But ultimately, Obama couldn't promise that everything wrong with the federal website used to sign up for the exchanges would be fixed by the self-imposed Nov. 30 deadline.
"It is not possible for me to guarantee that 100% of the people 100% of the time will have a perfectly seamless and smooth experience," he said.
Though he spoke at length about his responsibility for the problems, and his vision for moving forward, many weren't ready to forgive him for the rocky debut.
Some watched Obama on TV and saw a diminished president losing the reins of his own landmark legislation.
Republicans were quick to take a victory lap as Obama shifted between apology and self-reflection, while America's Health Insurance Plans, a health insurance trade association, was quick to voice its concerns about Obama's proposal.
Democrats, meantime, ranged between loyalty to the president and indications that they'd be willing to look to alternative solutions.