Good grief

OK, so I’m no word-smith; the way I express thoughts and ideas could bear considerable improvement. But when you’re one of the most powerful individuals on the planet, and have a staff devoted to writing your speeches, this sort of thing is unforgivable:

I laid out the other night a jobs for the 21st century program. A part of that is to make sure there’s additional money to help junior high and high school students who have been just simply shuffled through the system. And that’s what’s happened, as you know. If you want to be blunt about what has taken place, sometimes when you don’t measure, you just shuffle kids through. Then you wake up at the high school level and find out that the illiteracy level of our children are appalling. I expect you, as mayors, to challenge the soft bigotry of low expectations. I challenge you to keep raising that bar and standards…

Taken from this transcript over at the Whitehouse website. Via Erik Barzeski.


  1. How better to get that point across than to demonstrate in no uncertain terms that standards have degraded to the point that a man with such a limited skill set can grow up to become the President of the United States of America?Stan Rogers#
  2. Bush is far more intelligent than that. I have great respect for him.Brian Green#

Comments on this post are now closed.


I’m a software architect / developer / general IT wrangler specialising in web, mobile web and middleware using things like node.js, Java, C#, PHP, HTML5 and more.

Best described as a simpleton, but kindly. You can read more here.