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February 8, 2009 at 4:00 PM

President Obama

Sensationalized details of “scandal”

I was very disappointed in the article on the front page of The Times on Feb. 4 [“Obama: ‘I screwed up’ on nominees”]. The article starts by saying, “Obama is punching the reset button on his presidency,” as if President Obama is just going back to the beginning and erasing all the hard work and dedication that everyone has put into his administration so far.

What a bizarre, disrespectful, sensational thing to say. This kind of “reporting” is journalism at it’s worst.

The article goes on to a sub-heading: “Wounded health-care effort.” What? The health-care effort hasn’t even started and you’re declaring it “wounded”?

The entire article is about the sensational details of scandal. Is that what you really call “news”? All that’s reported about the work Obama is doing — namely a huge stimulus package — is that “Republicans have found traction by painting themselves as the defenders of taxpayers. …”

This is no better than Rush Limbaugh stating, “I hope he fails.” Limbaugh’s just out there to make a buck and draw attention to himself. I think The Times can do better.

— Isabel D’Ambrosia, Seattle

Maturity in admitting flaws

He didn’t blame anyone but himself. He took full responsibility for his impoverished decision of nominating Tom Daschle, who decided to withdraw from his nomination for secretary of health and human services for failure to pay $100,000 in taxes on time.

In a broadcast interview Tuesday night, President Obama admitted to mistakes in handling the Tom Daschle matter.

“I’m here on television saying, ‘I screwed up,’ and that’s part of the era of responsibility,” he told NBC News.

Some quarters viewed the president’s remarks as a sign of his weakness: irresponsible and dishonest leadership. I disagree.

I portray him as an honest, responsible leader. It is not bad that at his tender age of 47 years, he has shown the maturity, humility and courage to publicly admit his humanly flaws.

To me, it shows his genuine character of being a great political leader. I tip off my hat to President Obama for his sincerity. He deserves all of our respect.

— Warlie Villasencio, Kent

Admit mistakes, but make fewer

I certainly can’t disagree with Jerry Large that the president or anyone else should own up to their mistakes [“Admitting mistakes a good start,” staff column, Feb. 5].

But I have to admit when I was deciding who to support for president, I felt it a little more important to vote for the candidate who didn’t make so many mistakes in the first place.

— Gary McGavran, Bellevue

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