In a roundtable discussion with reporters from 14 newspapers, President George W. Bush said that, "a president must be mindful of, that the words that you sometimes say. ... I speak plainly sometimes, but you've got to be mindful of the consequences of the words."
Specifically, he was referring to his comments baiting anyone in Iraq who would deter his mission to keep troops in country until elections were held. "Bring 'em on," he challenged (with a "Mission Accomplished" banner flying behind him).
His other "I don't know if you'd call it a regret... a confession, a regret, something" was his reference to old Wild West wanted posters and his challenge that he wanted Osama bin Laden "dead or alive."
I don't know. A guy who went to Yale, which I used to think was a good college, should know that language is important. Wouldn't you think?