We, Obama

The NYT has Obama lecturing his aides like so:

We created this problem we didn’t need to create,” Mr. Obama said, according to one adviser who, like several interviewed, insisted on anonymity to share details of the private session. “And it’s of our own doing, and it’s our most important initiative.”

Is he speaking in the royal We here? I have an easier time believing this than that he is voluntarily sharing responsibility.

But I’m not sure. It’s possible the source paraphrased a less magnanimous construction in the original.

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