Obama Taking Blame for Terrorist Attack Was Presidential

Can anyone imagine George W. Bush similarly taking responsibility?

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By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

As much as I criticize the Obama administration for not being ready for prime time, I must also credit the president with acting extremely "presidentially" earlier this week when he actually took the blame for the Christmas Day airline bombing attempt. The Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz noted:

"Declaring that 'the buck stops with me,' President Obama on Thursday released the results of an internal investigation into the Christmas Day airline bombing attempt and ordered a series of incremental measures meant to close gaps in the U.S. intelligence system that failed to detect it in advance," says the L.A. Times.

Can anyone imagine such an apology from former President Bush? It takes more self-confidence and, indeed, honesty, to admit mistakes as the leader of the free world than it does to use the Bush approach of denying everything. It's a refreshing and much-needed change at the top and for that, I laud President Obama.