February 29th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
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White House assistant admits plagiarism, resigns

 A White House aide has resigned after admitting to plagiarism.
A White House aide has resigned after admitting to plagiarism.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A senior White House official, Tim Goeglein, has resigned after he admitted copying large sections of an essay he wrote for a newspaper in Fort Wayne, Ind., the White House confirmed Friday.

"Today, Tim accepted responsibility for the columns published under his name in his local newspaper, and has apologized for not upholding the standards expected by the President," the White House said in a written statement. "The President was disappointed to learn of the matter, and he was saddened for Tim and his family. He has long appreciated Tim's service, and he knows him to be a good person who is committed to his country.

"President Bush accepted Tim's resignation today."

In an e-mail to The News-Sentinel, Goeglein, special assistant to the president and deputy director of public liaison, apologizes, saying, "It is true. I am entirely at fault. It was wrong of me. There are no excuses."

Goeglein said he has reached out to the author, Jeffery Hart, whose 1998 writings in the Dartmouth Review he copied nearly verbatim. "I have written to Jeff to apologize, and do so categorically and without exception," he says.

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  1. eva

    Plagiarism is illegal! I don't understand how people are disputing that. It is theft. And it is unethical. He's not a "poor, poor" guy. He's a guy who made a mistake. And that mistake is not to be taken lightly. Or maybe you're accustomed to people not having the creativity and integrity to write their own material (ahem, Obama).

    February 29, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  2. Val

    People we are all in this MESS together....... Please lets get it right this time electing a Democrat is what's important. All of these petty issues to stray from the main focus will only put McCain in the White House.

    February 29, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  3. Calisa

    Look up the definition of plagarism. It is the UNauthorized use of someone elses material. Actually, it has long been time for Hillary Clinton to resign, i.e. quit. Eleven (11) losses in a row? PLEASE.

    February 29, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  4. Mike

    well Obama XEROX AGAIN the readiness ad of HIllary today.

    February 29, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  5. Esham

    the Bush administration is pathetic, real talk some one needs to do something is it just me or does GW sound more and more illiterate every time he opens his mouth, and this guy is the leader of the free world.

    My Friends it's time OBAMA 08.

    February 29, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  6. John

    Obama should drop of the race also.

    February 29, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  7. Cecil

    Hello America;

    My fellow democrates, do you remember this;

    “We are fired up and we are ready to go because we know America is ready for change and the process starts right here in Iowa.”

    In Davenport, Iowa, those words escaped the barriers of a tired Hillary Clinton’s teeth. Without irony.

    Ouch. That’s pretty bad.

    "Here's the definition of plagiarism

    Plagiarism -1. the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work.

    Key word UNAUTHORIZED. If the original speaker/author gives you permission it isn't plagiarized. Please retake 9th grade English. Oh wait, educated people already vote for Obama. " thanks Jacob"

    Check it, and stop crying about Sen. Obama plagiarism

    February 29, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  8. Steve in Albuquerque, NM

    Using two words ("just words") and an overall idea from one of your Campaign Chairs and personal friends, with permission, is not plagiarism. Look up the definition, knuckleheads.

    You Clinton supporters are really desperate these days to scrounge for any possible criticism of Obama, aren't ya? Difficult thing to do, isn't it?

    February 29, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  9. Jo Chicago

    Even the corrupt Bush White House recognizes plagiarism when they see it. But if Barack Obama does it, it is justifiable since he "borrowed" from Deval Patrick.

    Learn more about the success (that is sarcastic) of the Deval Patrick administration before your vote for his oratory doppelganger.

    February 29, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  10. Oh? Bama

    Obama, a plagiarist of his friend's speech, should resign too.

    February 29, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  11. leo

    WOOOWW , HE IS AN AGENT OF CHANGE RIGHT? WHY HE HAS TO COPY HILLARY"S AD?

    U HAVE MY VOTE HILLARY

    February 29, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  12. rhonda

    Plagiarism is plagiarism; if these guys are guilty, so is Barack Obama. What aren't they still harping on Barack for plagiarism? If the country is going to accept cheating from him, they need to overlook for these aides, right? What's fair is fair. Either punish them all or none of them.

    February 29, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  13. Jean Alex

    All of you Hillary supporters,
    Have you forgotten her last stolen words in that debate?

    February 29, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  14. Chandler

    Jacob (8:20 PM), thank you for the definition of plagiarism. Thank you for also noting that you used a direct quote from dictionary.com. Ooops, I guess you forgot to do this.

    Also note that this definition is not quite correct, because it has no room for self-plagiarizing. In practice, the "and" condition in the definition should probably be an "or" condition.

    February 29, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  15. cecil

    ello America;

    My fellow democrates, do you remember this;

    “We are fired up and we are ready to go because we know America is ready for change and the process starts right here in Iowa.”

    In Davenport, Iowa, those words escaped the barriers of a tired Hillary Clinton’s teeth. Without irony.

    Ouch. That’s pretty bad.

    "Here's the definition of plagiarism

    Plagiarism -1. the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work.

    Key word UNAUTHORIZED. If the original speaker/author gives you permission it isn't plagiarized. Please retake 9th grade English. Oh wait, educated people already vote for Obama. " thanks Jacob"

    Check it, and stop crying about Sen. Obama plagiarism

    Obama 08

    What's wrong CNN can't stand the truth!

    February 29, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  16. JOHN

    ARE YOU PEOPLE NUTS. DID OBAMA SAY IT WAS A LINE FROM A SPEECH THAT HIS CLOSE FRIEND GAVE TO HIM AND TOLD HIM TO USE. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!

    February 29, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  17. Allison Marie

    To Jacob,

    Your a bit off on the meaning of plagiarism....the appropriation or limitation of the language, ideas, and thoughts of another author, and representation of them as one's original work.

    That is exactly what Obama did!

    Ninth grade, I went to private school it was the third for me.

    Oh, you might want to ask your Mom what happened to Joe Biden for this very thing!

    February 29, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    THE STATUE OF LIBERTY WILL GUARD THE BORDERS

    HILLARY IS A GODDESS OF FREEDOM LIKE THE STATUE OF LIBERTY~

    THE STATUE OF LIBERTY IS A WOMAN NOT A MAN! Why is freedom symbolized by a woman?

    IMAGINE THE STATUE OF LIBERTY IN THE LIKENESS OF HILLARY and THE WORLD WILL WITNESS the TRUE POWER OF FREEDOM IN ACTION

    THE STATUE OF LIBERTY IS HILLARY IN ACTION~

    Woman are peacemakers, protectors, caretakers and givers of life, hope and truth.

    Would the statue of liberty have the same power to inspire and liberate if IT WAS A SYMBOL OF A MAN?

    If the statue was a man would it hold the torch of freedom?

    Men are violent by nature. They love to play war games. Men love to fight, mame and kill. Their first natural reaction to conflict is to fight.

    Think about it? Would there be WARS if the world was made up of women? Would there be Wars if the world was runned by women?

    Men love symbols that represent war: war games, guns, knives. blood. They give movie titles names like "THERE WILL BE BLOOD". Men create the wars and women and chidren suffer and die. Unfortunately men die too. Men destroy themselves.

    IF YOU A LOOKING FOR REAL CHANGE HIRE A WOMAN FOR THE NEXT AMERICAN PRESIDENT. HILLARY IS A WOMAN! PEACE WILL NEVER HAPPEN WITH A MAN IN CHARGE – THERE WILL ONLY BE MORE OF THE SAME.

    America grasp this Golden opportunity "To wittness and experience the Statue of Liberty in Action"

    February 29, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  19. Danielle, OH

    When will Obama confess???

    March 1, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  20. Roland Madore, Fort Collins, CO

    "For not upholding the standards expected by the President?" Is that a joke, or should the President resign then too? He's guilty of "high crimes and misdemeanors!" Give us a break.

    March 1, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  21. JOHN

    I HAVE A QUESTION? IF AL QAEDA IS IN IRAQ WHY IN THE HELL ARE WE NOT BOMBING THE HELL OUT OF THEM? I THINK BUSH AND MCLAME SCREWED THAT ONE UP.

    March 1, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
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