The L.A. Times reports on a round of Obama mea culpas:
“This is a self-induced injury that I’m angry about,” [President Obama] added, “and we’re going to make sure we get it fixed.”
To the network anchors he repeated a surprising mantra: “I screwed up.”
Obama’s language was striking in part because the man he replaced in the White House, George W. Bush, famously refused to admit error, at least until his final days in office.
He never admitted error?
Amid questions about prewar intelligence, the White House is acknowledging that President Bush was incorrect when he said in his State of the Union address that Iraq recently had sought significant quantities of uranium in Africa.
That one wasn’t even wrong, yet he still admitted error.
Meanwhile, President Bush on Tuesday said he takes responsibility for the federal government’s failures in responding to Hurricane Katrina.
“Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government and to the extent the federal government didn’t fully do its job right, I take responsibility,” Bush said during a joint news conference with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.
The White House has acknowledged for the first time that a key moment in post-war Iraq, the declaration by George Bush that “we have found the weapons of mass destruction”, was based on intelligence known in Washington to be false.
On his last tour to Europe as US President, Bush — who once had only one line for opponents: “You are either with us or against us” — conceded that his “gun-slinging” rhetoric made the world believe he was a “guy really anxious for war”.
Bush said he now wished he had used a different tone on the global stage.
In an exclusive interview to The Times, London, the US President expressed regret at divisions in the international community created by the war in Iraq.
“I think that in retrospect I could have used a different tone, a different rhetoric,” he said.
Listing these in one place is like putting out a bug zapper for insectlike lefties coming to gloat about the fact that, indeed, Bush made mistakes.
Yes, lefties, it’s true. Over eight years, he made some mistakes. Your guy will too.
In fact, if his first few days are any indication, he’ll make plenty of them.