When asked about the millions of Americans who are losing their health care plans as a result of the Affordable Care Act, the president responded,
"I am very sorry that they...are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me."
What did he say? Is that really an apology or is it more like an apologoid, the way a humanoid robot is a lot like a human but, somehow...isn't really a human? Similar, but not the same. Not really.
In an apology, you're supposed to take responsibility for what you did, say that you're really sorry you did it and that you'll do what you can to make it better and won't ever do it again. This 'apology' was more like,
"I was sorry to hear about your health insurance, Mrs. Goldberg. Here, I brought you some cookies."
"Thank you, Mr. President. That was very thoughtful of you."
But more importantly, when he promised that, under the Affordable Care Act, we could all keep our health insurance, did the president know that millions of Americans would be losing it or didn't he?
Well, if he didn't know, then doesn't that mean that he never read the law? And if he didn't read it, then he obviously couldn't have written it either. So, how is this his 'signature accomplishment'? An accomplishment that he didn't accomplish? Only in Washington...
(Maybe "You didn't build that" really meant "I didn't build that.")
And if he did know that what he had been saying was not true, well...
...in 2009, while the president was speaking to a joint session of congress, Congressman Joe Wilson shouted, "You lie!" For this outburst, the congressman was widely attacked for being disrespectful, rude, boorish and for not showing sufficient respect to the president or to his office. But one thing for which he was hardly ever attacked, and of which he was almost never accused, was...being wrong.