"Just think of what we could accomplish if we checked our pride at the door," he said. "If we spent less time ducking responsibility and more time welcoming it. If we spent less time on our soapboxes and more time on our knees.
"For in God, all things are possible, ladies and gentlemen. And even greatness from lowly sinners like you and me -- especially me."
That last part... Is he taking responsibility for the things he's done? Or is he blaming God for it?
Facing allegations in recent weeks that he took overseas trips improperly funded by lobbyists, the Texas Republican has denied wrongdoing. The House ethics committee admonished the majority leader three times in 2004 on separate issues.
And for the republicans that don't think that is a big deal.
The ethics committee met belatedly for the first time this year Wednesday, the same day a poll showed that 82 percent of Americans believe lobbyist-funded trips are a serious ethical matter.