Friday, December 30, 2005

Dubya's 'Brownie' quote wins award

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Call it the wrong phrase at the wrong time but "Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job" was named on Thursday as U.S. President George W. Bush's most memorable phrase of 2005.

"The ill-timed praise of a now disgraced agency head became a national punch line for countless jokes and pointed comments about the administration's handling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster and added to the president's reputation for verbal gaffes and clumsy turns of phrase."

And who can forget Brownie's awful emails during the hight of Katrina? Here's a photo of the one sent to him by one of his aides, telling him that in such a "crises" (sic) he should roll his sleeves up when on TV so he actually looks like he's working hard ("Even the President rolled his sleeves to just below the elbow"). It's hard to imagine that PR still works on people, but it does, and Brownie's aide was correct, unfortunately. There's one born at least once a minute -- every 17 seconds in TV land.

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