The Trouble with Apologies

Why won't Bush say he's sorry? Think of what the response would be

The Presidential press conference had the feel of a therapy session but without the subtlety. "Would you not feel so much better," George W. Bush was repeatedly asked in so many words, "admitting to us the sheer folly of your disastrous policies?" Of course, in demanding a confession, the press corps was seeking catharsis not for the President/patient but for itself, hungry for the satisfaction of puncturing the stubborn certainty of this utterly determined war President.

No dice. Bush essentially told them to take a hike.

Should he have acquiesced? Some things have obviously gone wrong in the past 3 1/2...

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