Meet the Press   |  November 17, 2013

Is this Obama's low point?

A Meet the Press roundtable discusses whether the problems with the Affordable Care Act are the lowest point for Barack Obama's presidency.

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>> the president come into the white house briefing room and to lay it all out about the mistakes that were made. here's a compilation of it.

>> clearly we, and i, did not have enough awareness about the problems in the website. ultimately i'm the president of the united states and they expect me to do something about it. that's on me. we fumbled the rollout on this health care plan. we should have done a better job getting that right on day one.

>> tom brokaw , is this the low point of the presidency?

>> well, there have been several low points, but this is certainly a low point at a critical time coming into the 2014 elections, and a lot of democrats beginning to bail on the idea of obama care. what is striking to me about that statement, we should have been aware. i would think, given the importance of obama care or the affordable care act , eight months ago the president would have started every meeting with, how we doing? is that going to be ready? that's going to be our big play for the second term and demanding from kathy sebelius and other people involved in it that they were ready and sending people over there to take a look at the rollout. that it suddenly landed the way that it did in utter chaos and it's not going to be an easy fix is just inexplicable.

>> you were making a point to me this week about where is bobby kennedy ? who has the muscle? he did say the user of this site is everything. who has the muscle to get it done and get done what he wants?

>> you always go where you've been arguing before. i've always been arguing this president doesn't have a chain of command , a clear line of authority and unique responsibility. i remember sebelius, most like her, she's a public servant, but when asked who was in charge of that committee under oath she started talking about somebody in cns, that this person had rollout responsibilities. look at japan. the occupation of japan was simple, but one man in charge, macarthur. the president doesn't want to have a real chief of staff like jim baker . he doesn't want to give authority to people, and i think it's a real problem.

>> you can have a crisis of responsibility where people don't think you're telling the truth, ask you can have a crisis where people don't think you can do anything. this is going to make it worse for the democrats.

>> did you buy nancy pelosi 's argument that she's going to defend it?

>> as a republican, i had a good morning because it's fun to watch nancy retreat faster than a french general. it was something. so i think they've got a problem. what interests me is what's going to happen next because politics are dynamic. what is the president going to do? huge opportunity here, but if we sit around and high-five each other about being right about this, that's a mistake. it's time for us to come up with our own