Again, how do you know what Obama may or may not have said to Roberts?
If you, as a store manager and an employee do something that causes an accident or a problem with a report, and you realize that you might have caused it, even though the employee took the blame, do you:
- go to the employee and apologize and move on
- make an announcement on the PA to ALL employees and customers that you made an error
- set aside a time for all employees to meet so that, long after the fact you can "clear the air"
It amazes me how you keep your posts straight when you have so many going on but I'll just point out that in this case, you quoted bottomline but I'll assume you meant me, what with all the manager stuff.
To answer your hypothetical, if it has become common knowledge that the employee took my blame, the first option does nothing to correct the situation. I might feel better but Oscar Oddjob is still the screwup in everyone else's eyes. I don't watch "The Office" but I would imagine that's how the Steve Carell character might handle it.
Option 3 would be all that could be done if too much time had passed before discovering the error but it would leave a lot to be desired as a solution.
Your middle choice is indeed the proper way to go if, as you say, ALL employees and customers had been wrongfully led to believe it was all Oscar's fault. I give credit to those who work for me when something they have done is praised and if their work is criticized due to my shortcoming, I take the blame. I don't know how else to do it.
What surprises me is that YOU apparently don't think so. I'm beginning to see why you had to make your former employees sit in the snow.
As to your first question, "Again, how do you know what Obama may or may not have said to Roberts?", that's pretty much the point. Obama should have made sure we all knew.
See the Biden
story. He screwed up and he made sure that he apologized and found a way to get the word out.