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Claim: George W. Bush once described rapper Eminem as "the most dangerous threat to American children since polio."
Example: [The (Glasgow) Herald, 2003]
Origins: We've received many inquiries about the veracity of the quote in which President
If President Bush actually said this, we're having a tough time pinning down when, where, and under what circumstances he made the comment. The earliest citings we've turned up all come from articles printed in
PUBLIC EMINEM NO.1Given that:
His lyrics are depraved. He urges his fans to take drugs. In America, he's been dubbed the biggest threat to the young since polio. On Monday he arrives here. We investigate the phenomenon of the first white rapper.
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Little wonder, perhaps, that American President George W. Bush once described him as 'the most dangerous threat to American children since polio'.
— The [London] Daily Mail, 3 February 2001
Eminem strides on stage, clutching a chainsaw, a diminutive bad attitude problem on skinny legs, wearing a "Jason" ice-hockey mask to hide a poverty-bred face and the fear that mummy never loved him.
His Granny does. She said so yesterday. She added that the biggest star in the world, a musician who generated fame on anger and hate, is a "loving, gentle boy". That is counterpointed by the contention of President Bush who described him as the greatest danger to American childhood since polio.
— The Scotsman, 10 February 2001
Eminem - real name Marshall Mathers - is now arguably the biggest music star on the planet. Opinion on him, his music and his stage show is sharply divided. He's been described by President
— Leicester Mercury, 10 February 2001
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