Well, better late than never, I guess.
WASHINGTON (AFP) — President George W. Bush admitted Monday it had been a mistake to hang a banner saying “mission accomplished” on a US battleship where he declared major combat operations in Iraq over in 2003.
Just so you know, this is the moment when you lost me. I was starry-eyed at a GOP fundraiser in 1994 when you introduced me and a friend your daddy. I delighted to dance at your inaugural ball when you were elected governor. But swooshing down in a flight suit to declare “Mission Accomplished” just because we’d toppled a statue or two? Honey, did you even believe it?
I missed your final news conference this morning because I was having one of those days — took the car in to be detailed after a chocolate-milk incident of nuclear proportions (that’s nu-cu-lar to you, I guess.). Couple hours in, a wide-eyed kid gingerly tapped me on the shouled and said “uh, we have a little issue with your car.” Turns out someone left a bottle of bleach next to the bottle of carpet cleaner. The results weren’t pretty.
But here’s the thing. That wide-eyed kid *knew* he’d screwed up. Apologized fast. Told me they had already called someone who could re-dye the carpet. Took responsibility.
It didn’t take six years and a presidential commission who declared that he had used the wrong bottle of bleach on a “major intelligence failure,” Mr. President. He didn’t appear at the Gridiron dinner making jokes about the missing “Weapons of Mass Bleaching.”
I know taking responsibility and saying “I’m sorry, let me fix this,” is much more complicated when you’re president and the issue is a war waged on faulty intelligence and not a ruined carpet in a Chrysler Pacifica. But on this day, you still got schooled by a teenager at a car wash.
Going Back to the Car Wash, Left the GOP
Addendum: Dear AFB: I suppose you were speaking generally, but that is not enough for my alert readers (Um, alert reader, actually. It should be singular. See how easy it is to generalize? Hi, alert reader! Kisses!). But in the interest of accuracy, #43 landed on an aircraft carrier, not a battleship. Damn liberal media.