(CNN) - It's a moment President Bush has repeatedly called a mistake: Delivering a speech on board the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Spring of 2003 with a "Mission Accomplished" banner featured prominently behind him.
But the much-maligned photo-op wasn't the president's fault at all, according to former White House Communications Director Dan Bartlett.
Bartlett, currently a political analyst with CBS, said Tuesday he was the one who actually gave the final go-ahead of the event.
"Quite frankly, yours truly was the guy who actually signed off," he said Tuesday. "I regret it to this day, because it did send the wrong message."
In his final press conference Monday, Bush immediately cited the moment when asked by a reporter what mistakes he had made over the last eight years.
"Clearly, putting a 'mission accomplished' on an aircraft carrier was a mistake," he said. "We were trying to say something differently but, nevertheless, it conveyed a different message."
Bush has also previously defended the banner as pertaining to the mission of the crew on board the Aircraft carrier, not the Iraqi invasion as a whole.
Still, Bartlett credited Bush Tuesday for not blaming his staff for the misstep.
"[That's] why he endears so much loyalty from people like myself and others who had worked for him," Bartlett said.