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8 times George Bush was a stupid, stupid man

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1. Mr Bush is probably one of the most quoted presidents, but not for the reasons you might expect. Let’s just say, the former president has definitely had a few blunders in his career.

When discussing the rising terror threat to the US, Bush stated: “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”; hopefully this was just a slip of the tongue and the POTUS wasn’t really plotting against his own country.

2. President Bush has not held back when admitting he wasn’t the perfect student, and showed a keen interest in the education of children in America.

While running for President, Bush famously stated: “Children’s do learn”; and in 2001: “You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test” – Inspirational. Reading is clearly important to Bush, who once claimed that “one of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures.” He’s not wrong.

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3. In 2006, while attending the G8 summit in Germany alongside other world leaders, Bush expressed his more caring side towards Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In the middle of an assumingly important meeting, the then president clearly felt that Merkel was in need of some form of stress relief. Moseying over to the German leader, Bush proceeded to massage her shoulders and neck. Merkel, taken aback by the absurdity of the situation, immediately tensed up and backed away. Bush would then casually stroll off and be faced with sexual harassment accusations.

4. President Bush was no stranger to a deer-caught-in-headlights look. At a 2005 press conference in Beijing that he was evidently unhappy holding, the POTUS cut the questioning short and attempted to make a quick exit.

What should’ve been a simple easy exit proved difficult as Bush headed to a set of double doors, pulled at them a bit too many times before realising they were locked. The former president then flashed the cameras his signature doe-eyed look before being escorted out by one of his aides.

5. Early 2008 saw President Bush visit Africa. While in Liberia, with his tour coming to an end, he encountered some people who actually seemed happy to see him!

What followed was Bush expressing this appreciation of him through an awkward, cringe worthy, bongo playing dance, which screamed racial insensitivity.

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6. Bush shocked and creeped out women across the country in 2004 while campaigning for a second term.

Discussing health reform, Bush informed a crowd that frivolous lawsuits were the cause of “too many good docs [...] getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across this country.”

That’s just wrong.

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7. Bush still managed to entertain us even after his clumsy run as President ended in 2009. After years of stress and hard work, the former POTUS was looking for something to help let off steam and he found this outlet in painting.

And not just any painting – Bush showed a particular interest in painting pictures of himself in the shower and in the bath – and he didn’t let us down. These pictures are so strange but so amazing, they just capture the magically special mind of George W. Bush.

8. Up there as one of the most famous Bushisms was a speech the President made in 2002 while addressing a Nashville crowd telling them: “There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.”

The whole excruciating ordeal was captured on tape and almost 15 years later, it’s still hard watch.

Sorry George...

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