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Bush Ignorance, At Least in this Email, is "Obviously Satire"

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     An internet email wildly popular with, oh, say slightly over 50% of America’s voting public asks the question: “Is George Bush Jr. the dumbest president ever?” and goes on to answer with a resounding, “YES!”
     According to an alleged report from “The Lovenstein Institute,” described as a Scranton, Pennsylvania-based think-tank, Bush was evaluated based on “scholarly achievements, writings (he) alone produced without aid of staff, ability to speak with clarity, and several other psychological factors,” and rated a dismal IQ standing of 91, placing him at the bottom of a list of 12 Presidents so evaluated, including Franklin D. Roosevelt (147) Lyndon B. Johnson (126) James E. Carter (175) and Junior’s very own father, George HW Bush, who came in next to last with a score of 98.
     In the comments section of the evaluation, it was remarked his low ratings were due, in part, “to his apparent difficulty to command the English language… (and) his limited use of vocabulary.”
     Anyone who has listed to “Dubya” torture the English language might be tempted to give a lot of credence to this report which is, nonetheless, “obvious satire,” according to urban legends guru David Emery. “You’d think Americans would have grown weary of “Bush is an idiot” jokes by now,” he writes on his website, urbanlegends.about.com, “but the popularity of this forwarded email suggests otherwise.” He adds that, “There’s no evidence of a Lovenstein Institute in Scranton or anywhere else,” and that the doctors and professors quoted in the report are likewise fictitious.
     Back in 1999, Roger Simon of U.S. News and World Reports addressed the growing question of whether Bush Jr. should rightly be called “Dumbya.”
     “We know… the big bookshelf in his office in Austin contains baseballs, not books,” he wrote. “But this begs the question: How bright do you have to be to be President?”
     The answer, “not very,” is a damning testament to the state of American politics today.

    Wondering about whether the email you received yesterday is truth, hoax or urban legend? Check out Emery’s website.

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