Susan Estrich On Obamacare Blame Game: Obama Has A "Victim's Mentality"


GREGG JARRETT, FOX NEWS HOST: His thursday news conference was, many people said, painful to watch. It wasn't so much a mea culpa as it was a they-a culpa. That is to say, he blamed the website contractors, he blamed the insurance companies. He incessantly used the football analogy about fumbling. But never once, Susan, not once did he directly apologize for misleading Americans nor did he admit that he knew all along that they were going to lose their plans and it's documented now that he did know that. So was that a mistake?

SUSAN ESTRICH: Yes! I mean, how can it not be a mistake? In the first rule of politics, you know, Harry Truman, the buck stops here. Take responsibility. What I've learned over the years is that people will give people in politics a lot of rope if they just take responsibility. I remember back when remember Janet Reno in Waco, a complete mess up by the government, she stood up and she said, 'I'm responsible.' People said, 'oh, okay.'

If you're responsible and you're willing to take responsibility, we'll give you a pass. And part of this president's problem -- this isn't the first time -- is he has a bit of a victim's mentality here. He's the most powerful man in the free world. This was his program. This was his signature accomplishment and if there are problems with it -- and there are -- you got to stand up and say, 'I'm responsible, folks.' I'm not going to blame anybody else. I'm responsible and I'm responsible for fixing it. If he said that, I think people would have a much better response than they're having right now.

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