Ask yourself how hard it would be for you to think of one or two mistakes you’ve made at your place of work over the past two years. It’s not that difficult, is it?
Now compare your answer with the answer President Bush provided when he was asked that question:
I don’t want to sound like I have made no mistakes. I’m confident I have. I just haven’t — you just put me under the spot here — and maybe I’m not as quick on my feet as I should be in coming up with one.
I’m sorry, but “quick on his feet”? The President of the United States here appears to be suggesting that he hasn’t given even a moment’s thought about whether he has made any mistakes. Or what those mistakes were. Or how to learn from them.
Lucky for President Bush that the impeachment provision of the U.S. Constitution doesn’t reach executive negligence; I don’t believe there’s ever been a more straightforward admission of that low crime.