I'm the Decider
In the probably immortal words of President Bush
"I hear the voices, and I read the front page and I know the speculation," the president said. "But I'm the decider, and I decide what's best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense."The locution "I'm the decider" is a very odd. No normal person would ever utter such a thing. The reason is that in the slot of "I am the ___" we would normally expect a noun phrase that serves to complete what is called a "definite description," a locution that identifies someone for the purposes of the conversation at hand. "I am the decider" just doesn't get that done.
If you are still struggling with why people reacted so swiftly to this Bushism (see my blog, George Bush and Mrs. Malaprop), consider a few other linguistic examples
I am the picker. I pick who should be sent to the Senate for confirmation.I would have bet good money that no President would ever characterize himself as "the decider." "Commander in Chief," yes. "The Decider in Chief," no.
I am the chooser. I always choose who we will have over for dinner.
It seems that the oddity of Bush's locution led many of us older Americans to recall The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour album and the song, "I am the Walrus." Sing along with me.
I am the eggman, they are the eggmen.Many of us feel we are on a magical mystery tour of Bush's deciding.
I am the walrus, coo coo ca choo.