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Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis

­A true slow-talkin' Texan, many of Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis's famous bloopers may have influenced his colleague, future president George W. Bush.

While closing a congressional session, Lewis's real feelings about his peers slipped out when he said, "I want to thank each and every one of you for having extinguished yourselves this session."

He tried to explain his problems once by saying, "There's a lot of uncertainty that's not clear in my mind."

He could have been describing his jumbled reign as Texas speaker when he commented, "This is unparalyzed in the state's history."

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