Bush's Fart-Joke Legacy
It didn't start with Dubya.
Woodward, it appears, doesn't know the half of it. Inadvertently joining in the fun, in 2000 the Houston Chronicle (according to Texas Monthly's "Bum Steer Awards") mistranslated into Spanish the inaugural theme of President Bush's second gubernatorial term, "Together We Can." Instead of Juntos Podemos,the paper translated the phrase as Juntos Pedemos, which means "Together We Fart." Similarly serendipitous is a doll resembling President Bush created by Richard Halpern of Los Angeles. He calls it the "Pull My Finger President." You pull the finger and, well … listen for yourself.
Timothy Noah is a former Slate staffer. His book about income inequality is The Great Divergence.
Illustration by Mark Alan Stamaty.