The Fine Art of Not Apologizing

What John Kerry said:

“Education, if you make the most of it, you study hard and do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq."

Botched joke or not, it’s a bad one.

The "apology:"

“I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform, and I personally apologize to any service member, family member, or American who was offended.”

Which just begs for this joke:

English:  if you make the most of it, you study hard and do your homework and you make an effort to have a good vocabulary, you can get credit for apologizing when you didn’t. If you don’t, you get to be stupid and taken advantage of by people like John Kerry.

John regrets (albiet sincerely) that he was misinterpreted?  He’s saying, "I’m sorry that you guys are jerks and can’t take a joke."  Is the sincerity of the regret enough to distract from the fact that he doesn’t actually regret and take responsibility for what he said?

It is so hard to stand up and say, "I was wrong."  Really.  It’s especially hard in the political arena (civic or ecclesiastical) where appearances are everything.  But that’s the price we pay for insisting on having perfect people in leadership over us instead of real people in leadership over us.

I love this pic from the troops who can take a joke and give it right back (click on the image to read the banner text):


Maybe we should all go to remedial apology class? 

Ok class, here is the format for apologizing: 

  1. ‘I am sorry that I [insert personal action that you committed].’  Make sure you don’t forget the period, and take care to not insert explanatory filler before the period. 
  2. After the period, look the person in the face and see if will be a response or a request for more information.
  3. If your apology is accepted, say "Thank you."  If not, say, "I understand.  How can I make this right?"

Class dismissed.


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