Krauthammer On WH Apology: "I Appreciate The Correction And Retraction"
White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer released the following apology to syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer earlier today for claiming that the FOX News contributor was wrong about the Winston Churchill bust that was loaned to the Bush administration:
I take your criticism seriously and you are correct that you are owed an apology. There was clearly an internal confusion about the two busts and there was no intention to deceive. I clearly overshot the runway in my post. The point I was trying to make "“ under the belief that the Bust in the residence was the one previously in the Oval Office"“ was that this oft repeated talking point about the bust being a symbol of President Obama's failure to appreciate the special relationship is false. The bust that was returned was returned as a matter of course with all the other artwork that had been loaned to President Bush for display in his Oval Office and not something that President Obama or his Administration chose to do. I still think this is an important point and one I wish I had communicated better.
A better understanding of the facts on my part and a couple of deep breaths at the outset would have prevented this situation. Having said all that, barring a miracle comeback from the Phillies I would like to see the Nats win a world series even if it comes after my apology
Here's what Krauthammer said on "Special Report" tonight:
Well, I must say it was a gracious apology. I was stunned. I didn't expect it to happen. I actually wrote in my column that I thought that the Nationals would win the World Series before I'd see an apology. So now I suppose the Nationals are going to win the World Series. But it was a gracious apology. They're still clinging to a tiny point on this but the argument is over and I appreciate that the correction and retraction."