When I was at Fannie Mae, we had a very tough risk management structure. That was 5, almost 6 years ago [2003, when housing bubble first took off]. Instead of staying the course as later management said, they changed that structure in order to become a bigger player in the market. They were losing market share by maintaining their tough standards, they wanted to be players, they jumped in and they bought a lot of things they shouldn't have bought. They've testified to this themselves so I'm not really speaking out of turn here, and that really led to the company's failing financially because they took on more risk than they should have.
~Franklin Raines, former chairman and CEO, Fannie Mae, CNBC, May 4th, 2010
(Of course, this directly contradicts the point he made moments earlier in the interview, in which he argued that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the FHA need to be available to support the mortgage market when traditional lenders become risk-averse and flee from these very types of mortgages he now says shouldn't have been made.)