P.a.t.h.e.t.i.c. Most experienced politicos could at the very least come off a little bit better than this. I think Larry Eagleburger should have just stayed away from the media (well, if was Fox, so, you know…) What it comes down to is Eagleburger saying, “I said what I said, and I meant it. Now I don’t mean it anymore.” Thanks to Comrade Stuck in the comments for the pointer. Clown Shoes. Most appropriate tag ever. Transcript of the YouTube for those who can’t see it after the jump.
Eagleburger: You are witnessing something quite unique — a man who’s about to talk to you while he has his foot in his mouth. I made a serious mistake yesterday. I was quoted correctly. I wasn’t thinking when I said it — in fact, I was discussing foreign policy, and this was in that context. And I was just plain stupid. And if I have given the flim-flam artist Barack Obama some success with this, I am deeply apologetic. I did not intend it.
In fact, if you look at this carefully, on the question of experience for example, Sarah Palin has been a governor, she has executive ability, she knows energy issues. Now you tell me what Barack Obama has ever done in the way of executive business, doing anything in the executive field. He has been in the Senate for some two years and he has been there half of the time and seldom votes on issues.
I’m sorry, I made a terrible mistake.