October 8, 2004
Questions for Bush
Questions for Bush, including one from Doris Kearns Goodwin, everyone’s favorite Presidential scholar:
History suggests our best presidents acknowledge error, learn from mistakes, grow in the job. Lincoln readily conceded a number of errors. “I’d like to believe I’m smarter today than I was yesterday,” he explained. Yet when you were first asked about mistakes you had made since the inauguration, you could not think of any. Your vice president followed suit this week, insisting he would recommend today exactly the same course in Iraq. Without acknowledging error, how can you expect to be smarter today than you were yesterday?