January 7th, 2010
02:52 PM ET
4 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. Chipster

    Hmmmm:

    What "terrible health care bill?" We don't even have one yet so how do you know it's terrible? You seem to know an awful lot about a bill that, not only hasn't taken effect but hasn't even been negotiated yet.

    20/20 foresight? or just more partisan whining?
    Many current and former officials have praised Janet Napolitano but, regardless of who takes responsibility, we will never, ever be able to stop all of these attempts. I don't care if it's Bin Laden or McVey, the world has far too many crazy people to successfully stop them all.

    January 7, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. dems are like children

    I wonder if it will be asopen and honest as the the care mess?

    Will it be shown on CSPAN?

    January 7, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. vwrtb

    The buck stops here... Yes I made that up... Ssshhh dems.. The republicans will never know! Maybe I can coin it...

    January 7, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Mississippi Mrs.

    President Obama should take responsibility for being born... that fact will prove to be an historical calamity, because who could have forseen that such a beatiful baby, would socialize and weaken our Great Country? Who could know that one man could have so much power? We were clueless about Hitler and Stalin, but after the fact...they live in infamy. Obama's fame will be a biography of The abolishing of Americas Freedom. Unless we vote Conservative in 2010.... we deserve for History to repeat itself.

    January 7, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. sharp2

    Why does the President say he wants no finger-pointing when HE IS THE BIGGEST FINGER POINTER OF ALL. Even when he says he takes responsibility he points his finger and says Bush would never do this. This President is the worst ever. I was so glad to see Bush go but I would give anything to have Bush back as our President

    January 7, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. Durk

    Obama taking responsibility doesn't solve any problems. The system failed, and the system is only as good as the people running it. I don't want an apology, I want a solution.

    As for Bush haters, save your liberal agenda for Obamacare. At the end of the day, 1 terrorist attack with Bush in 8 years, 3 attacks in less than 1 for Obama. Feel safe now?

    January 7, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. Laura in KS

    Apparently "Hmmmm" has the ability to foresee the future...anything else we should be on the lookout for, eh? Oh, do tell...

    January 7, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. munchmom

    DUH! You finally have got something right–this happened on YOUR watch and you are fumbling now to save face. Big of you considering you have ruined our country with your apology tour and various other things to bring us down.

    January 7, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Eyckie

    Obama is such a man. He has grace, intellect, common sense and respect. He is humble and recognizes that Americans need to hear truth from him.

    Can you imagine Bush or Cheney saying they were responsible for anything? Never. Their credo is deny, deny, deny.

    January 7, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. JWR

    United we stand, divided we fall. This is too crucial a time in American History for division.

    January 7, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. John D.

    The man is full of crap. Napolitano and Brennan are the ones guilty. He's just taking the fall to cover for them. They need to be dismissed for incompetancy. They fell asleep at the wheel, PERIOD.

    His contentions about previous administrations is such BULL. Now he's transparent. I don't think so! What a loser.

    January 7, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Grrr-Awful-O

    Yes, once again he is responsible. Although normally he blames it on George Bush or someone else. So many people have been thrown under the bus by this administration that that should be their official logo.

    January 7, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. Bob in Pa

    As soon as he says "previos administration" it has disolved into finger pointing. This guy hasn't taken the high road since coming into office. Everything is someone elses fault. Surely he has a Tzar hanging around some where that is supposed to oversee these things

    Be a man BO!
    Stand up and admit that this guy slipped through the cracks. These policies for airline safety have been in place for several years now, maybe it's time to review and refine the procedures for shortcomings.

    January 7, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. S Callahan God help America!

    Uh Oh!.....don't think the public is going to be satisfied on this explanation. From the ktichen table...it's said Janet was in the reign..so she takes the fall. Just sayin'

    January 7, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. Sue

    Well, CATCH the BALL Mr. Pres. and clean up your messes. YOUR
    appointees are disastrous placements. NO security with your pickings – IN or OUT of the White House.

    January 7, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Ken H.

    Obama, in his slick way with words, will try to take responsilbility by blaming everything on Bush.

    January 7, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. jules sand-perkins

    Little.

    Late.

    Blame Bush, anyway.

    January 7, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    OH, and I'll bet you ANYTHING that there is absolutely NO CHANCE that The Republican Party Of NO" will find the President's statement as acceptable.

    January 7, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  19. Tea Party Sheep . . .

    As opposed to Bush, who couldn't think of any mistakes he made.

    January 7, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. Lisa in FL

    NOW...THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!! Can you imagine if McIdiot and the Wasilla Hillbilly had won the election. My God. We would now be at war with Iran and Yemen!

    January 7, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. A. Goodwin

    Its so refreshing to have a President who accepts responsibility and who does not lie!

    January 7, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    He's going to take responsibilty for this? You mean he's not going to blame Bush for this too???

    January 7, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. Dan, TX

    Dear Hmmmmm. Americans want health care reform, many want a public option. But the democrats compromised with the republicans to make the bill what it is. So, many of the people opposing the bill in polls don't think it has enough government intervention in it. Others oppose it because it has too much government intervention. That's why this bill is the best that can be done right now. It's called compromise.

    Obama is much like Bush I. Americans forget what it's like to have an adult in charge. I wish Americans would grow up and learn that differences of opinions should be respected and compromise is how everything should be done. Conservatism and Liberalism are BOTH BAD.

    January 7, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. Kathy

    Just a new strategy to sweep the subject under the rug. Someone should be fired – protecting those who screwed up is not the answer to the problem – but then – this is par for the course. Slowly people are catching on – that's the good news.

    January 7, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. 911willie

    So does this mean he is going to stop blaming Bush and the Republicans for every failure?

    Still say that we voted for Franklin Roosevelt and we got Jimmie Carter...

    January 7, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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