Dear America, My Bad.
Justin Bieber once asked, “Is it too late now to say sorry?” and we’re pretty sure he was inspired by every U.S. President in recent history.
Ok – it’s unclear if that’s the case, but one thing is certain: U.S. presidents rarely apologize, and when they do, they often lose the word “sorry” from their vocabulary.
Bill Clinton’s famous (non) apology, for example, was an interesting one: “I know that my public comments and my silence about this matter gave a false impression. I misled people, including even my wife. I deeply regret that.”
So was Ronald Reagan’s: “This runs counter to my own beliefs, to administration policy, and to the original strategy we had in mind. There are reasons why it happened, but no excuses. It was a mistake.”
Our very own Managing Editor Kathryn Lyons weighed in on these presidential “apologies” in a sponsored content experience on Politico Focus promoting a new political-satire series on EPIX, “Graves.” Kathryn, anchor Sonya Gavankar, and authors Josh Zeitz and Jeff Kreisler ranked the apologies from best to worst to promote the new show. Check the video out here:
The TV show follows former U.S. president Richard Graves (Nick Nolte) as he works to apologize for the mistakes he made in his term. The show airs Oct. 16 on EPIX.