This administration intends to be candid about its errors. For as a wise man once said, "An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it." We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors.... We're not going to have any search for scapegoats ... the final responsibilities of any failure are mine, and mine alone.What would happen to W's credibility if he spoke these words? It would likely skyrocket -- well, skyrocket is relative, but I'm sure it would improve immensely.
Starting such a frank discussion with the American people would demonstrate real leadership: an acknowledgment of the obvious would go a long way toward addressing a leadership legacy that -- at this point -- is probably the worst in American history.
However, our leader appears to be incapable of seeing his actions as errant -- or even learning from them. He doesn't see mistakes, just "bigger challenges" that take more determination. This is the style of the oligarch: of someone who sees himself as infallible or, at least, much smarter than those who dissent.
This puts the country on a single-tracked path --with no way of changing course. This is what we see in W's "leadership" style: a steadfastness in the face of overwhelming evidence that a re-evaluation is needed.
Actually a president did speak the above words. They were spoken by JF Kennedy -- after the Bay of Pigs disaster. That president's approval rating shot up after the speech.
Demonstrating contact with reality will have that effect... Unfortunately, I don't expect this president to demonstrate any contact with reality.