Tuesday, September 07, 2004
From the you-can't-make-this-shit-up file: ("Bush unfazed by 'loving women' gaffe", Reuters/AAP)
US President George W. Bush offered an unexpected reason today for cracking down on frivolous medical lawsuits.
"Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country," he said.
It was unclear what he meant but the Republican president, long known for verbal and grammatical lapses, included the anecdote about obstetrician gynaecologists in a speech attacking Democratic presidential rival Senator John Kerry and his running mate, Senator John Edwards, a former trial lawyer.
At a rally of cheering supporters in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Bush made his usual pitch for limiting "frivolous lawsuits" that drive up the cost of health care and run doctors out of business.
But then he added: "We've got an issue in America. Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country."