Remember the Purple Tunnel of Doom?

They may have missed the inauguration, but hey, they can collect

lots of apologies these days

After Diane Feinstein, now comes

Senate Sergeant at Arms Terry Gainer is the latest official to weigh in, posting a lengthy mea culpa Tuesday on the “Survivors of the Purple Tunnel of Doom” Facebook page. Gainer also took part in an online chat session with group members.

Wow! A Facebook chat! He had to join Facebook! What else do you want? Blood?

The apology was incredibly personal. In fact, he said that he joined Facebook on Monday to better communicate with the Purple Tunnel crowd. He wrote that “my experience is that initial information is often inaccurate, or incomplete, and even insensitive because of the lack of context.”

Well, you see? and besides, there is also

An investigation has begun, Gainer said, noting that it is being undertaken by senior staff not directly involved in planning the day. The review should be completed within 60 days.

So there. Oh, let’s see the apology:

Gainer wrote: “On behalf of the entire 2009 Inaugural Team, I apologize to each one of you who did not get onto the Capitol grounds, to those stuck in the tunnel, to those who had negative interactions with police officers, and those who experienced all three terrible situations. In addition, I regret the inability of the myriad of officials involved in the planning or the execution to respond to the chaos which unfolded.”

The Sergeant at Arms continued to apologize, saying that initially he “failed to better understand the anger, humiliation, frustration and sense of helplessness that was felt and experienced by so many.”

And how do we know everyone is now happy? On Facebook,

The moderator noted that no emails had to be deleted due to nasty content.

There, there. All better.

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