January 7th, 2010
02:52 PM ET
8 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. sarju

    now this is leadership

    January 7, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The Soviet Union was defeated and left Afghanistan and I've heard no reports of terrorist attempting to attack them. Think about it.

    January 7, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Radar55

    Thank You Sir,

    That bunker guy and his puppet would have never even considered excepting anything other than Mission Accomplished

    January 7, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Obama Victim

    well....at least he admitted he is an idiot....but we already knew that

    January 7, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. GGG

    Don't worry he will still find a spot to place blame on someone...that is what he does...He has lied over and over again...Wake up !!!!

    January 7, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Steve (the real one)

    Good start, 13 days after the fact but a good start! Bush haters will NEVER give him any credit, Obama haters are the same. While I did not vote for him, he gets credit for stepping up! Consider the left and right wing of a chicken. It makes a lot of noise while flapping around, yet not strong enough to sustain flight! Reminds me of modern politics!

    January 7, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. proud mother and sister of soldiers

    Do you not think his plumeting ratings have something to do with his new role? Do you think the pressure for his "lack of promised transperacy" is not affecting his rehtoric? All he has proven is his lack of honesty between what he says and what he does. The buck does stop at his desk and with no one else!

    January 7, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. scottish Mama

    I am more in tune with my government this past year than in the last 8. I understand and I am more informed. A war you can fight, a lone terrorist is like a gunman in a mall. You cannot plan for it, it is random. If you are to fly, you will be our defense, our soldiers. Get ready to fight for your lives.
    Bush has started it and repubs are crying. Take a back seat and let the Democrats fix the errors of your ways. Don't start something you couldn't fix in 8 years. Back the president and let him finish his 1st year.
    America unite and let's start a jihad of our own. We will fight them with all we have.
    All those Islamist that want to insite riots {terrorism} in D.C. and New York need to be charged with it.
    Gee, a real life human president, he admits errors, {Cheney take note, then write a book about your errors} I guess the only way to correct an error is to recognize it.

    January 7, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. jeff

    He is only taking responsibilty because every radio show and news station has said he should.
    Before that he had Napolitano and Gibbs say under his orders that the system worked then after outrage he then is outraged himself.
    It is like the AIG bonus scandle He signs off on it but when the public is mad he shows his anger

    January 7, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. dennispaul

    man, all you dems sure do sound nervous. This isn't the first time big BO has screwed up......hell, its been a year already and he doesn't even have a full Cabinet yet.

    January 7, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. donttreadonme

    Pres Obama we get it, you thought Bush wasn’t quick to admit his mistakes so now you are going overboard to take personal responsibility for everything that happens even if you or our country were not directly involved. So instead of being your "own" man you continue trying to be the anti-Bush???

    January 7, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. John

    Dems are done in Nov. 2010...

    January 7, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. KJ

    Since so many right wingers are calling for the firing of people who made a mistake, I would suggest we fire every current congressional representative who voted to invade Iraq which cost the lives of thousands of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians based on the faulty intelligence of a Republican adminstration.

    January 7, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. GNB

    Any reference or insinuation that these recent events are in any way related to "past administrations" is already finger-pointing. Unless heads roll, I don't think the people will be satisfied, except all those obama-followers who think he can do no wrong. His appointed cabinet is constantly running into controversy that he is also responsible for because he put them there. Lets see how he hee-haws his way through this one.

    January 7, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. Abe

    I like to thank the president for being honest and accept the mistakes that took on December 25th. This is not time to cover up for what has happened but to come up with a solution and safe guard our country. His honesty will be an example for others that as Americans we are all in it and affects us all the same way. Danger does not discriminate so our administration and as Americans we should be vigilante and keep watch/ open our eyes/ open our eyes and be ready to protect the country. Hats off to the president to come in front of the American people and accept blame. His willingness to gather his security staff to discuss what went wrong shows us he is serious and will no accept mistake to happen that could have caused the loos of a lot of lives and threaten the security of our country. God Bless.

    January 7, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Chicago Ray

    This will be a first for Obama, not blaming Bush for his missteps.

    January 7, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. dennispaul

    he can't keep track of who (Salahis) shows up at the White House never mind who gets on a plane ......its OK though, Janet said everything went according to plan.

    January 7, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Steve (the real one)

    Interesting how so-called "progressives" regress so easliy! You guys are always finding a way to look so hard back towards Bush, I'm afraid your going to tweek your necks. Be careful!

    January 7, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. rich in az

    Thats not good enough. Start leading.

    January 7, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. Thanks Mr. President!

    I'm confident Pres. Obama will objectively study the evidence and find the best solutions possible. The GOP pants-wetters think they're scoring political points attacking the administration over this but actually they're just playing right into terrorists' hands, engendering the panic those fanatics want to create. I appreciate the president not playing that self-destructive game.

    January 7, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. Obama Mama

    This president continue to amaze me. He is so humble. Commend him on his patience and tolerance....and the fact that he doesn't throw people under the bus

    January 7, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. Kevin in Ohio

    Fire yourself, Obama! Liar.

    January 7, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Tim

    When will he claim responsibitly for the boneheaded decision to treat terrorists as common criminals and his decision to release dozens of terrorists held at gitmo back to the battlefield?

    January 7, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. Aspen Professor

    "Obama will say, 'Here are the warts, I'm responsible," said the senior administration official" as regards the attempted bombing of the plane in detroit.

    I cannot wait until the right-wing extremists controlling the Republican Party jump on this one. Those idiots, if they could, would blame Obama on the French and Indian War. What total, consistent, paranoid, fools my Republican Party has become. Sad - Sad - Sad!

    January 7, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. libs are funny little critters

    Your track record on being honest is a little tarnished, Mr. President.

    January 7, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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