Obama's "I Screwed Up" Is Rare For Presidents

03/07/2009 04:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Presidents do not like to admit mistakes. They see it as a sign of weakness. That is why it was noteworthy that Barack Obama publicly admitted making a mistake only two weeks after taking power.

Obama's slang admission that "I screwed up" in pushing ahead with Tom Daschle as U.S. health care chief despite a controversy over unpaid taxes was a sign of the new style he brings to the White House.

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