In the midst of his remarks at a Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia, today, President Bush said the following:
Throughout our history, the words of the Declaration have inspired immigrants from around the world to set sail to our shores. (Interruption continues.) These immigrants have helped transform 13 small colonies into a great and growing nation of more than 300 [sic] people. They’ve made America a melting pot of cultures from all across the world. They’ve made diversity one of the great strengths of our democracy. And all of us here today are here to honor and pay tribute to that great notion of America. (Emphasis mine)
Add that to the incredibly long list of Bushisms. At least today we might presume the president was in his element, with many others who struggle with the English language as well.
Here’s to January 20, 2009.