Turd Blossom

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"Turd Blossom" (or Sand Turd) is a Texan term for a flower which grows from a pile of cow dung.[1] As Turd Blossom, the term has gained notoriety in the United States as a sobriquet that was reportedly assigned by former U.S. President George W. Bush as a term of endearment for his former chief political advisor, Karl Rove.[2]

In July 2005, several newspapers declined to run two Doonesbury comic strips portraying Bush addressing Rove by this nickname.[3]


  1. ^ Freeman, Alan (July 13, 2005). "Scandal dogs Republican mastermind". Globe and Mail. 
  2. ^ Borger, Julian (March 9, 2004). "The brains". The Guardian (London). Retrieved May 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ Twiddy, David (July 26, 2005). "Some Papers Pull, Edit 'Doonesbury' Strip After 'Turd Blossom' Reference". AP. [dead link]