Bush's mini mea culpa
Here's what he said in Washington today: "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." That Mr. Optimism made his first statement acknowledging any level of failure with the Iraqi president Jalal Talabani by his side made it a tad ironic.
I am relieved, however, to note that he has not abandoned what has now become his signature Katrina line, i.e. his determination to find out " both what went wrong and what went right." As always with this president, hope springs eternal. [LINK]
Update: Josh Marshall quotes John Kerry's pithy response to this meager display of penitence: "The President has done the obvious, only after it was clear he couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get away with the inexcusable."
Marshall also offers the full transcript of Bush's statement, pointing out that it "is couched in an attempt to minimize the role of federal mismanagement" -- and the foundation for a new line of attack that casts criticism of the federal government as an attack on the first responders on the scene.
Apology not accepted.