Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, apparently got so much flack from his remark that “America has never been great” that he has now had to “walk back” what he said.
(“Walk back” is a gentler term than “retract.” God forbid a Democrat should ever retract anything. Stories about the governor’s tasteless and stupid remark also said he was now “backpedaling.”)
Cuomo was called on the carpet by members of the media and others for saying “America has never been great.” Guess he somehow just couldn’t see that negative reaction brewing and then picking up speed.
So what does Mr. Cuomo now have to say about his stupid remark? He says it was “inartful.”
“The expression I used the other day was inartful, so I want to be very clear,” Cuomo told the press on Friday’s call. “Of course America is great, and of course America has always been great.” Sounds a little inartful when you read it. Also more than a little insincere. (We too like being “very clear.”)
Not knowing anyone who has ever accused Cuomo of being “artful” to begin with, we suppose it was pretty difficult for him to make that inartful apology. Might have sounded better, and much more honest, for him to admit, “My remark about this great country was stupid and thoughtless. I never should have said what I did, and I apologize sincerely to Americans, and especially to New Yorkers, for my action. Please forgive me.”
If Cuomo really wanted Americans to believe his apology, he should have included President Trump in the apology. But he didn’t. Calling Mr. Trump “vindictive, petty, and small,” Cuomo said “I believe it’s my role to point out and fight this president and fight his agenda. It hurts New Yorkers. We didn’t elect a king, we elected a president. And he has to get his ego in check and remember he was an elected servant of the people.” Somebody should remind Cuomo that New Yorkers want a lot more from him — a LOT more — than fighting the president and his agenda. In fact, that is probably one issue they hardly care about at all.
Based on everything Trump has managed to accomplish thus far, we’d like to suggest that New York’s governor cannot see the forest for the trees. Trump has done more in a year and a half than Obama managed to do in eight years. And he had done it with far more grace and determination and ability. Obama was the one who thought he was a king; Trump merely thinks he has an obligation to keep promises he made in getting to the Oval Office. Obama made it abundantly clear that he had no intention of keeping his promises…or of even telling the truth once in a while during his time in office.
Governor, if “inartful” means “stupid,” your apology is accepted.
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NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis