January 7th, 2010
02:52 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama to lay out 'warts' and say 'I'm responsible'

President Obama will take direct responsibility for administration makes when he releases a new report on the December 25 terror incident.
President Obama will take direct responsibility for administration makes when he releases a new report on the December 25 terror incident.

Washington (CNN) - President Obama will take direct responsibility for administration mistakes when he releases a new report on the December 25 terror incident, according to a senior administration official familiar with the president's remarks.

But he is not planning to fire anyone for the foul-up, the official said.

"He will say, 'Here are the warts; I'm responsible,' " said the senior administration official, who requested anonymity because aides were not authorized to discuss the remarks before they're delivered by the president.

The official said the president believes that previous administrations would "play hide the ball" and not come clean with the American people when things go wrong, so he wants to be direct about what needs to be fixed, but the official said the president does not want this process to devolve into finger-pointing.

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  1. joe averagae

    Transparent???????? Closed door meetings??????? Really responsible. Yeh Right. HAHAHAHA

    January 7, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. joe

    So, if God forbid 300 people did die, he would of said the same thing, right? give me a break. its all political and its a stupid move, because if there is another attack he will get slammed.

    January 7, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. Linda

    Liberals are so wishy-washy–Obama had screwed up royally and now thinks that he can "accept the responsibility" and everyone will fall back in love with him!!!! OPEN up your eyes and tell the truth–9/11 happened when George Bush was President but the support for Bin Laden and the opportunity to "take him out" happened during Bill Clinton's presidency. After 9/11 George Bush stood up to the terrorist (which Obama ignores the fact that they are terrorist) and said that Bin Laden was wanted "dead or alive".. Bush showed strong leadership when he needed too and he did keep us safe from 9/11/2001 until January 20, 2009.

    January 7, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. RWM

    Those of you who have jobs will remember that when you take a job, you agree to be responsible for whatever it is that needs doing in that job, no matter who had the job before you or what happened long ago. This may be a surprise to you but that also is the case with the job of the president. He wanted the job, he campaigned for the job, he made all sorts of promises to us so we would give him the job and now he is responsible for doing the job. Forget Bush. Just forget about him.

    January 7, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Steve

    I like the fact that he's willing to take the heat for this, but he REALLY needs to stop pointing at the previous administration if he wants to be about the future and positive change. Okay... we get it... you inherited a mess. Time to let go of the political finger pointing and move on.

    January 7, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. djm

    He will take responsibility for nothing and blame President Bush and the CIA. Congress has been in demcrats hands since 2006 when the ecomnmy went south. they were also in charge up to 94. the best thing for President Obama will be when the Republicans win the congress backand prosperity returns.

    January 7, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. John

    What difference... Obama doesn't want to hide anything but will not divulge the details except to say it is his responsiblity...... How different is that?

    January 7, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. danny

    This will be the first time he has ever taken responsibility for anything he is certainly not Truman because the buck never stop with him unless it is to go into his pocket.

    January 7, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. ILoveCNN

    I have to admit one thing Obama is exceptionally good at: talks, talks, and talks.

    January 7, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. djm

    Other admins " hide the ball" again he is so different the president creates straw men arguements.

    January 7, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. No More Incumbents

    Now if he'd only act responsibly. This guy is nothing but talk......

    January 7, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Pedro

    Good. Maybe he will resign and go back to being a IL state senator. Its more fitting to his abilities.

    January 7, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. southerncousin

    He will not take responsibility for anything. As you can tell from the libitard responses here, he will blame Bush more. I know, I know they are drug addled, but they are Obamas people. The promise to take responsibility is like him saying in the campaign that there will be no middle class tax hikes (SCHIP, Cap & Trade, Health care reform), accept no lobbyists in his administration, everything will be transparent. Just lies fed to him by the SEIU/ACORN and George Soros through his teleprompter. The man is an inept, immoral empty suit.

    January 7, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. all the news that's fit to omit

    Why the holdup on the greatest speech ever, a teleprompter factory blow up?

    So he is going to take the blame and rightfully so, but then talk smack of previous administrations but he doesn't "want it to delve into finger pointing"?

    So the coward will say one thing, but really mean something else?

    Can he just FINALLY take over as President, admit the screw up and not blame any other admin?

    C-SPAN for healthcare debates – LIES

    Nobody making less than 250,000 will have higher taxes – LIES

    Taxing healthcare plans will not happen when I am president – LIES

    I am disgusted.

    January 7, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    Kennedy did this his whole career and got relected for 5 decades
    and somehow eveything was forgiven
    but...........there was always somethig else, and then something else

    remember obama, you only get two terms

    January 7, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Right Leaning Independent

    Uh oh, does this mean he will go on another worldwide apology tour??

    January 7, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. New Yorker

    Why would he fire anyone when he said it is his fault. How about impeach before it's too late.

    January 7, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. SLM

    Why is this man on my TV again? Interrupting my programming for his baloney tunes. Anyone notice he only goes on prime time when pushing his agenda? When he screws up, it's on in the afternoon...........Hmm, a little suspicious!

    January 7, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. joe kiloz

    The United States Government Security agencies know of the bomber before getting on board, then Obama's appointees say they were waiting until deplaning to interview him ? Mohamad Atta and his likes are still laughing at this administration and Janet "I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M DOING IN THIS POSITION", AKA "Napolitano".

    Ladies and gentlemen, board at your own peril.

    January 7, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. Carole

    Unlike the years of TERROR, TERROR, TERROR, 'They hate us for our Freedon' with no explanations.

    REPUBLICANS ARE TREASONS!

    THANK YOU RON PAUL FOR SPEAKING OUT!

    January 7, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. unclesmrgol

    Wow, for the first time, the buck will stop with him instead of being forwarded to the previous occupant of the office! Hopefully, the same will happen when the healthcare albatross finally starts stinking.

    January 7, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. DALE

    How do you handle this? After eights of the Bush and Republican administration that made and contunues to make deception an art form, I'm not sure the public will know how to react.

    January 7, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. Speaking for Liberals

    Well, since Obama can't do anything right in the eyes of Repuglicans and conservatives...might as well.
    I remember the good ol'days when they not only passed the buck, they would pass the buck into oblivion

    January 7, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. Anon

    Obummer admit a mistake????? I'll believe it when I hear it come from the teflon god's mouth. Hard for a perpetual victim to own up to anything.

    January 7, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    So he is responsible AGAIN? Being able to own up to responsiblity is good but there are limits. If Obama's first 4 years are marked by him continually taking responsibility for screwups, then he does not deserve a 2nd term. Yes, admit your mistakes when you make them but if you are admitting to too many mistakes, you are in the wrong job.
    And actually, you die-hard Obamamaniacs, Bush did come out later and admit he never should have said "Bring it on."
    I suppose in the end, Obama may end up as incompetent as Bush, the only difference is BO admits his mistakes? And how would we be better off?

    January 7, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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