"Bush butchers pronunciation of ‘Olmert’ and ‘Mahmoud.’"
While reading a joint agreement on principles established between the Israelis and Palestinians at today’s Annapolis conference, President Bush stumbled in pronouncing the names of the two leaders standing right next to him — Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Watch it:
Flashback: In September, a marked-up draft of Bush’s speech to the U.N. was inadvertently released. The draft included “phonetic spellings of some names and countries.” Dana Perino said at the time that it was “offensive” to suggest Bush has a hard time pronouncing certain names:
REPORTER: Does the president have a hard time pronouncing some of these countries’s [sic] name?
PERINO: I think that’s a offensive question. I’m going to just decline to comment on it.
UPDATE: Check out Middle East Progress for more analysis of the summit.