- Olmert comes out like Omult or something — Bush often loses laterals (l-sounds) at the ends of syllables, and liquids (l and r sounds) are prone to getting moved around in speech errors and sound change, certainly. (Look up the history of pilgrim for one example.)
- I had wondered how in the world you could ruin Abbas but it turns out he blows the first name. Mahmoud comes out something like [ma.hú:ǝd], with a very clear stumble.
I know that he has worked hard to entirely ignore what is probably the single most important conflict in the world for seven years, but how is this is remotely possible? Even if they gave him the 'phonetic' cue cards like they have done in the past, how could anybody who follows politics not be able to say Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas smoothly? And I gather he left after the introductory meeting?