[lit-ideas] "There's an old saying in Tennessee"

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2004 08:26:33 EDT

M. Geary reports G. W. Bush's speech
>"There's an old saying in Tennessee-I know it's in Texas, probably  in
>Tennessee-that says, fool me once, shame on-shame on you. Fool me-you  can't
>get fooled again."

I wonder if the implicature is that the [old] saying, while existing in  
Texas, 'pre-exists' [or 'pre-existed'] in Tennessee, and that he wanted to get  
the source right? That is, that if it got to Texas, it was _via_ Tennessee?  
not too familiar with the flow of folklore in the South, but it seems like  
Bush is recognizing some important influential element of Tennessee  culture 
there? And what's the earliest source of the saying, even?

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