Profiles in Courage
Braving a firestorm of personal criticism, after it became clear that he would not be able to deflect responsibility for his hunting accident, Dick Cheney stepped up a mere four days after the fact and took his medicine:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney took the blame on Wednesday for accidentally shooting a friend while hunting quail and called it "one of the worst days of my life.""And it must have been nearly as bad for the guy I shot," he did not go on to say.
Cheney was persuaded to accept responsibility once he was reminded that he would face no actual consequences resulting from the admission. "I got so caught up in the aftermath of the incident that I forgot the most important thing about working in the White House: We don't do aftermath."