Dont mistake it: Team Obama doesnt miss many chances to try to put its actions in a favorable light. His frank talk turns out to dovetail nicely with that effort. Its a tool he uses to lessen negative fallout from bad news by pre-empting criticism and draining energy from controversy.
Obama personality trait is , all the more notable because his predecessor, George W Bush was parodied for a reluctance even to utter the word mistake. When Bush was asked at a 2004 news conference to name his biggest error since the attacks of Sept 11, 2001, he ventured: Im sure something will pop into my head. But it did not.
There is a long tradition of Presidents taking a hands-off mistakes were made approach in the blame game. With Obama, though, it was apparent early on that I was wrong comes easier.