Harry Truman supposedly had a sign on his desk that read “The Buck Stops Here”. Basically, it meant, he was the guy in charge and he was the guy with the responsibility for making the tough decisions. He got a lot of praise (once he left the White House) for that sign. But what has happened since then?
Did other presidents after Truman take responsibility for the mistakes that were made while they were in the White House? Surprisingly, the answer is yes!
Take John F. Kennedy. He had a terrible mis-step with the Bay of Pigs invasion. Yet, he accepted full responsibility for it on April 21, 1961, stating, “There’s an old saying that victory has 100 fathers and defeat is an orphan…I’ve said as much as I feel can be usefully said by me in regard to the events of the past few days. Further statements, detailed discussions…
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