Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Internets

‘Internets’ is a Bushism – a great quote straight from the mouth of George Dubya.

It’s now a general Internet in-joke (often used to joke about the ignorance of an Internet user, but often just for fun).

United States President George W. Bush first used the word publicly during the 2000 election campaign.

And as if once wasn’t enough, he repeated the term in the second 2004 presidential election debate on October 8, 2004.

Like similar memes, many image macros have appeared featuring the phrase.

Just for the record, here’s an extract from the 2000 debate:

“I'm very concerned about the morality of our country now. TV, movies, the music that our children are, you know, barraged with every day. And I want to know if there's anything that can be worked out with the—Hollywood, or whoever, to help get rid of some of this bad language and whatever, you know.”

“We can have filters on Internets where public money is spent. There ought to be filters in public libraries and filters in public schools so if kids get on the Internet, there is not going to be pornography or violence coming in.”

And here’s the second debate:


“Mr. President, since we continue to police the world, how do you intend to maintain our military presence without reinstituting a draft?”


“Yes, that's a great question. Thanks. I hear there's rumors on the, uh, Internets [pause] that we're going to have a draft. We're not going to have a draft, period....”

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