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Thursday, January 11, 2007  

The Buck Is Stopped in My General Vicinity

The President, last night:

Where mistakes have been made, the responsibility rests with me.

I had heard on NPR that there was going to be some earth-shaking admission of fallibility by President Bush, but this is pretty weak tea--just another noble-sounding evasion. "Where" mistakes have been made--as in "to the extent that" or "insofar as"--hardly acknowledges the extent of mistake-making, and the passive voice is a cliche of responsibility-dodging. And what the hell does it mean that "the responsibility rests with me"? Not "I take responsibility" or "I accept responsibility," but responsibility coming, apparently under its own power, to rest in the general vicinity of George W. Bush. It's his way of saying, "I can't really get away with denying responsibility, so by default I'll let it attach itself to me." It's really pathetic.

Ah, the Responsibility Generation.

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posted by Benjamin Dueholm | 9:29 AM
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