I acknowledge that mistakes were made here. ~ Alberto Gonzalez (3/13/07)The passive voice is the last refuse of the political scoundrel and the passive voice became the universal talking point yesterday. When the dishonest politican can no longer find even a twisted logic to justify his actions, he hides in the passive voice.
Mistakes were made. And I’m frankly not happy about them ~ George Bush (3/13/07)
The honest man says, "I made a mistake, I was wrong." To the dishonest politican the mistake just occurred, like magic. Bush and Gonzalez are actually trying to paint themselves as victims of these magical mistakes and are appealing for sympathy.
English has no word to describe Bush and Gonzalez. Hubris is insufficient. Fortunately, Yiddish provides Chutzpah - traditionally defined as "A boy on trial for murdering his parents who begs for leniency because he is an orphan."
Petition to Impeach Alberto Gonzalez.