Bushism of the Day:

[My adversary] has abandoned all sense of fairness when it comes to justice.

Funny, no? Another example of the President’s accidental wit and wisdom.

Whoops, sorry: That’s from a written statement by Speaker Pelosi’s office on July 2, condemning President Bush’s commutation of Scooter Libby’s sentence. The Bushism of the Day, from oral remarks by President Bush, is

All of us in America want there to be fairness when it comes to justice.

Neither, of course, is terribly eloquent, but neither is particularly laughable. The supposed humor, I take it, stems from the assumption that fairness and justice are synonyms, so the statement is supposedly tautological. But it’s clear that “justice” in both quotes means not just “fairness” but “the operation of the justice system.” (Bush was speaking of the Jena, Louisiana prosecutions.) Nothing particularly noteworthy, it seems to me, in someone’s saying something like this, especially in an extemporaneous oral response to a question.

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