Seven years ago, in April 2004, President George W. Bush held a formal news conference in which he was asked, “What would your biggest mistake be…and what lessons have you learned from it?” Bush’s hemming and hawing answer — in several minutes of flailing about, he never managed to come up with a single mistake to cite — was widely criticized in the days that followed. Presi
Well, guess who basically gave the same answer to that question? Here’s a hint: He has big ears, an enormous ego, and he screwed up CONSTANTLY over the last two years. He’s also ALREADY on the campaign trail for the 2012 election where he couldn’t come up with any mistakes.
On Wednesday, President Obama held a town hall at the headquarters of Facebook in Palo Alto, California, during which he was asked, “If you had to do anything differently during your first four years, what would it be?” Obama, it turns out, is no better at analyzing his own missteps than Bush.
The president began his response haltingly, pointing out that he has actually been in office just two and a half years, and “I’m sure I’ll make more mistakes in the next year and a half.” But what mistakes has he already made? “There are all sorts of day-to-day issues where I say to myself, oh, I didn’t say that right, or I didn’t explain this clearly enough,” Obama said, “or maybe if I had sequenced this plan first as opposed to that one, maybe it would have gotten done quicker.”
But the president mentioned no actual mistakes.