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Gibbs Continues Obama Defense of Daschle


Thomas A. Daschle. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

By Michael D. Shear
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs defended embattled HHS secretary-designate Tom Daschle Monday, casting the controversy as nothing more than another innocent mistake by a Cabinet nominee.

"He discovered a mistake, mistakes he'd made on his taxes, and he's paid now what he owed and paid interest on that," Gibbs said of the former long-time senator.

Gibbs also predicted that senators on the Finance Committee would consider the mistake in the context of Daschle's long career, and conclude that the tax problem should not disqualify him from the Cabinet post.

"I think the Senate will lay a serious, but corrected, mistake against that three-decade career in public service," Gibbs said. "And, in the end, the Finance Committee and the Senate as a whole will vote to extend his career in public service so that he can take on the very important task to America to reform that health care system and cut our costs."

Gibbs said that Obama is "not insensitive" to the embarrassing nature of Daschle's tax problem. But he said it does not undercut the administration's message on the need for people to take personal responsibility for their actions.

"I don't believe it does. Nobody's perfect," Gibbs said. "It was a serious mistake, one that he caught and remedied."

By Web Politics Editor  |  February 2, 2009; 3:50 PM ET
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Apparently the Republicans in the current and previous cabinet somehow manged to go through 10 times the scrutiny, and somehow had actually paid their taxes.

- I want to switch to Democrat and lower my taxes

- I think trail lawyers should be able to use this defense in future IRS cases - "the whiny defendant is as sorry as Rangel and Daschle" ... "case dismissed"

Posted by: highkey11 | February 3, 2009 3:19 AM | Report abuse

"Gibbs said that Obama is "not insensitive" to the embarrassing nature of Daschle's tax problem. But he said it does not undercut the administration's message on the need for people to take personal responsibility for their actions.

"I don't believe it does. Nobody's perfect," Gibbs said. "It was a serious mistake, one that he caught and remedied.""

Ahem, ONLY because he HAD to!

If he had not been Vetted, he would have probably spent it Speculating on Oil Futures!

The Year:2002
The Action: Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschole removed.
The Result: Economy and stock market began a Rise;

almost as fast as the DECLINE since the "Empty Suit", the Clintonistas, and Shmucks like Daschle, and Geithner won the Election! :-(

Posted by: SAINT---The | February 2, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse


I, for one, think it is fine that these mistakes were made, as long as they were remedied.

I've used a tax accountant exactly ONE TIME. He suggested ways that I could get a bigger refund, that did not square with my personal ethics. They promise a bigger refund to cover the cost of their service, and everyone feels better because it's the accountant's responsibility.

President Obama is asking these good public servants to become unreproachable public servants, and they accept the challenge. Good for them. Good for him. Good for the United States.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | February 2, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

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