Kathleen Parker: A sorry state of affairs

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 12 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

The White House issued its own release, saying the meeting was "to discuss the progress that's been made" and "hear their input on existing challenges."

Well, that's one way of putting it.

Some consent to regret is better than none, I suppose, but the ultimate test of an apology is whether it results in restored trust. It isn't at all clear that Obama accomplished this with his exclusive, one-on-one interview. A straight, detailed talk directly to the American people would seem a better bet for the longer run.

Detailing the overhaul of a sixth of the economy may not make good TV, but the American people deserve better than "Sorry about the mess."

True contrition swells all hearts.

Kathleen Parker's email address is kathleenparker@washpost.com.

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