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  • enkidu4500 enkidu4500 Jan 14, 2005 4:13 PM Flag

    Call it something:

    This is as close to an admission of foolishness as you are likely to get from The Deluded One:
    "Call it a confession, a regret, something."

    I call it an attempt to explain his inept use of language. If words have consequences, why does he use them so ineptly?

    From the Washington Post today:

    "....Sometimes, words have consequences you don't intend them to mean. 'Bring 'em on' is the classic example, when I was really trying to rally the troops and make it clear to them that I fully understood, you know, what a great job they were doing.

    "And those words had an unintended consequence," Bush continued. "It kind of, some interpreted it to be defiance in the face of danger. That certainly wasn't the case. Or, you know, 'dead or alive' in referring to Osama bin Laden at the Pentagon. I can remember getting back to the White House, and Laura said, 'What did you do that for?'

    "I said, 'Well, it was just an expression that came out. I didn't rehearse it.' . . . I don't know if you'd call it a regret, but it certainly is a lesson that a president must be mindful of, that the words that you sometimes say -- I speak plainly sometimes, but you've got to be mindful of the consequences of the words. So put that down. I don't know if you'd call that a confession, a regret, something."

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