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Saturday, October 09, 2004

Three Mistakes

Chance for a killer follow-up question missed. By the rules of the debate, I guess only Kerry had the opportunity. Maybe someone can ask my follow-up later. Here's the context.

From the debate:
Q. President Bush, during the last four years, you have made thousands of decisions that have affected millions of lives. Please give three instances in which you came to realize you had made a wrong decision and what you did to correct it. Thank you.

Bush: Mr. Bush I - I have made a lot of decisions and some of them little, like appointments to boards you've never heard of, and some of them big.
[Lots of inarticulate BS removed for clarity]
Now you ask what mistakes. I've made some mistakes in appointing people, but I'm not going to name them. I don't want to hurt their feelings on national TV.
My follow-up question: "Well surely, Mr. President, you hurt their feelings when you fired them, as of course you had to if appointing them was a mistake. I'm sure they're big boys and girls who have been criticized before. I'll bet that many of them would love to hear you explain to the American people exactly why they were fired. And surely the right of the American people to know why their president hires and fires people trumps a few hurt feelings. So, Mr. President, tell us which appointments were mistakes, how long it took you to discover that they were mistakes and fire these people, and why you think they were mistakes."