UPDATE: Hat tip Dagny and Fitna: Etheridge Statement on Viral Video
Washington, DC, Jun 14 - U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-Lillington) released the following statement on the viral video which appeared on the internet today:
“I have seen the video posted on several blogs. I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction and I apologize to all involved. Throughout my many years of service to the people of North Carolina, I have always tried to treat people from all viewpoints with respect. No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response. I have and I will always work to promote a civil public discourse.”
Rep. Bob Etheridge (NC-02)
Fake apology right on cue, translation: "uh, now that I got caught red-handed assaulting a kid in a video that's gone viral and can't be stopped, I'll pretend that I regret my inexcusable behavior so I don't get charged with a crime or lose my job."
Reminds me of Helen Thomas' backtracking on her 'send the Jews to the ovens' type remark.