This Miseducation of George W. Bush
In a farewell speech in New Delhi, Bush ran into trouble when he praised Pakistan as “a force for freedom and moderation in the Arab world.” The White House hastened to correct Bush’s reference to Pakistan as an Arab nation, and said he meant to say Muslim. [source]
So how much did Bush learn about the world since first running for office?
But then came the crunch question: “Can you name the general who is in charge of Pakistan?”
Mr Bush needed a breather. “Wait, wait, is this 50 questions?” Hiller:
“No, it’s four questions of four leaders in four hot spots, ” the reporter tried to put his victim at ease.
“The new Pakistani general, he’s just been elected – not elected, this guy took over office. It appears this guy is going to bring stability to the country and I think that’s good news for the sub-continent,” the Republican candidate offered.
Good news, but not an answer, and the interviewer insisted: “Can you name him?”
“General. I can’t name the general. General” was all Mr Bush had to offer.
The reporter tried the another country in the same region, but the Indian prime minister’s name did not come to George Bush either.
“The new prime minister of India is – no.” [BBC]