Thursday, September 18, 2008

In Which I Revise and Extend the President of Ghana's Remarks

President Bush received the president of Ghana as a guest at the White House, whose name, as we all know, is John Kufuor.

When a "ferener" gets up to make remarks it can make for some interesting phrases, no doubt meant well but coming out somewhat botched.

Here's a snippet from President Kufuor's remarks toward Bush:

“Your tenure has been full of events and challenges, some very mind-boggling and hair-raising,” Mr. Kufuor told Mr. Bush, raising more than a few eyebrows. “You are a survivor,” the Ghanaian leader told the American president. “And my hope is that history would prove kinder to you.”
I like that description, "raising more than a few eyebrows." But as far as I'm concerned he could have gone on and on.

Such as, "The world has looked to you for leadership, and we are still looking. We share many disappointments with you, but we always hope for the best. You have had a hand in many disasters, trying your best to clean them up afterwards. We will be glad to see you go, and offer you many congratulations for your service. You have bravely stood up to evildoers, being a match for them in every way."

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