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‘I Take Full Responsibility’ and 24 Other Ways to Say You’re Sorry

Since apologies from famous people all end up sounding the same, it makes sense that you could mash a bunch together and no one would know the difference. In that spirit, author Thomas Vinciguerra has done something fantastic in today’s New York Times: He wrote one long apology by threading together 24 sentences from a variety of public figures’ apologies. Who made the list? There’s Bill Clinton, Eliot Spitzer, Jesse Jackson and Larry Craig, just to name a few.

Here’s a sampling of a Spitzer/Craig “sorry” remix:

As an elected official, I fully realize that my life is open for public criticism and scrutiny, and I take full responsibility for the mistake in judgment I made in attempting to handle this matter myself. [Craig] Over the course of my public life, I have insisted — I believe correctly — that people, regardless of their position or power, take responsibility for their conduct. I can and will ask no less of myself [Spitzer]

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Barry Blitt: A Modest Retrospective

blitt.jpgSo yeah, this week’s New Yorker cover. Everyone is shocked! shocked! Or at least everyone who works in a Presidential campaign. Obama (who recently approved Bush’s Constitutionally questionable warrantless wiretapping bill) thinks it’s “tasteless and offensive.” The McCain camp concurs. Totally understandable, since as we all know satire (part of that whole “freedom of speech” deal) is supposed to be in good taste. The conclusion here apparently being that Americans are too stupid to differentiate between satire and slander, and/or Obama supporters too thin-skinned to appreciate the humor (we happen to disagree on both counts, by the way).

One wonders if a similar cover of Hillary Clinton would have elicited such a response, or how about one of Hillary and Obama in bed together, or one of George Bush in an apron, or maybe a foreign head of state being propositioned in a men’s bathroom a la Larry Craig, or the entire Oval Office swimming in post-Katrina waters for that matter, or sailors kissing? Considering these are all subjects depicted on previous Barry Blitt New Yorker covers the answer would have to be no. Take a look for yourself after the jump.

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