. . . Friday January 14, 2005

I’m Almost Sorry

Post-election, the President reflects

Sometimes, words have consequences you don’t intend them to mean. Bring ‘em on’ is the classic example, when I was really trying to rally the troops and make it clear to them that I fully understood, you know, what a great job they were doing. And those words had an unintended consequence. It kind of, some interpreted it to be defiance in the face of danger. That certainly wasn’t the case…

On the dead or alive comment:

I can remember getting back to the White House, and Laura said, “Why did you do that for?” I said, “Well, it was just an expression that came out. I didn’t rehearse it.” I don’t know if you’d call it a regret, but it certainly is a lesson that a president must be mindful of, that the words that you sometimes say. … I speak plainly sometimes, but you’ve got to be mindful of the consequences of the words. So put that down,’ the President said. “I don’t know if you’d call that a confession, a regret, something.”

Concentration is important!