If you can tell us what Pres. Bush means, we'd all be grateful .Originally Posted by peteryoung
Seriously though, what he meant is something like:
"I accept responsibility (for the poor response to the New Orleans disaster), but my responsibility is limited to only what the federal government did wrong. They did do wrong, but they didn't do much wrong (and I take responsibility 'to that extent'), because the state authorities were mostly to blame and bear most of the responsibility."
In other words, "to the extent that they didn't do their job right" means "only in the things where they didn't do their job right."