Kerry's statement reads:
"As a combat veteran, I want to make it clear to anyone in uniform and to their loved ones: my poorly stated joke at a rally was not about, and never intended to refer to any troop.
I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform, and I personally apologize to any service member, family member, or American who was offended.
It is clear the Republican Party would rather talk about anything but their failed security policy. I don’t want my verbal slip to be a diversion from the real issues. I will continue to fight for a change of course to provide real security for our country, and a winning strategy for our troops."This of course is a non-apology--something our society is notorious for and that countless politicians are guilty of making.
It is typical that rather than humbling admitting wrongdoing, it shifts blame onto those who "misinterpreted" him. His "sincere regret" is only that people misunderstood him. It is only after that statement that he apologizes to those who were offended.
So he is only apologetic because we were so foolish as to misinterpret him. Not only that, but he then shifts the focus from his offensive remarks to the Republican's "failed security policy." He couldn't make the statement without taking a shot at his political opponents.
John Kerry is not the least bit broken or humbled by the experience, but rather is as arrogant and condescending in his non-apology as he was in making the statement in the first place. What a jerk.