February 29th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
10 years ago

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. NickNasc

    Are they KIDDING!!!!! With ALL of the Crimes committed by this administration they pick THIS guy to throw to the wolves???

    Again, ARE THEY KIDDING!!!????

    February 29, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. gerry Bee

    Hiliary will turn the tables against Obama. She will ask him with all the information concerning Iraq how could you not have voted for the war in Iraq. It was not a decision she made litely. She knew all the reasons against the war in Iraq that Obama knew and then some. She also had a personal bias against any military action. Her question will be Senator Obama given all the information we were given, in these times of terrorism How could you not have voted for the war in Iraq?
    The mark of a leader is the ability to make a decision against everything that you believe in because it is the right thing to do.
    Senator Obama will be in effective as a leader because he has demonstrated and inability to make a tough decision.

    February 29, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. Manuel TX

    It's only acceptable if it's an Obama campaign speech. 🙂

    February 29, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. Sue

    Heck, he doesn't need to resign. This is minor compared to the rest of the things that other WH staff have committed. How about: outing a CIA operative, having secret meetings (on our dime) with oil execs, wiretapping, waterboarding, starting a war with lies, throwing our money out without any accounting or giving no-bid contracts to their cronies. This is minor. Wonder why CNN doesn't pound more on these items rather than glossing over them? Guess they think that America has been dumbed down.

    February 29, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. jaz

    maybe that could teach obama something

    February 29, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  6. Grif

    Now that's a much better Camera used, or at least a better Photographer.

    February 29, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  7. Byron in CA

    He took responsibility for his actions and I respect that. What he did is wrong and he deserves to lose his job. Still I'd have a few more questions starting with why he did such a dumb thing and what else would you like to confess at this point?

    February 29, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  8. Darth HUSSEIN Vadik, CA


    February 29, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. ED

    Is there any aspect of this white house that has been performed with honor ,truth and integrity. George Bush stated that he would bring HONOR ANDTRUST TO THIS WHITE HOUSE. Apparently his spelling is as bad as his vocabulary. He mispelled his interpretation by using the term honest in place of dishonest and trust in place of mistrust. America will not be surprised by any future questionable decision or wrong doing that comes from this Administration.

    February 29, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. Trev

    Wow, a plagiarist admists responsibility and resigns. I respect Obama. However, I believe that he should admit that copying others work is, at the very least, a bad thing. And before the Hillary haters (which is unfortunately an accurate term) start their collective chant, I want you to at least think about how you would respond if Hillary did the same thing. Don't pull out that Edwards stuff either. We are going to be fine is a line that has been spoken by lots of people. And "yes we can" that is not an Obama or a Clinton original.

    February 29, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  11. Janet, Missouri

    Except for Colin Powell, George W. has surrounded himself with the most incompetent, corrupt, and untrustworthy people. I am not surprised since he all but stole the election in 2004. He really haas ruined the reputation of the Republican party and the office of the President

    February 29, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  12. KW

    Now where have I heard that word "PLAGIARISM" lately?

    February 29, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  13. sarah

    See how easy that is obama?

    February 29, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  14. sga

    Why is Obama not doing the same thing, withdrawing from the race because of his plagerism. Isn't he for stepping up and taking a higher road. He also has copied Hillary Clinton so many times
    as well as many different speeches. USA can not afford a president that plaerises others and has no problem with this, It is good to see integrrty approach in this matter, thanku.

    February 29, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  15. Vig

    The Bush adminstration is so corrupt that as his presidency FINALLY ends, you will be hearing more of these types of stories and they will damage McCain's chances to be elected

    February 29, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  16. Sarah

    While such news is sad, it only highlights the need for those in positions of influence to have integrity. I would encourage those evaluating candidates for President to consider this.

    February 29, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  17. Lucas, Nashville TN

    At least SOMEONE in the White House is literate enough to steal words from a page.

    February 29, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  18. paul

    hillary is not making sense here. her giving the authority for iraq war does not make her superior in security issue to obama.

    February 29, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  19. Charlotte

    Maybe he can get his job back if Obama wins. Word for word is plagerism. Oh well, there just words right? By the way Obama did not vote for the war in Iraq, or much of anything else.

    February 29, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  20. Grif

    Does anybody really know the meaning, of : "Official Secrets",

    Who should, and who shouldn't be allowed to have control, of such?

    Confidential Material??? WHY IS IT PEOPLE DON'T LOOK, BEFORE THEY LEAP !!

    Lose a Country! Lose everything.... Who would you trust?

    February 29, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  21. Dan

    Just like obama. you don't have to be smart as long as you can hire someone who is. cheaters

    February 29, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  22. Wayne

    Well, he should have known. He's a white Republican! Only St. Obama is allowed to plagiarize! Didn't he get the memo?

    February 29, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  23. GavinM



    February 29, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Should not Obama also admit he plagiarized the MA Governor.

    February 29, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  25. Jacob

    To all the Hillary supporting fools:

    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.

    February 29, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
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