The difference between me, a Director level leader in a global corporation, and a Leftist government worker.
Me: Someone who works for me does something really, really stupid, perhaps even illegal. I take responsibility and am rightly held accountable. I’m responsible even if I didn’t know about it, but if it’s a big project involving lots of people and money, I probably did.
Leftist Government Worker, represented in this example by our Dear Leader, the Greatest President of All Time:
Well I heard about it from the news reports. This is not something we were aware of in the White House and the Attorney General it turns out wasn’t aware of either. Obviously Eric Holder has launched a full investigation of this, it is not acceptable for us to allow guns to go into Mexico. Our whole goal has been to interdict aggressively in the flow of weapons and cash flowing south into Mexico because the Mexican president, President Calderon, has done a heroic job of trying to take on these transnational drug cartels. So this investigation will be complete, people who have screwed up will be held accountable but our overarching goal consistently has been to say we’ve got a responsibility not only to stop drugs from flowing north, we’ve also got a responsibility to make sure we are not helping to either arm or finance these drug cartels in Mexico. So it’s very upsetting to me to think that somebody showed such bad judgment that they would allow something like that to happen and we will find out who and what happened in this situation and make sure it gets corrected.
He heard about it from the news? I would (rightly, by the way) lose my job on the spot if I said something that stupid, true or not.
Oh, and I’m pretty sure if my global corporation was involved in something this big/illegal/immoral they wouldn’t cut it from the televised interview with the CEO.