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  1. Introduction.
  2. Thinking about the legitimacy of Bush's poor speaking habits.
  3. Is George's poor understanding of proper English language is fake.
  4. A motive for the President to feign poor grammar.
  5. One way that English teachers have attempted to further the speaking skills of their students.
  6. The idea that the white-collar world is preferable to the blue.
  7. Conclusion.

The first question we need to ask when thinking about the legitimacy of Bush's poor speaking habits is how errors like these can be possible when the man has a team of professionals writing out his speeches for him. Surely, as professional writers for the most powerful and visible man in America, they must have more than a passing knowledge of correct grammar. Given this logic, the idea that George W. Bush's poor grammar may be feigned must be considered.

[...] For example, a story ran recently in the Chicago Tribune telling of the travails of several unfortunate individuals who have been caught up in this unfortunate development. One of these hapless people is Robert Johnson, a long time factory worker in the towns of Clinton and Decatur, Illinois. In the article, Stephen Franklin, a writer for the Tribune, relates Johnson's sad story. Six years ago, before he got laid off, Johnson was making $29 an hour, a far cry from the $ 12.25 he makes now. [...]

[...] Mark Crispin Miller, professor at New York University and author of books such as The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder, argues that Bush does indeed gain an advantage from his poor grammar when he says, "it has enabled his team to depict him as a of the people.'" (Keller) What Miller means is that Bush's vernacular is a ploy to reach the lower, blue-collar class of voters that usually leans to the political left. Oftentimes, these people are uneducated and tend to view educated people as arrogant and untrustworthy. [...]

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