I’ve been thinking lately about the political aspects of apologies. Actually, all aspects of apologies are political in a broad sense, but I mean in the usual, narrow sense of “political.”
Joe Biden has lately apologized for his own words because he got yelled at it by some a race baiting opportunist who slept her way to a position of power on TV. Was his apology accepted? Of course not. That was never the point.
An apology on your own behalf is what most people think of when they talk of apologies. In politics, it’s usually a bad, bad idea.
Then there’s the so-called apology tour - where you go around “apologizing” for things that no one in particular did at no particular point in time, in order to distance yourself from those things. It’s pure virtue signaling.
Then there is the throwing under the bus of an associate who has embarrassed you:
This last is a hybrid. You want to appease on your own behalf, by distancing yourself from the offense. necessary in the first place because the offender is connected to you.
By the way, the Obamas are throwing Biden under the bus. They sure do throw a lot of people under the bus. Trump, by comparison and contrast, flat out fires them.
UPDATE: Here. I edited it. That’s what you said to do. If you want it edited in a specific way, then you should specify why you deleted this thread in the first place. I’m not going to play guessing games.