A sorry excuse for leadership
F rom President Obama's Facebook timeline:
Barack Obama: Hey, America. Remember I promised a while back that under the Affordable Care Act, you could keep your health care plan if you liked? Turns out, I made a mistake and many of you can't. Just wanted to say I'm sorry. Are we cool? (1:05 p.m.)
Vice President Joe Biden: Mr. President, you shouldn't apologize for making a minor miscue. (Expletive), I did that on Tuesday, when I called the wrong Marty Walsh to congratulate him on being elected mayor of Boston. You think I told him I was sorry? I just hung up on him and got the right Marty Walsh on the line. (1:17 p.m.)
Secretary of State John Kerry: The vice president is right, sir. No need to apologize. So you misled millions of people about their medical insurance coverage. That certainly pales in comparison to my verbal faux pas in Saudi Arabia last week that I'm sure you heard about. (1:42 p.m.)
Obama: No, what did you say? I missed it. I was busy nagging the Best Buy Geek Squad to hurry up with the health care website software fix. (2:05 p.m.)
Kerry: Asked if I thought that Saudi Arabian women should have the right to drive, I failed to respond with a firm “yes.” That put me in hot water with a fairly large segment of the global population — you know, females. (2:17 p.m.)
Biden: Whoa! That's a big boo-boo, buddy boy. Bet you've been sleeping on the couch since you got home, LOL. You issue an apology yet? (2:55 p.m.)
Kerry: No, but I'm having my staff draft one that sounds sincere. That sleeper sofa is killing my back. (3:10 p.m.)
Obama: Sigh. (3:22 p.m.)
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul: I apologized last week after the revelation that several instances of my writing bore striking similarities to previously published works. But the plagiarism largely was ignored, because everyone was focused on the health care debacle. Thanks, Mr. President. (4:05 p.m.)
Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: I keep apologizing to Congress for the Obamacare implementation mess, but what I'm really sorry about is agreeing to take this job. (4:50 p.m.)
First lady Michelle Obama: Are you going to play on your Oval Office computer all day? I need to know if you promised your daughters that they could keep their current room colors when we have the White House living quarters repainted next week. They say you did, and you know there's no way that's going to happen. You and I decided the rooms will be painted haute pink. (5:15 p.m.)
Obama: If I did promise them that, it was a mistake. Sorry about that. Are we cool? (5:21 p.m.)
Eric Heyl is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7857 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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