Few things in life bring as much pleasure as by breaking down a phrase uttered by a politician, seemingly in a casual fashion, whereas it is actually loaded with nuance and lack of meaning.
“I was blindsided by the extent of the crisis” was a phrase uttered by one of the bold architects of our modern reality, George W. Bush. But let’s put that phrase through the Phras-o-matic 3000.
“I was blindsided…”
From a dictionary website: Blindsided – to attack critically where a person is vulnerable, uninformed, etc.
What the former President is saying is that he was vulnerable and uninformed and through no fault of his own The Crisis blindsided him. It was a critical attack by The Crisis.
But hang on a second. Mr. Bush did not precisely say he was blindsided by The Crisis. His exact words were he was “blindsided by the extent of the crisis”. But in order to be blindsided you have to be vulnerable and uninformed. How could he be uninformed when he was aware of the impending crisis? Is that at all plausible? Is it not impossibly illogical to be blindsided by the extent of something?
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