A Brief History Of Presidential Apologies

Published On November 17, 2013 | By Bruce Lindner |

“It takes a great deal of character to apologize quickly out of one’s heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.” ~ Walt Whitman

Barack Obama:

  1. President-elect Barack Obama calls Nancy Reagan and apologizes for being overheard saying; “I didn’t want… to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any séances.” ~ 11/7/08
  2. Candidate Barack Obama personally apologized Thursday to two Muslim women after campaign volunteers barred them from appearing in a picture because of their headscarves. ~ 6/20/08
  3. “I screwed up. I’ve got to own up to my mistake.” ~ Barack Obama 2/3/09
  4. President Obama has apologized for his quip on the Tonight Show comparing his modest bowling skills to those of athletes who have disabilities. ~ 3/20/09
  5. President Obama this afternoon spoke with Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom to “express his deep regret” and “extend an apology to all those infected” following the revelation that the U.S. Public Health Service conducted a study from 1946 to 1948 which infected 700 Guatemalan prisoners. ~ 10/1/10
  6. “In a letter delivered to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, president Obama personally apologized for the burning of two Kor’ans.” ~ 2/23/12
  7. President Obama placed a call to Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Sunday to apologize for deaths caused by an American soldier this weekend in Afghanistan. ~ 3/11/12
  8. President Obama has penned a letter of apology expressing regret over using the phrase “Polish death camps” in a ceremony earlier this week, which has drawn heavy criticism from Polish officials. “In referring to ‘a Polish death camp’ rather than ‘a Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland,’ I inadvertently used a phrase that has caused many Poles anguish over the years and that Poland has rightly campaigned to eliminate from public discourse around the world. I regret the error and agree that this moment is an opportunity to ensure that this and future generations know the truth.” ~ 6/20/12
  9. “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me.” ~ Barack Obama 11/7/13
  10. “There is no doubt that our failure to roll out the ACA smoothly has put a burden on Democrats whether they’re running or not. But I do make apologies for not executing better over the last several months.” ~ Barack Obama 11/14/13

 

George W. Bush:

  1. The time George W. Bush apologized for ignoring the warnings about al Qaeda. <crickets>
  2. The time George W. Bush apologized for invading a country that posed no threat to the US on false pretenses. <crickets>
  3. The time George W. Bush apologized for failing to corner Osama bin Laden at Tora Bora as he focused on Iraq, trusting the Afghan warlords at their word to do so for us. <crickets>
  4. The time George W. Bush apologized for redistributing the wealth of middle class and lower class Americans to the already-wealthy.   <crickets>
  5. The time George W. Bush apologized for 100,000+ dead Iraqi civilians. <crickets>
  6. The time George W. Bush apologized for 4,500 dead American troops. <crickets>
  7. The time George W. Bush apologized for outing an undercover CIA agent, endangering her life and the security of the entire nation.  <crickets>
  8. The time George W. Bush apologized for sitting on his ass for 7 minutes as two jet liners slammed into the World Trade Center. <crickets>
  9. The time George W. Bush apologized for turning a $300 billion surplus into a $1.2 trillion deficit. <crickets>
  10. The time George W. Bush apologized for politicizing the Terry Schiavo case. <crickets>
  11. The time George W. Bush apologized for putting Sam Alito and John Roberts on the Supreme Court, the two men who then handed our elections to the highest bidders. <crickets>

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