President Donald Trump's apparent flubbing of several words in Wednesday's public speech about relocating the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem opened him to a host of jokes later that night on the late-night scene.
In addition to slurring multiple words, Trump ended the speech with “God bless Israel. God bless the Palestinians, and God bless the United States,” but the last part of phrase was clearly mangled.
Listen to part of Trump's speech
Some people on Twitter and Facebook noted that the President's usual speech pattern changed and that he started to slur his words -- and they speculated about what it could mean.
The official term for slurred speech is dysarthria, when the muscles you use to speak weaken or you have a hard time completely controlling their use.
People can slur their words for any number of reasons. It can be a sign of problems with a nervous system disorder like a brain tumor or a stroke. People who have cerebral palsy or Guillain-Barré Syndrome can struggle with slurring. Multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Lyme disease, Huntington's, Myasthenia gravis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson's and Wilson's disease all can cause it.
Dental work -- such as ill-fitting dentures -- can also be blamed. Medication can impact speech, as can drugs and alcohol. Or people can simply slur their words when they get tired.
Naturally, it became fodder for TV hosts.
“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah called Trump’s speech “disturbing” to watch.
“As disturbing as it was today to watch Donald Trump add fuel to the Middle East conflict, it was even more disturbing to watch the conflict between Donald Trump's teeth and his tongue,” Noah said. “It seemed like someone hit him with a blow dart just before he went out to make the speech.
“Oh man! He's slurring and stumbling over the words. He sounds like he just had a drink with Bill Cosby, what's going on there, man?” he added.