G.W. Bush Refers to Fetus as 'Feces' in Pro-Life Speech
Netlore Archive: Did President G.W. Bush really say in a speech to a pro-life group that "all human beings begin life as a feces"?
Description: Email joke
Circulating since: July 2004
Status: False (see details below)
Email text contributed by Clark V., Jul. 13, 2004:
Subject: Bush mis-speaks in an interesting way.
Is this who we want representing our country?
NEWSWEEK reports that President Bush, appearing before a right-to-life rally in Tampa, Florida on June 17, stated: "We must always remember that all human beings begin life as a feces. A Feces is a living being in the eyes of God, who has endowed that feces with all of the rights and God-given blessings of any other human being." The audience listened in disbelief as the President repeated his error at least a dozen times, before realizing that he had used the word 'feces" when he meant to say "fetus."
Analysis: False. Like many another public speaker, President Bush has been known to commit verbal gaffes on occasion, but nothing on the order of mistaking the word "feces" for "fetus" a dozen times in a row in one speech. I'm not sure it's even humanly possible.
As it happens, Bush was indeed in Tampa, Florida on June 16, 2004, the day before this event supposedly took place, but according to the White House press log he gave no speeches in Tampa on June 17.
No such news item appeared in Newsweek, or any other venue. It is clearly a joke.
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Sources and further reading:
White House News Archive
June 2004 news releases
Last updated: 07/21/04