You know the drill. Does he ever say he's sorry? Not that he has to, but how honest are these regrets?
You know I regret saying some things I shouldn't have said.
And he does give some specifics.
Like 'dead or alive' or 'bring 'em on.'
And he probably should regret the latter. Not because it was irresponsible or because it caused a problem. But because it was pretty clearly, as Dick Gephardt said,
phony, macho rhetoric. It was…inelegant.
Any other regrets? Well he has more but it gets less impressive as he goes on.
You know being on this ship reminds me of when I went to the USS Abraham Lincoln and they had a sign that saidMission Accomplished.I regret // that…uh…you know…that sign was there. It was a sign aimed at the sailors on that ship. However it conveyed a…a broader knowledge. It…to some it saidWell Bush thinks the war in Iraq is overwhen I didn't think that. But nevertheless it conveyed the wrong message. So there are things I have regretted.
So he makes sure to say that the sign was somebody else's idea.
Theyhad it there. He just showed up on deck and saw it.
The long pause after
I regretis curious. I interpret is as a reiterative pause. If the pause could be translated it might be something like 'Didja get that? I said regret.' And what does he regret? That the sign was there.
Then he makes sure to explain that the intended audience was not the nation. It was the crew on the ship. They're apparently myopic. But that damn nosy media caught the subtle banner on camera with their high tech zoom lenses.
Then he says that its message was misunderstood. That must be why it was distasteful to
somepeople. They took it the wrong way. So they were wrong but the sign was there, which is what they misread.
So to recap: He's sorry that somebody put up a sign where people could see it, that made him look bad even tho it shouldn't have.
In all fairness, when giving his list of "proud" moments Bush doesn't actually mention anything that he accomplished or did. Just as he regrets the actions and perceptions of others, he's proud of the works and strengths of others. Share the blame and the credit I suppose.