A Small, Good Thing, With Apologies to Raymond Carver

Abby Zimet

A modest but important note to the refreshingly frank assessment by
President Obama in the Tom Daschle fiasco that, "I screwed up." Obama
didn't say, "Mistakes were made," the favorite dodge of errant leaders
who hope the passive verb somehow thrusts the burden of the crime to an
amorphous, distant other. He said, "I screwed up." It's a distinction that E.B. White would love; the rest of us can at least acknowledge that it matters, and it's a start toward accountability.

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