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

By Chris O'Shea Comment

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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