Monday, October 01, 2007

"Childrens Do Learn." Is this Our President or Ali G?

In an effort last week to prove that his No Child Left Behind education bill is working, President Bush, citing recently released improved math test scores, declared, "Childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured"...thus finally answering his own 2001 question, "Is our children learning?

It's pretty sad when, by comparison, both Buckwheat and Ali G are the great communicators. Both have a better command of the English language than our grammatically-challenged president. Just when I think this colossal dunce cannot possibly embarrass us any more he offers up another of his legendary malapropisms.

"Yo, check Laura and me does fink dat childrens need dem teachers to, like, stop chekin out their l'ittle behinds. Dats sick, you know? No childs left behind, or da right one for dat matter, aint nuffin to be messed wif. Booyakasha...."

On another note, we could use your help at The The Adrienne Shelly Foundation. We are a tax-exempt, non-profit organization dedicated in my wife's honor to help carry out her spirit and passion, with the goal of assisting women filmmakers. Adrienne was brutally killed in NYC on November 1, 2006. Through the Foundation, her commitment to filmmaking lives on. We've established scholarships, grants, finishing funds and living stipends at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts/Kanbar Institute of Film; Columbia University; American Film Institute; Women in Film; the Independent Feature Project; the Nantucket Film Festival; and the Sundance Institute.

On November 12 in NYC we will be holding our first annual Fundraising Gala, with a musical performance by Alanis Morissette followed by a celebrity reading of Adrienne's script "The Morgan Stories," featuring Paul Rudd, Edie Falco, Matt Dillon, Ally Sheedy and many others. To learn more about our mission, to make a tax-deductible donation, and to sign up to receive details about the November benefit please visit our website. Every contribution helps preserve Adrienne's legacy, allows us to help others, and creates something positive out of this tragedy.

Adrienne's film "Waitress" opened in theatres May 2nd to rave reviews from the NY Times, LA Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, People, Entertainment Weekly, Ebert & Roeper ("Two Thumbs Up"), Leonard Maltin and others, and has so far grossed $19-million domestically and almost $1-million internationally. The DVD will be available in November. It's a truly wonderful film that you're sure to love. A link to the trailer is below. Enjoy.


Anonymous said...

I have always felt there was too much damn book learning going on in this country but now that I have observed how a graduate of Yale and Harvard talks I realize we are not overdoing it at all!

Anonymous said...

As an American, I am embarrassed every time Bush opens his mouth. I can hardly listen to him anymore and usually have to read about his speeches online or in print.

If Bush doesn't prove that Americans should never vote for a person they would want to have a beer with as president, I don't know who does. Bush and the Republcans have destroyed our once great country. If a Republican wins the White House in 2008, I really wonder if we can survive.

Anonymous said...

Andy, I think you're being a bit too critical and are missing the point of Bush's speech. Our illustrious and infallible President is encouraging education and setting an example for all children to follow: get a good education so you won't sound like a doofus and embarrass yourself every time you open your mouth!

Anonymous said...

What really compounds his error is that even after he made such a gross mistake, he was not aware that he had made it. There are "slips of the tongue" which most people immediately correct. He apparently was unaware of his error. What is his problem? I am honestly confused. How could he have graduated from college?

Anonymous said...

"How could he have graduated from college?"

One easy answer: Daddy Bush

Anonymous said...

FACT George W. Bush's GPA at Harvard was higher than John Kerry's GPA at Harvard.