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  •  I don't think it was really an apology (3+ / 0-)
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    Larsstephens, Crashing Vor, jayden

    To me the fact that he was expressing his humility was indeed the most valuable part of the speech.

    On the other hand, I'm not sure that “apology” is quite the right word here. I think that we would be mistaken to take it that was.

    The President affirmed that things hadn't gone as well as he and we had hoped, yes. But I don't think he intended to admit any personal malfeasance: I thought he was reminding all of us of the limitations of the presidency and of the importance of support in Congress and (by extension) from the People. He was saying that he would continue to do the best job he possibly could, and that he would aim high, but that he needed our help, and that even then, not everything that we all want to accomplish will be accomplished.

    In fact, I think it is the American people who owe Obama an apology for voting in the lunatic fringe in 2010. But that's just me. Hopefully, we'll vote most of them out this year.

    But if the President doesn't have the support of Congress or of the People, there are mortal limitations on how much he can do. It was a useful reminder, and that's the message we should be receiving loud and clear. Not so sure about the apology, though.

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