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How Do You Spell That?

President Bush's speech before the UN General Assembly yesterday is receiving quite a bit of attention, mainly because of the huge disparity of his remarks vs. record on human rights.
President Bush implored the United Nations on Tuesday to recommit itself to restoring human decency by liberating oppressed people and ending famine and disease.

Speaking before the United Nations General Assembly, the president called for renewed efforts to enforce the U.N.'s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a striking point of emphasis for a leader who's widely accused of violating human rights in waging war against terrorism.

Bush didn't mention the U.S. prisons in Afghanistan or at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. practice of holding detainees for years without legal charges or access to lawyers, or the CIA's "rendition" kidnappings of suspects abroad, all issues of concern to human rights activists around the world.

The article goes on to quote several members of various human rights groups who were astounded at the audacity of Bush to herald the UN Declaration when so many practices of the US in recent years have been so antithetical to that very charter.

Now the point of this post not to highlight Bush's hypocrisy. That this President has a tendency to talk out of both sides of his mouth, often times flubbing his lines to such a degree that his handlers probably wish to duct it shut is well know by now. But what we didn't know is just how much help he needed to get the lines out.

Via ABC's Political Radar:
ABC News' Ann Compton and Jennifer Duck report: Never before has the White House released a draft version of the President's speech to the annual United Nations General Assembly.

But this year, a glimpse of how the President sees his speeches was accidentally placed on the UN website along with the speechwriters' cell phone numbers.

Pronunciations for President Bush's friend French President Sarkozy "[sar-KOzee]" appeared in draft #20 on the UN website. Other pronunciations included the Mugabe "[moo-GAHbee] regime" and pronunciations for countries "Kyrgyzstan [KEYRgeez-stan]" and "Mauritania [moor-EH-tain-ee-a]."

One can only imagine how they would try to phonetically spell out a name like Ahmadinejad. Perhaps they employ the Katie Couric method?

Update: Fellow ASZer Steven wonders why no help with the one word Bush always mispronounces?

(Filed at State of the Day and All Spin Zone)

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