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For Bush, Being President Meant 'Never Having to Say You're Sorry'

Comparing Bush's stubborn refusal to admit error with President Obama's new approach.
 
 
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Last night, MSNBC's "Countdown" aired a video montage comparing President Obama repeatedly taking responsibility for the controversy surrounding Tom Daschle's appointment to President Bush consistently refusing to admit error.

Guest host David Shuster introduced the montage remarking that for Bush, being president meant " never having to say you're sorry."

Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emanuel told the New York Times this morning, "People like the fact that he said he made a mistake. They hadn't heard it from anybody in office for a long time. They heard excuses and denials."

But a former Bush advisor cautioned, "He's saying the buck stops with him. But, the bucks can start piling up pretty fast on this job if you're going to take the heat for every miscue."

Ryan Powers is a former intern of the Center for American Progress and a senior at the College of William and Mary.

 
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