Bush, speaking in Dallas Wednesday night, said he meant to refer to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
“In contrast, Russian elections are rigged,” Bush said. “Political opponents are imprisoned or otherwise eliminated from participating in the electoral process. The result is an absence of checks and balances in Russia and the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq. I mean of Ukraine.”
He jokingly referred to his age, 75, as the audience laughed.
Under his breath, he said, “Iraq, too.”
The moment immediately went viral garnering millions of views.
Watch the clip below from Dallas News journalist Michael Williams:
Speaking in Dallas this afternoon, former President George. W Bush made a significant verbal slip-up while discussing the war in Ukraine.— Michael Williams (@michaeldamianw) May 19, 2022
He tried referencing what he described as the “wholly unjustified and brutal invasion” — but said Iraq, instead of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/tw0VNJzKmE