Okay, this article deserves the full dissection.
One day after President Bush vowed to reduce America’s dependence on Middle East oil by cutting imports from there 75 percent by 2025, his energy secretary and national economic adviser said Wednesday that the president didn’t mean it literally.
“Didn’t mean that literally? That’s possibly the worst presidential excuse I’ve ever heard.
Let’s see what he said exactly:
Breakthroughs on [ethanol production] and other new technologies will help us reach another great goal: to replace more than 75 percent of our oil imports from the Middle East by 2025.
Funny, I thought “will” meant “is going to happen.”
So what does it mean?
What the president meant, they said in a conference call with reporters, was that alternative fuels could displace an amount of oil imports equivalent to most of what America is expected to import from the Middle East in 2025.
But America still would import oil from the Middle East, because that’s where the greatest oil supplies are…
“This was purely an example,” Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said.
So “will” means “let’s all go to the Land of Make-Believe”. Or:
Asked why the president used the words “the Middle East” when he didn’t really mean them, one administration official said Bush wanted to dramatize the issue in a way that “every American sitting out there listening to the speech understands.”
Right. So it’s metaphorical. Personally, I don’t make my metaphors so… specific. I say things like “as big as the ocean” instead of “by 75% over the next 20 years.”
Okay, journo-pals? I know you don’t like rocking the boat, but let’s just call this what it is, okay? “The president made impossible claims in his speech, so now his administration is pretending that he didn’t make these claims.” Or, if you want to use the word “lied” in there, go nuts.
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