Obama Offers Regret Mixed With Resolve
By PETER BAKER
President Obama balanced a defense of his handling of the spill with an unusual presidential self-critique."In case you’re wondering who’s responsible, I take responsibility."
PRESIDENT OBAMA, on the response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Let loose in this disorderly field of moralized self-fashioning (the reigning ethos of the place was Quaker, that most interior of iron cages; the reigning attitude, Jewish, all irony, impatience, and autocritique; the combination, a sort of noisy introspection, passing curious), I simply took just about every course that in any way looked as though it might interest me, come in handy, or do my character some good, which is the definition, I suppose—certainly it was Antioch's—of a liberal education.
- Examination of conscience is a review of one's past thoughts, words, actions, and omissions for the purpose of ascertaining their conformity with, or deviation from, the moral law. ...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autocritique
past tense: critiqued; past participle: critiqued
- [名][U][C]（文学作品などの）批評, 評論；批評法 critiques of new books新刊書評.━━[動](自)(他)((米))（文学作品などを）批評する, 論評する.［フランス語］
- A critical review or commentary, especially one dealing with works of art or literature.
- A critical discussion of a specified topic.
- The art of criticism.
To review or discuss critically.
[French, from Greek kritikē (tekhnē), (art) of criticism, feminine of kritikos, critical. See critic.]
USAGE NOTE Critique has been used as a verb meaning "to review or discuss critically" since the 18th century, but lately this usage has gained much wider currency, in part because the verb criticize, once neutral between praise and censure, is now mainly used in a negative sense. But this use of critique is still regarded by many as pretentious jargon, although resistance appears to be weakening. In our 1997 ballot, 41 percent of the Usage Panel rejected the sentence As mock inquisitors grill him, top aides take notes and critique the answers with the President afterward. Ten years earlier, 69 percent disapproved of this same sentence. Resistance is still high when a person is critiqued: 60 percent of the Usage Panel rejects its use in the sentence Students are taught how to do a business plan and then are critiqued on it. Thus, it may be preferable to avoid this word. There is no exact synonym, but in most contexts one can usually substitute go over, review, or analyze. • Note, however, that critique is widely accepted as a noun in a neutral context; 86 percent of the Panel approved of its use in the sentence The committee gave the report a thorough critique and found it both informed and intelligent.