Slate.com Editor-in-Chief's Diagnosis: Bush Has a Learning Disability
Veteran Washington journalist and Slate.com Editor-in-Chief Jacob Weisberg has a theory about the awkward nature some say President George W. Bush exhibits in his public speeches – Bush has a learning disability. Weisberg linked it back to a pattern of dyslexia in the Bush family.
“I agree with that,” Weisberg said when presented the possibility that Bush has a “learning disability.” “The other thing I’ve done is collect ‘Bushisms’ over the years and I sort of joke this book is my penance for doing that, because one of the things ‘Bushisms’ do is I think they make Bush sound stupider than he is, or stupid in a way he isn’t. And I do think he does have some sort of language processing impairment that is probably akin to dyslexia and dyslexia does run in the family. But, I don’t think it is dyslexia because if you watched the state of the union, you could see he has no trouble reading a teleprompter.”
Weisberg appeared at Politics & Prose in
“He is a reader actually,” Weisberg said. “He’s become a reader. I think in the White House, he reads a lot of history in part because he is looking for vindication in it. But, I think there is some language problem which makes him sound stupid.”
However, Weisberg did give Bush some credit and say Bush’s business interests were not the determining factor of the 2003
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Weisberg is a former editor of The New Republic. He was also a