Senator Clinton now apologizes for any insult that may have inured from her analogy to former Senator Bobby Kennedy’s campaign during which Senator Kennedy murdered. Senator Clinton and Senator Obama spend quite abit of time apologizing for or excusing misstatements. Neither candidate appears to think before speaking. Senator Clinton’s apology however rings more in the tone of “I’m sorry if I offended anyone, but I’m not sorry for the analogy.” Senator Obama also “misspoke” in San Francisco when he demeaned small town people. His explanation, “that didn’t come out the way I meant it to.” Neither apologizes for the thought or expresses a change of opinion, no they just what people to forgive their thoughtless speech without intending to change the way the candidate thinks or perceives the American public.
Senator Clinton and Senator Obama both lack a skill necessary to diplomacy: tack and timing. Neither candidate understands that the nouveau political philosophy of asking for forgiveness instead of thinking before one speaks creates rancor among voters and adversaries. What would happen if either Senator, as president, insulted a foreign leader? “Oh, I apologize, that statement didn’t come out of my mouth the way I intended.” No, that is not acceptable. Such bad manners and training could result in a war, particularily if Senator Obama had his wish to negotiate with Iran and its hard line terrorist leader.
We all misspeak but when your every word is being heard and tracked by media and foreign leaders, shouldn’t you be held to a higher standard? Voters should consider who and what they want in a President based on criteria other than race, gender or one SPECIFIC political issue.