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Trump’s thoughts on taking responsibility — in 2013

The late great Yogi Berra, who was occasionally grammar-challenged, was apparently attempting to dispute some of the quotes attributed to him when he apparently and somewhat oxymoronically actually said: “I really didn’t say everything I said.” In 1998 he used it as part of a book title.

Donald John Trump, who often attempts to evade responsibility for things he says or does, nonetheless constantly says (or tweets) things so stupid, ignorant, wrong, or, shall we say, inconvenient in the light of subsequent events, that he wishes he didn’t say them, and then shows his courage and decency by denying he ever said them.


One might say that denying he said or did something (that he said or did) is a sign of bad character, although who am I to judge.

Still, I was amused to see that Trump, who considers himself a natural leader and a shining exemplar of leadership qualities, reflected, by tweet of course, but way back in 2013 when he was far less important to us all, on the relationship between leadership and responsibility.

Here’s the tweet.

(Or, if you don’t click through, here’s what 2013 Trump tweeted):

“Leadership: Whatever happens, you’re responsible. If it doesn’t happen, you’re responsible.”

Comments (28)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 03/16/2020 - 09:55 am.

    Reminds me of “Princess Bride” “inconceivable” “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” – Inigo Montoya,

    “Responsible” I do not think it means what Trump thinks it means.

  2. Submitted by Brian Simon on 03/16/2020 - 11:56 am.

    Trump epitomizes “Do what I say, not what I do.”

    What is bizarre to me is that his fans deny this basic truth about him. Even many self-professed “Never Trumpers” have come around to defending everything he does as correct and true, regardless of inconvenient facts (See Sen Graham as exhibit A).

  3. Submitted by Bob Johnson on 03/16/2020 - 01:27 pm.

    ‘I take no responsibility’
    Trump’s response when asked if he feels any responsibility for cutting the Pandemic response team at the CDC 2 years ago.

    Those four words should be his epitaph, and may well turn out to be.

    • Submitted by Tim Smith on 03/16/2020 - 01:36 pm.

      https://apnews.com/d36d6c4de29f4d04beda3db00cb46104

      • Submitted by Brian Simon on 03/16/2020 - 02:52 pm.

        That piece is nearly 3 weeks old. I’m curious to see how they’re reporting the current state of affairs. Quite a lot has changed since feb 26th.

      • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 03/16/2020 - 02:55 pm.

        Tim you ought to read the link you posted! Beyond that it is incomplete.
        https://apnews.com/ce014d94b64e98b7203b873e56f80e9a
        You should be happy same news source: He disbanded the pandemic team in 2018! Point being suspect Mr. Magoo had better sight than Trump and his team.

        • Submitted by Tim Smith on 03/16/2020 - 03:21 pm.

          he did not fire them in 2018, period. This is a global pandemic that started in China and spread, We have fared much better thus far than many pier countries. The stock markets worldwide have gone down due to a global economioc threat, not but because of the President.. It is wrong and irresponsible to play politics with this threat.

          • Submitted by Harris Goldstein on 03/16/2020 - 05:31 pm.

            He had the group disbanded and the head of the group reassigned. You can argue the tooth fairy did it, but here’s a news report from May of 2018.

            You’re right that it’s “It is wrong and irresponsible to play politics with this threat.”. Please let your fearless leader know as he seems to be doing that every day. One of many examples, his recent comment that governor Cuomo (specifically) needs to do more.

          • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 03/16/2020 - 05:47 pm.

            “They’ve been warning about the next pandemic for years and criticized the Trump administration’s decision in 2018 to dismantle a National Security Council directorate at the White House charged with preparing for when, not if, another pandemic would hit the nation.” (Same source as your post) what, yours is fact, mine is fake?
            So because Tim says so this quote is not in the article? And who is playing politics? Facts is facts unless you are a Trumpie, then its only the facts you want to believe, the rest are “Alternate facts” Perhaps you should take a look at Eric’s , “What will it take for Trump’s most devoted fans to have some qualms?” Especially the comments!

          • Submitted by Frank Phelan on 03/16/2020 - 05:47 pm.

            So good Don Trump is not playing politics on this.

            Don Trump on Dem Washington governor Inslee:

            “I told Mike not to be complimentary of that governor because that governor is a snake,” Trump said, referring to Vice President Mike Pence. “So Mike may be happy with him but I’m not, OK?”

          • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 03/16/2020 - 06:59 pm.

            PS: Politics: Suggest you cruise some of your favorite right wing conspiracy theory sites! Got a full blown pandemic of conspiracy theory’s blaming everyone and everything other than Trump and company!

            • Submitted by Tim Smith on 03/16/2020 - 08:11 pm.

              Dod you know this started in China? Guess not. When the President announced China travel
              Ban dems said it was racist and xenophobic. Bet EU wishes they were the same. EU Travel ban also criticized by dems, oh look, good policy.

              • Submitted by Edward Blaise on 03/17/2020 - 09:06 am.

                “When the President announced China travel
                Ban dems said it was racist and xenophobic.”

                And I’ll bet you that you cannot provide a single quote from someone in D leadership that said anything of the sort…

                • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 03/17/2020 - 12:00 pm.

                  I just Googled the phrase “racist to ban travel from China.” The results showed that an editorialist in New Zealand called that country’s ban racist, and an Iranian statement that the US’s ban is racist. Otherwise, you get an article from the Federalist claiming that Joe Biden called the ban racist, but the only quotations they provided had him saying the ban is “xenophobic,” because it would slow, not stop, the virus. The article also parroted Mr. Smith’s claim that some on the left have called it racist, but provided no further specifics.

                  It’s not a “foreign” virus any more. It’;s here, it’s making people sick, and it’s killing some of them. Getting our knickers in a twist about the Chinese isn’t helping anything, unless you want an excuse to yell at the people who run the local Cantonese buffet.

              • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 03/17/2020 - 03:21 pm.

                Yeah, so it started in China, So what does that mean, all Chinese are evil people? Maybe you should go up to the res an apologize for all the viruses your ancestors brought to America and decimated their ancestors! Gets real crazy down that rabbit hole doesn’t it? As noted below it is now here and we need to deal with it. Smart folks would have started making preparations to deal with it 3-4-5 months, 2 years ago instead of denying it!
                What next we start blaming the Canadians because some of our bad weather comes across the northern frontier?

      • Submitted by Mike Chrun on 03/16/2020 - 04:24 pm.

        Good grief! That’s the best you can do? But it must be hard to remain loyal and not be critical of your leader. The stable genius has gone from “It’s going to disappear” and “A vaccine will be available soon” and “It’s a hoax” to today saying “it’s bad. It’s bad.”

        Trump downplayed this from the beginning, squandering time and costing lives. His main concerns are the stock market and avoiding responsibility, but that’s not working too well. Every time he tries to boost the confidence of the American people he has failed. All those lies and the fact he has the reading skill of an average seventh grader sort of ruin the “Trust me. I know what I’m doing.” look he’s trying to achieve.

        Then the guy has the audacity to tell people, “Rally together as one nation.” That’s rich considering virtually everything he has done since being elected is to play to his base and stick it to the lefties.

  4. Submitted by Chas Dalseide on 03/16/2020 - 01:40 pm.

    What I’m worried about is that flurry of activity
    that must be going on while we are diverted.

    • Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 03/16/2020 - 05:00 pm.

      According to a FEMA guy a friend met in a store this weekend, Trump is blowing through and wiping out tons of rules ad regulations, under the guise of “emergency” so he doesn’t have to consult anyone or go to Congress for permission. We are well along on our way to a Trump dictatorship.

      Trump depends on our media not being able to pay attention to all those rules being demolished, while we’re in this coronavirus crisis.

  5. Submitted by Edward Blaise on 03/17/2020 - 10:27 am.

    Der leader gave himself a perfect “10” on his COVID19 response yesterday. The Nadia Comaneci of crisis leadership.

    Of course actual data, like tests per 1,000 citizens shows the USA not in the top ten, instead down at the bottom 29 out of 32 nations.

    Of course, by surrounding himself with fawning boot lickers like Mike Pence the truth is something he is happily unaware of:

    Test per 1000:

    Bahrain
    6,164.5 (Mar 12, 2020)

    South Korea
    4,831.3 (Mar 13, 2020)

    China – Guangdong
    2,820.4 (Feb 24, 2020)

    Iceland
    2,508.2 (Mar 11, 2020)

    Norway
    1,514.5 (Mar 12, 2020)

    Slovenia
    1,479.6 (Mar 12, 2020)

    Italy
    1,420.5 (Mar 12, 2020)

    Austria
    747.2 (Mar 13, 2020)

    Taiwan
    676.6 (Mar 13, 2020)

    Denmark
    665.4 (Mar 13, 2020)

    United States – CDC samples tested
    41.8 (Mar 12, 2020)

  6. Submitted by Mike Chrun on 03/17/2020 - 06:50 pm.

    What’s so mind-boggling and amazing is how blatant Trump is in his denials. There are countless videos and tweets proving what he said; and yet he will deny it.

    Great recent example about eliminating the pandemic response team: “I just think it’s a nasty question. When you say ‘me,’ I didn’t do it … You say we did that, I don’t know anything about it.” This is his response to a reporter just a couple of days ago. He also made sure to call it a “nasty” question.

    Here is what he said Feb. 26 at a White House press briefing:
    “I’m a business person. I don’t like having thousands of people around when you don’t need them.” Some of the people we’ve cut they haven’t been used for many, many years, and if we ever need them we can get them very quickly and rather than spending the money.”

    His cult simply ignores things like this. Some of them have the good sense at least to lay low. Others, as we can see, just ignore the obvious proof. Despite evidence to contrary virtually day after day, you still have about 75% of the Republicans trusting their great leader. Why should he take responsibility when he’s given such a free pass?

  7. Submitted by BK Anderson on 03/18/2020 - 09:02 am.

    Of course, now the Grand Narcissist is engaging in more national gaslighting with his preposterous claim (yesterday) that he knew Covid-19 would be a pandemic “long before it was called a pandemic”[!] by others. The fact that he not only never used the term but instead sought (for weeks) to downplay the contagion as it spread are, um,…no longer operative, shall we say.

    The Trump cultists will naturally find truth in this latest assertion of Big Broth…um, Dear Leader, but of course so did the denizens of Orwell’s “1984” regime.

    Trump: “We are now at war with Eastasia!”

  8. Submitted by Edward Blaise on 03/18/2020 - 10:52 am.

    All Biden needs to do for the next 8 months is act like he is a TV President as the current occupant rambles incoherently, lies repeatedly, changes direction hourly, hires incompetently, fires frequently and plays a lot of golf…

  9. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 03/23/2020 - 08:36 am.

    Frankly, any article or title that associates “thinking” of any kind with Donald Trump loses me. I see no evidence that Trump actually thinks about anything, he merely reacts and his reactions are dictated by impulsive responses to whatever celebrates and glorifies him, or threatens and criticizes him. It really is very much like the mentality of a 6 year old.

    Trump’s reactions… and they are “reactions” not “responses” to “nasty” questions clearly demonstrate that he cannot actually think about complex issues. All he sees or hears is whether or not people are celebrating him. So he’ll brag about being the 1st president to use the emergency powers of the gevernment… but then he won’t actually USE the emergency powers of the government because THAT would require actual leadership instead of bluster and braggadocio, it would require thoughtful analysis of the problem followed by informed and intelligent decisions.

    In psychological analysis, speech often provides insight in to a persons mentality and psychological condition. Whenever Trump departs from the script and prepared statements someone else has thought through and prepared for him, he frequently cannot assemble coherent sentences.

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