GEORGE W. BUSH
George W. Bush's "C" grade efforts during his schooling career are really demonstrating themselves. Though I do not know what is score was on the SATs or whatever entrance exam he had to take to enter the realm of higher education at Yale, he clearly performed poorly on the vocabulary section.
This is evidenced by a recent revelation by incoming Senate judiciary committee chairman Patrick Leahy's revelation that Bush intends to once again nominate ultra-conservative judges to various federal benches (Think Progress and TPM have more).
So, in the interest of helping Bush learn at this late stage of his time in office, I provide him with this handy list:
struggle n. - a task or goal requiring much effort to accomplish or achieve.
As in, "Bush is struggling to understand the meaning of the term bipartisan."
bi·par·ti·san adj. - Of, consisting of, or supported by members of two parties, especially two major political parties: a bipartisan resolution.
As in, "Bush claimed after his party lost control of both houses of Congress that he would take a bipartisan approach to working with the Democrats. His actions, however, speak to a desire to continue his partisan streak by attempting to nominate these judges, as well as controversial and recess-appointed Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton.
moderate adj. - kept or keeping within reasonable or proper limits; not extreme, excessive, or intense.
As in, "Bush refuses to stop nominating ultra-conservative judges and will never look to more moderate choices even though his original selections will never win a vote in the Democratically-controlled Senate and the move will only serve to strengthen Bush's anti-Democrat bona fides."
compromise n. - a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands.
As in, "Bush is completely incapable of compromise when it comes to working with Democrats. He has spent six years displaying rank disdain for the party of opposition and will continue to do so through the rest of his presidency."
Which leads me to one final entry:
lame duck n. 1) An officeholder who has chosen not to run for reelection or is ineligible for reelection. 2) An ineffective person; a weakling.
As in, "Bush has a choice with two years remaining in office - he can attempt to work with the Democrats in Congress in an effort to salvage what's left of his time in office in order to work for the American people or he can continue his partisan ways and fully assume his position as a lame duck president."