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Chapter 7. Topspin in Action (Martial Ar... > The Evolution of George W. Bush

The Evolution of George W. Bush

During the U.S. presidential election of 2000, then Governor of Texas George W. Bush's chronic difficulty with the English language made him the constant butt of jokes in the media and the endless target of late-night comedians.

This trait reached its nadir in the last of his three debates with then-Vice President Al Gore on October 17, 2000, at Washington University in St. Louis. The debate was conducted in the town hall format (the same format as the one in which George W. Bush's father had looked at his wristwatch and lost track of Marisa Hall's question). In this format, ordinary citizens had the opportunity to question the candidates directly. (There would be no follow-on questions for the son; he had learned from his father's mistake.) One young woman, Lisa Kee, asked:


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