A New Bushism Is Born
President Bush has refused to “negotiate with myself in public.” The president coined the Bushism when faced with a question about the future of Social Security at a televised news conference. “Now, the temptation is going to be, by well-meaning people such as yourself and others here, as we run up to the issue, to get me to negotiate with myself in public,” Bush told the questioner. “To say, you know, ‘What’s this mean, Mr. President? What’s that mean?’ I’m not going to do that. I don’t get to write the law. I’ll propose a solution at the appropriate time.” English translation: Bush will discuss facets of Social Security reform with congressional reps who write the law, but not with the media.
— Jenny McKeel