Obama’s Apology Needs Mandatory Healthcare

I’ve analyzed President Obama’s comments using the five languages of apology from my 2013 book with Gary Chapman, When Sorry Isn’t Enough. Here is a numbered list of our apology languages. Below my list, I’ve referenced these numbers in parentheses following Obama’s comments during the interview with Chuck Todd of NBC news.

1. Expressing regret- Saying “I’m sorry for the hurt I’ve caused.”

2. Accepting responsibility- Saying “I was wrong.”

3. Making restitution- Asking, “What can I do to make things right?

4. Genuinely repenting- Stating how you will change so you will not do it again.

5. Requesting forgiveness- Asking, “Will you please forgive me?”  Read More »

Rielle Hunter’s About-Face: Is Her Apology Real or Just Hunting For Book Sales?

  A Quick Recap: Rielle Hunter, the woman who had a child in secret with former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, has changed her tune. This comes 6 years after her affair with Edwards. This week, her public defiance has been replaced with remorse. Hunter is so sorry, in fact, that on Tuesday she re-released her June 2012 […]

J.C. Penney Gives a Cheap Apology to America

J.C. Penney launched a 30-second apology advertisement. This is rare. I give them credit for offering a mea culpa. However, they have much more work to do going forward. Our research showed that in order to convey sincerity to all types of listeners, public apologies should include these 5 parts: 1. Expressing regret- Saying “I’m […]

Lance Armstrong is not Apology-Strong

Monday, Lance Armstrong admitted to doping in cycling in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Last night, the Oxygen network broadcast the second part of the interview. I’ve analyzed Armstrong’s comments using the five languages of apology from my book with Gary Chapman by the same title.  Here is a numbered list of our apology languages.  Below, […]

Rush Limbaugh’s Apology Lacks Excellence in Broadcasting

Rush Limbaugh apologized Saturday to the Georgetown University law school student he called a “slut” and “prostitute” earlier in the week. The third-year law student had testified before Democrats in favor of President Obama‘s new rule requiring employers to offer health insurance plans that cover birth control. My rating of Limbaugh’s apology: 1 out of […]

Courtroom Apology by Murderer Anthony Sowell of Ohio: .5 (out of 5) Stars

Anthony Sowell, 51, of Ohio went on trial in June 2011 and was convicted in July on 82 counts: aggravated murder, kidnapping, corpse abuse and evidence tampering. WHAT HE SAID:   Before his sentencing, Sowell offered this apology to the families of his many victims: “Well, the only thing I want to say is, I’m […]

Weineragate: Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Apology. My Rating: 2 (out of 5) Stars

Anthony Wiener is in hot water. He sabotaged himself by sexting first privately then publicly. Next, he LIED to cover it up. Wikipedia provides this bio: Anthony David Weiner (born September 4, 1964) is the U.S. Representative for New York’s 9th congressional district. Weiner is a Democrat, and has held the office since 1999. He […]