During a speech in Dallas on Wednesday, former US President George W. Bush made what some call “the greatest Freudian slip-up in history.”
The blunder came as Bush took aim at Russia’s political system in a speech that discussed the importance of fair elections.
“Russian elections are rigged, political opponents are imprisoned or otherwise prevented from participating in the electoral process,” he said.
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“The result is an absence of checks and balances in Russia, and one man’s decision to launch a totally unwarranted and brutal invasion of Iraq. I mean…Ukraine.
As many will recall, Bush presided over the war in Iraq – in fact, he was the one who ordered the US-led operation in 2003. The invasion resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of citizens Iraqis and the weapons of mass destruction that Bush claimed Iraq was hiding were never found.
As quickly as the former president corrected his remarks, he had the crowd laughing. The 75-year-old blamed the mistake on his age.
Of course, some Twitter users had a good time, having a lot of fun with the error.
Others shouted to laughter from the audience, and Bush himself.
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Bush made the comments during an event at his presidential center at Southern Methodist University.
In his speech, he applauded Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for sticking to fair elections and for leading Ukraine during the Russian invasion, comparing him to Winston Churchill and calling him a “cool little guy”.
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