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. Nick Danger

    Here's a newsflash for CNN viewers: There are Islamic fundamentalists who want to kill all infidels and that includes citizens of the Great Satan, the USA. They are clever and know we are dependent upon a federal government (and it doesn't matter who is in charge, Republican or Democrat) that is almost criminally incompetent. We have a DHS Secretary who wouldn't know the difference between a "man caused disaster" and a "manhole". We've done everything we can to disarm our intelligence gathering capabilites and assure the Islamists we mean them no harm. Believe me when I tell you this: They see all our moves as weakness. And the reason they do is all our moves ARE weak. We are not a serious nation nor do we take this threat seriously.

    Perhaps President Pants-on-Fire will take notice when a major American city dies on his watch.

    January 7, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. patman

    Lotta libs on this comment section. Kool aid drinking libs...

    January 7, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Nick , California

    I'm proud to have a Pres. who will take responsibility for this rather than shift the blame! This is what we need to teach our kids these days.. to be accountable for their actions.. unlike the Republican party who teaches us to only criticize and to create division and create fear! I have not heard DICK Cheney take any responsibility for the mess he has got the US into.. only more hate, fear, and division!!! This is what Americans doesn't want anymore.. we are fed up.. I refuse to live in fear!! If we live in fear the terrorist have won.. If we pursue our dreams of life, liberty and happiness we will become a stronger nation and have a much more stable world to live in.

    January 7, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Texas Firefighter

    Previous administrations playing "hide the ball?" Sounds like the blame game once again. How about treating terrorists like terrorists and not giving them miranda rights on the battlefield. How about supporting our servicemen and women and intelligence officials instead of handcuffing their efforts. This guy is a joke, an empty suit community organizer that puts people in high administration positions
    that have zero creditability and experience in their positions. Bin Ladin was in our crosshairs, but Clinton didn't have the balls to have the trigger pulled. Sudan offered to serve him on a silver platter, but Janet Reno didn't want to offend the muslims. Don't blame Bush for 9/11, it was ALL Clinton's doing. You liberals are mentally sick and will get what you deserve soon enough.

    January 7, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. Lee

    Would like to be amused, but the tone and content of the approved comments here is pitiful.

    Obama getting praise for something he has not done (and given his track record will not do) but is uttering more just words about it is along the same line as giving him a Peace Prize.

    Obama will read some words about responsibility off the teleprompter like the good empty suit that he is, but in the same speech will point the finger of blame at everyone else. He has done it almost every speech in the past. He is incapable of saying "the buck stops here" and then stopping. It is always "the buck stops here; only because I am not like that crook over there, or that screw up that messed it up first, or the lucky guy after me that is not as intelligent so I have to be the one to fix all these other peoples screw ups."

    This speech will be no different.

    January 7, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. prairieguy

    One word............REFRESHING!!!!!!

    January 7, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. DAVID

    HOW PRESIDENTIAL OF OUR MR. OBAMA........ well is he going to take the responsibility for the Arkansas recruiting office, and the Fort Hood massacre????? oh wait those were president Bush's fault right??? on his watch so Obama should claim these as well... by my simple math this is strike 2 and counting on the President........ i wonder how his hand feels now that he has had it slapped twice by the "TERRORISTS" I'm sorry misunderstood muslims, and now it is reported that Obama has been instructing the CIA to use spy satellites to monitor the ice on the caps and let the "GLOBAL WARMING" morons use these satellites for there research to show how we will all be doomed due to climate change..... wow good use of resources there prez.......... GOD HELP US ALL

    January 7, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Jeff

    I started reading this article and thought "wow Obama isnt blaming Bush for this" until I got to the end and they had to blame Bush for not owning up. My biggest problem with Obama is that everything, everything he does is for political points. He never does things because they are good for the country, its always how is this going to make me look or how is this going to get my approval ratings up. 2012 cant come fast enough to get this amateur out of the white house.

    January 7, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Joe in NJ

    "Bush NEVER took responsibility for ANYTHING. "

    You mean like when he took FULL responsibility for what happened with Katrina? Give me a break. People really need to stop the Bush-bashing. It's getting tired.

    January 7, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. porkingamerica

    He's going to take responsibility?
    LOL check him for a fever.

    January 7, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Bob Noah

    Please! Obama will do what he always does. He'll say; " I accept full responsibility, it's George Bushes fault."

    January 7, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Stu - Las Vegas

    Who ever this "source" or aide is should be fired

    January 7, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Danl

    You miss the point. Obama is saying that he is better than the last president because the last president was not as transparant. So, you miss the fact that Janet is stupid and Obama has no "war" policy. And because terror is not a priority and Janet is lame, we nearly lost 200 lives.

    Obama is one slick cat!

    January 7, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. Jane/Seattle

    It is said that the buck stops on your desk, Mr. President. I applaud this action. I just wish you'd take more time to get the policies right for Main Street when it matters the most! I know you all got Wall Street covered. Just one question, Sir? Where are all the Big Bucks Stopping? Peace from a Main Streeter ON the wrong side of the Banks, er, tracks!

    January 7, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Wes

    The republicans will use this to attack Obama and attempt to make us all forget, yes, ready, about the Shoe bomber. Yes the shoe bomber happened after 9-11 and on Bushs watch..Who got fired? No one. Did Bush man up, nope. The more republicans talk the more I find them pathetic. And whats worse is that the shoe bomber attempted attack happened when security was suppose to be at a all time high because it came on the heels of 9-11. We can secure our airports but as proven at times, we can't secure other nations airports and thats a scary thought but we must face reality.

    January 7, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Tim

    What a nice change of pace from Bush whose motto was "The buck stops anywhere but here"

    January 7, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. candi

    Good now he needs to step down from office for endangering every American life. I dont care what Bush did. Bush is not our president.

    January 7, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. No thrill up my leg

    Obama is such an amatuer. He will probably apologize to Yemen for US policy that led this poor young misdirected muslim boy to make a little mistake. Maybe Obama will have a sit down with this punk and Bin Laden over a beer and try to work things out. After all this was not such a big deal right? In Obamaland this poor lttle extremist is only a product of the big bad USA. Shame on America.......

    January 7, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. Derrick

    The Obama con continues.

    Empty.
    Arrogant.
    Confused.
    Dangerous.

    January 7, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. jbera

    I find this president completely disingenuous.

    January 7, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. tony

    The real issue is that governmet is too big for one person to administer. Will a president take responsibility when a family dies because the health care system can't connect the dots. But remember history: Democrats signed into law the framework for the economic disaster in 1999; the democrats refused to play ball when bush tried to fix health care (didn't even offer to help); and democrats did nothing for two years when government came to them in committees to warn of economic woes. Remember the 'do nothing' congress? And congress created the post 9/11 security conglomeration of departments. DNI was supposed to be 500 supervisors, not the monstrosity it is today.

    January 7, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. Moderate

    You really have to be proud of the President. The previous administration would be hiding right now

    January 7, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. Victor

    While I applaud the President accepting responsiblity, it would have been best to fire some members who failed to connect the dots. Now the war mongering uneducated pundits like Hannity and Beck are going to run wild with this story.

    January 7, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Mandingo Bacigalupi, DDS

    Let's wait to see what President Obama says. He's beginning a 2010 fight for his political life. His words may or may not be sincere but it will be a preview of what we can expect .

    One has the feeling that the way the White House changed gears rhetorically post-Christmas suggests that they know there is more trouble to come and it wouldn't do for Mr. Obama to appear too soft and weak. Taking responsibility for this one will blunt the outrage regarding the next more serious event. After all, Mr Obama steps up to the plate and accepts responsibility. You can't criticize him now. Nothing to see here.

    January 7, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. SueG

    After 9/11 How many attacks under Bush? ZERO HOw many so far under Obama at least 4!! Comments on this blog show why this country is in the shape it is right now. And I find it hard to believe Obama will take any responsiblity-he is much to arrogant and will of course blame it on Bush. He is no Commander in Chief!!

    January 7, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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