Just As I Thought

It’s just funny, that’s all.

Casting no aspersions on the President’s intelligence — I think we already have enough assessments on that — I present this story from Reuters via Fark:

U.S. President George W. Bush has marked International Women’s Week by paying tribute to women reformers — but one of those he cited is really a man.

“Earlier today, the Libyan government released Fathi Jahmi. She’s a local government official who was imprisoned in 2002 for advocating free speech and democracy,” the president said in a speech at the White House on Friday.

The only problem was that, by all other accounts, “she” is in fact “he”.

“Definitely male,” said Alistair Hodgett, spokesman for the human rights advocacy group Amnesty International, whose representatives tried to see Jahmi in prison during a recent visit to Libya.

The U.S. House Committee on International Relations listed Jahmi as a 62-year-old civil engineer who was sentenced to five years in prison “after he reportedly stated during a session of the People’s Conference … that reform within Libya would never take place in the absence of a constitution, pluralism and democracy.”

If anything, this is another indictment of the Bush lack of international knowledge, something made famous in the 2000 campaign. It was fun back then… do we still think so? Well, it’s at least somewhat amusing, eh?

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