The president has not handled this well. This problem of intelligence and counterterrorism began long ago, under both parties, and remains today, and must be addressed. It was not brilliant for the president to first downplay the importance of this, and then show his anger at others in his administration without taking responsibility himself.

The president should have taken responsibility from day one and told the nation he would find the mistakes, correct them, and set things right.

As for the partisans, the cheap shots, the fast talk and easy answer crowd, Republicans should take responsibility for their part. They should stop their obsessive partisanship. And Democrats and Republicans should work together to solve the problem.