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January 7th, 2010
02:27 PM ET

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

Ed Henry
CNN White House Correspondent

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.

President Obama will take direct responsibility for administration mistakes when he releases a new report on the Dec. 25 terror incident, but he is not planning to fire anyone for the foul-up, according to a senior administration official familiar with the president's remarks.

"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 President Obama believes that previous administrations would "play hide the ball" and not come clean with the American people when things 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. Matt l

    You will never be reporter until you hit both sides of an arguement .

    This president has been terible, what happened to open doors to the process. He lied to us all but you are not holding his feet to the fire on it. This is no small matter Anderson, I like you but I will not consider you anything more than a democrat with news job, who reads what ever is put in front of you.

    Pelosi and Reid have HiJack system and in the end will finish Obama – there will no second term for this guy. He should never had a first term. He fooled us all – take a look at the polls – He hasn't he still thinks he is a rock star.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  2. sandy374

    The Media speaks of this incident as if Abdul Mutallab boarded the plane in the USA. He boarded the plane in Amsterdam. Go to Amsterdam and see what kind of security they have at their airport. Foreign airports' security are completely different than ours and most certainly are not as good. We don't know how much they make.

    The airline has the option of not flying into a foreign port if they know that terrorists come thru a country that they fly to. The information from the CIA should have been passed on to Continental Airlines and to Napolitano at Homeland Security. The least Continental should do is to stop flying to Amsterdam.

    The CIA had a dossier on Mutallab and they had first hand inside info as to who this man is and his motives. I believe that the CIA has a mole over there (double agent) who held up or diverted the info.
    More than likely that person has been Identified but will not be revealed and will be dealt with.
    Also I believe that our President was in meetings everyday of his vacation and had all departments collecting and assimilating information before he made any decisions.

    We have to rely on NSA, CIA, NCT, foreign intel, our domestic security and all International Air carriers to collaborate, share information and prevent terrorists from boarding internationally. Also Al-quada is recruiting people from areas all over the world. The Al-quada group is small in number and probably soldiers of fortune. And we have to remember that we have had home grown terrorists in this country for 130 years and the government has not stopped them.

    Furthermore the Airlines have had bomb threats since the 1970's by our own domestic terrorists. Adding the body scan machines in the USA will not help with inbound International airplanes. The Airlines also are going to have to take responsibility for passengers that they sell tickets to.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  3. Doug

    All morning I've heard the president is going to come on the air and take responsibility. I have yet to hear one person question why the president is addressing the country to tell us the obvious. Many of us have know where the buck stops even before President Truman told us. Of course he is responsible. What I, and I dare say, most americans want to know is what he is going to do about the problem.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:21 pm |