking, Bush’s second term was decidedly less filled with malapropisms and times when he “misspoke” or was “misunderestimated.” But with shows like The Colbert Report and The Daily Show parading these mistakes before us every night (not to mention lesser jokesters like Jay Leno, David Letterman, or Conan O’Brien presenting them in a watered-down manner) Bush’s errors have ceased to arouse much of a laugh from most Americans. In fact, they tend to lead to a simple sad headshake these days.

Perhaps it’s a sign of a country dealing with a housing crisis and a beleaguered economy, or a seemingly unending war, but after witnessing years of critical missteps, most Americans have ceased to see the humor in a poorly spoken leader. For these reasons and more an album highlighting many of Bush’s recent stumblings feels a bit like a thing of the past. Before we knew the effects of such a leader we could all share a collective laugh at his expense, but now it feels more as if we’re just laughing at ourselves, especially considering that he was reelected. Bushspeak Volume 2 features eight tracks: six “chapters” focusing on various topics (Bush, the people, history, the rules, the native tongue, and wisdom) and bookended by an introduction, and a 10 minute track of the qutoes themselves all played together with no background music.

While the album is well organized and worth a listen, the only truly valuable part is the final track that includes all the quotes. Pulling from this track, a radio host, television producer, or just an everyday blogger, could easily showcase why our president has sullied the American image around the world. Many complete novels, quote collections, top 10 lists, documentaries, bumper stickers, albums, and parodies have been dedicated to the inability of this president to speak, and while I’m glad that they’ve pointed out that the emperor has no clothes on, in mid-2008 it takes a little more than a simple collection of funny Bush quotes to impress this audience.

“Nobody’s accused me of being Shakespeare… I just hope you can figure out what I’m saying.”

We’ve figured it out all right. But do we need to be reminded of it at every turn?

Zach’s Rating: C-
Perfect For: Anyone looking for mockworthy clips for a radio show
Stay Away if: You’re well aware of our president’s shortcomings

To purchase Bushspeak Volume 2, visit Amazon

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