"I know Washington's all in a tizzy and everybody's pointing fingers at each other and saying it's their fault, the Democrats' fault, the Republicans' fault.”
“Listen, I will take responsibility. I'm the president."
"We didn't draft these contracts. We've got a lot on our plate. But it is appropriate when you're in charge to make sure stuff doesn't happen like this. So for everybody in Washington who's busy scrambling to try to figure out how to blame somebody else, just go ahead and talk to me, because it's my job to fix these messes even if I don't make them."
That’s what President Obama said regarding outrage that his bailout plan contained loopholes allowing tottering financial giant AIG to pay $165 million dollars of taxpayer money as bonuses to its employees.
Congress drafted that bill. A whole bunch of supposedly smart people looked at that bill and helped develop the plan. Those loopholes should have been found and fixed.
Regardless, the president signed it.
It was wrong.
It shouldn’t have happened.
The President made a mistake.
Now, lets compare:
The demonstrated George W. Bush response to error:
The Intel was bad.
Tax Rebates for everybody!
The Obama response to error:
I made a mistake.
It’s my responsibility.
It’s my job to fix it.
And I will.
Now, stop trying to fix blame, quit acting like children, and lets get back to work.
You know what? This is what real leadership looks like.
We, my friends, are going to be OK.