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. Steve, NY

    So if he takes the responsibility and blames himself for the problem then
    it's ok. Give me a break stupid liberal logic,. When are these stupid liberals going to wake up and get things corrected in this country. Everything that the democrats are doing are only supported by 40% of the people. Whetre are the politicians thast are suppose to support the 60 %. I think all the liberals should move to the West coast and the Conservatives move to the East coast and we'll see who will be the prosperous group. Most of your liberals are already out there, in the west coast. The liberals are a bunch of parasites that suck money from the working people. Working people don't complain. They are too busy working.
    That's why you see so many liberals making comments here. They have nothing else to do.

    January 7, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. BeckyMack

    Wow. The president says he doesn't want to point fingers but THEN is expected to point fingers at previous administrations for not being as responsible as he is??? And I"m sort of shocked at the comments on this thread. People think the war on terror by Bush is bankrupting this country?? WHAT? Obama and his pork bills have put our GRANDCHILDREN in debt. But oh wait....apparently Bush should have tried harder to create an infrastructure of intelligence?? OBAMA is expected to do the same. He has his own infrastructure now and it is failing horribly. The Bush one at least kept us safe since 9/11.

    January 7, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Michelle

    Please forgive me, I can't catch my breath for laughing so hard. President Obama is actually going to accept responsibility? His mantra has been "it's all Bush's fault" since the beginning. It is Obama's policies that will destroy this country. I'd like to see him take responsibility for what is going on in Congress, for the failure to make the stimulus work, for perpetuating job loss, for lying during his presidential campaign, especially about transparency, for his lack of judgment and skill when dealing with foreign dignitaries....the list goes on and on. I'll bet anything he ends his "I'm responsible" talk with how he wouldn't have had this problem if the Bush administration had been on the ball. That's how he takes responsibility.

    January 7, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "The current GOPdoesn't take responsibility for ANYTHING."

    They're also "done apologizing" without ever having spoken a single one.

    January 7, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Peter s

    This is a very equable and sober minded guy!!. Thanks Mr. President mistakes were made! and the time to move forward is now but foreign Airports should own the mistake too!!

    January 7, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. SocialismBad

    I don't expect Obama to take the blame because bureaucrats and intelligence analysts can't put 2 and 2 together. What I do fault him, and Napolitano for is projecting weakness to our enemies and thus emboldening them.

    Napolitano said some pretty stupid stuff and I question her competence in the security area. She wanted open borders between Arizona and Mexico so that tells me everything I need to know about her "security credentials".

    January 7, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Tammy

    What does Cheney think? Or Palin? Can't wait. I'm sure Bush won't be commenting, because he's out of it anyway.

    January 7, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. Mike in Dallas, Texas

    Our dear president is way in over his head. He needs to talk to John McCain for recommendations on bringing some competent people into his administration instead of simply hiring people because it pleases some far left group that supported him.

    Its going to be a rough ride the next three years.

    January 7, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. Pat

    yes, lets expose all the warts so the Terrorists will know how to plan in the future. The media needs to let the government protect us and stop exposing all our secrets. Obama is an idiot, he thinks his crap don't stink, probably because his nose is so up in the air. He has lied about transparency and bipartisanship. If you have to make yourself look better by talking bad about others, then what does that say about yourself. We need to get rid of both Democrats and Republicans and just have Independents make decisions. Party first, people second.

    January 7, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Dyan, Minnesota

    This is refreshing......... a President who actually accepts that the final responsiblity lies at his desk.. It's much better than hearing over educated, over paid White House officials making excuses and saying 'no one could have predicted it'.

    January 7, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. TX Big Dog

    Watch what he says before you admire the fool in chief. He will dance around this. Remember, "the system worked". There have been more terrorist attacks in 11 months than after 9/11, so skoff at Bush/Cheney but we were safer. We will see how NY suffers with KSM on trial.

    Fools follow fools and I see a lot of you here.

    Tx Big Dog

    January 7, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. Bill

    OMG. Even during his own failures, he's still trying to play the Bush card. Man, this is getting really old.

    January 7, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. BRIAN

    Things President Bush never accepted resposibility for ,Katrina,fake war in IRAQ which caused Afganistian to turn into crap,failure to capture or kill bin laden,Dick Chenney,staff leaking cia emploies names to press ect .This is refreshing.

    January 7, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. JDD

    Regarding the easily disprovable-through-research claim that Bush never took responsability for anything:

    "It is true that much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong. As president I am responsible for the decision to go into Iraq. And I'm also responsible for fixing what went wrong by reforming our intelligence capabilities."

    - Former President George Bush, speaking at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, December 14, 2005.

    "Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government and to the extent the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility."

    - Former President George Bush, responding to a question during a joint news conference with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani., September 13, 2005.

    January 7, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    As a side note to this story: Dick Cheney and everyone else who criticizes President Obama's commitment to our nation's security should watch the interview with Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Admiral Mike Mullen on last night's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

    Admiral Mullen said that he completely agrees with President Obama's decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan – and that he greatly appreciated the President's willingness to have a deep and wide discussion and analysis of the situation before making this very important decision. The length of time it took to reach the decision was appropriate.

    Mullen also said that he believes the President is doing everything he can to protect our country and is very supportive of our military personnel.

    'Nuff said.

    January 7, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Tom in SB

    ...and remind me once again why it's in our nation's best interests to allow ANY Muslim into the country – by land, sea, or air! Out with the Islamotrash and we can halt all the ridiculous pat-downs of grandmas at the airport. Most Americans want ALL young men with names like Mohammed-al-Kaboom to be on no-fly lists.

    January 7, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. jenn, philadelphia

    Of course he'll accept responsibility. He'll start by saying this was a failure of the system put in place by the last administration. In other words, it's Bush's fault, the same line he's been tossing about for 11 months.

    January 7, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. Jules V. Jernigan

    The President of The United States can do his job no matter where he is in the world. Yes Pres. Obama was in Hawaii where was Pres. Bush on 9/11? Let's stay on point.

    January 7, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. tanyakristine

    Soooooooooo incredibly wonderful to have a president that can admit his mistakes. that takes guts & class.

    January 7, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. Airline Dude

    Nice, the Left Loons will love that...."he's the only President that ever took responsibility", "Way to get the facts before you act", "I support you" It'll be the same rally cry the left always has had with this guy. However lets not forget that He is the one that appointed Napolitano and Paneta to their posts, if you take responsibility you have to toss out those two lame asses. Anything less is just more talk, which we all know you are great at. I'm a unionized airline employee, so I have a front row seat to what is and isn't being done!

    January 7, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. rick

    the retired member of british politics who was part of organising the health care they have pointed out that its easier to budget keeping people healthy than to kill people in wars.the cutbacks the american government could make on there very unneccessary weaponry of war would likely ease this discussion on why other countries do it there way.

    January 7, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. Wayne

    Accepting responsibility: a liberal value.

    January 7, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. joe averagae

    He will say it was Bushes fault first.

    January 7, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. felicia

    Well if i was President Obama i wouldn't take the blame for nothing. Because the way i see it, someone somewhere right here in the u.s. is trying to set the President up to fall. I wouldn't put it past none of these shuckers if they would plot and carry out a terrorist plot on their own. The repigs are so mad at President Obama because no matter what happens re on out bush and cheney is the blame for this country's problem. President Obama can try to fix this all he want we are too far in the whole all the way around it's gonna take a mirical to clean up this mess.

    January 7, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. Ertdfg

    “He will say, ‘Here are the warts, I’m responsible,”

    Really? that would be out of character. I'd expect to blame Bush, explain it was a failing of Bush's administration; or perhaps the vague blame of the "previous administration".

    HE hasn't taken responsibility for anything since he took office, and the DNC is still planning to run against Bush in the 2010 elections...

    If he does take responsibility instead of passing the buck or chucking another underling under the bus it will be the first time he's done so.

    January 7, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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