I’m drawn to the word, “Bartlett’s best” appearing in the following paragraph of Washington Post’s (May 13) article titled, “A theory: Trump fired Comey because he’s taller.”:
“Trump’s daily scrimmages with the English language make Bushisms seem like “Bartlett’s Best.” When not syntactically challenged, they’re jaw-droppingly mystifying. What possibly could Trump have intended when he suggested to NBC’s Lester Holt that he doesn’t know for sure if there’s an FBI investigation into “this Russia thing”? So the president doesn’t believe what every intelligence agency has said and what he has personally been told in briefings?
I understand “Bushism” is G.W. Bush’s particular parlance, but I don’t understand what “Trump’s daily scrimmages makes Bushisms seem like “Bartlett’s best” means.
Does it simply mean Mr. Trump’s "English language" is poorer than that of Mr. Bush?