Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Bush Tip Toes To Edge Of Admitting Mistake

This is the closest President Bush has come to saying "I made a mistake" in his entire Presidency. This is a transcript of President Bush this morning from the White House
Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government. And to the extent that the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility. I want to know what went right and what went wrong. I want to know how to better cooperate with state and local government, to be able to answer that very question that you asked: Are we capable of dealing with a severe attack or another severe storm. And that's a very important question. And it's in our national interest that we find out exactly what went on and -- so that we can better respond.

One thing for certain; having been down there three times and have seen how hard people are working, I'm not going to defend the process going in, but I am going to defend the people who are on the front line of saving lives. Those Coast Guard kids pulling people out of the -- out of the floods are -- did heroic work. The first responders on the ground, whether they be state folks or local folks, did everything they could. There's a lot of people that are -- have done a lot of hard work to save lives.

And so I want to know what went right and what went wrong to address those. But I also want people in America to understand how hard people are working to save lives down there in not only New Orleans, but surrounding parishes and along the Gulf Coast.
What's sad is it took a disaster of this proportion for the President to tip toe to the edge of saying "I made a mistake". Taking responsibility is a good first step, but its the first step on the journey of a thousand miles for this administration.

If you watch and listen to this video at about 19:30, you'll hear how difficult it was for the President to say "I take responsibility".


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