A news report today says: "One day after President Bush vowed to reduce America's dependence on Middle East oil by cutting imports from there 75 percent by 2025, his energy secretary and national economic adviser said Wednesday that the president didn't mean it literally."
I'm reminded of the old joke - is it from Monty Python? -
Older man: "Is it for the likes of you that I lost a leg in the War?"
Younger man: "But James, you have both your legs."
Older man: "I was speaking metaphorically, you fool!"