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01/24/2007 11:28 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bushspeak for Dummies: An A to Z Guide

At a packed Generation Engage/Demos non-partisan forum preceding the State of the Union, wordsmith William Safire wisely predicted one of the President’s biggest applause lines: “We need to resolve the status of illegal immigrants without animosity and without amnesty.” Carefully chosen words, indeed. Newly confronted by Democratic power, and scrambling to salvage his remaining term, Bush carefully chose what not to say. These banished words reveal more about the State of George Bush than the ones we actually heard:

Abortion
Bipartisanship
Chinese ballistic missile
Draft
Estate tax
Faith-based Initiative
Gay marriage
Hanging(s)
Iraq Study Group
Job (re)training
Katrina
Lewis “Scooter” Libby
Maliki
November election results
Occupying forces
Public Opinion
Quagmire
Rummy
Stem Cell Research
Terri Schiavo
Uranium-enriched “yellow-cake”
Vietnam
Warrantless Surveillance
Xenophobia
Youth Initiatives
Zarchawi