Got Freedom Wrong: Va. Gov. Apologizes for 'Omitting' Slavery in Confederate Proclamation

Well, Virginia Governor Robert “Bob” McDonnell abjectly apologized today for declaring April to be Confederate History Month and neglecting to mention slavery. He issued a five-paragraph statement admitting “a major omission” in a proclamation that was somehow “issued by this Office.” Ah, the passive voice: God’s gift to politicians caught with their pants down.

The rest is mostly talking about the good stuff he’s done and how he meant well. He also issued an additional paragraph for the original proclamation, filling in those pesky missing details. It goes like this:

The Washington Post’s Lee Hockstader fills in some useful context on the apology:

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J.J. Goldberg

Jonathan Jeremy “J.J.” Goldberg is editor-at-large of the Forward, where he served as editor in chief for seven years (2000-2007).

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