Every time a leading sports figure gets caught up in some questionable circumstance, there is instant talk-show clamor over the dearth of role models. If there is one person outside the family who is well-positioned to give children a standard of proper behavior, it would have to be the president of the United States.
Unfortunately, for most of his eight years in office, George W. Bush set a poor example in that he would not - or could not - comprehend the possibility of his making a mistake. If President Obama wants change, he can ensure it by continuing to take direct responsibility for things that go wrong.
And they certainly will, as this week's botched nominations showed. No one's perfect. Not every decision is the right one. Far from being an indication of weakness, though, conceding a mistake can be a powerful move toward READ THE REST OF THE LEARNING FROM MISTAKES STORY HERE
Award-winning TV writer, Steve Young, is author of "Great Failures of the Extremely Successful" and blogs at the appropriately named, Steveyoungonpolitics.com.