The president did not specifically sign off on the strike that killed the two hostages, @PressSec says
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) April 23, 2015
Well, which is it? First, he did what would seem to be the correct thing, taking responsibility for the deaths of the hostages. Perhaps the first time he has ever taken responsibility for anything bad.
He takes full responsibility for these operations and believes it is important to provide the American people with as much information as possible about our counterterrorism operations, particularly when they take the lives of fellow citizens.
But once the deaths seemed to get some negative blowback, we get this backing-off responsibility response from the Josh Earnest, the Press Secretary.