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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Jeb Bush has another criticism to make of President Obama’s foreign policy: Too many big words, not enough action.

In the same interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper where Bush made his somewhat controversial comments about people needing to work longer hours (whatever the right interpretation of that comment might be) he also faulted President Obama’s leadership on foreign policy.

“You don’t have to be the world’s policeman, but we have to be the world’s leader — and there’s a huge difference,” Bush said. “This guy — this president and Secretary Clinton and Secretary Kerry – when someone disagrees with their nuanced approach, where it’s all kind of so sophisticated it makes no sense. You know what I’m saying — big-syllable words and lots of fancy conferences and meetings — but we’re not leading, that creates chaos, it creates a more dangerous world.”

Bush said there is a need for “restoring the alliances that have kept the world safer and our country safer.”

Of course, we’re betting that restoring foreign alliances would probably involve plenty of “big-syllable words and lots of fancy conferences and meetings,” too.

Also worth comparing: All the big-syllable words and fancy conferences and meetings used by his father, President George H.W. Bush, for the successful first Gulf War — versus all the words and meetings of his brother, President George W. Bush, for the second Iraq War.

(Hat tip to Samuel Warde.)

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  • S1AMER

    Obama should use simple words and use them incorrectly the way Jeb’s brother did?

    • toptwome

      Of course that is what we need another moron for president named Bush.

  • Dominick Vila

    Does this mean that Jeb misses the Bushisms articulated by his misunderestimated older brother?

  • Daniel Jones

    Jeb’s saying forget peace, just war.

  • Charles van Rotterdam

    Perhaps Obama should use words of two syllables and less so that Jeb can understand what is being said.
    And this guy is running for president. The world is crazier than I thought.

    • Dominick Vila

      I moved to Florida when Jeb was still Governor. I heard some of his speeches, and impromptu interviews. He is not as inarticulate and dumb and he now pretends he is. He is trying to appeal to a segment of the GOP that hates the elite, intellectuals, and anything that resembles authority. With Trump on his heels, Jeb is doing whatever he can to stay on top. His cynicism is far more disconcerting and worrisome than his record.

  • toptwome

    Only another Bush dufus would think that what President Obama says is beyond most Americans comprehension. But we are talking about Faux News and their contempt for the truth or for common sense.

  • achap39

    Jeb’s foreign policy: Negotiating in one-syllable words.

  • KarenSez

    Shorter Jeb!: We need more stupid people in charge, like my bro.

  • MrBeale

    This is supposed to be the smarter brother? LOL.

  • soul68

    Not more of this elitist are bad, pandering to the dumb and dumber crowd nonsense.

  • Mortalc01l

    Because, God knows WHY we would want a smart, educated Man who is proficient in the English language and knows the subtleties of nuance that our language can convey, as our President. No, let’s vote in a hick who has little comprehension of English and can’t even SPELL syllable.

    • ikallicrates

      JEB! is dumb, but not as dumb as he pretends to be. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas, so it’s likely he heard some ‘big syllables’ while he was there. But he’s smart enough to know that the average ‘Murkin don’t like none o’ that there book learnin’.

      • Independent1

        Yeah! He has a BA in Latin American Studies. I don’t think quite the equivalent of Obama’s Law Degree from Harvard where he also graduated Magna cum Laude.

        • Dominick Vila

          Most importantly, Donald must have missed a lot of classes, because he sure didn’t learn much about our Southern neighbors…or had a bigot for a professor and only learn how to offend and threaten people who have done nothing to him, and whose labor allowed him to profit.

          • Independent1

            I’m wondering just how difficult those Latin study classes were at the Univ. of Texas for Jeb to graduate magna cum laude. He almost flunked out of the prep school he attended in Mass. prior to college because he spent most of his time drinking and getting other students involved in doing drugs. He’s still by far not the brightest bulb on the block.

  • Sand_Cat

    Usual GOP strategy: appeal to the ignorant and proud of it. Without them, the modern GOP would be sunk.

    • Dominick Vila

      Maybe he concluded that doing that is working out so well for Trump that he decided to try it. Not that doing so is too difficult for the Bushes…

  • CripesAmighty

    “Idiot America–How Stupidity Became A Virtue In The Land Of The Free”—2008, Charles P. Pierce.

    Learn it. Know it. Live it.

  • fortunev

    This wealthy privileged toad has a B.A. degree in what? Art? Finger Painting? and he wants to be president of the US and he doesn’t think it necessary to use big complicated multi-syllabled words in order to communicate with world-class highly educated statesmen. Puhleeze. Sounds about right for the corrupt shrub and weed family.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Funny how he loves the big syllable words of Wall Street. When he and his brother, Neil (of the famous S&L bailout of Neil’s Silverado S&L), bankrupted the Miami Federal, did he claim he “didn’t understand those big words of his Miami thug pals Padreda and Recarey? I’m sure he figured out the big syllables in the work “BANKRUPTCY” right?

    • 1standlastword

      It just makes my eyes BURN with rage that people know Bush and Trump have intimate dealing with thugs and they still take these punk biatches seriously!! They must be afraid of them

      • Eleanore Whitaker

        I always recommend Americans read the book by Kevin Philips, “American Dynasty.” The history of the Bush family four generations past reveals how these are men who have refined the art of deception. But worse? They manage to dump the messes they leave on taxpayers EVERY TIME they make greed based decisions. It’s just not possible to miss how many billions of dollars this family has dumped on taxpayers in crony business deals under the table like loading the U of TX board with 4 billionaire oil men so they could turn that university into a Wall Street piggy bank.

        That they see nothing wrong with conflict of interest in political influence peddling among their wealthiest cronies is arrogance out of control. It’s the same as when GWB earned over $650,000 by dumping his stock in Harken Energy, which went belly up 6 months after he sold his stock…all while his Daddy’s well placed SEC chief looked the other way at blatant insider trading?

        • 1standlastword

          Americans know that nowadays if you want to become rich you become a career politician.

          Even if you’re poor before a political career the benefits and perks always result in moderate to extra-phenomenal wealth.

          An investigative report exposed “democrats and republicans” getting out of the markets before the ’07 crash that dissolved main streets assets in mass!

          The career politicians–including Nancy Pelosi– where embarrassed by the disclosure so they passed the Stock Act to undo their shame. When the Stock Act came up for renewal they quietly allow it to expire.

          This example demonstrates becoming a politician can be moral hazard regardless political orientation.

          That said, there is a clear and distinct difference between the people with a sensitive morality and those like the Bushes, Donald Trump and Scott Walker who exemplify a clinically disordered character that sociological studies and psychological science shows runs in families.

          If Americans believe that “I’m my own man lie” and elect this BIG DUMMY we can all bend over and kiss our collective backside good-bye!

          I predict that first we’d have the great depression–version 2, and that would precipitate something like a 3rd-World War. The country and the planet would come apart at the seams under almost any republican administration we can imagine.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Actually, JEB has proved he’s another GOP racist. You know why he wants this bi-racial President to speak in monsyllables…so he and his GOP white supremacists can then stereotype him as too “ignorant” to be a leader, much less President of the US.

    Then, I’m sure JEB forgot his brother’s “nookalear” and the Tundra Tootsies, “you betcha.”

    • The lucky one

      It may just be that they prefer single syllable words because that’s all they understand.

  • 1Zoe55

    Oh boy, this criticism gets my dander up! For men as inarticulate as Jeb and his brother seem to be, just who in the hell gives these frat guys the right to criticize President Obama’s speeches. President Obama’s oratory will be long noted and history will be kinder to Obama than to any of the Bushes.

    • Irishgrammy

      Boy howdy, do I agree 1Zoe55!!! The Bush boys fight like 13 year old junior-high mean girls, frankly, I believe out of envy. It takes highly intellectual thought process to write speeches at the level the President does. Even his 1 or 2 speech writers say he writes most of his own speeches, he did after all write 2 best selling books before anyone even gave a twit who he was…….and more importantly, he can speak beautifully off the cuff at the drop of a hat which requires a working intellect and command of facts that either of the Bush boys can only dream about!!!! I will never forget when Pres. Obama appeared, at the invitation of the GOP leadership, to the Republican Congressional meeting of the newly “minted” GOP in 2009, and within minutes the GOP knew they had made an huge mistake during the, at times insulting question and answer period, President Obama proceeded to make the GOP look like the idiots and veiled bigots many of them were!!!! One of my favorite moments of President Obama’s tenure and clearly indicated what and how the GOP was going to govern during his entire Presidency, i.e., NOT GOVERN and OBSTRUCT to their shame as I am sure historians will show!!!

      • Dominick Vila

        That is why a young man named Barack Obama became President of the prestigious Harvard Law School. Not surprisingly, his detractors dismiss his scholastic achievements by supporting the candidacies of men who graduated with a “C” average, one who graduated second from the bottom of his class at Annapolis, and now support a bigot whose idea of intellectual acumen is to denigrate, threaten, and yell at people who lack the educational or physical abilities to defend themselves. I wonder what Abe would have thought had he had the ability to see what his Grand Old Party has become.

  • The lucky one

    Well we sure didn’t get any big words or sophisticated speech from Jeb’s brother. Whenever he tried for a big word he gladdened the hearts of comedians everywhere.

  • Xavier Lopez

    Jeb-yuh, may want to come off as dull as his brother–but this guy is a snake oil salesman and just as greasy–and it reads loud and clear! This guy will sell us all out to the highest bidder!

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    No one of us minds cute little colloquialisms from our different regions of the country. The fact is that some in the south and midwest play act at being “ignernt.” If your drawl is genuine and not an “act,” it is lovely to hear.

    Few Americans respect phonies who are highly educated and try to sound like hicks. I find it peculiar that the very people who have the traditional types of speech are the most intolerant of others. So, what’s their real beef? That they have a psychological need to insure they have inferiors?

  • labman57

    So Obama is being criticized for TALKING to foreign powers rather than “leading” (read: mandating).
    Essentially, Jeb is complaining that Obama’s methods of diplomacy are too diplomatic.

    Perhaps “diplomacy” is one of those big words that Bush deplores and he doesn’t really know what it means:
    1 : the art and practice of conducting negotiations between nations
    2 : skill in handling affairs without arousing hostility : tact

    Jeb apparently hasn’t learned from the numerous mistakes made by his big brother.
    Threatening to invade or bomb a sovereign foreign power or putting the interests of a foreign government above the welfare of the American people is NOT diplomacy, despite what these Bush Babies seem to believe.

    • Dominick Vila

      For many Republicans diplomacy is synonymous to appeasement. That’s why they are so impressed with Trump’s suggestion to destroy the oil fields in Iraq, and then send Exxon to rebuild them when the dust settles. Sovereign rights, and the wishes and needs of the Iraqi people deserve as much attention from Donald, as 47% of Americans deserved from Mitt.
      Situations like this ought to be at the forefront of our decision making process when we vote. Unfortunately for us, there are many among us who, perhaps unwittingly, support dictatorial and imperialist tactics…as long as they are not used to describe their preferred approached to solve international problems.

  • Joseph Kelsall

    It seems to me that the Bushes should quit while they are ahead. This cretin, his brother and his father did not have the intellect or skill to mobilise the English Language. Obama is a world respected leader, whereas his predecessor made a laughing stock out of the USA.

    Even grandpappy Bush made his money out of helping the Nazis to control the Jews with his IBM primitive card computers. Great family.

  • R.f. Burns

    The Bush family puts the con in RepubliCON!!!

  • Kevin Koehler

    The Bush family better keep the size down to the four-letter words that they are accustomed to.

    • CrackerJacker

      Right? Bomb and Iraq.

      • idamag

        Add in Iran. Jeb sounds like he would be ready to drop a bomb.

  • Klent Foster

    Big words is bad! Presidents need to keep it simple for their sheeple.

  • Irishgrammy

    As a Liberal/Progressive to the left of FDR and a teensy-weensy to the right of Ted Kennedy, I have to be honest and admit , at a minimum, I respected Papa Bush, but his sons are a catastrophic disaster, both in intellect, integrity, and inspiration, all non-existent qualities in both George and Jeb! And that’s from their earliest beginnings and their absolute lapse of a total lack of judgment and behaving as if they had the rights and privileges to do what was ever necessary to have/get what they needed or wanted regardless of the right or wrong of it! Jeb excoriating Pres. Obama for his intellectual superiority both verbally and thinking processes is beyond laughable. Most of the meetings worldwide that ANY president must attend, apparently Jeb feels are a total waste of time…….comes with the JOB Jeb, you fool!!!! I have to say after President Obama leaves office we will go from the sublime in intellect and thoughtful governance with an eye to the future, and back to this political verbal garbage almost everyone on the right practices pitting Americans against Americans with a constant dose of continual fear mongering of boogy men behind every “BUSH” or as I hope, “President Hillary Clinton” being attacked mercilessly by the right wing nut jobs creating a new “conspiracy” a week to make sure we all stay in a state of useless frustration and permanently pissed off.. We certainly know the GOPTP will not govern, if past is prolog, and we have had 20 years of the GOP “hating” the Clinton’s with a vengeance out of the norm…… buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride

    • Dominick Vila

      When President Obama leaves office we will go back to the old days when American Presidents were surrounded by advisers “translating” what foreign leaders were saying, or loyal wives whispering answers in the ears of our pathetic “leaders”.

  • Teto85

    Apparently no one in the family is comfortable with words of more than 4 letters.

    • Beckstle

      Their father had a decent vocabulary. I disagreed with him on nearly everything, but I never found him to be unintelligent. His kids though…what the hell happened?

      • Teto85

        Too much indoctrination.

      • GHWB – the man who, in 1992, stood awestruck with wonder over a grocery scanner which the Rest of Us had been using for roughly 15 years.

        Intelligent. Yeah.

      • adler56

        They thought they were smarter than their old man- but he played baseball at Yale while dumbya was a cheerleader. The old man found oil in Texas while georgie was digging dirt holes and Jebbie had to use his old man to set up his big money deals with foreigners- Oh and the old man had his wealthy friends bail out georgie every time he failed.

  • bckrd1

    Well we all know the capacity of the Bush family vocabulary. I would not brag about it.

  • Thelma4582

    If you need extra cash in the range of 50-300 bucks each day for doing basic jobs at your home for few h a day then this may interest you…

  • David Miller

    I’m sure he can comprehend big syllables, it’s only that his party constituency doesn’t, so he has to dumbify himself to speak at their low comprehension level. He will never attain the masterful levels of ignorance as his brother W. did. But then, W. was an imbecile. Jeb is much smarter. He’s a moron.

    • Steve Batchelor

      Eloquently but so factually put….lol

  • Frank KIng

    Bush’s displeasure with the us of “big ” words comes as a surprise after his brother invented a new vernacular with his “Bushisms”.. Jeb’s concern over the lack of leadership from the US is a matter of concern to all Americans after the last right wing disasters they created for this nation at home and abroad.

    • MenacingPhantom

      You said “vernacular”. You must be one of those commie intellectuals!

  • MenacingPhantom

    I’ve never actually heard Obama, Clinton or Kerry use “big” words. I wonder which ones he thinks are big? That would be revealing to know. In any case I think Bush is dissimulating.

  • MenacingPhantom

    Pretty sure the founding fathers, whom people like Bush claim to revere, were smarties with rather extensive functional vocabularies.

  • rick gureghian

    Here we go again. No one dumbs-down like a Bush — be it the great-grandfather Prescott Bush; the old man, G.H.W. “Poppy” Bush; the eldest son, George W. Dunce; Jeb; or the newest member of the Bush’s “why work when we can have the dumb taxpayers pay our freight” Club: George P. Bush. The royal family of welfare — a family whose members have, collectively, been on the public dole for nearly 100 years.

    Wow, do they hate the dreaded private sector or what?

    Despicable family; despicable people; despicable frauds.

    Leeches on the American taxpayer!

    • 1standlastword

      And may Hell claim their miserable souls for an eternity!!!!

      • ErnestineBass

        Too bad we can’t expedite their passage through Hell’s Gate.

        • 1standlastword

          It does seem like fate has a cruel sense of humor; however, we should not give up hope –cosmic justice will prevail!

  • Miami Runner

    Jeb Bush is really the dumbest of all isn’t he. He is a mix between Dan Quayle and Sarah Palin. Plus like Trump said he has no energy to take us the promised land. LOL.

  • ted

    There is nothing the GOP hates more than educated people because they don’t buy into their fear and smear BS. That’s probably why they’ve made a concerted effort to underfund education and have led the charge in the dumbing down of America. Even Cuba has a higher literacy rate than we do for God’s sake!

    • Mr Poitier

      No such thing as an educated or itelligent liberal. They are all stupid phucks. ” We have to pass it to find out what’s in it” Phucking Morons

      • ted

        Well you certainly showed how “itelligent” YOU are Goober. You can’t even spell with spellcheck for God’s sake!

        • Mr Poitier

          You are dumber than a three legged dog trying to bury michael Obamas turd on an ice lake. Scumbag

  • Jason Jermaine Smith

    Oh noes! The black guy is exhibiting intelligence and education! Someone stop him before he starts using concepts I don’t understand!

    • ErnestineBass

      Oops! Too late!

  • 1standlastword

    Sure let’s distract attention away from $114 million in six months from dark money sources!

    Whoever these people are they should seem as scary and foreign to average Americans who suffered under one witless Bush as would be a space ship full of Martians would be if they landed in the middle of New York

    So go on talking a lot of witless $hit to create cover for your nefarious deeds and connections BUSHWHACKER!

  • Delani Washington

    Jeb Bush, since you’ve rejected President Obama’s accomplishments and ‘choose’ to be in denial regarding your brother George’s disastrous Presidency; you don’t want understanding Jeb. By the way, I hope that I’m not using too\lllllllllllmmm

  • Delani Washington

    Jeb Bush, in all things considered; get an understanding.

  • adler56

    Dem bush boys don’t like dem big words- they hurt der little brains. Ain’t Jebbie?

  • Jeb, I’ll personally present you with a dictionary to help you expand your vocabulary. That way, you too may learn to use words other than just monosyllabic ones. (“Dick and Jane Readers” never were meant to help its readers beyond the most rudimentary training in phonetics).
    Don’t worry—you won’t have to pay me, since I know money is tight for you.
    In the meantime, try using the library—its not such a frightening place, after all. (Trust me good buddy).

  • Steve Batchelor

    The dumbing down of America…Jeb is the poster child for the new religion that his and every other Republican is striving for…Moronism!