Category Archives: Presidential Apologies

I will apologize if it happened unless it’s all your fault

In 1954, Ethel Payne was a reporter for The Chicago Defender, the biggest black-run newspaper in the nation. The Defender had sent her to Washington. She’d had a White House press credential for 3 months, the 3rd black reporter ever … Continue reading

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Making fun of those accents is how I stay sane

Argentinean President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (CFK) went to a trade event in China during a state visit. Not her first visit there. Noting the large attendance, she tweeted, “Más de 1.000 asistentes al evento… ¿Serán todos de “La Cámpola” … Continue reading

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Here’s a tissue, Malaysia and Singapore

On June 24th, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of Indonesia, apologized to Malaysia and Singapore for thick haze drifting over from forest fires in Sumatra (part of Indonesia). The smoke made pollution levels soar in both places. Schools were closed in … Continue reading

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An apology for Tuskegee

We’ve had a lot of crappy apologies on the site lately. Here’s an apology that’s very, very good…which is itself good because what it’s apologizing for is utterly horrific. You probably know about the Tuskegee Experiment. In 1932, 600 Black men … Continue reading

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When Lincoln was wrong

Abraham Lincoln wasn’t perfect, knew it, admitted it. Sometimes he went out of his way to apologize for his mistakes. Even when no one was pouting.

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