February 4th, 2009
02:00 PM ET

Pres. Obama’s credibility hurt by tax scandals?


Questions about tax issues have now clouded three nominations. (PHOTO CREDIT: JIM WATSON/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

From CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama says he "screwed up” when it came to the nomination of Tom Daschle as Health and Human Services Secretary. No kidding.

Daschle dropped out after days of questioning about more than $100,000 in unpaid taxes. President Obama says it's important for his administration to send a message that there aren't two sets of rules when it comes to paying taxes - for prominent people and for ordinary folks. That might prompt one to ask, "Then why do you keep nominating people who haven't paid their taxes for high ranking positions in your administration?"

Questions about tax issues have now clouded three nominations. Besides Daschle, another top appointee, Nancy Killefer, pulled her name from consideration as chief White House Performance officer – because of unpaid taxes for a household employee. And then, of course, there was Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. He was eventually confirmed by the Senate – but only after days of scrutiny and numerous public apologies. The man who will now oversee the IRS failed to pay tens of thousands of dollars in taxes himself.

None of this is good news for the Obama administration. It opens up the White House to a lot of criticism from Republicans and on newspaper editorial pages. They say President Obama preaches one thing – ethics, responsibility, etc. – but practices another. It also raises serious questions about the administration's vetting process. Who keeps submitting the names of tax cheats for high-powered jobs in Obama's administration?

Here’s my question to you: How does nominating three people who didn't pay their taxes affect President Obama's credibility?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Ann from South Carolina writes:
Pres. Obama knows those three nominations put his credibility in danger. When he was campaigning he said that when he made a mistake, he would admit it. Saying "I screwed up" admits the mistake, he takes responsibility for it, so that takes the wind out of the sails of those who want to make a big issue out of tax issues of these three nominees. It is time for the media to let go of it.

C. writes:
Seems like a deeper issue when a former party leader in the U.S. Senate and the former head of the Federal Reserve Bank of N.Y. are the tax cheats in question. Hitting three folks with tax issues in the relatively small statistical sample of Obama nominees makes one wonder if it isn’t just the tip of the iceberg. Shows how pervasive the problem is ... more than an Obama issue.

Bill writes:
Although he can not be responsible for the entire vetting process, it makes him look like he did not do his homework.

Cynthia from Michigan writes:
President Obama's credibility is not hurt one bit by Daschle’s tax scandal. In fact, the vetting process is doing exactly what it's supposed to do: weed out the ones who continue to go forward in the nomination process hoping their darkness doesn't come to light. Did President Obama make a mistake? He did. Once Daschle’s tax issue was found was the time for President Obama to check Daschle off. What keeps President Obama's credibility in tact is that he took responsibility (immediately) for his screw-up. I can live with that.

Ray from Danville, Virginia writes:
It shows that there isn't really any change in the Obama administration. He still has the same old Democrats who have been in the system in Washington for years.

Nerakami writes:
Jack, It's beginning to give me the impression that nobody in Washington pays their taxes.

Filed under: Obama Administration • Scandals • Taxes
soundoff (547 Responses)
  1. carson

    not really effected .

    February 4, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  2. Betty Henderson

    Jack, the economy is in the tank, two wars, Iran with nuclear capabilities, millions of children dying , aids, global warming, millions of Americans out of work, on the street, ALL BAD NEWS. The world has a new hope, a new chance to change , this is crunch time, and we are TALKING about some peoples taxes?? Credibility ? Where the hell is ours?

    February 4, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  3. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    He took a little hit in this area with some people but he gained a hugh level of credibility by simply saying that he was wrong and is willing to learn from his mistakes. It is refreshing to see the sincerity of someone who is in that job admit making a mistake unlike those in the past and espeically the one that just left office.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  4. gCs Gonzales LA

    I believe his credibility is going to be okay, but the bucks always stop with the one in charge, however if you want to get specific I would have to place the blame on first indiviuals themselves and then the folks who were doing the vetting.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  5. Deacon in Grand Rapids

    It's a huge disappointment, Jack. These aren't people who can identify with the daily struggles of Americans with their cars, drivers, housekeepers, etc.

    Normal people watch their taxes, know how much goes in, comes back, and when they're due. We live in fear of the IRS. People who are supposed to fix the economy, wasteful government spending, and health care, don't seem to have the first clue what real Americans are dealing with.

    Why didn't the vetting team know how Americans would react? Even those that strongly support this administration...

    February 4, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  6. Gigi

    It shows me that he doesn't know any more about our representatives than I do. But I'm hopeful that when he gets through filling his cabinet more will be exposed as they well should be. And we can begin to clean up the crooks that our running our government. Lets vote them out or impeach as we find them. We could have a revolution with out firing a shot.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  7. Katty OR

    No, it reflects on the honesty and integrity of the people nominated.
    How sad!

    February 4, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  8. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,it tells me that the only change in Washington is that the tax cheats and crooks are now democrats instead of republicans.This country screams for a third party,then and only then will we have real change!!!!

    February 4, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  9. Mike S., New Orleans

    I think it is refreshing to hear a President say "I screwed up" – especially on something so minor. If the Republicans want to cry hypocrisy, they should first take a look back over the past eight years. They supported the "anti-deficit spending' President, and they also voted for David Vitter's 50 million dollar "Abstinence" legislation.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  10. Tonya from Mississippi

    No ,I have three cousins in jail does that affect me. This is called making a mountain out of a mold head.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  11. george c paree

    He is finding out how hard it is to find good public workers .If he finds people who tell him the truth about themselfs will be close to a inpossible..Jack here in anderson we voted a good fellow into office of mayor he first thing he did was move in a hazarded waste plant into our town .I of course didnt want it so getting a good fellow more than just wishing is needed.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  12. Bev


    Enough already, President Obama cannot take responsibility for the "tax crises" these irresponsible adults put themsleves in. The real question you and the media should ask is why are these politician so irresponsible with their tax bussiness. For us average people, they wolud haul our a$$ in court in a hurry should we just think of not declaring that hundred bucks we made under the table. These politicians are not only more knowledgeable about taxes, they also have personal accountants to do it for them for crying out loud. These are exaclty the kind of issues they need to keep on the striaght and narrow should they have aspirations for climbing the Political ladder.
    Heck are there any decent appropriately tax paying politician left?

    February 4, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  13. karen-phoenix

    NO! He was so honest and cool last night with Anderson it just made me feel really SAFE that a man like that is in charge!!! Finally!!! Saw Michelle today at the HUD dept. office!!! Doubt if Laura even knew where those offices were!! Or what they were!

    February 4, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  14. Beverly-NYC

    The credibility of the nominees are hurt, they should have disclosed theses issues to the vetting committee and declined the appointment rather than let it get this far. President Obama did the right thing by taking responsibility for his nominees. Such a refreshing change, a high office official who can take responsibility for miskates.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  15. Bruce from Sugar Loaf, NY

    Jack, I still think Obama's credibility is sound; its the vetting process that needs work. This new Presidents attempt to clean up Washington is only exposing this one truism: that many of Washington's rich and powerful all have their hands dirty in some form or another when it comes to not paying taxes and other services that the common person could not get away with. If Obama wants a squiky clean government he is going to have to look way outside of Washington to do it.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  16. Ted

    Jack, the President remains credible, he made a mistake and then he took ownership of the mistake, after all he is human. What troubles me is he picks three people and they turn out to have trouble with paying their taxes, you got to know there are probably more in Washington in that same boat. Somebody needs to look into this.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  17. Bruce from Sugar Loaf, NY

    Jack, I still think Obama's credibility is sound; its the vetting process that needs work. This new Presidents attempt to clean up Washington is only exposing this one truism: that many of Washington's rich and powerful all have their hands dirty in some form or another when it comes to not paying taxes and other services that the common person could not get away with. If Obama wants a squiky clean government he is going to have to look way outside of Washington to do it.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  18. Jay in Nashville

    I think the President has come out a little worse for wear. To his credit he has stood up and accepted the blame for nominating folks who had these tax problems. I think he now understands that while the average American is having a hard time paying his/her taxes they will not accept a nominee who willingly avoided paying their taxes. Actions by Daschle and Geithner that would have resulted in IRS penalties for the average American were winked at. Only Killefer has come under the same penalty as us, getting a lien put on her house for not paying umeploment insurance tax on a household employee. I hope this is a wake up call to everyone who wants to play a role in politics from now on, pay your taxes when they are due.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  19. Linda

    How can Obama be held responsible for someone lying on their tax form if that person didn't confess that he/she lied? I think this country has more concerns right now than placing blame on the new administration about 3 nominees that were less than honest. No body is perfect. At least we have a president trying to fix the economy, health care, and banking mess.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  20. Glen in Laurel, Maryland

    Of course it doesn't look good, but I think it has occurred to most of us that if half of the people working in government have had "tax problems," the tax code is too complex.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  21. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    This is just a bump in the road. He'll get other qualified people in those positions and life will go on. Can anyone name a President that didn't run into confirmation problems with at least a couple of his cabinet picks?

    February 4, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  22. Donna Wisconsin

    Unfortunately, to get qualified people with some political experience is a small pool of people. It only reflects on those folks since they didn't disclose all the info to the vetting people. That means tho Pres Obama takes the blame (and that is a BIG change from Bush!) his vetting process is only as good as the info they get. And I think it would behove the news media to point out that the Congress is full of felons, tax cheats, drunks, etc. who in my mind, shouldn't be the "pot calling the kettle black"! Who are they to point fingers?

    February 4, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  23. arlene in iowa

    screwed up is an understatement..strike #1..

    February 4, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  24. James

    No not really. For every Democrat that does not pay there taxes there are two Republicans who are mixed up in a sex scandal. I guess that is how D.C. works.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  25. Michael, Liverpool, NY

    That depends on who is judging him. As far as I am concerned this does not make him any less credible; he is not the one who cheated on his taxes, they did. Also, is he supposed to have the secret service, CIA, FBI, and every other agency in this country dig up everything on everyone he puts on his potential candidate list and even if he does how long would it take to gather this info and are people willing to wait for all of that info to come in before he makes his selection. My point is that he did, as I understand it, a fairly comprehensive application and interview process and it would be virtually impossible for him to be able to do all of the screening necessary to eliminate all potential problems with candidates so unless they volunteered the information there is no way we can objectively judge his credibility as bad.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  26. Glen in Laurel, Maryland


    Can you be sure that even if every line of your last twenty returns were audited, you couldn't possibly be called a "tax cheat"?

    Of course this doesn’t look good for the administration, but I think it has occurred to most of us that if half of the people working in government have had “tax problems,” the tax code is too complex.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  27. Tina (Fort Worth)

    No. What Mr Bush has done is far worse than this little bauble for Obama.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  28. S Nichols

    Considering the number of critical issues President Obama has been tasked to deal with, immediately, I think it to be unfair and unrealistic to expect that mistakes won't be made. It is a clear indication he is a respectable man if he is willing to acknowledge his mistakes, and take immediate action to correct them. Stupid is forever – those among us that have participated in his charactor assination attempts beginning from the first minute of his administration have every right to, and have, proved this maxim.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  29. Pamela-Ohio

    Wow! It's hard to imagine that he has picked from those who are currently in Washington and found tax cheats. We found Ted Stevens with little problem. Makes my imagination run wild. I wonder how many more are there. Let's take random tax survey and see who else is hiding a "dirty little secret". Probably not just a Democrat problem. You betcha!

    February 4, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  30. Richard Sternagel

    It does affect his credibility; however, at least we have President who owns up to his responsibility something his predecessor never did. That is change and that is refreshing.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  31. Eunice

    Oh to the contrary Jack. It's opened a pandora's box. His mission of transparency is working. Exposing a lot of stuff. Unfortunately, it's on the Democratic side. Beyond that, I think he's doing a fantastic job. Go President Obama!

    February 4, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  32. nerakami


    It's beginning to give me the impression that NOBODY in Washington pays their taxes...

    February 4, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  33. lou

    I thought not paying your taxes was against the law. Does Obama want criminals running his government? Can we all just decide not to pay our taxes? I'm all for that change.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  34. Sue

    This is not about Obama's credibility, it's the credibility of these three and others to come. The transparency Obama is expecting is refreshing and eye opening for all of us Americans that Obama represents. If you don't pay your taxes you should be penalized for it. Maybe they need to check everyone else in the government for back taxes plus the big CEOs, we would get enough money back to pay for many things. The average american doesn't try to get by with what these people have. Daschle doesn't deserve to represent this country if you don't support it enough to pay your taxes. Shame on him and all the others who don't!
    A big thank you to President Obama for "making these people come clean" it must be exhausting having to police everyone he comes in contact with! Keep up the incredible job President Obama!!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  35. albert vink

    Well Jack I don't think the President can do anything to hurt his credibility with you and CNN. However if this was President Bush you would have been all over him. And all your 500 viewers would agree with you.
    having said that Jack, no I don't believe it hurts him now but he had better not make many more mistakes during his honeymoon days. He is starting to look very inexperienced. Is he Jack?

    February 4, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  36. Lee


    I am Lee and I am writing from Charlotte, NC

    I don't think this affect President Obama in any way. He hired people to do the vetting process and they failed him. He is so busy trying to stimulate this disasterous economy left behind by the Bush administration and he does not have the time to mirco manage the people he hired for the vetting process. President Obama will be a successful president because he is smart and well educated. We cannot say the same for the one who let this economy run amuck!

    February 4, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  37. Terry- Greensburg, IN

    Jack it is not those 3 I'm worried about, it's all the other senators & representatives that could also be dd"tax cheats"
    Maybe Obama picked the least of the evils. He sure is ashamed, disappointed, and making mistakes lately. It's a shame he can't be more like Bush. Oh! I forget, Obamas human-not an.- alien.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  38. Allen L Wenger

    I don't think this is that big of a deal.. He didn't nominate someone who authorized torture, or people who were unqualified, or authorized spying on Americans, or approved of secret rendition, or used the Department of Justice to further his party politics. Let's put things in perspective here and figure out what is really important.

    Mountain Home ID

    February 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  39. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    No. If he continued the policies of the Bush administration and perverted the Justice Department only to attack his political opponents, it would have hurt him. Instead he is showing there is one rule of law for every American. It is sad to lose Tom Daschle. Sometimes doing the right thing bites you in the butt. Justice is blind.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  40. Mark in OKC

    No, his credibility is not hurt, it just shows that he is human after all. What a surprise!

    February 4, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  41. Larry Houston, Texas

    Jack –

    Obama didn't do the "vetting" ....He has people do that for him....
    This doesn't mean his credibility is lost....If you run a Business, and you have someone or several people that sometimes don't carry their own weight, you eventually get rid of them, or you make it more difficult for them to do certain tasks, henceforth, they will screw up, then they're "outta there" (so to speak)

    February 4, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  42. Annie, Atlanta

    It hurts a lot less when he is willing to admit on national tv that he "screwed up." The honesty is a refreshing change.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  43. Paul Austin,Texas

    Not much Jack. After all he has a team that should of alerted him to any faults any person has for a post. He is taking the fall for the mistake of some that work for him. At least he has stood up and said you know it was a screw up something we would of never heard from the Bush adminstration.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  44. Ralph, Corpus Christi

    It affects not only Obama's credibility but that of the entire Congress. I say all on the hill should have their Tax History examined and then held accountable. I think this is just the tip of an iceberg that needs some daylight shined on it.
    Ralph- Corpus Christi, Texas

    February 4, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  45. Aloma

    Pres. Obama is not to be held responsible for their unethical behaviour. Why did they not confess and decline the nomination in the first place instead of hoping for a free pass. Also why does Wolf Blitzer still have a picture of Bush on the Situation Room web page, I rather thought there's a new president in the White House since Jan 20th. Thank you..... Ontario, Canada

    February 4, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  46. J in ATL

    It doesn't affect President Obama's credibility ... it affects the credibility of those submitting the names!

    February 4, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  47. Lee in TN

    It is what he did after the fact, that counts. He admitted that he "Screwed up" and moved on. How many presidents do you know that have done this? You correct the problem and learn from this admit it, hold your head up and proceed.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  48. AndyZag Lynn, MA

    I think that as a tactic it was absolutely brilliant. He has drawn attention to the priviledged few in government who consider themselves above the law and he is pointing out to those as yet not exposed that they had better walk the straigth and narrow or they too will be exposed. Then again he may need a new process for vetting his candidates.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  49. ROD

    Jack...When was the last time you heard Bush apologize and admit he "screwed up" after cherry picking intelligence and sending us to war...a war we are still fighting? Barack Obama no doubt has told his staff "no more screw ups". I suspect any future nominations or appointments will be above reproach.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  50. Ray Lawson from Danville, VA

    It shows that their isn't really any change in the Obama administration.
    He still has the same old Democrats who have been in the system in Washington for years.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  51. Evelyn in Henderson Texas

    I believe in redemption. I believe some people do what they are allowed to do. Under President Obama administration everyone knows what is acceptable and what’s not. We sometimes will cut off the nose to spite the face. He without sin cast the first stone. This works every time.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  52. Teasha, Tallahassee, FL

    I think President Obama has found himself stuck between a rock and a hard place. He needs the best and the brightest to accomplish the huge tasks at hand, but it seems that those people have tax issues. BIG DEAL, no one's perfect. Does it affect his credibility? No, he has inherited a huge mess with no time to get it fixed. Give the man a break!

    February 4, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  53. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Hi, Jack,

    First of all the "scandals" were not his. Daschle, for example, is the one who should be ashamed of himself for not mentioning in the vetting cycle his trouble with taxes!

    Geithner's tax problem, was something anyone could have done. Our tax laws and regulations can ONLY be understood by the IRS themselves!

    Again I say, all these "tax scandals" should have been brought into the light of day by the people whose taxes were screwed up.

    I for one, am proud that President Obama admitted he screwed up! Its refreshing after 8 years of denial, lies and excuses from Bush & Co.!

    February 4, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  54. Lois, Ont., Canada

    I missed you in The Sitiation Room . I don't think it will hurt his 'credibiliy' one bit. He has admitted he 'screwed up' Everyone makes mistakes, no one is perfect.! Everyone loves him here!!!

    February 4, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  55. Terry from North Carolina

    The president cant do it all, however the people he delegated the vetting process to let him down by not picking these tax issues up. If they did and the president thought he could run these cabinet picks through the confirmation process anyway then SHAME on him and yes I will be disappointed.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  56. Rae from Indiana

    It doesn't affect HIS credibility at all, but it affects THEIRS. I would like to see every member of congress and the administration audited every year. If their are genuine mistakes made, fine. If they are cheating they need to be gone. I suspect we could clean up and we need to.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  57. Jeff A.

    It's important to point out that Geithner has also refused to pay most of the tax because he was caught after the statute of limitations ran out. So how about skipping the apologies and the "I take full responsibility" nonsense, and paying the tax. Anything less is a national disgrace – seems like we have enough of those already.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  58. Pete

    Tax problems better than weapons of mass destruction and nothing there, at least tax payers made mone the idiots paid up.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  59. Smarter@40

    He showed a great deal of credibility to me on this tax issue, it spoke to his message of accountability and change! If Bush would have said he screwed up like 2 years ago his approval ratings wouldn't have tanked!!

    February 4, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  60. Billy G in Las Vegas

    it doesn't affect his credibility except with the ultra right wing squirrels that follow the likes of like Rush Limbaugh.

    President Obama is going to make mistakes like any other person. the difference between him and the leader of the previous administration is he admits his and corrects them.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  61. Roland

    I'd say it's blowing his credibility right out the window. What kind of change is this? Mr. Obama said that when he got to Washington it was not going to be an Insiders Club anymore, but so far all he seems to be doing is recruiting Insiders from the Washington Good Ole Boys network. I give him credit that he's going about it in a bi-partisan way, but when Obama said change was coming with his administration, I had in mind more along the lines of fresh new names of highly qualified individuals I'd never heard of, who were motivated to serve (not be served), and completely untainted by Washington politics. Shame on me for being so optimistically naive.

    St. George, UT

    February 4, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  62. Ed

    None at all. There may just a limited pool of honest people to draw from. Even if the whole worlds corrupt someone has to run things and positions need to be filled.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  63. HD Taylor - Arizona

    Well…it is certainly not the best of starts. However, I can guarantee you that if this were George Bush Jr with his GOP controlled congress, it would not be a big deal at all. In short, it would simply be business as usual in Washington and such matters would have been squelched in the media or completely swept under the rug by the administration.

    HD in Phoenix, AZ

    February 4, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  64. Ann from S.C.

    President Obama knows those three nominations put his credibility in danger. When he was campaigning he said that when he made a mistake, he would admit it. Saying "I screwed up" admits the mistake, he takes responsibility for it, so that takes the wind out of the sails of those who want to make a big issue out of tax issues of these three nominees. It is time for the media to let go of it and concentrate on who will replace Daschle. It will take some doing to find anyone else who comes close to being the best man for the job

    February 4, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  65. perry jones

    we ALL make mistakes but when the mistakes are in the area of your so called expertess then you are no expert and you should not be the boss
    perry jones

    February 4, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  66. OBDAG in Appleton, WI

    No matter how you look at these events they do not help Obama's credibility. I find it hard to believe the wheelers and dealers of Washington can't read the tax laws like I have to and pay their fair share. I am one of only a few that think taxes are necessary to pay for the cost of things our citizens expect of their government. I don't mind paying taxes as long as I feel I'm getting my money's worth from the government. What exactly is it with these people. As my mother would have said, they all think their above having to follow the laws. I guess each of them is now getting their just due – no job. Now this does not exactly break my heart

    February 4, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  67. George, Dunedin, Florida

    It is much better to take the blame for a mistake as Obama did, than sweeping it under the rug as if it never happened as Bush did. No, it didn't hurt him, but it didn't make him any points either, so lets just say it was a push. Now is the time to get down to business of taking care of the promises that were made to the American people during the campaign, and I don't believe we need the permission of the media to do just that as you might think.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  68. Karl from SF, CA

    I don’t think it has damaged his credibility to any extent. The people he nominated were well qualified for the jobs they were seeking, unlike the Texas oil hacks Bush filled his cabinet with that had no clue about the departments they were overseeing. In the end we are better off than we were the past eight years. Maybe this means we need to make the tax code easier to understand for everyone and get rid of the complications [loopholes] that make the middle class the major supporters of our government.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  69. Leanna Ralbusky

    Absolutely not. The Republicans have a lot more scandals. Sarah Palin was more of a credibility problem for the Republicans than the tax "scandal" is for Obama.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  70. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    Funny how we 'ordinary' folks don't get the big breaks. Business as usual.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  71. Meg Ulmes

    I think that it hurts his credibility, because there are obviously tax holes in his vetting process. I like that he admitted he was wrong. Hopefully, now, he and his team will make better choices for their appointments. It would be good to see that he's learned from his mistakes.

    Troy, Ohio

    February 4, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  72. Jason

    This might actually affect Obama's credibility.

    Seeing as I use to think the only thing that separated a Democrat from a Republican was Democrats got in trouble for liking sex
    and Republicans were the only ones in trouble for stealing...

    Now is either party any different?


    February 4, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  73. Jack Golding

    The three forced withdrawals are only a bump in the road. I am optimistic that Obama wii get his stimulus package relatively froo of pork.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  74. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    Until we audit every single member of Congress and every single member of the former BUSH administration on their taxes, I'd say it hardly matters. Singling out this administration's nominees for tax issues when the previous administration trashed the Constitution and who *knows* what else is hardly fair.

    That said, I am impressed with President Obama's willingness to take accountability for his nominations - something "W" wouldn't have done, even with a gun to his head.

    Kudos, Mr. President.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  75. Festus, Montana

    No Jack. President Obama paid HIS taxes.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  76. Jenna Wade

    How does nominating three people who didn’t pay their taxes affect President Obama’s credibility?

    It doesn't hurt his creditbility. If anything we have the transparency to see what is going on.

    Did we have that under GW Bush? NO

    Let's see how well Commerce Secretary Nominee Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire is going to fair?

    Frankly I think that it should be law that voters have the ability to see the tax records of their members of Congress/Senate – as well as all cabinet members.

    It is refreshing that in the Obama administration we have the ability to see what is going on and that he is humble enough to admit mistakes and works to fix them..

    Would we have seen this under Republican GW Bush – Heck No!

    Roseville CA

    February 4, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  77. mac from traverse city Michigan

    Yes it is Jack, especially if he starts exempting those in his party of responsibility. To the republican cults credit, their perverts and cheats are usually dispatched quickly once they are caught.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  78. Walli Ferguson

    All three are tax cheats. Geithner's paycheck at IMF even was "grossed up" to cover his payroll taxes, so not only did he not pay the required taxes but he kept the additional money that he received to pay them in the first place. This guy now heads up the IRS? None of us likes the big tax bills but I understand taxes are collected to fund necessary government/social initiatives. Is it too much to ask for fairness from the people doing the collecting? My husband and I are independents who supported Obama. Memo to the President: We are not drinking the Kool Aid.

    Walli Ferguson
    Geneva, Illinois

    February 4, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  79. Sandi AZ

    Somewhat it does, however, this should show his "vetting" staff needs to look a little farther back for information. President Obama should not have to take the full responsibility for his staffs screw-ups, but, he needs to take a closer look at the people working for him. It's time they "Vet" the Congress and House, might be interesting to see what we might find there!

    February 4, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  80. Willow, Iowa

    Maybe when they are checking these people out, they should ask them if they've ever not paid their taxes, along with asking if they have been lobbyists. There does seem to be a divide between political people and the ordinary citizen. if I failed to pay my taxes, the IRS would take my home. If they fail to pay taxes, it may haunt someone like Daschle, but they haven't garnished anything.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  81. Matt Toohey


    Some may wonder but at least he admitted his mistake which is a heck of lot better than most politicians. It is refreshing to see a little honesty in at least one politician..


    February 4, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  82. Daniel A. Nelson

    Well since he admitted to the mistake and says that he will learn from it makes me think he knows that nobody is perfect including himself but as for the vetting of these high ranking officials I wonder what they are looking at or asking of these lawmakers or law breakers?

    February 4, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  83. Richard

    They might start vetting these guys before they name them How are you going to find a honest man in Washington ? The President has a lot on his plate so I will give him some slack He deserves some credit for not passing the buck and I am sure that he is changing the SOP Richard Sunnyvale CA

    February 4, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  84. MARCUS123 Flanders

    Since Mr. Obama is a democrat the main stream media will not hound him forever,but it does say something about his promise of CHANGE ;most folks thought he meant change for the better not a recycling of washington hacks;

    February 4, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  85. Ken in Seattle

    President Obama relied heavily on each of their statements as to the payment of taxes. With the exception of Tom Daschle these folks were apparently honest and straightforward and identified early on in the process the tax issues they had addressed. It is beyond belief, if the news reports are true, that Daschle failed to do the same thing. Daschle's tax issue and his handling of it appear to be the greatest transgression. I don't understand why he knowingly put the president in the position he did.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  86. Carol

    I don't believe President Obama's credibility comes into question. I think we need to question the credibility of the elected officials in Washington. Doesn't anyone there pay taxes? On time or otherwise. I think he has a very narrow field to choose from, and the number of candidates seems to be getting smaller and smaller. I guess it's hard to find a competent, honest elected official who pays up when necessary. Maybe they get so many "perks" that they think everything is free.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  87. Conor in Chicago

    I don't know about his credibility but it might hurt his main argument for being elected President: Judgment. He made a big deal out of judgment in the campaign and to have 3 people that he "judged" to be suited for a position withdrawal nominations because they had bad "judgment" with regard to paying taxes only gives those who oppose him more ammo to tarnish his name and help disrupt his agenda-which is exactly what we don't need right now.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  88. Steven from NJ

    No, this just proves that we need a simpler tax code.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  89. Judith Juselius, Pittsburgh,pa.

    I don't think that his nominations damage his (Obama's) credibility ... These three should have been forthright from the beginning. Their nominations just managed to scatter dirty dust that was ready to be cleaned out . I think I am a pretty good judge of character and I do believe the Secretary of the Treasury that it was a genuine mistake that he overlooked. Daschle ... I am not too sure about. Some people empower themselves with their lofty positions and power and think that they are above the law ... Well, perhaps a good double dose of reality and humility can be the best medicine for some of these gentlemen at the top. I continue to be terribly impressed with the first few days of Obama's Presidency and I find it VERY refreshing that in his interview with Anderson Cooper he admitted to a mistake. That is a breath of fresh air as far as I am concerned. How long has it been that we have heard a President say' I made a mistake".

    February 4, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  90. Karen - Tennessee

    "I looked up the word 'politics' in the dictionary, and it's actually a combination of two words: 'poli,' which means 'many,' and 'tics,' which means 'bloodsuckers.'" - Jay Leno

    Jay Leno said it all, Jack. Obama has nobody to choose from.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  91. Tom

    yes , did you really he would change washington...

    February 4, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  92. Voter of Obama

    Why is President Obama being blame for other people lying about there past in order to get a position. If I was him I would not take responisble for their stupidity. these peoples are grown men and women, they knew before they accepted the position what they had done. just say thanks Mr President , but I cannot accept and leave it at that instead of accepting the positions and being an embrassment for his administration. it goes to show they have no moral or character for the position or for serving in our government. and another thing why are people not calling him President Obama or Mr. President after all he did win , and should be address as such.

    voter of obama

    February 4, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  93. Bizz, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    Jack I think they screwed up big time in their vetting process, especially when trying to get an important bill passed on the economy. But one of biggest things I heard in this whole mess was the president admitting that he screwed up. I cannot remember ever hearing that before by a president. I was very impressed and would think when someone confesses to making a mistake he will be more inclined not to making it again. I guess I am so used to a president telling me he is to decider and questioning one's patriotism when things did not go his way.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  94. Jerry, Silver Spring, MD

    I am afraid this is the "change" he promised.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  95. matthewbenzor

    Not all I think him coming out and saying he screwed up .WOW final and honest president its like a breath of fresh air .After being held under water for the last 8years with propaganda tatics and fake optimism and denial . It takes a real man to man up.and these were"nt his taxes they were there"s I think it made him stronger as person inside his heart

    February 4, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  96. Mary - California

    Appointing individuals for Obama's Cabinet that are in question due to their background, can raise questions on the Presiden'ts decisions of creditability. However, much more serious is Obama's lack of strongly supporting the Stimilus Package for the good of the people who are hurting, and allowing a flow of pork to be inserted by Democrats. What happen to the Bi-Partisan status in the House?

    February 4, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  97. Anne in Portland Me.

    No.He takes responsibility,corrects mistakes and moves on.Nice changes from Bush-who never admitted anything .

    February 4, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  98. Dave in Saint Louis

    News flash Jack credibility needs to be established before it can be hurt! He has still done nothing and his first month in the White House involves tax scandals. Meet the new boss same as the old boss...

    February 4, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  99. Don (Ottawa)

    Badly Jack. Either nominees are not telling the truth, or some ethic questions are ignored. Either way, it smell of hypocracy and/or Washington is harder to change than was previously thought.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  100. Frank from Peterborough

    If a person is only interested in their future and the Country's future none of this should affect Obama's credibility.

    The fact is the only people wanting to make an issue out this are the news medias, conservative talking heads and their hard line Republican followers.

    For the most part I believe Americans just want to get going in the right direction and can hardly blame Obama for someone else not paying their taxes and not disclosing it to his vetting team.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  101. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    These people hurt President Obama's Credibility? Does anyone really think that a Multi-Millionaire like Mr Daschle really planned on cheating the IRS of some $140,000. Or was it a mistake that was found out by Mr Daschle and his Accountant and it was Mr Dashchle who informed the IRS and adjusted his Tax Returns.

    So I guess for a Democrat the error is making a mistake on your Taxes, but for a Republican its okay to Lie to the American People about WMD's and end up killing almost 4000 american soldiers.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  102. Jane (Minnesota)

    It has been hurt some for me, Jack. That said, the President did a thing I can't recall hearing from the previous President yesterday when he owned up for the mistake. I think if he's totally serious about what he said, he should ask Tim Geitner to step down also. I have the most problems with the Treasury Secretary's tax problems because he ultimately oversees the IRS. It really sends a wrong message about change.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  103. Judie from St. Augustine, Fl

    It just goes to show us that a lot of the people who control our country are not very honest. Nominating people who don't pay their taxes is one way of letting us know who the real crooks are. Maybe this is one of the purposes of nominating them to get their sins out in the open for all to see and hopefully we will not put any of them in positions of power again. Time to put in some new uncorrupted blood into our government.
    St. Augustine, Fl

    February 4, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  104. Kay in WV

    These nominees along with the waivers given on the lobbying rules and the failure to post the Ledbetter Act on the WH website have all hurt his credibility. He keeps saying that he wants to rebuild trust in government, when is he going to start living up to his words?

    February 4, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  105. John

    Maybe not yet. I hope he is more careful going forward. I didn't vote for him, but we certainly need him to be successful. Remember you have to crawl before you walk.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  106. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Jack, in my estimation, this has given him more credibility. He stood up and said, in the case of Tom Daschle, that he made a mistake in the vetting process. Since when have you heard a person in the White House admit to making a mistake? Of any kind? Heck, I will take someone like that over bull-headed, stubborn, unwilling and unable to change course any day of the week.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  107. JW in Atlanta

    For me, Obama's credibility is fully intact. My problem is that the big shots who make the rules of this nation which costs every chamber maid, mechanic, construction and food service worker a high percentage of very hard earned dollars, refuse to abide by their own rules. The tax laws are so contorted, no sane person can understand them fully, and the reason they're contorted is that big shots are using citizens' money to reward their pals. The same goes for those who fight and die in wars started by these same big shots. Time for these rule-makers to fight, die and pay for their citizenship the same as the rest of us. Obama is making a valuable point in that those who are paid millions are the very ones who made an economic mess. Genuine free enterprise would exact a price on that kind of failure. Instead, the contorted rules pass losses on to the little guy. Obama is exactly right and has lost no credibility with me.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  108. Vincent Nizzardi

    Jackzilla, it doesn't, not right now anyway. But if we continue to recycle these corrupt dinosaurs, who have had their hands in politics forever, we will never free ourselves from this cycle of corruption, selfserving, etc. President Obama must now do exactly what I see him doing, taking on the fat cats on wall street, and putting them on notice that this life style of excess has ended, and a new day of transparency, and common sense has begun. No one will invest in a company whose top officials are taking hundreds of millions of dollars out of the company annually, in salaries, and bonuses. Unless this practice is changed forever, and the shareholders are able to determine the compensation package of its officials, we will see more of the same,
    and wall street will never make a come back.
    Anyway, President Obama has admitted he made a mistake, and I'm sure he will be checking out everyone else he attempts to appoint. If he is smart, he will bring in younger, upcoming talent, and not look to those who have been deeply involved in politics for decades.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  109. Jack Martin


    It does not affect his credibility one iota. The credibility of those he appointed is affected. Tom Daschle knew his tax situation but did nothing and said nothing. The big question is why was he willing to give up an easy job paying him millions with a free car and chauffer for a relatively low paying cabinet position? Was it just because he wanted to serve the public? Sure he did!

    Jack Martin in Boynton Beach FL

    February 4, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  110. Susan from Greenfield, Wi.

    It may hurt him a little around some limited political circles, but I believe that this problem is much larger than meets the eye. I would like to see an IRS audit conducted on all Washington politicians, and lobbyists. I think that at the conclusion of such an audit you would find that President Obama would have very little left of which to choose from to fill posts.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  111. Kay

    Hello Jack – All I have to say is..."Was it Obama himself that didn't pay his taxes?" Enough said!

    February 4, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  112. Dean the tax payer


    If he did not ask that question, shame on him. If he asked the three if they had issues and they did not speak the truth, his credibility should not be affected.
    This is the six million dollar question, to which we will never know the real answer.
    Jack, the Senator Gregg pick should be included in this. What gives him the right to demand a Republican replace him?? That is the governors job, smells of Blogo!!!!

    February 4, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  113. Sandy

    Perhaps his oversight of the vetting process. It is probably hard to find many people who don't have issues. If the tax code were simplified it would be easier to enforce. Let's face it...there are a lot of crooks in every walk of life. Sad but true!

    Texarkana, Arkansas

    February 4, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  114. Chuck in Ohio

    Jack: The only creditability in question here is the 160000 pages of tax codes. Many people that work as self employed will make more than one misstake on their returns.
    It's time to move on and fix the tax code.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  115. Jeff from Sturgis, MI

    The fact that President Obama nominated these people isn't nearly as important as the fact that their tax indescretions are coming out into the open now rather than later. There is a new era of accountability and responsibility in Washington. Is it perfect yet? No. But at least these people are being found out and are withdrawing their nominations before they can assume these posts in the Cabinet. We are starting to see transparency in our nation's capital; it's just not quite going the way the president expected, yet.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  116. Donn from Colorado Springs

    How does it affect his credibility? Like the helium leaking from a party balloon.

    He campaigned on a message of changing the culture of Washington. These nominees were drawn from the same old murky pool of the politically prominent and priviledged and their nominations went forward even after their tax problems were known.

    Incredible! The new President's party balloons might hit the floor much sooner than all of us expected.

    Oh, by the way, have you forgotten about the Richardson nomination already?

    February 4, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  117. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    In my opinion, this hasn't hurt Obama's credibility. What it has done is present an obvious solution to the country's financial troubles. We should make the privledged pay their taxes.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  118. vern-t anaheim,ca

    yes it will probaly hurt president obama 's credibility but he has taken resonsibility for the mistakes.someone should have checked out these canidates for their respective jobs more closely than they did and this would not have occured.the republicans will say there are no tax cheats among their members of congress but i will bet if republicans were checked as closley as the democrats were you would find just as many tax violators as democrats

    February 4, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  119. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    It seems to me the question should be why aren't they in jail, when any average middle class American would have their wages garnished or get prison time. What's with the double standards should be the question. Maybe if the IRS did their job more efficiently and fairly we wouldn't need taxpayer money to bail out the financial institutions. What's wrong with THIS picture fellow Americans?

    February 4, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  120. Norma

    It does not hurt his credibility at all. He is doing a heck of a job so far and keeping his promises to the people. He is a sincere and serious President and we should be supporting him instead of criticizing and trying to make him look bad. Remember Bush? Please do not forget who and what brought us here. President Obama is trying to undo the mess Bush left him and is trying to put the right component people he can find.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  121. Anna

    Maybe we should investigate all of the Washington insiders to see if they pay all taxes that they are required and in process we would eliminate deficit spending.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  122. George - San Diego

    Jack, I'm not sure that the revelations about the tax problems of his nominees affect Obama's credibiity. After all, his highly intensive vetting process is what drew attention to those nominees tax problems and in each instance, the nominee, when made aware of the problems discovered thru the vetting process paid up. If anything, I think President Obama might have tempered the situation by nominating those candidates with tax problems by having them accept with gratitude and during that same speech, explain to the American people that the vetting process has uncovered some tax issues that they now realize they have to address and the hope that the American people would forgive their mistake and allow them to move forward. Maybe we would, maybe we wouldn't; but it would certainly not be a 'scandal'. I doubt that any of us would be able to stand up to close tax scrutiny.

    George – San Diego

    February 4, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  123. Randy from Salt Lake City

    Since he's a Democrat, the media is going to hound Obama forever about everything. If a Rethug President, like Bush, appointed someone who didn't pay taxes, well, first, it would have NEVER been reported in the media and second, if it did, the person/entity reporting it would've been attacked by Rush Limbaugh, Hannity, Bill O, Coulter and the rest of the right-wing nut jobs as being a commie, being un-'Murikan or a terrorist.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  124. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    his credibility is still very solid. I would simply add that the republicans would not submit themselves to such higher standards since for the past eight years I do not recall them acknowledging any of their mistakes or for that matter understood any of their mistakes until it was too late. In fact, their rhetoric of toda still reflect how they have not learn anything from their mistakes! It takes time to clean a House!

    February 4, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  125. Joe - Andover, MA.

    It affects his credibility tremendously. Not only do these incidents cast doubts about his overall governing abilities among those who voted him into office, but also legitimizes the criticisms regarding them among his staunchest opponents. I would hope that he has a better response should a real tragedy befall this country

    February 4, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  126. Logic Reigns in Indiana

    Credibility is all about trust. He has lost it.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  127. Jim Bloom

    First of all everyone involved admitted their mistakes, including the President. That is a great leap beyond the previous administrations. Second, it is time that we concentrated our energies on solving problems and looking at policies rather than making over-the-top dramatic mountains out of rather small mole hills.

    Chicago, IL

    February 4, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  128. Ken

    I supported Obama and voted for him in the hope that he can effect tru change in Washington. The unfortunate truth is that there are way too many people from either party who skeletons in their closet. I think that Dashcle has literally no excuse for what he did and although I'm not sure whether or not his pulling away from the position is the best thing; maybe this will motivate others engaged in shady dealings to get their act together and act in the best interests of the American people. We need to start from the hear & now fixing the things that ail us and not so much on the past. He paid the tax, corrected the mistake and although he isn't one to talk, maybe he and others can finally redeem themselves and do what is ethically and morally right. Otherwise this is like the Titanic where the band kept playing until the boat sank.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  129. Carol

    What are the words...."just trust me"? Sure...

    Carol, Minneapolis, MN

    February 4, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  130. elaine

    I would bet that if the past and present member of Congress for the last ten years were audited we would find enough money to pay for a big chunck of the stimulus package. If I were a member of Congress I would not want to throw too big of stones as O'm sure that they are living in glass houses.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  131. Jay in Texas

    By nominating these tax cheats to serve in his cabinet, President Obama has damaged his credibility. After all, how can you trust a president who seems to go out of his way to nominate crooks and, in the process, ignores millions of qualified, honest citizens who would take the appointments seriously just as they have taken paying their taxes seriously for their whole lives? It's just "business as usual" in Washington and, of course, it is not a surprise to me.
    Brownwood, Texas

    February 4, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  132. Janice Trusky (Ambler,PA)

    The 3 people that withdrew their nominations had an obligation to come forward with the truth about their situations before it got to this point. Unfortunately, President Obama is paying the price for it now. He's stepping forward, verbalizing to the public that there were mistakes made, he's acknowledging it, taking responsability for it and moving forward to correct the situation. Wow...that almost sounds like an adult, mature and professional way to handle the situation. Is this type of behavior acceptable from a politician/president?

    February 4, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  133. Sandy from Knoxville

    I admire Obama for admitting his mistakes. On the other hand, does anyone in Washington pay taxes? Sounds like a trend.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  134. Diana Ewing NJ

    The answer is no.... and I have heard his popularity has gone down.. 19 point.... I want you to know, NO ONE has asked me or my family anything about these poles.

    In his 2 weeks in office and I repeat 2 weeks not 2 years he has gotten a lot done and I am not disappointed at all, I am thrilled with his performance. I heard a crack on the news this morning... He left the White House and was reading a book to the children yesterday, just like Bush was doing on 9/11. They did not say that he was holding the put upright and not upside down as Bush did when his photo was taken.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  135. Sherri

    No!!! The President's credibility is stronger than ever because he ADMITTED he made a mistake of which the previous President Bush never would until close to the end of his term. Tom Daschle should have owned up to his tax situation when he was approached for this position PLUS the President's vetting team either got the tax problem info from Daschle but thought that it wasn't a big deal????. The wealthy can slide by the IRS for years BUT the average American struggling to make a living, cannot. I have high marks for President Obama and so do most Americans, thats why he won on 11/4/08. He still has alot to learn as far as how Washington & the MSM works because they can be total jerks & cutthroats. He has inherited one hell of a economic mess plus 2 wars from President Bush and I have faith in him to put America back on the right track. Credibility A+

    February 4, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  136. lynnej from lattimore, nc

    No, not a chance. With him confessing to this blunder is more than we can ever hope for. Bush would never had done that. No politician would have. We're already a head of the game.

    And for all of those folk in the media and elsewhere that are sitting
    in judgement about the tax issues of some of his appointees, how are your taxes and other financial issues? I guess we'll be hearing the sound of crickets for an answer to that one.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  137. John, Illinois

    No Jack except for Tom Daschles liberal limo and President Obamas admitting he screwed up credibility seems safe to me!

    February 4, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  138. Jackie in Dallas

    Yes and No, Jack.

    Yes, in that it appears that the vigorous vetting scheme he was presumed put into play failed him on these nominations. His staff certainly should have indicated that there would be potential problems involved with Geithner, Daschle, and Richardson before he put their names out.

    No, in that he freely admitted making a mistake, took responsibility for it, apologized for it, and said he would work harder to see that it doesn't happen again. How long has it BEEN since we had a President who took responsibility, made an apology, and wants to pro-active?

    My question is, do we really believe that people like Geithner and Daschle do their own taxes? I'm no where near their tax bracket, and used a tax company for years before switching to an online package. Yes, ultimately since they signed their tax forms, they are responsible, but I don't understand how critics can continue to indicate that they were actively trying to cheat. The facts are, when the discrepencies were pointed out to them, they immediately paid. No appeals, no protests. Those are not the actions of someone trying to cheat the government. And Geithner worked in the Bush Administration after those years - why was his tax problem not mentioned THEN? Looks to me like more political manuevering than true objection to the candidates.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  139. zaid abass

    What i cant understand is why these GREEDY OVERPAID CEO are allowed to stay in office and use tax payers hard earned CASH to pay to theirself all this big BONUS,while so many americans are been laid off, what in the past the OVERPAID CEO's was doing before the bail out why are they allowed to take this cash payout for FAILURE.. if so how much would ther get for making a profit.....SHAME on them....

    February 4, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  140. A. Davis

    No–the credability of the Republicans is on very thin ice. If I hear "tax cuts" one more time from one of those guys, I'm going to BARF. Their wonderful tax cuts got us into this mess in the first place. Obama is handling himself just fine, thank you very much!

    February 4, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  141. Jack in DC

    Jack, President Obama cannot be blamed for potential cabinet members tax issues or personal issues. If anyone is to blame for this non-issue, then its the candidates themselves for not disclosing their problems and the vetting team. Obama is just being a bigger man than the other one who could not remember any of his mistakes while in office.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  142. Glynn , South Carolina

    I think this does hurt him and the credibility of his new government , but what have the people that have been screening these officials been doing ? They need to be in the next layoffs .

    February 4, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  143. MRT

    Jack where do you get off calling everyone a cheat... Many people unintentionally make mistakes when filing their taxes.. Why don't we see how many Congressmen and Senators up on the hill have had their taxes audited and had to pay back taxes??????. They just haven't had it made public or attacked by the media the way Obama's choices have and that is only because they are forthcoming enough to admit it..... so if that's the standard for politicians, lets do it to all that are there now.............

    February 4, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  144. jimmy

    may i inquire why a bbl of oil is just 40 dollars and dropping but the price of a gallon of gas keeps going up? i just can't seem to understand thank you if you give me an answer that i can understand

    February 4, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  145. Roger (Dallas)

    Jack: The man has been President for 2 weeks – are all the problems of this country expected to be solved in that amount of time? I am so sick of these Republican talking heads heaping criticism on the President when they spent 8 years driving this country into the ground. Presdient Obama will be just fine.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  146. Ed Woodbridge,Va.

    President Obama had little political experience to begin with, so it should not come as a surprise to anyone that he "dropped the ball" on nominating tax cheats to high cabinet level positions. The part of this I have a problem with is that the same people he nominated with tax issues tried to convince everyone who would listen that there failure to pay their taxes were either "honest mistakes" or "oversights" and they knew that they were telling bold faced lies, and they were not honest with President Obama, and placed him in the position of having to explain to the media why he nominated these people in the first place!

    February 4, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  147. Tiffany, Philadelphia, PA

    No, the guy has been on the job for ten days and people were searching for ways to discredit him long before he even got elected. It's called sour grapes.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  148. Marie Ontario

    There will likely be a few of the more biased political types get a RUSH out of this tax scenario but most clear thinking people who want their country and fellow citizens to succeed will likely care less that a couple of picks had to withdraw from being nominated because of tax issues.

    There will always be a segment of society that get out FOXED but for the most part people will get their information from legitimate news sources without having to listen to drug induced rantings of over stuffed conservative clowns.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  149. Steve Canada

    I don't think so. He is rying to get what he feels is the best people to work for the people..The people who are handling the vetting procedure are letting him down..

    February 4, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  150. Melissa from New Orleans

    Mildly. Honestly, there are more important things to worry about. And the fact that he actually took responsibility for his choices makes me very glad I've supported him. The previous administration couldn't have done that for anything in the world. A good leader takes responsibility for his own actions.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  151. Dennis North Carolina

    I would hold the people who made the mistakes to be accountable for their own actions. they should have taken thier name out of the vetting process from the start.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  152. Melissa from New Orleans

    Oh and let me add to my previous post, a good leader also never asks other people to do what he wouldn't be willing to do himself and so far, Obama is living up to his example.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  153. Pete, Fla.

    Vetting process = fail.
    But his credibility is still high in my book.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  154. Eric Bracke, Fort Collins, CO

    Obama espoused and preached about change in Washington in order to get elected. He then surrounds himself with Clinton folks, Washington insiders, and tax cheats. His approval ratings are starting to fade. The public is starting to understand that this is nothing more than the same old politics in Washington.
    I would personally like to see the IRS audit every member of Congress and the Whitehouse staff just to see how they all stand on their "patriotic duty to pay taxes"

    February 4, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  155. Zynga GA

    If the President would extend the vetting process to every single member of congress and the senate, I bet we'd have enough in unpaid taxes to pay for a good portion of this massive stimulus package. Jack, make sure YOUR taxes are in order.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  156. Matt

    It doesn't, even if his critics would like it to. As much as anyone can preach for clean business, the real problem is that men like Daschle are the best for certain jobs, despite being part of the "business as usual" crowd. It is more important that Obama holds his cabinet responsible and takes swift actions when his standards are broken–after they have the job. For now, he needs to work with what he has been dealt.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  157. Fred May Sr.

    The success of any President will depend on the people he assigns to do a certain job and their desire to do a good job. Where I worked I was the supervisor of a department. If I had 1 person not do his job the way it should be done it was my place to find out why. Was he able to handle the job? Did he dislike that kind of work? Our President can only be as good as his staff. I have been out of the work force for 23 years and have noticed the way some people work. Their attitude is if it doesn't get done today, tomorrow is another day. Its not that important. How many Presidents have ever admitted they made a mistake. Cooperation from the members of congress will go a long way. Whats that word again? COOPERATION

    February 4, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  158. Marilyn, Powell Ohio

    I'm disappointed with President Obama. I truly believed he was sincere and was going to have a corrupt-free administration. Guess there is no fool like and old fool, heh Jack?

    February 4, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  159. Jackie in Dallas

    Oh, and just as another comment...I feel somewhat better that someone who got bit by the overly complex and difficult tax forms is now in charge of the IRS. Don't you think he'll have a LOT more incentive to get some of the current tax mess straightened up?

    I filed 1099 one year, and it has taken me 8 years so far to straighten out the mess it caused. There are 30+ forms under the 1099 heading, and very little way to know which one to use! Even the IRS was no help; in five calls to their office for help, I got five different answers on which form to use. If it is so complicated that even the people working for them don't know the answers, it is DEFINITELY time to simplify!

    February 4, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  160. Richard Green

    It isn't as if Obama set out to select folks who had delinquent taxes. It was the responsibility of those selected to be forthcoming about their tax situatutions. It is their credibility that has suffered, not Obama's.

    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Cal.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  161. erinmontague

    I appreciate Obama admitting that he made an error in judgment nominating people who were untruthful to him and to the rest of us – better to find out now rather than later. The vetting process needs to be very, very tough to weed out the cheats, etc. In my mind it actually increases his credibility that he can admit a mistake. I appreciate that. A lot.

    Healdsburg, CA

    February 4, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  162. Jerry from Monroe Co., WV

    None at all. Obama said he was going to make mistakes and yesterday he owned up to one regarding Daschle, he said "I screwed up." How many times did we hear Bush own up to his mistakes. And how many did he make and how serious were they? Honesty goes a long way in the credibility market.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  163. circy in New Mexico

    There's always a little bit of gravel in the potting soil.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  164. Al, Lawrence KS

    Sure it affects his credibility. But we learn everyday about crooks, cheaters, and tax dodgers. And these are the people running our government, our banks, and our finances. What's worse is that we elected them and gave them our money. I think that everyone's credibility is shot and it will take quite an effort to get any of that credibility back.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  165. Matt, Minneapolis MN

    What do you call 3 nominee's with big tax issues, one under federal investigation, one who's got huge conflict of interest issues, lobbysts in key positions and a cabinet stacked full of washington insiders?

    Change...yeah right.

    I didn't vote for him but I was hoping he might follow through on some of his promises. I gues my "hope" was misplaced.


    Minneapolis, MN

    February 4, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  166. georgiaf

    How was Obama to know who cheated on their taxes until the approval process plays out. Doubtful any politician bragged about tax cheating at a cocktail party. Shows at least one process in Congress and our political system still works on some level

    February 4, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  167. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    At the moment It effects it somewhat Jack, but I think once he has all the positions filled and gets down to busisness, this will not be much of an issue anymore. I know he`s trying to get the most expearenced to help with the extraordinarily difficult problems hes faceing, but if you ask me, if he want`s fewer rotten apples, he should pick them fresh from the tree. Expearence plus corruption equals little change.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  168. Tripp Mechanicsburg, PA

    I'd give the President a break. He set things right and quickly said he made a mistake. I find this quite refreshing after eight years of Bush not taking responsibility for any of his foul-ups and lavishing praise and medals upon those who royally screwed up like FEMA's Brownie and Rumseld. The Republicans better watch out. If Obama's promise to America is not kept because they sabotaged his efforts they may get tarred and feathered and run out of Washington.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  169. Denny

    A little, but more so for the nominees who didn't provide candid and complete information. The only people who feel it has caused significant damage are naysayers and those looking to see the President fail. The voters sent a very clear and stong message last November. It's time to understand who won the election, stop sweating the small stuff and get on with what matters most. This President has done more positive things in 15 days than the previous President did in 8 years

    Geneva, IL

    February 4, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  170. " TANK " St. Augustine, Florida

    I don't think it hurts his credibility one bit Jack, however it is refreshing to see a president take the attitude that he has done the country wrong by picking these people and that he is sorry for it. At least he is telling the people that he can make a mistake, unlike our previous president who took the attitude that he was infallible.
    These are the people that came forward only because they knew they would be checked out since they were given a position by the president. Makes you wonder how many politicians just keep silent about their taxes. Do you really think that this many people owing on their taxes is a coincidence?????

    February 4, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  171. cy gardner

    Deep sixing Daschle's nomination sent the message that it is NOT business as usual when it comes to different standards for the rich and powerful. And it was refreshing to hear the President admit a mistake and move on to find a solution. Are you telling me there were NO tax cheats associated with the Bush administration? The media should be giving more attention to what's in the stimulus package and the battle over passing it. It's about the stupid economy. cy gardner arlington, va

    February 4, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  172. Daniel, Indiana

    It isn't as much a reflection on the Obama Administration as it is on the rich and politicians. This has happened several times before to Presidents of both parties. It has just seemingly become more rampant with the abuses of the rich in general. Too many try to avoid as much tax as they can, legal or not. I excused Geithner's mistake, but not the others'.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  173. Nuwan

    I do not think so. He admitted that he made a mistake. That is something I rarely see in any president. May be IRS needs to go after those in Washington now that it seems like there is a problem there. Obama will too make mistakes. He is not perfect. Admitting when a mistake is made and to correct the system to make sure it does not happen again is what matters most.

    Nuwan from Houston, TX

    February 4, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  174. Robert Prescott


    My question is why these three individuals failed to be up front with President Obama when they first were offered these positions and announced publicly? My belief is that if they had been forthcoming then other people would have been nominated.


    North Port, FL

    February 4, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  175. Gretchen from Denver

    Jack, The Daschle story is old news. How about reporting on the whistleblower and why he was not listened to by the Bush administration? He even said that no matter how many rules are made wall Street will find a way to circumvent them. When is Wall Street going to start putting country first?

    February 4, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  176. V.K. Raman, Sparks

    Obama's credibility is being tarnished by the media by only highlighting the negatives. The fault is with the individuals who tried to cover it up to get the cabinet rank position. Give Obama a break.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  177. Nancy, Tennessee

    President Obama has flushed out tax cheaters by selecting these people for his administration. He wants to reform Washington, but we didn't know how he planned to do it. Our President's credibility is not in question, but I wonder if Tom Daschle will have a future in politics. Maybe his choices were not that bad considering what has been revealed to the American public. Thank you, Pres. Obama.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:48 pm |

    Because they were not confirmed, they will be only mild speed bumps. It's the ones who have to pack their stuff and be escorted to the gate that leave a lasting impression. Spiro Agnew and Bert Lance come to mind. In defense of the tax-challenged nominees, its probably hard to keep it all straight when lobbyists are throwing cash at you from all angles.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  179. bill macduff

    although he can not be responsible for the entire vetting process it makes him look like he did not do his homework

    February 4, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  180. John in LA

    The media forgets to say that the so-called "scandal" are BECAUSE President Obama has set a higher ethical standard than other administrations before him.

    The media keeps getting their talking points from the GOP. But most of us understand what Obama is doing to bring ethics and integrity back into government - and we APPRECIATE and RESPECT it.

    If anything, his 16 days in office have ENHANCED his credibility and reputation.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  181. J Buck

    Dems better get the so called Stimulus Package correct, and dump the PORK (which shows how immature they are) or Obama is a very weak Pres and will be gone in 2012 by a landslide.
    Obama is a typical politician, full of wind, and he has no experience and thus a novice; and that is showing in a big way very quickly.
    J Buck

    February 4, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  182. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    The situation, though serious, has been dulled down by the fact that he admitted the mistake, took responsibility, and is moving toward finding the best replacements for those posts. If anything, his credibility has been has been bolstered by handling the situation with dignity and grace, not sweeping it under the rug. If the media wishes to continue it's tirade, they will surely loose viewers who will soon tire of the constant attention on an old subject.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  183. James Conn

    Not at all! To further his slogan " Change is Coming" he should randomly nominate all the Senators Then purpose a change in our Tax Policies. I bet our Reps would take a more serious look into our tax structure. Jim Logansport, In.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  184. Rob Cherry

    I do not believe that it adversely affects Obama. He could not be privy to all the things that go on in the lives of everyone he nominates. I am, however, concerned about the fact that everday Americans are PAYING their taxes, or being hunted down if not, yet our governing body does not feel the need to pay theirs and, apparently, are not asked to. It is yet another reason why the "average" American feels ignored and disenfranchised by their government.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  185. Larry Korak

    I strongly support the President – it is like Gingrich criticizing Clinton for having an affair – Let's take a hard look at the tax returns of all our political leaders – I am sure we will quickly discover how they arrive in Washington as moderately wealthy and leave Washington filthy rich. There are no statesmen in Washington – How would John Adams judge the class system that has resulted from his grand design?

    February 4, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  186. Raoul New Orleans, La.

    First, for the Republicans in Congress; after allowing Tom Delay, Jack Abramoff, and the K Street Project they have as much credibility as the gang who said the Iraq War would pay for itself. Second, the reason for the nomination process is being demonstrated to good result. No rubber stamping here. Finally, a President who will admit mistakes. I'll wake up when the alarm goes off!

    February 4, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  187. Oregon Wally Las Vegas Nevada

    well the I.R.S. is as screwed up as anything else in government, if not more so. Pres. Obama should do away with them, along with all the failing banks and start all over from scratch. Our country needs a complete remodel .

    February 4, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  188. Christina Woodward

    The only way it would matter to me is if Obama himself didn't pay his taxes. Are we fools here? Obama has no control over how people have handled their finances! Did he submit, sign, or collect the taxes??? How can we hold anyone to a ridiculous set of standards that would indicate one man controls the world – in fact I'm pretty sure we've fought against that concept. The only criteria we can judge Obama on is how he handles all of this and everything else on his plate. And as long as the taxes get paid, why do we care? Unless there was ill intent and obvious tax evasion I'm more concerned as to why the IRS doesn't catch it and take care of it.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  189. Jerry Harris

    Yes, but I think whoever was doing the vetting should have given him better advice

    February 4, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  190. Thelma from Castalia, Ohio

    It doesn't hurt President Obama's credibility at all. He's cleaning up Washington just like he said he would even though it's being done one at a time. Now I think everybody who is or has been in Washington should be audited. We might end up with enough money to pay off the national debt.

    February 4, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  191. just me!

    After 8 years of lies and deceit it is refreshing to actually hear our president admit to errors. This raises my opinion of him. He is, after all, human.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  192. Juan from Union City N.J.

    Jack, I have MORE respect for president Obama in saying that
    "he screwed up"...Imagine if Bush would have said that he screwed up for the Katrina aftermath and the Iraqi war.

    Ask for the tax cheats, well He should check twice before giving a job to them.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  193. Christine, Thousand Oaks Ca

    No, Jack. President Obama acted like a man and took one for the team. These folks should have been vetted better.
    But the bigger question is why is this an issue all of a sudden (not that it shouldn't be) when one knows Republicans hate taxes and i doubt if they have all paid theirs.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  194. Big Tony Alanta, Ga.

    Taxes, who can pay them correctly even when you're trying to, sounds like the opposition could'nt find any "dirt" worthy of a decent scandal against these nominees. If people didn't want to pay the least amout of tax, CPA's and Tax attorneys would be out of business and I bet, under the same scrutiny, some of these finger pointing Republican's could not pass the same test. Obama's credibilty is fine unless this stimulus package dosn't work, but I think the republicans are afraid of how bad they will look if the stimulus does work. Hey, both of you, liberals and conservatives, get it together. The American people need help !!!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  195. douglas gengler

    well if the IRS did its job we wouldnt be talking about this.
    doug in arkansas

    February 4, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  196. Jerry - Toronto, Canada

    It doesn’t affect his credibility at all. What it does show is how difficult it is to find an honest politician in Washington. They all have skeletons in their closet Jack (Rep or Dem), but it’s the ones who hide it best that get elected and or move up the political food chain. What Obama is doing is a good thing believe it or not; he’s cleaning the old Washington closet, one politician at a time (even if it is his own party).

    So help him out Jack, get him a bigger broom.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  197. Carolyn in Houston

    Hi Jack,
    No, I don't think so. A President is only human. He can't know everything all of the time. The ones who screwed up big time are Daschle for 1. not paying his taxes and 2. failing to disclose this to those doing the vetting. Obama's transition team dropped the ball, too, for failing to thoroughly vet all the candidates. President Obama said he screwed up and apologized. I can't imagine President Bush doing likewise and goodness knows if anyone screwed up big time, George. W. Bush wins first place.

    To be fair I think the IRS should audit every member serving in Congress including those in the past Administration. Next I'd go to lawmakers who used or are using the revolving door from Congress to lobbying, or vice versa. The culture of corruption in Washington is appalling and needs to be scrubbed clean.

    I betcha the IRS could recoup millions if not billions in unpaid "gosh I didn't know," "nannies count!?" or "but the dog ate my stock dividends!" taxes. Massive tax audits would create new jobs for many of those in the financial sector who lost jobs, too. This sounds like a win win to me.

    To be perfectly honest, Jack I think the media is putting Obama under a much tougher microscope than it did George W. Bush. I find this very perlexing b/c if the Bush Administration had received the same scrutiny, we might not find ourselves in the mess we are in today.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  198. John Richard

    The President said yesterday that there is no "silver bullet". Is he talking about a cure for the economy or a cure for vampires. I believe the correct term is "magic bullet".

    February 4, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  199. Deirdre

    I personally don't think he did anything wrong unless he was aware of their personal tax records. Was that an issue during the vetting process? How do you make others volunteer information if they don't choose to?

    Who else knows about your personal tax records besides the IRS, and would you confess to any wrong-doing?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  200. omar

    Jack, I admire the President for taking a stand, but I must admit this society has become such a legalistic society to the point that if people make a mistake from years past it can keep them from assising their country. I totally understand consequences and accountability but come on... We jus lost 3 terrific people because of our "no baggage" rules

    February 4, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  201. Melanie in rural IA

    This tax issue is between them and the IRS, it does make one take a step back and ask why these so called "smart" individuals would make such a stupid mistake of not paying taxes.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  202. Townsend in CA

    This is really sad: with all the chaos going on in the world, the media chooses to focus on whether or not a few folks paid their taxes. I expect this from the Republicans, but not journalists. I speak for the people when I say we dont give a crap about this insignificant topic; please keep us posted on things that actually matter to us... the economy and the war are good places to start.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  203. Joe in MO

    Enhanced. George W. Bush would even admit he had made a mistake with Katrina or WMDs.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  204. j/NJ

    How does nominating three people who didn’t pay their taxes affect President Obama’s credibility?

    Actually they didn't pay them when they were supposed to pay them, but they did in fact pay the taxes owed...seems 3 affected nominees argues against punitive action rather than for it, a commonplace human error that harms no one least of all the all powerful federal govt...on the other hand what has society lost by pressuring these folks to step down? unfortunately in a puritanical society the downside of the witch hunt is never the issue...indeed scrutinizing and punishing the scandal is all that matters...

    February 4, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  205. Mike - Hot Springs, Arkansas

    Hey I could examine the taxes of virtually anyone and find a problem. I will bet that the examination of most returns will present problems. The real question is whether or not the persons were qualified to do the job. There is no question that Daschle was and we lost a very good man.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  206. carl ayscue

    dear jack; i don't see where it effects obama's credibility as much as it does those who should have been truthful with the vetting process. after only 16 days in office, it's not his credibility i question. the thing that worries me is this is news, while millions lose their homes, and jobs. talk about fiddling while rome burns. carl; prince george, va.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  207. Doris Clark

    President Obama said he screwed up. For all those who want to keeping talking about this, when did President Bush admit he help to screw up our ecomomy. Give the President a break he is doing everything in a very short time to try and save all of us both rich and poor. If these CEO's were concerned about this country they would be willing to give up their big salaries. For every second these politicians waste time some mother or father has to tell their family that they no longer have a job or income.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  208. Cynthia-MI

    President Obama's credibilty is not hurt one bit by Daschels's tax scandal. In fact the vetting process is doing exactly what it's supposed to do. Weed out the ones who continue to go forward in the nomination process hoping their darkness doesn't come to light.

    Did President Obama make a mistake? He did. Once Daschel's tax issue was found, was the time for President Obama to check Daschel off.

    What keeps President Obama's credibilty in tact is that he took responsibility (immediately) for his screw-up. I can live with that.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  209. Doug from Bloomington IN

    No. For one thing, he's only been president for 15 days or so. And he did the unthinkable: he admitted that he made a mistake on national TV. His credibility is already boosted by that alone.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  210. Ken in NC

    Jack your credibility with me is not hurt because my best friend ran off with my ex-wife. The President's credibility is not hurt with me either. I am more confident in our President. Not since Jack Kennedy have I herd a President say "I SCREWED UP" and Kennedy didn't say it in such a blunt manner. Such a refreshing response.

    I miss my best friend.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  211. djibril diabate

    I have comment about the economic situation if I have chance to talk ,
    I think the president have good initiative about the economies , but I don’t see this plan will be effective
    The have to do simple math , helping the small businesses will be the effective plan , the don’t have to help any bank with the tax money , you give the tax money to those paying the tax
    We have to look the majority , we have more small business than bank by helping those business the economies will be fix in 6 months , by giving money to the bank we will be in starting point .

    February 4, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  212. ingrid, new york

    are you really sure you and wolf have paid your own taxes correctly?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  213. Al in IA

    It doesn't really affect his credibility but it does say something about the select pool of people from which these nominees are chosen. With the strict ethics rules of the new administration, Obama might be lucky if he can even fill his cabinet.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  214. Jeff Crocket

    his executive order for ethics and lobbying is useless paper!
    His signature means nothing.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  215. Pepper Hanrahan from California

    No not really. It does say something about the vetting process.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  216. Dr. Sam


    Remember this now famous quip from Leona Helmsley: “We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.” Given the debacle over three prominent Obama appointees on this very issue, this is an opportune time to investigate how many of our top leaders in politics and business including Wall Street ever border to pay their taxes. These people make so much money, but feel they should keep it all. In the mean time, government tax and finance organizations keep harassing and intimidating the “little people” for even the smallest infractions. There is another side to this cultural experience—the dark side of capitalism which no doubt also have many worthy goals. It tends to foster—even celebrate—selfish individualism or the me-first complex as part of its success ethic. Thus, even after the era of the Enron collapse and corrupt corporate greed, the success ethic of creed is not yet a bust. Instead, the virtues of social responsibility, character, honesty, selfless sacrifice, integrity, and a well-developed moral sense may be still increasingly diminishing. In that milieu, some top officials in government and business believe they can get away with anything. Since the idea of individualism is clearly pathological in our culture, is the Obama administration prepared to address the consequences as they impact on general ethics and the common good?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  217. therealmarie

    With the nation in peril the only thing that they (CNN) can be trusted in covering until one's head hurts is the trival. He sad he Screwed Up. Enough of your bankrupt programming material. CNN "The Most trusted Name In Foolishness."

    February 4, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  218. Jayne Shaw

    Washington and credibility is an oxymoron.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  219. Rich Monk

    Hi Jack,
    Personally I think President Obama is doing what he said he would, and that is he will be an Honest man among theives!
    When a person graduates from Harvard and then goes to the Ghetto to work for free, that man is unique amongst his peers of typical criminal brown nosing Politicians that we have now.
    The real question should be why isn't Daschle and Geithner, and the other women, Killofer, being charged for "Tax evasion"?
    You or I would be?
    Thomas, Carlsbad, San Diego, CA

    February 4, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  220. Rick

    Hey Jack....

    Why not have the IRS audit senators, house members, etc. I believe that there are more that haven't paid....after all, if we're going to "clean house" lets do it all the way around....

    February 4, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  221. Susan Henry-Ohio

    I don't think it effects his credibility to the point of untrustworthiness. Anyone can make a mistake.

    S Henry

    February 4, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  222. Gene72

    At least he is open with the problem,where before those things were kept quiet.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  223. Lee in Cannon Falls MN


    Lets have the same scrutiny applied to EVERY elected Congressman and Senator and see what we have left. Can anyone surpass the corruption and dysfunction of the past 8 years???

    Lets level the whole playing field across both parties. Then there will be room for you and I to clean up this mess.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  224. Mary J.

    SO WHAT. I would rather have a person who made a mistake on their taxes than a bunch of rogues who give tax cuts to the rich AND who are willing to LIE us into a war that has bankrupted our military and country.

    SO WHAT. MOVE ON. HE APOLOGIZED. It has been TWO FREAKING WEEKS for God's Sake people.

    Jack get a life.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  225. Trista

    Saying one thing and doing another is typical Washington Status Quo.

    Maybe I'll skip paying my taxes this year and just say "I made a mistake" when I'm caught. It should be ok with Geithner since he did it too.

    More foxes guarding the hen house. Americans, prepared to be robbed!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  226. toni boutwell, myrtle beach, SC

    So he made mistakes...He owned up to them, something Bush would never do. He may hav "screwed up" but Obama has my respect and trust 100% His credibilty is enhanced by hi willingness to show that he's capable of human error. As for the anti-recovery party, they should just gi back under thier rocks.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  227. T. Santana

    I firmly believe that President Obama is looking for the best person for the job. Sometimes that person is flawed in other areas, but we are in extreme times. I think we have to get off of our moral high horses and get this country fixed. Would you want people to judge your job performance by delving into other areas of your life?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  228. Jose

    We all the respect of the viewers, I have not find ANYONE who can explain to me, how raising the capital gain taxes to 25% to "the riches" (which are everybody's employeer and manfactures of everything we buy)will develop the economy.
    In one had we want to bail them out and in the other tax them more. The very same reason the Democrat party is trying to sell the 800+ billion is the very same reason you should NOT raise their taxes.
    Moreover, we are already in a huge debt and wanting to throw 800+ billions out the street for people go spend it in Wall-Mart and get the profit to the Chiness.
    Did I mention that our kid will pay for this non-sence. Jose (Houston)

    February 4, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  229. ilenne tyman

    After the last eight years, it is refreshing to hear our President admit that he made an error. In my eyes, our new President has shown more desire to help Americans than the last president ever uttered a coherent sentence. I will stand behind him, and his choices for any office, as I trust him implicitly.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  230. Lucy in New Orleans

    Jack, It doesn't affect the president's crediblility at all. It just means that some people lied to him. It affects their credibility.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  231. Donna

    It doesn't affect his credibility. In my opinion he made a mistake. There are more things we need to focus on than who didn't pay their taxes

    February 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  232. docb

    Take the hits early...This is a small bump in the road... I am concerned about what will come out with the lack of vetting on clinton but if she stays in the region that her husband gave 'free trade' and 'most favored Nation status'... he should be able to keep her screw ups covered!

    Tooo bad about Daschle – he was a good fit but with 57,000 pages of IRS rules and the American public paying $300 billion to have their taxes prepared...maybe there will be an overhaul at the IRS..

    Obama will be okay but the repubs are heading for another bloodbath in 2010!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  233. EILEEN.. Austintown, OHIO

    It does not affect our Presidents credibility at all in my opinion....all it tells me is....GOTCHA....you can't cheat forever and get away with it and shame on you for raining on the new administrations parade. The last eight years has already been more than an honest persons
    credo could endure..

    February 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  234. Charla (Covington, GA)

    Yes Pres. Obama has "screwed up" but he is not the only one. Some of his nominees served under other administrations when the alledgly committing these crimes. And they should also face the same penalty regular Americans face when they commit the same crime.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  235. Gerardo C.

    Not at all, he's doing his best to change things ASAP.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  236. Jon Gill,philadelphia

    Will you people just give it a rest!! This administration is only two weeks old and you, the wacko media, are already pulling it to shreds.Where was everybody when Bush gave away the country to Wall street? Where were the loud cries when he started the Iraq war? Where was the outrage when Valerie Plame was outed?
    Obama needs to be given a fair chance to govern, not just two weeks. The media gave Busha lmost his entire eight years before single voice was lifted in protest. That shame belongs to the media alone.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  237. Doug W

    As far as taxes and employees are concerned, well, how would the Republicans be able to afford housekeepers if they didn't employ aliens fresh over the border and barely dry? This is why the border is still open!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  238. Steve Osborn

    Hi Jack and welcome back. I wonder how many congressmen and women would come up clean if IRS audited all of them? Matter of fact, I'm thinking that might not be a bad idea...that it be a requirement that all those guys be audited every four years...might be interesting huh?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  239. Terrell Owens fan

    If it looks like a rat, smells like a rat, then bye golly it's a RAT!!!!!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  240. E Joyce

    Did you deliberately omit the details? The vetting process counts on the candidates to be honest when they are asked if there is anything that needs to be disclosed that has not been. In Daschle's case, he didn't know that there was a tax on a friend's loaned car until AFTER his selection was announced. Even the Pope has issues with the vetting of his own bishops. Give the President a break! Or are you just looking for reasons to criticize?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  241. Flygirl

    This shows us that the economy is missed up, when politicians don't pay or forget to pay their taxes.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  242. Charmaine

    Why blame Obama for nominees not being upfront about their issues before Obama made announcement?

    Gov. Richardson had enough integrity to immediately refuse a nomination because he KNEW he had some issues that would create problems for Obama.

    News media entities are always short-sighted and troublemakers and at a time like this? You guys are making it incredibly hard for the country to pull together and beat this roaring train engine plunging down the mountain.

    What the hell is wrong with you guys? Looks like you're just trying to justify keeping YOUR jobs? Must be nice to have a job.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  243. Ron Ouellette

    Do you know why they put erasers on pencils?? To erase mistakes
    and that in my view is what happened here, it was not President Obama that screwed up it was members of his vetting staff who did
    the investigations of these candidates. Its refreshing to see our
    President admit that he and his staff made a mistake, could you
    imagine King George admitting that he made a mistake?? The
    guy has been office for a total of 16 days, give him a break.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  244. samir iqbal

    We gotta remember that Obama is still new at the game. Let's give him some time before we throw our shoes at him.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  245. Vanessa Morris

    I think that we are seeing the raggedy-ness of the nominees because of Obama's commitment to transparency. It's not like this is the first time these blue bloods have never paid taxes and sought to run departments of which they are egregious towards. It's Washington as usual – Obama's just lifting the veil for all to see. I'm just trying to understand, how come rich people don't pay taxes? Is that how they are able to remain rich? How much does the non-payment of taxes by American persons and companies contribute to our economic crisis?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  246. Steve, Paola, Ks.


    It might be a big deal to find 3 qualified people that have paid their taxes.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  247. Jason from LSU

    It hurts his credibility tremendously. A brief thought that we are in tax season and we have our National Leader nominating people who don't pay taxes? That plainly says that we don't penalize those political members in society who don't pay taxes. As a college student, I dread messing up my paperwork- I suddently feel a bit relaxed knowing that the worst I'll face is public humiliation from the media.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  248. Jan

    If you disqualified every person up for a job in Washington for a wrong doing there would be no one left to run the country. To answer your question, I don't think the president's credibility is hurt, the nominations did not go through - the vetting process worked.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  249. Bill Beatty

    His credability was damaged long before this. With the church and ACORN, he lost all with me.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  250. Marv

    Jack, let's do a 7 year audit of the Senators who sit on the panel.

    Ocala, FL

    February 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  251. Donna..Fl.

    Well Jack..it all depends on which side of the fence you're sitting on.I just wish that the media had hopped all over Bush like they do Obama..but NO, they're not gonna let our president breathe..just disect him to death!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  252. Ines

    it seems that the President has an almost impossible job trying to find someone that is not stained in some way, yet qualified to do a job that the candidate is selected to do.
    Him admitting that he screwed up was a ray of sunshine and hope for a lot of people in itself, something most Politicians can't seem to be able to do. Heck just the thought of someone ( Politician) being able to say that is a mere miracle. LOL
    So no he has not lost credibility..... more like gained a bit more.
    Ines in Erie, Co

    February 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  253. Cesar H Castro Jr

    If anything you want the People who know how to "Cheat" the system. How else would they know what to Fix?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  254. orion

    No jack,not at all it won't hurt his credibility but Tom dashes's

    February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  255. Jan from Iowa

    I heard words come from a president that I had never heard come from a president before, "I screwed up." It makes me admire him more for admitting that. Even though I feel like it was the nominee and Obama's staff that screwed up. The President of the United States says he screwed up. Wow!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  256. Bill,,,,,St. Clair, MI

    President Obama is in a pickle.....probably 70% of all those who earn over $100,000 are, knowingly or unknowingly, tax cheats.....including many members of Congress. We need a tax system that does not encourage cheating......a flat tax.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  257. Richard Hyer, Jr.

    What's the President supposed to do, send Private I's out checking on all of the Cabinet positions and whether they've paid their taxes or not??????

    February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  258. NANCY

    NO WAY – How would he know if they have or have not paid their taxes. He picks them and then the search goes on and here we are – they are not goint to be in the administration. Unless when any president picks someone and the search goes on before they are announced by the president this is the way the system works!!! NANCY

    February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  259. Carol - Tennessee

    I think a better question would be how many other Washington insiders failed to pay their taxes.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  260. Christopher Nelson

    I'm disappointed...I wonder how many other people in our government owe back taxes? Maybe I sould run for office...at least I pay my taxes. It could be my platform 🙂

    February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  261. OneObservation

    Seems like a deeper issue when a former party leader in the US Senate and the former head of the Federal Reserve Bank of NY are the tax cheats in question.

    Hitting three folks with tax issues in the relatively small statistical sample of Obama nominees makes one wonder if it isnt just the tip of the iceberg

    Shows how pervasive the problem is ... more than an Obama issue.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  262. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama's credibility wasn't affected as much as some people, mainly in Washington would like it to be affected.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  263. Laura

    It doesn't reflect badly on Barack Obama – rather on the people he has appointed. After they people appointed were given an extensive questionnaire that gave them the opportunity to "confess" ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING – and yet they still did not confess to any of their wrong doings – it speaks more poorly of them, and of the Washington temperment. Barack Obama's nominations are only as good as the people he's nominating are honest. If they are not honest – then it doesn't reflect badly on him – only on them and the very Washington climate Barack Obama is trying to change. In fact, by Barack Obama stepping up and claiming, "I screwed up," demonstrates his ability and willingness to claim his mistakes rather than pushing them off on someone, anyone, else! Finally an honest leader in Washington!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  264. Jamey

    Well, most presidents want their cabinet to reflect the general population, and since most of the general population does some hocus-pocus on their taxes every year, Obama's cabinet nominations reflect the general population! Besides, if somebody is going to be in charge of the IRS, I'd rather it be somebody who knows it well enough to get around their byzantine tax codes!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  265. Donna

    Taxation has been such a big deal to Americans, all through history. Obama's credibility is definietly being question in regard to his judgment of character. However since he is still in his 'honeymoon' period it won't have near the affect it could or otherwise would. Maybe we should keep him under a closer microscope though. Lets hope Washington and Obama can help get America back on its feet.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  266. pat Green

    NO. Let's remember folks HE IS HUMAN, not superhuman. At least he has the guts to admit when he's wrong. Shows character and honesty.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  267. Joan M McElwee

    I don't think the three nominees with tax problems are a fatal blow to President Obama's credibility but have put a dent in it.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  268. Mike, Seattle

    No. The real issue here that no one seems to want to talk about is how damn confusing the current tax code is. When professional economic advisors and former U.S. Senators cant figure it out how is the average tax payer supposed top know what to do? This is the central issue, not President Obama.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  269. Stephen Schwartz

    The IRS tax laws that create errors in filing ones taxes is so convoluted that hardly anyone reports all their income and or deductions. I wonder how all the congressional representatives would survive an IRS audit. I, Also, wonder how all of you at CNN will survive an IRS audit. For instance, how do you handle the free travel miles created with the business related travel you all do.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  270. Eric Wasek

    Jack, this is crap. Mr Obama is suppossed to make wise descisions on who advises him. This shows his poor judgement and it puts a big dent in his credibility. I have now lost a significant amount of trust in Mr Obama

    February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  271. Christine

    President Obama is paying the price for the dishonesty of his cabinet picks who've had tax problems. How could the President possibly know they had these issues? It is the nominees' fault for not immediately acknowledging the issue...by letting these folks go through the public fallout of discovery, President Obama is setting a strong example that the truth will ultimately come out and you will pay the consequences for your actions. If only the White House pool reporters had been so dedicated to determining the veracity of all the bogus claims that led us into war in Iraq as they have been on these tax issues, the country would be in a much better state than it is now.
    Gettysburg, PA

    February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  272. Kevin-Oil City, PA

    These people and their tax problems are being blown way out of porportion. If our president feels that they are qualified to do the job then he has made the right choice. Unfortunately the people he has appointed have problems with paying Uncle Sam, not until after they were appointed was this made aware. I give respect to the president for saying he made a mistake, but in all honesty it was only the people he appointed who made a mistake. Plus with Geithner heading up the IRS, we all have an argument if they happen to show up on our doorstep

    February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  273. Doug Troutman, Lakeview, Oreon

    Hiring people with bad accounting principles is exactly what formulated the Bush economic policy, so what's the big deal? At least we don't have Perle, Wolfowitz, Feith, and others who drop REAL bombs on people instead of political "bombs". Then there's the ever popular and ethical "Scooter" for a sound pick.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  274. Niki

    No – It hurts the credibility of the person seeking the job – the NOMINEE. I'm sure it is a question they ask but is Barack Obama expected to literally AUDIT these nominees to make sure they did their taxes the right way? I'm getting annoyed with CNN harping on this. You treat Barack Obama like a celebrity....you spent all of this time building him up and now you are focused on tearing him down...but he is the PRESIDENT and its only been two weeks. If you'd given Bush this much grief maybe this country wouldn't be falling apart. Its like you are making up for your poor reporting with Barack Obama. Too MUCH too LATE, JACK.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  275. M Tabor

    I have lost everything I have due to this current economy. We Americans are coming together on TRUST. I voted for Barak Obama and I am still a strong supporter, but in saying that, it sends a very bad message to the "hardworking" American people that the persons/individuals being nominated for his cabinet or staff are not carefully evaluated prior to being hired for the job. Additionally, if I OWED hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes, I WOULD BE IN JAIL. Certainly, I am speaking for the American taxpayer, we are a little concerned with the Obama Administrations careless oversight, one that could cost us big.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  276. CD Shaw

    Just as I knew all alone, Obama would choose what he is use too.....you may can take politics out of washington but you cant take them out of the man............bull he is for "change". His picks show that he is for same ole same ole in Wahington.........and continues to hang with people who break laws.....Thank God for Hillary Clinton, at least he did do one thing right.........................

    February 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  277. Winnie, Florida

    I guess what peopole have said for years is true ...."It's hard to find an honest person in Washington."

    February 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  278. Marion

    Jack, I'll care about that when we're out of this MORASS the Republicans stranded us in over the last eight years. Compared to the Dark Ages we just came out of over the last couple of weeks, I'm still elated about Obama!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  279. rich-illinois

    I think someone is trying to tell our commander-inchief that any politician who holds any office of any kind should have their taxes scrutinized. This seems to be a common political thing to do in Washington

    February 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  280. diane

    c'mon Jack. the man admitted he screwed up. A huge change from the delusional one we had in the white house before Obama.
    When you are in the middle of dealing with the worst economic crisis since the 1930s and dealing with all the messes Georgie boy left for him to deal with, I'm sure the man is not exactly that focused on personnel issues.
    The fact that these bozos knew they had tax problems and had the hubris to accept the offers and not disclose their problems to Obama – leaving Obama holding the bag and looking bad is inexcusable. Why did they even accept knowing they had problems in the first place. You'd think they were adult enough to take care of their own business to begin with.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  281. Tommy Pullman

    Not at all. We're still within the first 100 days of Obama's presidency. He has free rein to make as many mistakes as humanly possible, and his credibility will remain intact. If something like this had happened about a year into his term, I believe the people's reaction would be drastically different.

    Bedford, IN

    February 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  282. Sybil Ross

    It is not Obama's credibility that is hurt, it's the people who are not fessing up when asked.

    Maybe, we should vet all of Congress and see how much more unpaid taxes we can shake out of their pockets. Might be able to cut back on the amount needed for the bailout!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  283. Masonya

    No, it doesn't affect his credibility, perhaps because Obama can do no wrong in my eyes...But he was probably thinking cheaters normally do get ahead, so why not...

    February 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  284. Teri

    Obama's credibility is NOT being hurt by tax scandels. What can Obama do about these people not paying their taxes? Absolutely nothing but let them go and move on, which is exactly what he has done. He has admitted to any mistakes he feels he's made and that's that. It is the Republican party that insists on trying to hurt Obama's credibility, and I personally feel that they are only hurting themselves. They need to quit trying to discredit the President by every little stupid insignificant way possible just because he is not willing bow down to their every demand. President Obama is about the people and the Republicans are about themselves. It's sickening and I feel that once President Obama's terms are up, people will see that he was about bring about change while the Republicans were about nit-picking at iinsignficant issues.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  285. joey yankee lake n.y.

    Yes he has been hurt and I beleive that Tim Geithner will continue to hurt his credability. And furthermore Judd Gregg was involved in the Abramoff scandal. If you ask the American People to pay their taxes and, if owed, penalties, then he cannot continue to leave Geithner in charge of Treasury. There has to be at least one other person in America that can fill that job.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  286. Cindy Richardson, Ft. Mohave, AZ

    How was Obama to know of the questionable tax status of these people?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  287. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    I don't think his credibility will be hurt, but he'd better be checking out future appointees a lot better than his vetting team has recently.At least he publically admitted that he "screwed up" That's a refreshing change from the last 8 years! Bush would have died before admitting any mistake.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  288. Deborah S.

    President Obama did something former Pres. Bush (W.) couldn't do, years after he took office-Pres. Obama admitted to the mistake on Dashcel being his. What else do you media people want.? If he didn't apolagize, you would be saying he is not be accountable. Y es, it is disappointing about the three candidates, but this has happened to other Presidents. And your information is as only as good as it is owned up to.

    Give President Obama a break. I know he will se to it that this doesn't happen again!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  289. John

    I think it raises an even bigger question – why is it so hard to find people in Washington who have not done something illegal?

    John, Atlanta, GA

    February 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  290. Debbi from Farmingdale, NY

    No, I don't think it hurts his credibility at all! In fact, it helps! He promised reform and these designees are being caught and not approved. If they had hid their tax problems and still been appointed, then there would be a problem. The system works now and our president will be more careful with his next appointment.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  291. Logan Ruff

    Personally I am ashamed that President Obama has not personally inspected every nook and cranny of every one of an office's potential nominee's background. However, at least we have a President who can admit when he's wrong. Do we really want another eight years of a "perfect" President?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  292. Christine Watsky

    I wonder where that stereotype comes from-you know, the one about corrupt politicians . . .

    Jack, IS there anyone experienced, who CAN spearhead this political battle, who is not corrupt?

    Christine Watsky
    Ocean City, MD

    February 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  293. barry

    MAYBE their is no one left to pick. The odds of 3 out of 4 people not paying taxes is not good. President Obama’s credibility will not be affected if most of these washington people are not paying their taxes.


    February 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  294. Dee Pisciella (Pish ella)

    These tax issues with the nominees makes one think we could pay part of the stimulus package if we audited Congress. Where there is smoke, there is usually fire. President Obama needs to mature his staff vetting these folks. He fell on the sword once for them. He will not fall on the sword twice. How refreshing it is to hear a leader say he screwed up. At last!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  295. Helen

    Jack, it greatly hurts his credibility. I think they are answering questions in double speak now, this is a professional Marketing Organization. Why was the same standard not applied in the Administration's thinking on the Treasury Secretary. As Robert GIbbs put it, the issues for Treasury are bigger than one person, was Tim Geithner the only person for that job?

    Snce he began making cabinet annoucements, America has been wondering about change. Why has he drawn so significantly from inside the beltway for highly visible positions and not from a diverse cross section of America? Sure you need staff that know how government works, how to navigate process, etc, but what he needed more to demonstrate real change was "new thinkers" to bring new thought processes to Washington.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  296. Bill, Virginia Beach

    I am more confortable with the efforts of President Obama's staff to search for qualified nominees for executive branch jobs that I am with what the George W. Bush cronies did. What is even more irritating is the flapping and squawking by the talking heads on the news channels trying to create another tempest in a tea pot. Do you think everyone in CNN's management or news staff has properly paid all of their own taxes? I doubt it.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  297. Danny

    Everyone is wanting to now blame Obama for the people in Washington not paying their taxes and being appointed to positions, where does the blame go to before Obama in the Bush administration for allowing them to be there to begin with ? Someone somewhere overlooked them not paying taxes long before Obama ever took office so who's fault is that ?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  298. tanya...atlanta

    I would say very little. I'm not trying to make excuses for anyone but it happens I bet 75% of politicians hav a mishap with their taxes. The urgencey in President Obama trying to get thos positions filled may have a little to do with that. But, in all honesty out of all the individuals that were qualified for those positions how many did or didn't have tax issues. Nobody will ever know.....All these "political advisors" give names do they know the tax information on the people they "think" are better qualified??? You tell me!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  299. flexx

    no i don't think so jack, so far he is doing a great job! give the man a chance for gods sake! BUSH left him a mess!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  300. Phil Minardi, St. Louis, MO

    President Obama's credibilty stands firm!! How can we even question this? We have all learned politics is a messy business, and there are many gray areas. . .but the president to doing a great job trying to get his cabinet lined up. Bumps in the road? Sure. But to even begin to question his credibility this early in the game is more "politics", right?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  301. Mike, Clackamas Or

    I was very reluctant to vote for Obama but I did as I figured he was the lesser of two evils, It would appear he is just like the all the other politcal figures, Tell us what we want to hear and give us a warm fuzzy feeling, And then get into office and hire criminals as his advisors. If you look back a decade or so ago, His secy of state was embroiled in a little story called Whitewater, HMMM.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  302. cam

    Jack what perks my ears up is people who dared support Obama instead of Clinton in the primary seem to be getting deep sixed by the IRS.One wonders if the dreaded war room is still in business with Clitonites at the IRS doing the dirty deeds.

    Clinton 2012?

    Lord help us!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  303. John from Alabama

    Jack: No, because President Obama did not pass the buck to his staff. The President took the blame for the problems over income taxes. I like it when someone admits to mistakes rather than blame others or try to cover up a mistakes. The window was opened an a light was allowed to come into the room of government. Gee, Jack, sounds like honesty to me.

    John from Alabama

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  304. James, Charlotte

    Jack, The President is one man in a city called Washington. The problem's we witness are the things he said needs to CHANGE. This is day 16 and he admitted he "screwed up". That statement alone gives me and the country assurance that our 44th President is CREDIBLE. Time will tell from here on out.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  305. Karol

    It questions the president's judgment – not his overall credibility. His mea culpa was impressive. I think from now on we will see more in- depth vetting and better judgment.

    Scottsdale, AZ

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  306. Diana from the Bronx

    Is Obama supposed to know about their personal taxes? I think he should ask for resumes and who has taxes on point first.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  307. DMQ in Anchorage

    How can this hurt his credibility when grown people do their taxes, if I don't pay my taxes my employer doesn't take responsibility. Plus I would hope Obama is more busy fixing the economy rather than checking tax returns.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  308. Pam


    Pay taxes? I thought that was just for us working stiffs. Obama showed integrity by admitting his mistake, now I'd like to see him go a step further by nominating someone who did pay their taxes. He will probably have to go outside the congress/government agencies to find a "working stiff" like us. I am disgusted by the situation, but hardly surprised. I am glad to see the cockroaches scurrying out of the light.
    What about the penalties the average person would have to pay? I don't hear anything about that!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  309. gord

    I am sure it is not just the Democrats that have not paid their taxes. The Republicans are lined up right now to pay the money they owe on back taxes.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  310. Brian

    I find the executives want their fast pay check and name their own bonuses. I say cap them at the 500,00 and while you are at it. Lets have the IRS audit every congressman, senator and representative that we send to D.C. to represent us and all those that are poor or dumb enought to pay their taxes.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  311. Sharon from Tampa, Fl

    If they didn't tell the vetting team upfront how is he suppose to know. Lying on a job application is what they did.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  312. bill

    No. He admitted making a mistake . How many in congress have not pay their taxes. Those idots in congress should all be aduit to see where they stand. People would not be surpise.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  313. C S N

    President Obama isn't God...
    No, he's not perfect, but trying hard to be a good steward of the nation.
    His Vetting Staff let him down, but he'll be as good or better than many other Presidents before him!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  314. DEB

    Jack this is becomming the politics as usual.......we go through this with every president. Yes it does affect HIS credibility in my eye's.
    Who is vetting these clowns?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  315. cathy, milton, massachusetts

    let the president keep picking those tax cheats
    we'll have the national debt paid off by the end of his
    first 100 days

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  316. june jacobson

    That these people have had difficulty with their taxes suggests to me that they dion't have high-powered accountants who hide their money overseas. I think Pres. Obama is earnestly trying to find well-qualified, competent administrators. He won't cover up his mistakes, so it will look like he's made a lot of them. According to his predecessor's remarks, he didn't make mistakes. Oh, yeah!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  317. Daniel

    Hey Jack,

    As to Obama's credibility, I do not think these appointments and subsequent withdrawals should count against his credibility. He's the President, he's not omniscient. The appointees didn't pay their taxes. Obama didn't tell them not to pay their taxes. The IRS wasn't fully aware they didn't pay their taxes. It is a matter of information the appointees didn't disclose, not matters Obama chose to ignore.

    Second, the Geithner/Daschle tax issue comparison is a false comparison. Geithner was employed by the IMF, subject to an entirely different, and likely far more complex, tax code/policy. He neglected to file domestic taxes while employed by an international organization. The total amount is nearly 1/10 the total amount undisclosed by Daschle. Overlooking a small portion domestic taxes while employed internationally is a tad bit different than forgetting to disclose and not pay tax on $128,000. Geithner getting through while Daschle withdraws...shouldn't even be subject to debate.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  318. Bob Constine

    Yes the President has been hurt by his picks not paying taxes. I believe he should come out and say that every Cab. Membe and sitting official should be audited by the IRS for the last three years. This would prove that the President does not hve a double standard when it comes to paying taxes and it would clean up the Government. All audit results should be posted online once complete.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  319. frankie

    After eight years in which the Republican Administration never took responsibility for anything or even listened to our questions (they actually weren't ashamed to call us the "great unwashed"), well, I have no complaints with a President who takes responsibility for mistakes. If you can admit you made a mistake, then you are on your way to fixing it. It was not possible that President Obama was going to fix Washington in a few weeks, he's working with what he's got to work with.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  320. Andrew H


    How in god's name is this administration going to fix a world wide financial problem when they can't even get themselves together?

    I do feel sorry for Braq though- in the two year's time his campaign ran, he was unable to prepare himself for the first two weeks. I understand appointments aren't the top of the ticket, but one has to wonder what hasn't been running through Obama's mind if this is the sort of work he's producing, and what is in store for the future if this becomes an acceptable response from the administration. One can only appologize so many times before losing all credibility.

    I'm willing to give this administration a chance, but they gotta get their s_-_ together and fast.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  321. Amarissa

    Miami, Florida: It affects him, Jack. First of all, he wanted Dashle himself. Dashle is one of the main reasons he is President. Dashle sold Obama to Senators and put him ahead of Hillary Clinton. Second, HE chose his vetting team (Caroline Kennedy?) so if they did not do a good job, he is to blame for being leader of that team. And third, he knew months ago about tax problems for all these people and yet he backed them as he said "100%".
    This is the "Change" you and your bloggers voted for, Jack, so live with it as all of those who opposed this imaginary "Hopey Change" have to now!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  322. Rocky (CT)

    It doesn't impact his administration at all. With all of the gravely serious things going on in this country, no average person is going to care about failed nominations in a week or so.

    President Obama's administration is much more transparent than any other we've had (at least in recent American history). Even with these foolish mistakes, this White House will be infinitely more above board than President Bush's was. It's facts like these that people need to keep in perspective when covering these stories. I don't remember the media raking the Bush administration over hot coals like this, and I'd say misleading the nation into a war is a much worse offense than a nominee not paying all of his/her taxes. Where was this energy and effort during the last eight years?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  323. gary riesenberg

    I like Obama, but this makes him look stupid. Can't they check this before they even nominate each person for a post?
    In fact a segment on a nat'l news showed that over half of our sen and congressmen owed back taxes. The IRS knows about it but refuses to go after them. Go figure.


    February 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  324. Debbie C. in LA

    How could nominating someone that has neglected to pay taxes hurt Pres. Obama's credibility? I'm certain that he didn't predict ahead of time that his nominees had outstanding tax debts. Isn't that what the vetting process is for? Since Pres. Obama isn't a mind reader, it would be ridiculous to blame him for choosing qualified personnel who have made poor personal/financial choices. Isn't it the nominee's responsibility to be up front and disclose their personal issues? It's a shame that Daschle made such a poor decision to not pay his taxes because he is what our country is in dire need of.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  325. jimC

    We are finding out that majority of our business execs and government officials are corrupt. You can't know this until you put them in a position of investigation for their new post. I don't fault President Obama. It's not his fault that thes nominee's have this viscious Skeleton's in their closet. If you investigate a lot more of these officials, NOthing would Suprise ME!!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  326. Marce Canada

    I think that President Obama and Vice-President Biden said that it is PATRIOTIC to pay taxes.
    My question to you is;Joe the Plumber didnt pay some taxes and everyone was screaming and now now all democrats are saying that was a mistake and they will forgive?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  327. Karen - Missouri

    Obama has exceeded my expectations! He is working hard and fast and trying his best to be bipartisan. Do I care about someone else's taxes? No...let the IRS do their own job. Do I care about Republican whining? No...that still goes for McCain who LOST because he is clueless on the economy!!

    What I want is for the Republicans to quit whining as well as the media and get some work done for a change!!!! Obama has only had under a month and he has accomplished quite a lot! Have you scrutinized other presidents this closely in the past?

    They are all trying to make the stimulus to the economy to work but the media and whiners are preventing any work from getting done AGAIN! Why not back off?

    Obama is doing a great job...no other president has had to confront so many urgent problems at one time. Why don't you praise him for a change and give some moral support. and confidence back to this country?!?!?!?!?!?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  328. R.S


    I think CNN needs to stop this attack on President Obama. Where were you when the previous administration was doing this for eight years. I think President Obama is trying his best to weed this kind of thing out. You know that washington is a big machine and within that machine there are a lot of crooks. Now you have a new President on the block who is trying to introduce change. You choose to attack him after only three weeks. My question is why? Why did you not take this aggressive stance against President Bush. Second please stop calling the President by his first name. Guess what he is the President of the United States, Educate your reporters on respect. But you know I am sure this comment will not make it to the air and we all know why. Sign one of hundreds of viewers who are getting feed up again.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  329. frank

    In regard to President Obama's choices for his Cabinet posts, I don't beleive it is the fact that he made bad choices, but if it were to be know, there are probably quite a few more Senators, and Congressmen who may have problems as well, but aren't caught due to the fact that they have not been chosen for any post yet. It is probably as big a shock to President Obama as it is to most of us.
    Maybe some of this mess can get cleaned up and if we are lucky we may have an honest government for a change.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  330. Nuria in Miami

    No. He can't know everyone's personal life until he vets them. So he found out there are some tax cheats in Washington, what a surprise. Now he can look for someone else and hope they used H&R Block or Turbo Tax!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  331. Joe - San Leandro

    Jack, come on for God's sake! Obama is ethically so far above other politicians. He is doing just fine. What I'm afraid of, is that the press, you included, will dwell on minutia and it will prevent him from getting the bi-partisan cooperation that I as a voter am expecting. This kind of trash emboldens those who would try to obstruct. Are you in cahoots with Rush Limbaugh? Nice Job!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  332. Bonnie

    It doesn't! The President is a man of character. Unfortunately, those individuals he nominated did not have the strength of character to be honest with his President Obama's team during the vetting process. This situation only brings to light the fact that those of us in the middle class are struggling to foot the bills for everyone, those making too much money and those making too little. Lets hope that our new President can finally bring some equality to the taxing system.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  333. Caroline

    Let's give Obama a chance.
    ? Are their any honest people in America?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  334. Paul

    It shouldn't affect it much. I would like to see how many current members of Congress, Senate could pass an audit of their
    taxes. Bet it would be less than 5%.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  335. Miriam Gilmer

    You news people act like Obama himself didn't pay his taxes. For gosh sakes, he picked talented people that he thought his staff had scrutinized, and it turned out that three had not paid taxes. He took responsibility for this oversight, AND THAT WOULD BE THE END OF IT EXCEPT FOR YOU GUYS. Maybe you should join Fox News.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  336. Imani (New York)

    It means either the vetting process was flawed, the individuals concerned "hid" their tax problems, or somebody exercised extremely bad judgment.

    As an IRS employee, I'd have been FIRED under RRA '98 Section 1203 for doing what those three did my 30+ years of exemplary service notwithstanding.

    Congress passed that law but I guess it only applies to the "little people" and they are all to willing to look away when it seems "convenient". I'm disillusioned. My senator did not even answer when I wrote to protest the nomination of Geitner. So much for that.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  337. M Tabor

    This is really sad. The government is bailing out the banks with our tax dollars, we the American People loose our Jobs, the banks are luxury spending the tax dollars, and then too top it off, the heads of the government ex. IRS, are tax cheats?
    What is this country turning into.....and where does this leave us, the American People?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  338. David H

    It happens and was corrected by the people appointed! He's doing fine! Get off your tail and find some real news!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  339. Mike

    4 out of how many appointees? Please!!!!!!!!! Don't fall for the right wing talking points.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  340. Gerda

    It will not hurt Obama except for those who want to "get" him. I feel that it shows that his standards are higher than any of the previous administrations.
    I suggest that Obama increase funding for the IRS so they can systematically audit every top federal official, members of congress and persons earning over $1,M a year. That alone could probably close the recession gap considerably.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  341. Tam

    All the predident has to do is to nominate capable people to fill positions. He is not resonponsibilty to make their truthfullness.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  342. Roy Chardon

    Three, 4, 10, whatever out of more that a hundred nominees who had to pay taxes they previously failed to pay does not reflect on President O'Bama's ethics. Your preoccupation on comparative minutia, requiring protected information about people reflects on your attitude: where were you before the election, before O'Bama was selected as the Democratic candidate? Then was when you should have noticed his lack of experience, lack of understanding, and deficiencies.
    Pick real issues to worry about. President O'Bama has disposed of this complain rather nicely, I would say

    February 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  343. RookyJ

    Jack, at this point would it have mattered who the president picked? I bet if you dug deep enough, they all would have tax issues. Be sure not to send in the IRS though, send in Mr. Markopolos.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  344. Nadine Bent-Montalbo

    Obama's credibility is in what he does... he paid his taxes. His team failed him for one of the first times in his work with them. At least he admitted it as the leader he is. Guaranteed they will learn from it. That is what credibility/integrity is... I haven't ever seen that at that level of politics, how about that?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  345. Fred

    What is worse for America, not realizing you should have paid taxes, putting money in offshore tax haven hedge funds, or using tax loopholes to avoid paying taxes? The media has the public worring about pennies missing in taxes while millions of dollars bypass taxes.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  346. Linda

    The president will make mistakes or as he puts it "screwed up" just like everyone else does. I am sure he is not the only one who looks at these people to decide if they should be put into an office. Speaking of "screwed up", if the outgoing administration didn't make so many screw ups, all fo this mess wouldn't be happening inthe first place. I don't really see how the president keeps his mind on one issue long enough to straighten out all of the others!!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  347. Terence

    Its not Obamas fault that the nominees are not paying their taxes. Just poor vetting by the committee thats doing them. I wonder if their paying their taxes? I wonder?
    Terenca, Piscataway,NJ

    February 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  348. Annette of Colorado

    It doesn't hurt President Barack Obama's credibility.
    I challenge every Republican in Congress to step forward if they can prove that they absolutely claimed every cent of income that they should have reported and paid every cent in taxes that they should have paid for the past 15 years. I also challenge every past and present Republican in Congress to step forward if they can account for every penny of the $9 billion that was sent to Iraq. You know the money that some shaped into footballs and were tossing around. What's that? No takers? I rest my case!!!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  349. Wendy Zumar

    President Obama told Anderson Cooper and all Americans yesterday he made a mistake with the Daschle nomination. I respect his acknowledgement of this. He has accomplished more in 3 weeks than the former president did in the past 8 years. But I would also like to know how many more of our elected officials who are not being nominated for cabinet positions owe Uncle Sam? They should be held accountable to all of us!!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  350. Sally

    President Obama believed that the value of a person outweighed the oversight (or whatever it was). He believed the American people would not destroy people over a mistake when they knew the experience, intelligence, expertise of these nominees. But he did not count on the media, the Republicans, the pundits, etc. to destroy people.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  351. " TANK " St. Augustine, Florida

    No, not at all. Sure would be interesting to see how many more politicians actually still have not paid their taxes.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  352. prasanna goonewardena.

    I am indian and I voted for Obama and I think he is a great leader and a good guy. Eventhough he nominated 3 people who made some mistakes, he picked the people who can get the job done in these hard times. Lets give him some time and he will get this country going in the right direction again. We are americans and he will get us out of this hole.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  353. Serena Scott

    I don't believe President Obama has made any questionable appointments to his Cabinet. He has worked to include both parties, Dem and Rep in his Cabinet and is not at fault if an appointee has problems unfamiliar to The President. He won't fall on his face, Jack!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  354. Kevin H.

    In cases like Daschel's, in which Obama claims to have not known about the tax errors, Obama's credibility is threatened because it raises doubts that he is properly vetting his appointments. In cases like Geithner's, in which Obama claims to have known about the tax errors, Obama's credibility is threatened because it shows that he IS applying two sets of standards; one for Geithner and one for everybody else whose tax problems came to light after significant media criticism and public outcry.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  355. John , Long Island

    Seems to me Jack anyone The President chooses has had IRS issues. Look at their tax brakets. They are no different than any one of us who would love to stick to the real thieves, the taxman

    February 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  356. L. E. Burnette

    What these problems tell me is that it's hard to find wealthy elites in Washington who pay all that they owe in taxes. Daschel made me sick talking about his "thirty years of public service", as though it were a scarifice. Firefighters, police officers and teachers make sacrifices, such as being underpaid and risking their lives, for the sake of public service. Too many of our politicians are just public leeches.
    L. E. in Tuscaloosa

    February 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  357. Deb-Tampa

    President Obama has my complete confidence and especially after being so candid, yesterday. What I wish is that the cable media would stop trying to fill a 24/7 "news cycle" by being hyper critical of our new President, he has been in office two weeks. Give him a break, he is dealing with a heck of a mess left by GWB, where was your "reporting" for the pass 8 years? We want you to report on how his ideas will help us out of this mess. BACK OFF on with the negative,negative and the "has he met your expectations", why don't you try some consumer confidence building for a change, that is what our country needs right now.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  358. Lesley L.

    I AM SICK OF THIS!!!! They PAID their taxes. They made mistakes, but owned up to their responcibilites and paid. ALL Americans make mistakes. The American people need to get off their high horses. The real tragedy is that great people are being eliminated from a team that needs them. I am afraid that everyone who has lost their homes in the last year, moved into glass ones. They better watch themselves.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  359. Lloyd

    I don't think it hurts the president at all, if anything, I think it would be hard to pick someone in D.C. that is totally untainted in some way... After all we are all human and don't always make the best choices!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  360. Darren

    Looks like those people should have been a little more forthcoming about their debt to the IRS before allowing President Obama to consider them for said positions.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  361. John

    The question should be:
    Is there anyone in Washington that is not a crook ?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  362. Michele

    These situations have absolutely nothing to do with President Obama's credibility. It has everything to do with the lack of credibility of these nominees who should have been upfront about their issues at the beginning of the vetting process instead of causing embarrassment to the new administration. I am impressed that the administration didn't try to shove them through the nomination system despite their tax issues. I am more impressed by the way President Obama has taken responsibility for making an error with the Daschle nomination when in my mind he did nothing wrong. What a refreshing change to have a president who can admit when he has made a mistake even though in this case I don't feel that he actually did. It is admirable that he is willing to take full responsibility even though the fault lies with the nominee and the vetting process.

    Jack, you're the best!! When I need a laugh, I just have to open up your book and read a few pages.

    Michele i
    Lake Ridge, VA

    February 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  363. Geraldine, Wasilla AK

    I don't think HIS credibility is hurt - I think the credibility of the individuals involved were hurt. Killefer was the only one who purportedly had told the truth and the vetting committee thought it was minor enough to get by the confirmation process - except two bigger candidates had lied prior to accepting the nomination. Their flaring issues took out Killefer. The fact is that neither Geithner nor Daschle paid their tax debts until they were considered for Cabinet posts. Obama is going to continue to deal with the reality of herding cats throughout his term.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  364. HOU99

    Yes, but it is good that it happened early to bring tax issues to the forefront. The tax issue is not just one for democrats, but also republicans and many people of power who have manipulated the tax codes for many years to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. OVERHAUL THE SYSTEM! This would be true change.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  365. lorenzo hardy

    jack , I'm a tax preparer in detroit and last year I was convicted of tax fraud for showing people how to itemize on their returns. They threaten you with a 5 year sentence to make you plea bargain and I now have a felony on my record and never gained anything but my preparation fee.
    if I have a felony for cheating the IRS out of less than 64,000 dollars shouldn't these people have a felony too? I have lost my business and my credibility and still don't see how this country let the rich and powerful get away with anything

    Detroit, MI

    February 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  366. Eld Felton Brookter II

    I believe that president Obama is following through with his promise of transparency, because I am sure if this was our previous president these tax issue would be as real as the weapons of mass destruction . so in a word no this doesn’t speak to his credibility just speaks to what Washington has been. "Change must Come"

    February 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  367. Carl Sanderson

    Obama pushed hope at the American people to get elected... and I hoped he would do a good job different from the politics of the past. Yet he can't seem to make sure that the people who work for him have any hope of doing things differently. Same old bone just a different dog. Carl From Wolcott Ct

    February 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  368. Amiel

    To a certain extent. What will be more damaging is this continued back and forth with the republican party. This give the people the view of business as usual. Slash all inapropriate measures of stimulous plan. Give more to the people, lower interest rates to 4% for all homeowners not just the ones with a 750.

    Sackett Lake

    February 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  369. Bob Constine

    The president has been hurt. To prove that he does not have a double standard, he should direct the IRS to audit for the last three years all sitting Cab. Members and all other membes of Congress and the House. This would show our leaders leading and route out corruption.
    Wilmington, NC

    February 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  370. Janine, Malverne, NY

    Dear Jack,

    Let's move on please. This was yesterday's news. This country has greater fisher to fry. We have record numbers of Americans who are losing their jobs everyday, their homes, their health insurance, their cars, their dignity and the list goes on. The media which keeps harboring on this is only putting a halt on the real news that needs to be covered and that is how to get this country moving forward. What has occurred with Tom Daschle and President Obama is a mere hiccup in the grand scheme of things. This current president has more integrity in his pinky nail than the prior administration had in their entire bodies. You want to harbor on mistakes, go dig up the millions you can easily on the prior president.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm |

    hay, JACK,
    have you done your own taxes your self ? if you have, then you are guilty of making some mistake. this should not effect obama.

    if , we just have one tax system,( like 15 percent sales tax on evry thing eccept food and medicine, we would all be better offffffff.


    February 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  372. Arizona Mildman

    Unfortunately it gives ammunition to critics, although that is all it does. He didn't go all the way through his presidency to find his vice president was a tax evader like Nixon did. Bush had members of his administration that had to resign constantly over the whole eight years. So, no one can point fingers. The problem is, Obama has only some politician's resume to pick from and a lot of them are rich and stay that way from creative book keeping including taxes that they haven't paid. Now, the fact remains that the media holds politicians up to greater scrutiny than a regular citizen. If it were mentioned that these people should have been given the full three years which is legal for REPORTING TAXES AND OWING. Some people actually wait the whole three years, hoping to get lucky and get a windfall that will actually get them beyond the last three years amount. Certain appointments to political positions can do just that. But you can bet if we took a look at the rest of congress, there are plenty on both sides of the aisle that aren't completely current with their taxes.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  373. Ernest Thompson

    What do you think the grade would be if CNN and all its anchors and hosts were graded after 30 days of being on the air? Suddenly Obama can do nothing right; the Republicans have the spontaneous answers; and WE THE PEOPLE are forgotten as though our votes didn't count. Change also means changing the way you guys make the news; instead you need start for once reporting the news...

    February 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  374. karen timmer

    it confirms my suspicions. He is just appointing cronies that were promised positions before he got elected. Probably a deal made with Clinton. He talks a pretty talk- But money and support are what it's all about

    February 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  375. Evelyn Freeman

    Only an idiot would think that President Obama would knowingly select people with tax problems. He is as surprised as all of us. It is only natural to assume that the people who are running this contry pay their taxes. Now we are seeing they don't. I think all of the high priced government officials need to have their taxes investigated. My 87 yr. old father on a government pension of $1400 a month had to pay additional taxes every year. These people are making hundreds of thousands and getting away with not paying taxes thru loop holes and plain old lieing. I know the President is shocked and disappointed to find so many who have not paid their share.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  376. OP George

    I thought I heard that Daschle was in a partnership and the principal partner let Dashle use a company asset, the car, along with a driver.

    I would assume the partnership deducted all of the costs on their tax returns. If that is the case there should be no doubt that the personal use of the car is taxable income. Any person in taxes or business should know that. If they don't, they shouldn't be in a cabinet post in the Federal Goverment or be involved in any position involving taxes/

    February 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  377. Jake, Oregon

    Whatever Pres Obama is doing, it beats the hell out of the revolving door of crooks,liars, thieves and incompetents that endlessly tracked dirt into the Bush cabinet and whose advice and actions have practically sunk America. Obama and his vetting process has absolutely nothing tlo be ashamed of. It works. What this country needs is a severe reduction in bipartisan politics. Fill your tank with NON-partisan goals for a change. Work for America not your party. Sit on your pride.....that's where it belongs.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  378. Sistah

    Very Simple Jack....It doesn't. President Obama isn't the Internal Revenue and neither are the members of his vetting team. It's called the "Honor System" Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil. President Obama is the change we all need and he deserves our understanding on things he has no control over. A closed mind can never be opened.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  379. Jennifer in Winnipeg

    The Vetting process only asks questions ... none of which directly ask if the people owe any taxes. It is the responsibility of the person who is being vetted to disclose anything that may come back to bite anyone in the behind. These three obviously kept very quiet about their indiscretions. I really don't think Mr. Obama's creditility should be in at risk because of this. However, I think the vetting process should be changed to delve a little deeper into the 'vettee'.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  380. Erica

    I think the real question, if anyone would truly dare to ask it, is why have these high oficials gotten away with these tax evasions up until Pres. Obama started to select them? Seems his vetting process and everyone's scrutiny of him is bringing these people to light. Hmm, why aren't we tracting down how these people got away with it until now?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  381. Joan

    Obama has credibility it is the people he nominated that did not come clean. Shame on them. Oh by the way mull this over. Watchdogs fear 30 billion has been wasted in Afghanistan and 51 billion on construction in Iraq. Imagine billions and the people in Washington can't bring themselves to help poor Americans who have lost their jobs and their homes. We have put up with the Republicans for eight years and they still don't get it. THEY LOST THE LAST ELECTION. Get with the program.


    February 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  382. donna edson

    Obama is so used to chicago polotics that he can't just know the proper ethics his administration needs to abide by.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  383. sandy in ohio

    Jack, if a President follows the constitution he can not look at the IRS records of anyone and must rely on the people his team is vetting to be truthful. I think the fact that some of these people weren't forthcoming says more about them than it does about President Obama. The fact that the President admits he made a mistake is refreshing, in the past that wouldn't happen. I want to say Kudos to you for always saying President Obama, some don't give him his proper title.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  384. Deborah Golden

    I worked on the Obama campaign and I am not simply disappointed in President Obama's choice of individuals who do not pay all their federal taxes, I am hurt. My cynical husband says I'm old enough to know better (far side of 50) and that politicians say whatever it takes to get elected and then do what they want. Geithner should not have been confirmed and I am thrilled that the other two crooks have withdrawn their candidacies. President Obama owes it to his supporters to live up to the standards of integrity that he set for his administration. Barak, stop screwing up!
    Deborah Golden
    Merion Station, Pa.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  385. michael LV,NV

    Oh Jack, Obama he never had credibility.
    Lets see taking a sweet heart deal from a slum lord for a house.
    Running around with a racist preacher for 20 years.
    Then hanging out with a known terrorist Bill Aires.
    Letting Nancy Pelosi stuff tons of pork in the new stimulus plan.
    An now only after being caught that he admits he made mistake
    with not just 1 , not just with 2 , but 3 people he wanted to put
    in his administration that didn't pay their taxes !!

    What credibility ?

    Where is the Change ?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  386. Chadwick Cuttingham

    I dont think it should affect him. He paid his taxes. The fact that he seems to be open about what he does. I think America and the common public should let him breath. For 2 weeks in office I feel that he is doing a excellent Job.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  387. independent4ever los angeles, ca

    I like that he admitted to making a mistake with Daschle, but I still question the appointment of Gaithner. I had an error on my taxes several years ago. The accountant who did them had made an error in her addition. The IRS informed me and I paid it. It appears that Gaithner did not pay until he was vetted. That is wrong in my book.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  388. Bill Plante

    OK, Jack, I get your point. But there's a positive way of looking at this. When, in the last eight years, did you ever hear GWB say "I screwed up". Ain't it refreshing? Wow, a President who admits his bad decisions (excuse me, I meant the bad decisions of his vetting committee).

    February 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  389. Darrell

    Oh come on Jack, usually we can count on you to cut to the chase and filter out the bull.

    This isn't going to have any lasting impact on the Obama administration. Because after all the talking heads, political pundits and Republican attack dogs are through the average American is going to say, "those folks are just like us, we all do everything we can to avoid paying taxes".

    How many of us can honestly look at ourselves and say we have never looked for tax loopholes, claimed questionable deductions or simply missed something when we do our taxes. On top of that we all know how dang complicated it is and that we are at the mercy of our tax preparers.

    The average Joe, republican or democrat, doesn't really give a dang about about these persons taxes. They care about their jobs, their health, their kids and their future. Obama "gets it". Its the Washington idiots and political pundits on TV who don't get it.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  390. linbit-Greensboro, NC

    I think most of the people making these negative comments are being disingenious at best. How many waitresses stick a few tips in their pockets and don't report them, how many small business owners get paid in cash sometimes and don't report it, how many businesses look for every loophole they can and even lobby to get more loopholes. The only people who pay all of their taxes are propably those who have them taken out by their employers. And the republicans apparently don't think anyone should ever pay any taxes. Have you NEVER cheated or made a mistake on your taxes. Give me a break!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  391. Roxan H. Caillet

    The nomination of the three persons with the tax issues has absolutely nothing to do with President Obama's credibility. Those three persons should have had the integrity to inform President Obama of their shortcomings before he placed them in the spotlight. President Obama should not be required to check the tax returns of anyone who is being considered for a position in his cabinet. He has enough to do without delving into the personal tax returns of the citizens of the United States. They should excuse/exclude themselves as soon as they are approached to serve if their business is not in order.
    Gwynn Oak, Maryland

    February 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  392. Debbie A

    I think the bigger question raised here is WHO IN government IS paying their taxes? This issued is quite frequently raised with every nominee regardless of party affiliation. So who really is paying? The little guy folks you and me......

    February 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  393. Bill, PA

    Even you must know that 10 out of 10 tax experts are not likely to agree on even fairly simple tax returns. And here only 3 out of couple of dozen(?) appointees screwed up theirs.

    Perhaps a more interesting question is why the geniuses in Congress don't rewrite our tax laws so it's more likely to get it right than wrong.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  394. nancy in manteo, nc

    somewhat, but it was the responsibility of the appointees to relate any problems they had. he had no way of knowing they hadn't paid their taxes as opposed to the way things were done the last eight years when all your records were looked at.
    daschle and the others should be ashamed of themselves for causing him embarassemnt.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  395. Doug Doyle

    Jack, I'm hoping Obama is weeding the garden at both ends. (Dems & Reps). Sometimes you have to turn over a stone to see whats underneath. When finished we should have all the "bad apples" removed. Only then can we enjoy the fruits of his & our labor.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  396. Jan Hartman

    What about vetting for Senators? Tom Daschle was a senator for years, and nobody cared about him not paying his taxes there. Likewise, Timothy Geitner's previous job was running the Federal Reserve in New York. Didn't anybody vet him for that job? President Obama has been badly served by those who allowed their names to go forward knowing they had skeletons in their closet. He relied on others to weed out problems, and also counted on the nominees' decency and honesty. Shame on them, not on him.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  397. Boots

    I don't know what the whole bruhaha is about here, Jack. The fact that nominees aren't making the grade tells me Obama's call to higher standards is working. Obama or his team can't be faulted for people "remembering" something unreported, can they? I'd look at this two ways – one, that Obama's standards are causing people to rethink their own...and two, that Washington is rife with people who until now have had no reason to actually think in terms of the laws they're passing as the last administration apparently didn't care – which is part of the reason we're in such a fiscal mess! In calling people to reflect on what they know is true and moral and not merely convenient, Obama is being a good president and something very much like a modern-day father to his nation.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  398. Brady (NY)

    I voted for President Obama and am disappointed by this mishandling of the nominations, but change doesn't equal perfection. This is the first example of high expectations hurting the administration. However, it's only been two weeks, so all of the Chicken Littles need to take a deep breath and relax. At least the man apologized and took the blame for these mistakes. When was the last time a politician apologized for anything not involving the prospect of jail time? Once again, President Obama continues to act with class and respect for the office, even in perceived embarrassment.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  399. Nick

    Does not hurt Obama's credibility at all. What is facinating to me is how the press tries to tie every negative move every person makes to Obama. The general public sees through this and the result is the only credbility at risk is that of the press. Reporters should stick to reporting the news and not fabricating in order to make a provocative statement during their percious face time.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  400. Yeshi Gemaneh

    Who knows the whole truth? The President is top person and the issue will be presented to him, only for his acceptance or approval. The matter before it gets to his Office should be screenied by concerned administrative staff; therefore he could be easily misled.

    The second point is why IRS waits for so long? They should have follow-up list and constantly go after those people with tax due.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  401. bob

    When is being president equal to god-like omnipotence? Conservatives may think it is, but look at the GOP administrations and not only did they compile a record of disaster after disaster, but so many of their people landed up in jail for far more serious offenses. This being so is why they have to play "gotcha politics" on EVERYTHING. This morning a reporter said a conservative columnist was asking if it was too early to pronounce this administration a failure. This is stupidity on a cosmic level. No president, no ruler on this earth has ever had everything gotten his/her way for very long unless they ruled by terror and oppression. The only thing that GOP admin. have ever been better at is spin. And because the public and press do not like to read non-fiction books they get away with it part of the time at least.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  402. Gina in Racine, Wi

    Guess what, Jack-

    Obama is flesh and blood. He makes mistakes.....but unlike the last President he admits to those mistakes.

    I am sure that Daschle and company are not the only people in Washigton who have been delinqent in taxes.

    Obama made a great poin,t which is that they have to pay taxes like everyone else......and removing Daschkle from condisderation was the correct move.

    Again....Obama shows us that he is about CHANGE.

    No "good job, Brownie" from Obama.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  403. Mary Lee

    Maybe you should listen to Dana's report. The people who vet for the president don't have any access to your income tax. Should those individuals have mentioned these problems, absolutely. We are spending a lot of time and media attention on this stuff. Isn't this like fiddling while Rome burns?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  404. dennis mascolo

    dear jack its ironic that you now knock obama after all out of all the so called news people you above all had your tongue stuk up obamas ass the furthest night after night you pushed for him knocking hillary clinton and mccain unmerciifly now you got him can you imagine what you would have been saying about clinton or mcain if 25 percent of their nomonees were under the same circumstances god you would be calling for their hearts to be hung on apole hang on buddy its just getting started ibet before its over you will want bush back

    February 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  405. Troy - Colonial Heights, VA

    I think the credibility question should be asked of those not paying their taxes. Why do we seem to have so many members of Congress and people in powerful postions not paying?

    I know, but who am I, just an ordinary citizen!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  406. Mike K

    "didn't pay their taxes" is overstating the problem a bit. The unpaid taxes of Obama's nominees were petty oversights. Taxes weren't even an issue in the Bush administration. Bush's nominees only took their posts to tear down regulations and make more money for the industry instead of looking out for the interests of our citizens, which is the duty of government. Did anyone ever look into “Brownie’s” taxes?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  407. Masonya

    No it doesn't affect his credibilty, a political cabinet is like a bigger Charlie's Angels; there's some people to think it out, and others to pick locks and do martial arts, in the case of politics, its cheating taxes and high-profile scandals...Obama Rocks!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  408. Gus

    I'm glad the caffine has arrived and now you talking heads can as the netwrok says "ask the tough questions." Unfortunately, the media has been asleep at the wheels for the past eight years and now they want to act as if they really give a darn. The failure of those talking heads to "ask the tough questions'" is partly the reason why we are in the mess we are in............Congrats to my President for taking responsibility for what ever happens in his administration vices passing the blame to "some low level administrator" as we often were told by the last administration. PS Don't forget to give him credit when thongs go well.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  409. Vicki

    I don't believe the President should be responsible for the personal income taxes of people he would like to have on his team....why would he know what they do on their taxes? Aren't these the taxes that are paid so the ceo's of companies getting bailed out can get bonuses.....Maybe I don't want to keep paying taxes either!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  410. james kinder

    when u ask someone a question the only thing is u hope they give u a honest answer. what about the justice a few years ago who had illegal person working for her,who was being considered for supreme court, and was not paying taxes.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  411. Jaynie

    President Obama is hardly to blame for all the many problems that have been lurking in the shadows in America. He is trying to do the right thing; so what if there are a few irresponsible people that weren't aware, not only that they needed to pay taxes but at least make the vetting committee aware of the problem. No one can be held responsible but those that were caught up in the scheme. So let's move on to the next candidate and get people back to work. Stop the small complaints they don't even register compared to the large problems awaiting us.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  412. Marietta

    Day in and day out, we ask the youth of our world to take responsibility for their actions even when those actions lead to mistakes. We promise them that telling the truth will not lead to punishment, but to better understanding and our continued support. Does this mean passage to adulthood means to scrap those values? I am impressed by the example this administration sets for our youth because changing an old dog's habits is almost impossible...you must start young. Good on Obama for being human.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  413. Christine

    The republicans and those democrats who are still playing with the american people should be ashamed of their petty arguments. We want results now.

    They didn't do anything to get us ahead before and now they are trying to block a president who is serious about taking care of america. Where is their patriatism now? Mr. President the american people are standing behind you completely.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  414. Mike - Tennessee

    This issue is intriguing because everyone is looking at the wrong end of it. I think it is fair to say that politicians are driven by different things than most of us. As a consequence, they have different interpretations of ethics as well as other measures of social responsibilites. Look at the last eight years. The Democrats spent most of it slinging mud at the Republicans. Now, the Republicans are slinging it at the Democrats. The sad thing is that both parties are right. Politicians at both ends of the spectrum including the ones in the middle are not (with a few exceptions) the kind of people we would like to associate with on a daily basis (unless there was something in it for us). Now, given that this is true, I would tell Obama to go ahead and try again with his picks, recognizing that just about anyone that he could ask would be found guilty of some heinous deed somewhere in their political life, if not earlier.

    Wish we had a third party with enough oomph to it to cause the Republicans and the Democrats to rethink their approach to politics and make the country their first priority. Chasing influence and power and bucks should not be on their agenda.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  415. Rob


    It is sad when a President has a hard time finding enough qualified people that have actually paid their taxes. This is what is wrong with our countries leaders.
    Why do we care if wealthy people get tax cuts or not they don't pay them anyway!


    February 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  416. Kristy in Kansas

    Looking for Credibility in Washington, is like looking for a Needle in a Haystack. If you look too closely, you just may get poked in the eye.

    Show me a Washington Insider, and I'll show you a man/or woman who cheats on their taxes.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  417. George

    Everyone has their Achilles heel and it appears that Obama's is the lack of ability to choose a team. His other actions so far are very commendable and encouraging. However, it's not just picking three tax evaders for prominent positions. It's also picking an equal rights for illegal immigrants activist for Sect. of Labor, and a Free Trade and H1B visas supporter for Sect. of Commerce. Come on, even Alan Greenspan admitted that deregulation and Free Trade are failed policies. Why do they refuse to listen to millions of Americans, including Latino and minority business owners, regarding these critical issues? Then there's the Sect. of State who would sell out her own mother for a contribution to the foundation. Is it any wonder that Blogojevich doesn't think he did anything wrong?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  418. Sally

    No. The President's honesty is quite refreshing. If anyone's credibility should be discussed here, it's the Republicans. The fact that they are celebrating for voting down the recovery (not stimulus) package without offering anything concrete themselves is eye-opening. The fact that John McCain has a petition on his web site so people can vote no is really telling. They want to block any package to help the American people. They just want to spend money on war. None of them batted an eyelash while we were getting into so much debt in Iraq. So, Jack, why not ask about the credibility of Republicans. And, while you're at it, find out how many Republicans have not paid their taxes. This is not a "one party" problem. It's a human problem.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  419. Anthony

    President Obama's honesty is refreshing his credibility is fine shape.

    Jack there is a considerable difference between paying taxes in full late and actively avoiding the payment of taxes. I'm certain that if the media contacted the IRS and requested data on the number of Americans who pay taxes late and who have payment arrangements you'd find that all this 'tax problem' nonsense that you guys in the media have been foaming at the mouth over for the last few days is NOT all that uncommon.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  420. Mary Ann Maikish

    For me personally–not at all as I have always seen him this way. During his whole Primary campaign he swing from one side to the other and never really took a stand on contoversial issues until he was running as the democratic candidate. His history showed that he did not show to vote on many controversial issues such as the Iran vote and then does vote yes for F.I.S.A. (this is the behavior of a liberal progressivwe??) Although he said that he did not take monies from special interests, this was just not so. The wives, children and friends of lobbyists and special interets donated the maximum to his campaign.
    I am 100% in favor of the stimulus especailly on the part that favors spending but would like to see this money given to the public in the form of vouchers that must be spent in the economy. His caps on the gov monies is smoke and mirrors as 90% of these CEOs do not earn salaries over 500,000. Their monies come from stock options and bonuses. Although Pres Obama has said that they cannot cash in their stock options until the monies are repaid, how does Pres. Obama propose to monitor these stock options and bonuses??? As I said–Smoke and Mirrors!!! Wake Up America!!!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  421. Nita Lindley

    Jack, no he hasn't lost his credibility. How refreshing to hear a President admit mistakes and take responsibility. Wow, what a concept.
    Now move on and get over it. How about spending some of that expensive air time laying out the details of what is objectionable in the Stimulus plan for both the Republicans and Democrats. That way the American public can understand and respond and weigh in. All I hear from you guys is the tit for tat arguing that apparently is getting in the way of moving forward. What are the details!! And please don't ask me to go to the government website. Who has that kind of time.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  422. Terry in Fayetteville, NC

    As long as he keeps his focus on draining the swamp I won't complain if he has to get close to a few crocodiles. He promised to "hold our friends close and our enemies closer". I am just glad he is doing the holding.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  423. Josh Lamb

    No I dont think this looks bad on Obama. As far as i Know he pays his taxes. I think this looks bad on the rest of the people in the government. Looks to me like you cant throw a rock in a congressional meeting without hitting a crook.
    By the way if the people at CNN had been on bush's every little move like you are Obama's maybe we wouldn't be in this mess. I'm also pretty sure they're are probably a few crooks in your head qurters too.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  424. Nick

    Does not hurt Obama's credibility at all. What is facinating to me is how the press tries to tie every negative move every person makes to Obama. The general public sees through this and the result is the only credbility at risk is that of the press. Reporters should stick to reporting the news and not fabricating in order to make a provocative statement during their precious face time.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  425. Keith Meyerhoffer

    Sad to say no one can find three people in Washington who have paid all of their taxes properly. What do you suggest they do in the vetting process, physically go over every candidate's taxes for how many years back? No it doesn't hurt Obama's status, it just doesn't reflect highly on those which are guilty. Must be very difficult to vet every aspect of a candidate’s life, yet alone every year of their life's tax reports!

    Pomeroy, Ohio

    February 4, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  426. Shirley Mesquite

    I have something else to say. Why is it that CNN is not tracking more of our tax money that was given to the "Fat Cats" on wall street. Report on that. CNN seems to be sweeping this under the rug. Tell us which banks received out money and how much. You know everything else. Get your top "blood hounds" on this story. "WHERE IS OUR MONEY GOING? WHY WANT YOU GUYS FOLLOW THAT?? Are the "FAT CATS" EXEMPT? THEY SEEM TO BE. No money for "main street" but all for "Wall street" and another thing "I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR ANOTHER REPUBLICAN.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  427. Simpliticus

    I do not believe Obama has been hurt with these tax problems with his nominees. These were people who were effectively capable of running the respective office. These were asked because of their respective capabilities. I respect Obama for making the selections even though those selected have come up short. My thinking is that these people have all become elitists and have forgotten their modest pasts. Things considered elitist by the average American are considered non-plus by elitists, consider the bonuses going out in times of supposed austerity and given the "different cultures" attribute by banks being bailed out with TARP funds. Obama is doing the right thing,. After Bush, go figure!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  428. Danny

    No Jack. The President appeared to ne honestly humbled by this, and took the hit for some dishonest nominees. These are bright and experienced people who should have cleared this stuff up before saying yes to the jobs. The fact is, they all thought they would ride in on Big O's coat tails without scrutiny....shame on them. Now, President Obama is learning that dishonest Dems are just as harmful to him personally
    and to the govt's credibility as dishonest Rep's. He's shown me he's man enough to do so and I believe he will improve in this area.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  429. Beatrice Sontag

    He acted like a child because even thou he knew that the people he picked had problems. He wanted who he wanted. He finally realized that he made a big mistake and at least he amitted to it.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  430. Eric - Washington DC

    I don't know that you can blame Obama for the past personal actions of others. Does it show weakness in his team's vetting process? Potentially, but why didn't these nominees come forward during initial conversations? When a lawyer asks his/her client "Is there anything I should know?" such issues would seem painfully obvious to bring up.

    The real issue here should be the apparent disregard Washington's political class has for a key aspect of our governance system – paying taxes. No matter who you are or what you do, in America, we are all subject to the same rules and requirements. That is what makes America America.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  431. Janne

    It tells me that I was right all along. Vice President Biden said on national TV that it was patriotic to pay taxes. It just proves that the democrats are not near a patriotic as they think. What a bunch of hypocrits.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  432. billy

    I think we will hear "I screwed up", alot more. I thought it was us regular types that get "screwed" by Washington? Not one of them feels my pain!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  433. Kurt

    It effects the government as a whole, which, therefore, effects the Obama administration. The government cannot openly have a double-standard. It has changed from non-credible, to even less credible, almost throwawayable. What they do and say is almost negligible. Obama's job approval rating has dropped 19 percent...thats the proof for all you skeptics.

    Louisville, KY

    February 4, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  434. John Bobb

    The President takes a hit ,but most of his following are part of an electorate who know little or nothing about political history and follow the savior blindly ( this reminds me of 1830s french socialist movements). Can anyone know what to expect from this man who no one knew anything about to begin with? I hope he works out because we can't afford four years of a REALLY failed presidency. Mr Obama herein only further "exposes" his rather opaque persona.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  435. Theresa angel

    well jack, i guess not even the president knows what his nominees are like so i do not think it will effect pres. Obama credibility Jack . plus i look forward to seeing you daily very interesting person Jack

    February 4, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  436. Kristin Larouche

    It seems to me that the number of nominations by President Obama are just a sign of the times. What I mean to say is that There are a very high number of people in the 'upper tax brackets' who do evaid taxes, and some of them happened to be powerful politicians of both parties. It should also be worth asking if there were politicians nominated by our former president who evaided taxes or otherwise broke the law. It is very possible that the former administration did a great job of covering up for them, and now our new president is simply not putting up with it anymore. President Obama deserves our thanks for exposing these people even at his own detriment. He who exposes any type of unfairness and greed and curruption as soon as he is made aware of it should be our hero and not embarassed in any way!!! This is what our new president has promissed to do, get rid of the double set of rules for the elite and the common people, and he seems to be delivering on that promise. THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT!!! Kristin Larouche, Greenfield, MA

    February 4, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  437. J Freeman - Silicon Valley CA

    No. This is ridiculous Jack. "The People" are not perfect, so neither are their elected representatives in government.
    But, it is also time, for the media to grow up, take "some" responsability too, and stop endlessly sensationalizing past trivial news (and I am a Republican who did not vote for Obama), and for us to stop pretending that we'll have a government better than the people it represents. Before we cast stones, are we ourselves 100% perfect if under a billion power microscope?
    The pure childlike fantasy that we're all perfect, is at the very core of why we are in this current economic situation. Daschle should definitely be at his desk in the White House working today. And so long as we in the USA pretend a double standard of us all being imperfect and our representation must be, we will continue to fail, as this is not taking responsibility for change, it is more of the same finger pointing distractions that got us all here.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  438. Pam, CA

    C'mon, get a grip everyone! I think it's great that each person is being scrutinized and it doesn't hurt the credibility of the president. It's just too bad that this type of probing was never done in the past administrations..... maybe we wouldn't be in as bad of shape as we are if they had. With all the crooks that have passed through Washington, I think it's about time these individuals are getting a thorough look over. Obama stands for change.... and to me the scrutiny is the change. It doesn't reflect bad on the president, it's a reflection of the mess and corruption that has been created in Washington over the years. With all the bad apples in the bunch, it's harder to pick out the clean ones, even for him.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  439. Lauren M. Danforth

    Jack come on the question isn't why, he is nominating a politician and I do not think he could find enough honest Politicians to fill any Cabinet. We should require all Politicians to pass the same test, then we could get rid of most that are in there and start over,

    February 4, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  440. Jacques Allard

    Tom Dashcle was ready to leave behind a 2 million dollar a year income to do what he loves most and does best: work to improve your antiquated health care system. The fuss about his left behind taxes is a good to keep the other Tom Dashcle's out of the government.

    Your country would be better served by remembering and investigating the Cheney-Halliburton relationship, for example, and it's impact on the world.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  441. Allmen Quester

    If Tom Dashell is the best man for a difficult job, then you might overlook his other minor failings. After all, let he who is without sin (read tax evasion/manipulation) cast the first stone (read wad of cash).
    From this Canadian perspective, it seems like another case of gun-loving Americans shooting themselves in the foot/feet.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  442. Brent McConnell

    The whole reason we are in this financial mess is because of corruption within government. Im sure those people who have been caught aren't the only ones who are corrupt. Obama was making nominations on the basis of who would be able to get the job done. The only reason these issues concerning Obama's nominations are surfacing is because people no longer trust those in politics. For this reason the spotlight shines heavily upon them and therefore they have a better chance of getting caught . If anything this hurts Bush's creditability and not Obama's because this corruption happened under the Bush administration. There are probably many other public officials that are sweating at the brow because of their own wrong doings but haven't been caught...yet.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  443. Jocelyne Broadribb


    Can you open your mind and give President Obama a chance. He has been President for 18 days and has done a lot more than his predecessors. Do you realise that he is stuck with a huge mess left by Bush and his cronies. It took 8 years for Bush to put the country and the rest of the world in this tragic recession and everybody is expecting the new president to solve all the problems in his first 2 weeks in office. Be realistic!

    Bradenton Florida

    February 4, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  444. Vern

    I think his credibility is hurts in some aspects, but one can not put all the blame on the president. Everybody makes mistakes, but to have three nominees is a bit of an oversight.
    I am pretty sure that there have been some of the same with other administration, but President Obama is being scrutinized by all Americans and other parts of the world. I think we should give him a break and start moving forward on the economy that needs a fix quickly. Let us remember, he did not get us in this mess.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  445. Carrie in SC

    Why would it...should Pres. Obama had whipped out his crystal ball and divined that these nominees did not pay their taxes. Goes to show what some of us have always believed – rich folks don't pay their taxes but they are primary beneficiaries of the greatest tax benefits, while the middle class get the crumbs.

    Further, had Republicans still been in power, Bush would have bulldozed and vetoed his nominee with the blessings of "the Party" while Democrats stand by impotently, allowing it to happen. The Dems could learn a lot from Republicans – they lost but they still rule the roost.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  446. Terri, Chesapeake, VA

    No I do not think President Obama's credibility has been hurt. Better vetting of candidates is needed. I would like to know how these people get away without paying their taxes. Isn't not paying taxes INCOME TAX EVASION? Maybe all Senators and Congressmen should be called in for an audit.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  447. mike cleveland

    Jack This does not look bad for just the president ,his problem is only that people do not live up to his expections . The real problem is the tax codes are set up with so much grey area that the IRS. must read all the fine print to discover if income is realy income.all public officals on the national level should be audited anually .I agree with the president goverment should be held to a higher standard.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  448. Mary Johnson

    The only affect is with the media which feeds off this kind of stuff.
    Give it a rest. All of you folks who have many issues to choose from now. How about castigating a bunch of Republican in the House for voting almost entirely against Childrens Health Care. Again.
    Now there is a subject with meat on its bones.
    BTW, George W Bush never asked HIS nominees about taxes. He knew better. Reality check for the new administration. Its our culture to cheat and see if we can get away with it. Right? Right ? remember, "he who has not sinned; let him cast the first stone."
    Oh, I see, No one should be casting any stones re: taxes. nuff said.
    mary from fl.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  449. Rohan

    Last evening during an interview, I heard a statement that was unprecedented by a sitting president, " I skrewed up." Mr. Obama accepted reponsibility for the current "taxgate" distraction.

    Disastrous? No. Distracting? Yes. However , this is for the good of the country. Finally there is someone who's setting ethical standards, to which politicians and the corporate elite must adhere.

    Thanks Mr. President for for setting a standards and honoring them even when slow your agenda.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  450. lydia manley

    President Obama's credibility has not been hurt by these tax scandals surrounding these cabinet nominees. It is absolutely impossible for him to have 'hands on' from 'start to finish' of every facet of establishing his cabinet. Perhaps the vetting process needs changing but what pleases me is that he admitted 'I screwed up' but he is working to change things so that won't happen again. I trust him to do exactly that. This is the first time in 8 years I've heard an apology from a president. He certainly has the integrity I have longed to see evidence of in our president.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  451. Mac M

    Let me get this straight, if we do not pay our taxes we go to jail. If these guys don't pay they get a promotion to the Government?! Why not vote in
    Wesley Snipes to a top Cabinet job rather than Jail? He also inteded to pay or thought He did.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  452. latreca atlanta ga

    I am about sick of the republicans. If this bill does not pass and I have to wait for the help that me an my community need so desperately I will then believe what people are telling me. That the republicans are a bunch of power hungry, selfish, and evil goup of people that need to die. Becouse anyone could see that we don't have the time for there pissing contest. Quit thinkning about trying to make Obama look bad !

    February 4, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  453. George Husted

    It says that either the tax code is so complex that the experts have trouble understanding it, or that politicians are crooks, or both. Probably both!!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  454. Robert J. Winn

    Will it hurt his credibility? It should at least question it. But, when you have a media that is in love with him, how will this latest issue hurt anymore then the issues of his questionable relationships during his campaign. The media didn't question anything, and if they did (so they will say) they didn't follow-thru.
    You want a good follow-up story?? Why hasn't anyone investigated anyone in political office that have nannies in their employ(seems like they ALL do). I'll bet they haven't payed the proper wages or taxes as required, nor are the nannies employed with the required work visas. It's the law!! But so are speed limits and "everybody" speeds right!
    Finally, sure President Obama (a lawyer) admits the mistake in nominating the tax evaders, but would he have if it wasn't disclosed?? Possibly, a lesson learned from watching former President Clinton lie when put on the table.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  455. Jim/NC

    As the piece that Rick Sanchez did on his program, nothing has changed in Washington. The same people who got us in this mess (Geithner, Summers and Volcher) are the ones President Obama picked to get us out of this chaos. President Obama is losing every day that he allows these people to run our financial community. Yes, he is losing the confidence of the American people that see through the deception and political speak. On the other hand, Americans that are still on the lovefest train will not see it.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  456. Annie

    What if Tom Delay was the best man for the job, and now people like me who need healthcare, and voted for healthcare will have to wait, while PO goes to plan B.
    I have been a tax consulant for 20 years, and it dosent matter if someone is making $50,000 or $500 million dollars a year-No one goes to their accountant and asks them to get the highest tax rate possible. These were Micky Mouse mistakes, the kind you see all the time. It is not like these guys were hiding money in the Caymen Islands.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  457. Bob in Indiana

    Doesn't anyone ask the obvious questions anymore? "Sen. Daschle, is there anything that you would like to share that would bring embarassment to you, the administration or the party?" Duh~

    Isn't all that taught in Interviewing-101 ??

    Obama might want to re-visit the vetting process within his own administration at least to insure the obvious be covered properly.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  458. Cynthia-MI

    Let he who is without political fault cast the first choice. We must remember President Obama's intentions for America far outweighs the adversary opinions of those who expect 8 years of econmical damage to be changed in 16 days. We have 84 days left to magnify President Obama's every move. I'm hopeful you'll see too that he's here to make it right.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  459. Keith in Michigan

    Any effect this may have had on his credibility was quashed when he sat down with the major news outlets that he screwed up. What a breath of fresh air! TO THIS DAY Bush hasn't owned ANY of his mistakes, instead he and his minions are trying to rewrite history.

    He has shown more character in less than three weeks in office than Bush did in eight years! This country has more things to be concerned with; the broken economy, a war that was screwed up and a war of choice that has cost too much in life and treasure.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  460. Joe in DE

    This has hurt Obama but not too badly. He does not seem to understand how his handling of nominees differents from his statements during the campain. On the last one he says he screwed-up. He is right and should try to prevent furyher "screw-ups".

    February 4, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  461. Shirley in TN

    How would he know their tax status unless he was violating the privacy of those individuals by covertly snooping into their tax returns? How come you guys don't know that the IRS current tax review is 2.5 years previous. So if someone made a mistake on their taxes, they wouldn't know it for 2.5 years. So if you had made the same mistake for 3 years, you wouldn't know it until after you had filed the third return. Then they will only let you pay for the first year. Even if you realize that you have made the same mistake, they won't let you pay the other two years until amended returns are filed. I'm speaking from experience. It's a lot of trouble and needs to be fixed. I'm amazed that two such large groups of people, the media and Republicans, have never made a mistake on their returns and also know so little about how IRS systems work.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  462. Betty, San Diego, Ca.

    After Katrina, weapons of mass destruction, domestic wiretapping, politicizing of the Justice Department, and more, it is quite refreshing to finally have a President that is capable of admitting a mistake.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  463. barbara

    Yes. It ruins his credibility...for a minute. He was never credible to the naysayers and who cares. The realility is: the Vetting process is no different than the interview process for ordinary people interviewed for jobs. Human Resource offices do the best they can to find qualified people. Sometimes mistakes are made. It's not the end of the world.

    so, let the naysayers continue to spew their venom. Enough with this vetting mess. President Obama , move on to the economy please!

    Let those who have no sin cast the first stone. Hey, where did all those stone throwers go?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  464. Mary

    People got away with a lot of cheating and greed during the Bush administration; unfortunately, this is spilling over into the Obama administration. But, I'm glad the President is bring this under control.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  465. Rebecca Thompson

    It hurts President Obama's credibility in 2 ways:
    1. either the "intense vetting questionaire" was a smoke-screen for the public's & media's benefit with absolutely no intention of using it or
    2. the candidates lied/omitted the facts thinking they could "slide by"
    The media has reported that Daschle knew about the tax issue last June and only paid the money once he was "officially" nominated.
    The explanation was given by the President that Mr. Geithner was crucial to the economic recovery. He was confirmed. The same argument was given for Daschle, he pulled out.
    It seems as though the attitude from the President on down is one of the ends justify the means and just give the public warm fuzzy "hopeful" soundbites and you can do whatever you want! This is a new and improved Washington, this is no lobbyists? it seems as though the Presidnet has some "swamp land" he wants to sell!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  466. john ... marlton, nj

    What credibility ??

    February 4, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  467. S. West

    If the news media had spent as much time on George Bush and the Republican party this country might not be in the shape that it is in give Barack Obama a chance to try and get this country on track. He really doesn't need all this criticism, and a little support might help.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  468. Fred May Sr.

    Jack It takes nine months to create a new life. It is going to take more time to get this country back on an even keel. Corruption has been growing in DC for years and like cancer it is going to be hard to clear up. The voters had their chance last November 4 to start cleaning up the congress but there was not much change. The IRS is responcible for this problem. Had the tax returns had been audited the problem would not have come up. They look at the name and the gross income and then the name. Blame the IRS for the mess.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  469. Bandito

    This business of politicans having back taxes is outrageous.
    What makes me ballistic is that when they do pay them no interest or penalties are levied.

    And the Stimulus Plan that turned out to be a Spending Plan?
    My take is that the government used a national emergency to push trough 'pipe-dream' legislation.

    How about THAT for deceit ! Have these bozos no shame or sense of duty?

    Tell you what....divide up $700 billion amongst taxpayers and THEY will spend part (helping all the companies) and some will save it helping the banks.

    Where is the help for the PEOPLE? Its the PEOPLE, stupid !

    February 4, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  470. Lynn, San Diego

    If all these well qualified people have done is oversight on their taxes, get over it already! – They might not have even had to pay the tax if they fought in court over the ligitamacy of the tax in the first place – no body understands the damn rules – my father-in-law borrowed a vehicle from us for two years at no cost putting 30,000 miles on it, now your saying he was suppose to pay taxes? This is no time for lint picking, I wouldn't care if Jack-the Ripper could get something moving in the government to fix this mess? I would like to see every one in any official capacity in every State and DC to be throughly audited before one more everyday citizen gets a tax audit – that is the only trickle down I want to see.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  471. Linda in Arizona

    Not with me. I can't speak for the entire country though.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  472. Indiana Hoosiers - The Sakes'

    Seems like Pres. Obama is 'weeding' out the tax evasion guilty candidates, one by one, B/4 they are appointed. Seems like a good plan to us.
    However, How FAR does he have to go into the 'pool' of candidates to find ANYONE who is not guilty of such and 'other' transgresions? Pretty far is our guess! Keep it up Mr. President.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  473. April, WV

    Maybe we should review all of the politicians in Washington's taxes. We might be able to fund the stimulus package on what they owe.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  474. Robert Corness in Canada

    Crikey! Does anybody in Washington pay their taxes? It doesn't say anything bad about Obama – it shows that Washington is full of people trying to avoid their civic responsibility and maybe make some money on the side. I'll bet there's a lot of folks in D.C. right now hoping Obama doesn't pick them because they would never survive the "vetting" process.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  475. Lloyd Oldham

    This is not Obamas fault, It's up to the person who is being nominated to devulge this information. As for avoiding paying tax, who is not guilty? This is the american way. We hire lawyer's to find the loop holes. Have you paid every tax without looking for a way to avoid it? Then you have the companies who take taxpayer money to bail them out of failure and think they should be able to spend it for anything other than what it was intended for. Who is the cheat here?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  476. Angela

    No effect. He is human and he took responsibility like adults do. Compared to taking our country into an unnecessary war I'll take this any day.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  477. Kitty in Kansas City

    Rank and file IRS employees are held to extremely strict standards when it comes to paying their taxes. Even one small misstep will lead to their immediate dismissal.

    For them, as well as all taxpayers, Secretary's Geithner's nomination was a direct slap in the face. I can't imagine any more blatant double-standard than to place a person who didn't pay his taxes in charge of the IRS.

    I supported Obama for President and continue to support him. But I do have to say that my optimism has been significantly dampened by these mistakes

    February 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  478. Alan-Buxton, Maine

    Everyone tries to avoid paying taxes and I doubt that Obama knew about the problems before his nominations. The income tax was never ratified by a majority of the states in any event and is not even legitimate.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  479. Tony,.......Lou, Ky.

    Jack.......It shows his lack of judgement. It also shows what he meant by "change"......there wont be any. Too bad for all you "suckers" that believed him! Learn to live with it. I wonder if he's firing the moron that suggested these people?????

    February 4, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  480. FloridaWoman


    We will lose more highly qualified people because of the media witch hunt and nit picking of every little issue. Don't you think you are ALL over compensating for your "Screwing Up" wih Bush and not telling us what was really happening, for 8 years. We need real information and some hope that help is out there and on the way.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  481. Jose


    Obama's credit is plenty good with me. He admitted he "screwed up." Thats way more than I got out of Bush. If anyone's credit is running its the House and Senate "Obstruct"-icans. Or is it Obstructi-cons? I kind of like that Jack. Obstructi-cons. Fake people's representatives in disguise.

    Obstructionist Republicans have once again put their partisan ideology above the Will of the American people. How about a "Recall" Vote for House and Senate Republicans, Jack? No stimulus? THROW THE BUMS OUT ONCE AND FOR ALL!!

    I think its high time we recall these GOP senators. Rush Limbaugh isn't the decider. "We the People" are.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  482. Jeff in Massachusetts

    President Obama's credibility is not hurt, but Daschle, Killefer, Geithner's certainly are. President Obama's damage control during Anderson Cooper's interview solidified his credibility for me. As for how come he keeps nominating tax evaders; probably because that's all there is to choose from. I suggest he either set up a commission to investigate all the members of Congress, or at least nominate each one individually, and after the rigorous vetting process exposes that candidate, and the "mistakenly" misplaced taxes are paid, he can then remove that candidate from consideration, and move on to the next candidate until all the missing revenue has ended up in the treasury where it belongs. Who knows, after all is said and done, we may not be in such a financial crisis anymore!
    Ashburnham, Massachusetts

    February 4, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  483. sahnnon

    I'm sure he was embarrassed by this news, again, who wouldn't be. But isn't there an application process? If so, they need to ask a new question "Do you pay taxes and are you current"? I had to pay taxes once, and I paid them, IRS wasn't going to survive without my $1000.00 that I owed. I suppose if eveyone on the hill were to be audited and were found owing, imagine the millions that could be produced and maybe skim some of the fat off the stimulus package. I have to wonder though, if I should ever have to pay taxes again, how long it be ignored and will a simple "I didn't know, I'm sorry please don't tack on penalty apology go over"?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  484. John Wright

    Jack, Literal interpretations….I find it disgustingly ironic that this batch of republican’s, who very well may have been the chief lever-pullers for the most corrupt administration in our history, are being literal with everything the new president is trying to do. Its petty and downright disingenuous considering the challenges that we face as a nation. I say turnabout is fair play. It’s time the Obama administration become literal with the circumstances surrounding; Lying to Congress to go to war; Torture; GITMO; Firing of US Attorneys; etc… You get where I’m going. The republicans are bent on paving the hardest road forward for this new President.

    What President knows and we can’t seem comprehend is that these tax matter are menial compared to challenges we face.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  485. Black Dragon

    Most Americans will at some time during their lives make a mistake on their taxes. If even the "best qualified" people using sophisticated software and tax professionals can make mistakes, then perhaps the problem is not with those individuals, but with the exceedingly complicated U.S. tax code. In fact, if tax and financial laws were more simple, perhaps it would be easier for regulatory agencies to do their jobs, as well.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:31 pm |

    Jack: The Presedent is doing a great job and should be p
    raised. His truthfulness is refreshing!!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  487. Rex

    It doesn't bother me at all. The only way to get around that is to vet them before he lets the public know who it is.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  488. Jim

    With less than 1% of the stimulus going to small business and manufacturing there will be no job creation. Well if you count the jobs of digging ditches for telecommunication companies and inputting information for electronic medical records all paying minimum wage job creation then I guess the plan will work. However, once the ditches are dug and the records converted to electronic files what happens to the jobs?

    Only small business, well business in general can create jobs. Build nuclear plants. Rebuild bridges and roads. Lawmakers do not know the first thing about creating jobs, they are experts at wasting money and lying. America, we are about to get screwed in a whole new way, grab your ankles and brace yourselves.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  489. Joe D.

    I think The President was in too big a hurry to get things going. However I suggest the President order a tax audit on "all" congressional members so we can pay off the national debt and with the leftover we could create a substantial no. of jobs funding public projects. Economic recovery would be well on the way.

    Joe – NC

    February 4, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  490. bill ball

    The rule of thumb is three strikes your out.In my book he is another fraud or he is dumb enough to trust the people inside the beltway.he will have to stiffen his spine and sharpen his senses fast or he will be chewed up and spat out by the insiders.Change is what the people have left after our goverments{feds,state,county}and corporate america is done gourging on our bones. Hope is a word to keep you a sucker. thanks Jack

    February 4, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  491. Don

    Obama is no different than the rest. All talk and we continue to pay Washington Buracrats bills. A 401K that now looks like a five year olds piggy bank after 35 years of savings. It all about thier parties and never about Americans in general. We are all equal so how about a "flat 20% tax rate" for everone! No exceptions, no reductions!
    From the desert od the southwest.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  492. Sue -Idaho

    Jack, it doesn't affect his credability as far as I'm concerned, since when is someone else responsible if another person doesn't pay their taxes. This is squarely on the people that screwed up, I don't think they were very forthcoming.Besides if Obama's responsible for this then the Republicans are responsible for the shape this country is in, oh yea, forgot, they are responsible!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  493. Tim Peterson

    His credibility is excellent Jack ! Have you forgotten where we were in the last presidency ? Bad people were pushed through and confirmed with little press scrutiny ! You guys started doing your job at least a little toward the end of the Bush presidency and now you are back to shaping the news again for your own benefit ! I have a tough time watching you anymore and i was a supporter of your station. These people had a tax problem and withdrew. They were all very good people and would have done an excellent job for the American People! Obama isn't perfect but he is a million times better than the idiot we had before him ! Get off it, i"m so sick of hearing the words "he screwed up" I could gag !

    February 4, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  494. Lyn

    Unfortunately, I do think this is hurting President Obama. But, I am very frustrated. Since his years in the Senate, I have been an admirer of Tom Daschle's work and integrity. I am saddened that he will not be able to serve our country in your cabinet during this critical time. I consider myself a rather ordinary American, but I understand that for people (like politicians) whose finances can be complicated, the tax code is impossibly difficult. I hope that President Obama can eventually reform and simplify our tax code so that we do not continue to loose talented, qualified people due to tax problems.

    Lyn from Chicago

    February 4, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  495. Ronald Corry

    It is likely that the US Attorneys Office is not the only part of the federal government politicized by the previous administration. Questionable or even manufactured tax "problems" can be very useful for partisan political purposes. Did anyone hear anything about these tax matters before these people were nominated? But Obama will take a big hit because he and the individual nominees involved are in such a hurry to move forward they are not disputing these unproven allegations in any way.

    thx mch,

    February 4, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  496. Pugas-AZ

    He stepped on his you know what. I hope he does more thinking on the real tough decisions that have to be made to get this country going. Enough with this political payback for helping to get elected. No more throwing mud at the wall to see if it will stick. Daschle was a joke-we got rid of him once, make that twice. Massive memory loss when it comes to taxes seems to be de rigor in Washington.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  497. Michael

    I'd hate to answer a question with a question, but how do these nominations effect Obama's credibility as a president? It's not as if Obama himself had not paid his own taxes – its not as if Obama should be held personally responsible for the personal mistakes of those nominated. His firm stance on personal responsibility and integrity still stand true – did these nominees not apologize? did they not step down? Did he himself not take responsibility for his own nominations? However, which is worse – not conducting thorough background checks on capable would be nominees or not conducting a thorough background check into an inexperienced would be vice president (ie Palin)?

    It just seems to me the GOP spin machine is hard at work again. After the Geithner confirmation – it seems the GOP leadership said "fool me once shame on you – fool me twice shame on me". Its good to see it takes a mini-drama to get the GOP back to work. However the same rhetoric can be used by the American people towards the GOP. Need we remind them that they have lost their credibility over these last 8 years, thus loosing control of the house, senate, and eventually the presidency? At what point do the American people say "enough" and start demanding actual results from their Republican representatives?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  498. Nescafe

    It is good to know that there is someone in position of power who knows the wrath of the IRS; maybe now he will show some mercy to those who are less able to reach into a pot of gold and pull out "shut up money." Check out the parable of the unjust steward – Luke 16:1-13, If you have been forgiven; don't forget to forgive others.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  499. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    Each and every political aspirant has, at one time or another, accepted a 'contribution' of use of corporate jets, baby sitters for their kids, vacations in Aruba, 'free lunches', promises of future employment as 'consultants' .... , yet they're all ready to lynch an appointee if he/she has done the same in the normal case of his lobbying efforts once he's left office.

    Isn't it odd, during a political campaign, that the rules change?

    How much of these special favors never get reported as contributions?

    How much abuse of 'campaign funds' has been overlooked?

    How much did George W. Bush get 'under the table', completely hidden by his private campaign affairs?

    As long as we've got cash, we've got corruption and fraud.

    Lowell, MA

    February 4, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  500. Robert Postuma

    How's about Obama promoting all those tax cheats?
    You were one of those guys that kept on spreading lies to promote Obama.
    Now you find ourt the opposite.
    Are you surprised?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:36 pm |

    My Dear Jack, surely you jest. So far his credibility remains intact as far as I am concerned. Think about. Didn't Obama say he would not tolerate such? It seems to me he's getting rid of the ones that would destroy his credibility & that of his administration. It would be different if he was keeping them in office, or not making them fess up & face the people. To me, whoever it was tried to sneak them in under the radar thinking it would be business as usual, but Obama stuck to his demands for trustworthiness. God bless him. Things have indeed changed, EXCEPT THE GOP-ERS WHO SEEM TO SALIVATE AT THE THOUGHT OF THEIR PRESIDENT FAILING. SHAME ON YOU! REMEMBER YOU LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES! A word of caution to the others who think they can get in regardless; President Obama means what he says. THIS IS NOT DAMAGING HIS CREDIBILITY AT ALL, IT IS PROVING THAT HE IS A MAN OF GREAT INTEGRITY.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  502. dave elliott

    I just filed my taxes & had to pay taxes on unemployment which made me unqualified for tax credits for my two dependents. Maybe i should have overlooked the 1099G unemployment sent me! I teach my children & lead by example, what is it that our government does anyway? Four and a half months & I can't find any job. I'm told if I don't pass a credit check that an employer can reject my application! Is their a double standard? Ignorance or lying, who makes that call?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  503. Barbara Gail Craigmile

    How does nominating three people who didn’t pay their taxes affect President Obama’s credibility?
    I think it affects all politicians in Washington. It tells me that most, if not all, politicians are not paying all of their taxes and that they all, Democrats and Republicans alike, need to be investigated. I do not believe that this problem is rampart among one party – but all of them. I have a lot more faith in Obama's credibility than any of them. The Republicans have put us trillions of dollars in debt. and now, all of a sudden, they are screaming about spending. They must be getting kick backs from all the million dollar bonuses their big business buddies are giving themselves from the bail out money they voted for them – with no restraints at all. It would only have taken a couple of hours to add numerous restraints to the bailout package (for an average person anyway). Kick them all out of office and start over from scratch. They could show some faith in the American people by cutting their own salaries (that they voted for themselves) they sure haven't earned it. They sould go back at least one or two pay raised.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  504. Phil, Georgia

    Naa Pres.Obama is not Hurt!!! He has been doing an excellent job. It feels so good to see the government working again. Its a burden lifted, true freedom, like parents finally getting home from a long vacation and ur siblings were messing with u big time.

    Justice is prevailing; women got a equal pay bill. Moral authority is being installed around the world. Americans have been and will be getting help for everyday life.
    We americans must learn to be greatful for when we have great leadership. When the morals and values that we were founded on, are being fulfilled.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  505. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Dear Jack,

    Wolf is asking if the President should admit mistakes every day...

    I make mistake every day...I do not admit them to the world every day or even to close one...but I learn from them every day and repair my mistakes ...why do you think I can barely sleep! Ask any parent...we make mistake every day or we think we do...and we know when is the time to speak up to always be there for our family! Same for President except his family is much larger than mine!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  506. Rahawn

    How many people have not filed there taxes properly? Many!! Mr. President didn't "screw up". He nominated some one that has done what the common American that doesn't work in Washington has done.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  507. Mario in Tennessee

    Yes! When anyone says that they are going to do something and then immediately violate what was said, they lose creditability with me. As I heard someone say, "There are 300 million people in the United States, surely there is another person who is qualified to be the Secretary of Treasure who has paid his or her taxes." Taxes have not been the only issue. What about Gov. Richardson and the two who were lobyists or involved with a company or companies which their assignments would oversee or be involved? Seems to me that it is WASHINGTON AS USUAL or perhaps even worse CHICAGO POLITICS IN ACTION!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  508. Sharon D.

    Personally, I believe the question tips the country's focus in the wrong direction. Pres. Obama has inherited a pile, and he is shoveling thru those people he thinks best to clean up this mess. How does this question help anybody, anything, during this fierce state of urgency to
    fix the economy and help so many in need?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  509. Kevin

    I don't think it will damage it but it will sure make people (conservative/democrats) look at things a little more closely.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  510. earle,florida

    The only persons credentials on the short list for working for President Obama is for Mr Emauel dismissal/resignation. This is coming soon,and if not ,he jepordizes his presidentcy,..

    February 4, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  511. lkr

    No, it will not harm the President. I am sure there are others in different levels of government who have either not paid taxes, or have other transgressions that would eliminate them from serving. No one is perfect, but all the President can do is try. I still support him and hope the congress will get busy and do the people's business and stop nit-picking.

    West Bend, WI

    February 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  512. Chicago Todd

    Nominee's tax problems vs tanking economy . . . hmmmm . . . I would say this does not hurt his credibility as much as the awful job he and the Democrats are doing educating the public that spending is stimulus. Unless they get this stimulus passed with the spending that needs to be done to put Americans back to work, he will not have any credibility to worry about.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  513. Rashawn-correction to name

    How many people have not filed there taxes properly? Many!! Mr. President didn’t “screw up”. He nominated some one that has done what the common American that doesn’t work in Washington has done

    February 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  514. ConcernedCitizen

    Obama is not responsible for these tax dodgers who are forced to step down. We should give him CREDIT, for he appears to be INDIRECTLY causing a clean up of DC as promised! Change is here!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  515. C White

    I don't fhink it should affect Obama's credibility. I do think that the House and Senate should be investigated to see if they have paid their taxes. How about you Jack? Have you paid your taxes?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  516. gerry in toronto

    I think the fact Obama admitted the error was extremely refreshing and increases his credibility. No one is perfect and I can't ever remember a President admitting he made a mistake.

    Too bad Bush didn't do the same, on the other hand he'd have heard him admitting a mistake every day.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  517. Kevin, Chester Springs PA

    He made mistakes. He admitted to it. (Something quite foreign the last 8 years!) Cut him some slack. I'd rather have Obama make these kind of mistakes in the first month. And let's give the guy credit where credit is due. He's got 3 Republicans in his administration. So let's give him some time (at least more than 2 weeks!). Change is not easy.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  518. Annie Naples FL

    Obama was in part paying back Daschle for help in the primary. I am disappointed in this. The tax problems are also troublesome. And why is the IRS not involved. You bet they would come after us. His vetting team has done a lousy job.,

    Obama preached change and no Washington politics. Unfortunately this will never happen until we have term limits and vote out all the scum that resides in Washington.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  519. Dee in Florida

    I'm not sure it affects Obama's credibility. After all HE is not the one who cheated and lied on his taxe return!

    But I think it does give us working stiffs a GOOD LOOK at what the rich in our country do, and how they really feel about doing the right thing. I think it only serves to point out how crooked they are, and how little they care what the average American thinks about them.

    I think it just shows what happens when more and more of those who only think of me, me, me, get in power!

    And I'm totally sick of their stupid excuses! Yeah, right, they "forgot". That is one of the biggest loads of bull I have heard, even from the DC contingent!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  520. Chi

    Dear Jack-

    This is much ado about nothing-

    3 flawed NOMINEES out of over a hundred top cabinet positions is statistically a feat...

    After 8 years of blatant and unmitigated destruction of our country as we know it, it's simply mindboggling the sudden nitpicking-

    Enough of the delberate and contrived chaos and outrage!

    President Obama deserves and has earned the respect and space he needs to work on getting us out of the incredible mess the last republican administration has left him and us by extension.

    Let's not fall for the "sabotage the Obama adminstration" game now being played out by the republicans – Yes the same "country first" crowd who incidentally will destroy this country just so they can assume power at any cost.

    Alameda, California.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  521. Tom Barker

    Clearly the three tax problems indicate that Obama must go back to practicing symbolic actions until he learns how to get them right. He will just have to ignore the substance issues for the next four years. By then we should be in a deeper depression than even the one Hoover created by focusing on ideology.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  522. Don from Portland, Oregon

    Yes. His credibility as an astute political strategist that is. Neither Geithner nor Daschle should have been nominated or confirmed. Both were uniquely qualified for their positions and the Obama team made the political decision to hold their noses and go ahead because of the skills and talents they thought they would bring to the administration. I think the Senate also thought both men were uniquely qualified. The difference was that the Republicans decided they could hold their noses and vote for Geithner because they thought the way he would deal with the financial sector would be to there liking, but they were more than happy to hang Daschle out to dry because his skills and talents would be used against them in the fight over health care. Obama should have seen that coming.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  523. R. Jasek

    Maybe these guys can SIMPLIFY the instructions the IRS gives us! I'm sure these folks were able to hire someone to do their taxes for them, and that they are WAY smarter than I am, but even when someone else does it, it is hard to know if it is done correctly. RJ New Braunfels Texas

    February 4, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  524. IrishCal

    hi Jack,

    The three tax-averse nominees should never have accepted their respective nominations (and that includes Geithner – what's wrong with him?). Surely the three knew they were tax-dodgers, and they went ahead anyway. Tax-dodging makes those three look just as weasely and untrustworthy as every other ego-driven clown in a big job.

    President Obama did what everyone who messes up big-time should do: Admit it. I give him credit for that. I bet he and his Admin vetting team will be a lot more careful going forward.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  525. Tracy


    I know CNN has to fill 24 hours everyday but the tax problems of these 3 nominees is a non-story. Two withdrew and one was confirmed–all paid their taxes. With everything that President Obama has on his plate thanks to the legacy of GWB and the Republican controlled Congress, I would love for the media to simply "get off his back" and let the man try to sort out some of this mess. His credibility is just fine!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  526. jack schaefer

    I dont understand the tax code either.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  527. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    If memory serves me correct John & Cindy McCain had taxes they hadn't paid but no big deal was made of this issue when it involved them being personally responsible.

    When you consider the latter why people other than Obama not paying taxes bother anyone or reduce his credibility?

    You will likely keep hearing about how terrible this is from people like Rush Limbaugh but from what I am told it isn't his fault because he got all confused and got his Poli Grip mixed up with his Preparation H which makes him talk like an ass but his gums no longer itch.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  528. mimi

    He did not bring the tax problem but he probably run out of people that could do the job that are less corrupted.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  529. Ken Kohlmann MI

    Say What? He sold the electorate on Change, Hope and Cleaning up DC. As for Cleaning up DC he gets an "F." As for Change I only see the same old (Clinton Cabinet) same old (Pork) Same old (Waivers for lobbyists) ... so that's an "F." I'm still Hoping and I'll give him an "A." Grade average is "D-." Heaven hep us.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  530. Jackie in Dallas

    Matt in Minneapolis

    I wonder, what would happen if we went back and did a line-by-line audit of every tax form you've ever submitted? The IRS estimates that at LEAST 85% of Americans have knowingly or unknowingly made mistakes on a least one tax form. Are you in the 15% estimated to be so squeaky clean that you can throw stones? I rather doubt it.

    What change we HAVE seen is a President who admitted that there were errors in the vetting process, and took responsibility for them because the buck stops with him (and not that he actually made the mistakes). He nominated people he felt were qualified (and even Daschle's opponents agreed he's qualified by his experience). He assumed that the information furnished his vetting committee was complete and accurate - and it may have been, to the nominees knowledge. (Remember that little statement in our Constitution that people are assumed to be innocent until PROVEN guilty.) When it became an issue that threatened the President, Daschle did the honorable thing and stepped out rather than trying to prove his innocence during the nomination process and damaging the good that President Obama can accomplish.

    Maybe you are just to used to prior administrations that never admitted error to recognize just how important that step WAS.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  531. Kris from South Carolina

    Does this tarnish his creditability? Absolutely. The individuals he appoints into these positions reflects his judgment. And by appointing Treasury Secretary Tim Geitner shows his contradicting efforts of so-called change.

    Sure, to acknowledge and admit his mistakes is admirable, but why are people like Geitner still overseeing our economic future?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  532. Ralph Olawsky

    Does anyone really think that Daschle and Geitner actually do their own taxes? When I take my car to the shop I trust their expertise, when I go to the dentist I trust their expertise. My question is this: Who is doing these taxes that they aren't bright enough to ask the most basic questions that should have caught these problems long ago?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  533. Jim Handy

    I think this is not as serious as most people make it as long as the situation is corrected. Dealing with the IRS can be frustrating and confusing for us poor people, and I imagine it's even more confusing for those who actually have money.

    inglewood , ca.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  534. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Anyone who pays taxes knows how difficult it is to fully comply with the tax code. In this crisis created by bush we need to have the best and the brightest running the government. It appears to me that the limbaugh/republican party is only interested in blocking anything that Obama does and wanting Obama to fail so they can regain power in 2010. If this is their strategy there may not be a government or country to be in power of.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  535. Ed'sKate

    After the crap we have had going on the past 8 years, this should not hurt President Obama. I think the blame lies on the Vetting Group, they should have done better investigating of these people. Just because these appointees are basically good people, a deeper investigation should have been done on all aspects of their lives.
    I must say it is refreshing to have President Obama be so upfront about all this.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  536. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    Each and every politician has the 'goods' on his opponents that he can spill if and when he wants to destroy his opponent's political future.

    It's the constant threat of 'geting caught' that still remains the biggest factor in political 'clout'.

    Lowell, MA

    February 4, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  537. Mary Ann

    No, it won't hurt President Obama.

    He admitted he screwed up. He is being completely honest and up front. In the long run it will help him.

    Having Tim Geithner as Treasury Secretary, even though he was caught cheating on his taxes, may end up a good move. Whether he cheated consciously or unconsciously, he should do an excellent job of tax collecting. Who doesn't know how to find tax cheating better than a tax cheater? You know what they say – it takes a thief to catch a thief – not that I think Geithner is a thief, I am sure he is basically honest. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt and just want things to be honest for a change. I think that this is what President Obama wants too.


    February 4, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  538. Bobbie Cayce

    Although I find Obama's honesty refreshing I believe these oversights will lend fodder to those who oppse him no matter what.
    I am most disappointed with Daschel for not being more open and honest with the President about his tax situation.
    On a brighter note, Obama is not dodging anything and is taking full responsibility and putting others on notice that things have indeed changed. God bless him and guide him and the rest of us too.
    I believe he will in the end be one of the best if not the best President this Country has ever had.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  539. Jeff in Minnesota

    Why should he be any different than any other administration? Regardless of the scandal, it's definitely pointing out to the citizens of this nation that we need to get more involved in the running of our country and share the responsibility. It's because we have created a culture of political and corporate elites that we end up with all of these people that think they have the right to ignore the ethical and moral requirements of their positions.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  540. Donald in CA

    He just have to tighten up on his vetting process. I am a President Obama supporter, but there is no excuse for some of these things.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  541. monica von berndt

    Jerome Idaho Just tell the reasoning why these peoples tax problems should hurt President Obama its rediculous to think that the Obama administration was any way at fault if these people got behind on their taxes after we are all human and taxes reminds sometimes how dumb and human we are especially when we forget to pay them.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  542. Chris Warren AZ

    Jack this man is a genius, by nominating these guys it will help to fill up our tax coffers. Who’s next?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  543. Bandito

    I am all for those who commented here calling for aa tax review of all members of both houses.

    Let's expand this to include the SEC who were the regulators. Must have been a benefit to looking the other way.

    And while we are at it, look at Pelosi's husband..........
    Paul Pelosi, Nancy's husband, owns $17 million dollars of Del Monte stock.
    In January, 2007 when the minimum wage was increased from $5.15 to $7.25,
    Pelosi had American Samoa exempted from the increase so Del Monte would not have to pay the higher wage. This would make Del Monte products less expensive than their competition's.

    All these money making deals should be busted.....No wonder J. Edgar Hoover had "files".

    February 4, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  544. Maggie

    At least he can admit he "screwed up". That's what I want in a president – not a perfect person but one who admits wrongs and reevaluates, even if I don't like the non-tax payers running the govt. He stopped the most of them and if he didn't I gurantee you he'd be criticized for that even more. So thanks for admitting your mistakes Mr. President, you do understand that if we hide our mistakes we become tangled in a web of lies, like your predecessor.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  545. Stacy, Fairfax, VA

    They are just the tip of the iceburg. I can almost guarantee if we went back to every single Presidential nominee over the years and took a really close look at the taxes they all paid or should have paid there would be many who had similar "errors".
    I also bet right now there are members of Congress on both sides of the aisle who have recently "remembered" they may have made similar "errors" and are as quietly as possibly trying pay their back taxes.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  546. Rudolph Koser

    No, I don't think so. Unless the individual discloses nonpayment who knows? The candidate must be honest and maybe grilled by tax experts while their filed returns are gone over in the vetting process. This is an embarassment, mostly to those who didn't pay. Remeber Bernie Karick who George Bush nominated as the first Homeland Security secretary?

    February 4, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  547. Robert Thomson Southfield, MI

    Obama's a very clever guy – he's going after tax deadbeats and getting them to pay up anyway he can. Good job Obama.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:57 pm |