Admitting you made a mistake is hard to do, and when you’re in a position of power it can be even harder. The news is full of stories of politicians trying to avoid the blame or point fingers at others. That’s why it was so refreshing to read President Donna E. Shalala’s letter to the campus Monday.
For someone to come out and say they made a mistake and that they’re not going to make any excuses for their decisions and actions is a much welcome change. While she could have blamed the weathermen, the news stations or Hurricane Katrina herself, President Shalala chose to admit a wrong and say the administration would work to make sure such a situation didn’t occur again. Props.