As he sought to inspire students to excel in disciplines such as engineering and physics, Bush played on, rather than ignored, his own background as a so-so student, prep school cheerleader and hard-partying fraternity president.And can't you just hear him as one of the jock, cool legacy guys making fun of the geeks, echoing in these words of today:
With freewheeling folksiness, Bush joked that he himself could use a tutor in math. And, in a reference to his reputation for mangling the spoken word, English as well.
"A lot of people probably think math and science isn't meant for me — you know, it seems a little hard, algebra," Bush said to laughter from his invitation-only crowd at Intel. "I understand that, frankly."
Bush then turned to the social pitfalls sometimes associated with enthusiasm for certain subjects.Do as I say, not as I did...as Jack Nicholson's character said to the dog in As Good as it Gets, "Don't you be like me..."
"Take a look at math and science. I'm sure they're saying, you know kind of, `They're nerd patrol,'" the president said. "It's not. It's the future. The future is engineering and physics and chemistry and math."