“One day after President Bush vowed to reduce America's dependence on Middle East oil by cutting imports from there 75 percent by 2025, his energy secretary and national economic adviser said Wednesday that the president didn't mean it literally.”
"Asked why the president used the words 'the Middle East' when he didn't really mean them, one administration official said Bush wanted to dramatize the issue in a way that 'every American sitting out there listening to the speech understands.' The official spoke only on condition of anonymity because he feared that his remarks might get him in trouble.”
It has become incredibly hard if not impossible for me to take the current president serious. Descriptive words can have multiple means but when you use numbers or mention regions of the planet you’re talking about exact amounts and specific places. Is this man always speaking figurativelybecause we're facing some specific problems that need to be addressed, literally. People ask me why I grow my own food or raise chickens in my urban backyard. The half-truths and metaphors coming out of government have me convinced that they will do little or nothing to mitigate the effects of the coming peak in global oil production. I guess we'll just have to do it ourselves.