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Regret the remarks?
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Barack Obama will look to rebound from one of the most difficult weeks of his six-month presidency, one in which his legislative priority, healthcare, stumbled and he got caught up in a racial controversy.
The remark intensified the controversy and eventually forced Obama to back down in a surprise appearance in the White House press briefing room on Friday in which he said he regretted the remark.
The story above stated that Obama “regretted the remark.” I have yet to find a quote where Obama could be remotely accused of “regretting the remark.” Can someone at Reuters direct me to the quote/story where Obama expressed his “regret” as it pertains to his remark?
Several readers objected to the r-word, which we also used in the headline of another story: Obama regrets remarks in racially charged case.
That story carefully explained that Obama “did not say he had apologized to Crowley, but his words were regretful.” Further, the president said he “could have calibrated those words differently.”
All of this sounds fairly regretful to me, and the president doesn’t usually make a surprise visit to the press briefing if there’s nothing weighing on his mind: GBU Editor
President Barack Obama makes remarks at the daily briefing after a surprise visit to the Brady Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, July 24, 2009.REUTERS/Jim Young