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Bush Heckled, Transcript Inadvertently Funny

naacpheckle.jpgDana Milbank on President Bush's speech before the NAACP:


A little while after Bush acknowledged that "many African Americans distrust my political party," four men in the Massachusetts section rose to demonstrate that distrust by shouting epithets at the president. The ruckus continued until Bond got up and walked behind Bush to make sure the miscreants were removed.

Milbank goes on to note that the official White House transcript scrubs any mention of the disturbance, replacing the heckling with "(Applause)." What he doesn't mention is that this makes the official transcript much, much funnier.

[THE PRESIDENT:] We'll work together, and as we do so, you must understand I understand that racism still lingers in America. (Applause.) It's a lot easier to change a law than to change a human heart. And I understand that many African Americans distrust my political party.

AUDIENCE: Yes! (Applause.)

President Bush Addresses NAACP Annual Convention [White House]

For Bush and the NAACP, Uneasy Does It [WP]

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