Figuring out what to do to prevent attacks in the future is part of the presidents job. Mr Bush can use the 9/11 findings to help or not. He is responsible.
The President (the sitting president) has the responsibility to stop this kind of shit from happening. If they happen, he is responsible
The terrorists are responsible for the attacks. The govennment is responsible for allowing them to happen.
No, we were not all complacent. Read what Clark and Rice said in the hearings. The government was in a high state of alert in the US and abroad in June and July before the bombings. There were warnings popping up all over the place. Senior elements in the administration were ignoring them. There were mechanisms in place for dealing with the issues. They may not have been the best mechanisms and there may be something better, but we could have tried something.
No, the Dems don't have to take responsibiolity for FDR before the GOP will accept any responsibility for 9/11. If your attitude represents the current administration, Mr Bush will substantially reduce his chance to hold on to the White House. You are talking like some goddamn CEO reading a statement his legal team wrote for him "Without admitting guilt, we will agree not to contest the judgement...". The government failed in it's most fundamental duty.
Bush should say all this.. He should not mention Clinton. He should look and act like a president who is willing to stand up and face the consequences of his own successes and failures. Anything less leaves him looking like a man who can't look himself in the eye at night.