Fixin’ presidential speech

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

In a speech in Rogers, Ark., President Bush stated, "You're fixin' to see what they call a fiscal showdown in Washington." We must assume that the president was attempting to be humorous in his use of the colloquial expression “fixin’ to”.

Perhaps he feels that, as someone who grew up in Texas, he can get away with what could be regarded as an insult to an Arkansas audience if said by someone without genuine southern credentials.

We suppose that Bush has not forfeited those southern credentials as a result of getting a master’s degree from Harvard, but perhaps Bush should embrace a bit more of his academic background, rather than his good ol’ boy experiences.

His desire to communicate in a manner that denies an Ivy League education seems intentional, notwithstanding what appears to be a former genuine inability to pronounce the word "nuclear.”

We don’t believe it to be too snobbish to ask the President of the United States to knock off the “fixin’ to”- type expressions.