Chuck Todd: "I Was Surprised" At How Long It Took Obama To Apologize In Interview

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CAROL PLATT LIEBAU, HUGH HEWITT GUEST HOST:: Now you know, Chuck, just closing out, we’ve got about 40 seconds left, I mean, were you surprised that the President didn’t just flat-out apologize like Lanny Davis and a bunch of others have suggested he should, instead of sort of giving a lawyerly apology, a carefully, you could see it was carefully worded. Were you surprised?

CHUCK TODD, NBC NEWS: Look, I thought it was going to happen right of the top. So I was surprised that it didn’t come until the second or, I think it was my second question, the first follow up. But you know, who knows how he thought about it, about how it should come out, how it should look? So, but I will admit, I thought it was going to come right off the top.

PLATT LIEBAU: Yeah.

TODD: But it didn’t, so you know, it would have been shame on me if I didn’t ask for one.

PLATT LIEBAU: Well you did, and that was great. So finally, and just briefly, the President has mentioned that he feels badly and he’s working to fix these problems. What, in your view, is it that he can actually do? I mean, is there a legal authority that’s actually going to allow him to do anything meaningful? We’ve got about 25 seconds.

TODD: Well, I don’t know. They’re trying to see if they can do it without Congress. They don’t want to go through Congress.

PLATT LIEBAU: Yeah, but what kind of regulations can you do at this point?

TODD: So, well, it has to do, honestly, they don’t know, yet. They’re negotiating with, I just did a bunch of reporting for this tonight. They’re negotiating with the, you know, you basically have three entities you have to deal with here – the state insurance commissioners, for the state by state issues, the insurance companies, plus the federal, their own federal regulation. I think what they’re trying to come up with is can they basically do regulations that would allow, let’s say you got a cancellation notice, you can’t have the policy you like, but maybe they can get the insurance companies and the regulators to agree well, you know what? If you want to keep that policy, you can renew it through 2014.

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