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Russell Frank

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739282

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739282.001.0001

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It Takes a Village Idiot

It Takes a Village Idiot


(p.107) 5 It Takes a Village Idiot

Russell Frank

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the newslore about former U.S. President George W. Bush. It explains that most of the jokes about Bush were not about his handling of specific events but to an overall perception of his lack of competence and intelligence. The Bushlore centers on four themes including his lack of intelligence, his substance abuse problem and the view that he is a huckster. This chapter also provides some examples of Bush jokes.

Keywords:   George W. Bush, newslore, jokes, Bushlore, lack of competence, lack of intelligence, substance abuse

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