Bush Cites Disappointments, Mistakes, In Office

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the final days of his presidency, George W. Bush is acknowledging a list of mistakes or disappointments.

Here's his list:

-He said, "Clearly, putting 'Mission Accomplished' on an aircraft carrier was a mistake." The banner went up shortly after Saddam

Hussein was toppled from power.

-Bush also said that "some of my rhetoric" has been a mistake. He has been widely criticized for proclaiming "Bring it on!" to terrorists around the world.

-He said he probably miscalculated in going immediately for an overhaul of the Social Security program, rather than seeking reform, in the wake of his re-election to a second term in 2004.

-Bush also cited his "disappointment" with the revelations of abuses at the Abu Graib (ah-booh GRABE) detention camp in Iraq and in never turning up weapons of mass destruction in the country.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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