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Thursday, August 19, 2004

New Bushism

A brand new Bushism is doing the media rounds. During a speech which covered Iraq, the US president referred to the "Soviet dinar" - confusing the Russian rouble with the Iraqi dinar.

From the White House: "Anyway, so these guys walk in, you know, and I was emotional, they were emotional. And I said, why you? He said, the Saddam dinar had devalued and -- he was a merchant, a small businessman; I don't know if he was a sub-chapter S corporation or not, but he was a small businessman. And he had sold dinars on a particular day to buy another currency, euros or dollars, so he could buy gold to manufacture his product. And because the Soviet dinar had devalued, Saddam Hussein plucked this guy out of society to punish him, and six other small merchants, for the devaluation of their currency. He just summarily said, you're it, come here -- and cut his hand off. "

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