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ERIC Number: EJ872550
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 95
ISSN: ISSN-1471-3802
Are Our President Learning? Unpacking the Enthymematic Connections in the Speech Mistakes of President George W. Bush
Quinlan, Margaret M.; Bates, Benjamin R.
Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, v10 n1 p3-12 Mar 2010
The purpose of this paper is to explore public interpretations of President George W. Bush's speaking errors. One interpretation of Bush's speech mistakes offered in the media is that he may have dyslexia. Therefore, we explore how an enthymeme using markers of dyslexia as a sign of bad leadership has been used to frame Bush's speaking errors. We provide an analysis of an exemplar of how Bush's speech errors are represented in the media. Our exemplar is the desktop calendar "George W. Bushisms: The Accidental Wit and Wisdom of Our 43rd President." We demonstrate that this text focused on common indicators of dyslexia, that is, speaking errors, to position Bush as a "bad" and "stupid" leader. Finally, we offer conclusions and implications that this study has for our understanding of politics and disabilities. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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