WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday admitted he made a mistake in handling the nomination of Tom Daschle as his Health and Human Services secretary, saying Daschle's tax problems sent a message that the politically powerful are treated differently than average people.
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Daschle, the former Democratic leader in the U.S. Senate, withdrew earlier Tuesday as news that he failed to pay some taxes in the past continued to stir opposition on Capitol Hill.
"I think I screwed up," Obama said in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper. "And, I take responsibility for it and we're going to make sure we fix it so it doesn't happen again."
Wow, a screw up that is admitted and fixable? And not incredibly devastating like sending my brother to Iraq to chase WMDs in 03 that weren't there? Or like hiring a horse judge as head of FEMA? Or lying and paving the way for war profiting?
Sheesh, everybody Bush ever appointed was a frikking crook, and republicans think they've got something to hold over Obama with THIS?!?!
Whatever, CNN won't post this anyway.
Obama didn't "screw up", he got caught. His agenda, his choice. The leader of the free world making this many
mistakes this soon is remarkable. Mr Obama has every resource at his fingertips to do his job and do it well. This is just plain old ignorance on his part. He had all the answers a very short time ago – now what ...pull another rabbit out of the bag
I thought President Obama was supposed to be the DECIDER!!!!...
OOPS my bad that was the other guy. It just seems stange to have a president actually admit he made a mistake while he's IN office and not when he's about to leave. And I'm sure the far right will be happy to hear he's gonna make more mistakes before he's done since they are waiting with baited breath for him to do so.
The disgruntled can continue to rant. Who cares? An admission of a mistake will hopefully be followed by avoidance of this type of mistake in the future. for the past eight years, there was no honesty or admission of guilt. Bush went out claiming he did a good job during Katrina. Soooooooo griping conservatives, President Obama has eight more years of possible mistakes before the Bush years are even equaled. He is man enough to admit a screw-up, which is why I voted for him!
For those of you who are happy to hear a President say he screwed up, you might want to get used to hearing it a lot from this President. We are only in the first couple of weeks and he is already looking weak to the rest of the world, not to mention here at home. This has been a horrible week for the Obama administration, and it is only Tuesday. He is trying "diplomacy" with Iran. Iran calls him weak as a result and says this is a sign that Capitalism is a failure. Change we can believe in.
Everyone here that is 'proud' Obama admitted a mistake would laugh at a Republican admitting a mistake. Worse is, we all have known Daschle was a big mistake for weeks now. TAnd we 'praise' Obama for saying it. Please people!
And I guarantee that if Daschle hadn't withdrawn Obama would still be standing behind him.
thank God we finally have a president who will admit when he is wrong. Bush screwed the whole country and never admit it, untill it was time for him to leave office. Thank you president Obama. good job. now that is change i can believe in.
Whatever. lets blame someone and start a new administartion with the same cast of lame Clinton loosers.
"This isn't as bad as Bush...how refreshing he admitted his mistake...thank you Mr President for being honest...etc". Oh brother, how these sheep can still worship at the feet of their Messiah! When these folks finally wake up from their brain-washing, they'll realise that the new president is just another politician in Washington!
Do you think you are elected Mr President to screw up? How can you use such words. You are a disgrace to this greatest nation. You have to be smart enough to govern this nation. Just taking responsibility, it is not good enough. Yesterday you said Daschle should be confirmed 'ABOLUTELY' and today you realized that you have screwed up. Liberals will find you amazing in your acts. Grow up. I am not sure CNN will publish this one because they are also on the liberal side.
It's almost as if he has no experience at all.
What did Hillary say about on the job training?
Hope that Obama can change....quickly
It's amazing how an article where President Obama does the right thing (Senator Daschle too) and takes ownership of this situation turns into a Bush bashing session. The tried and true liberal motto: "We're not happy until you're not happy."
Sorry lefties, it's your turn. You control the White House and both houses of Congress. This one is yours.
Just 2 weeks in office. In the next 24 months let's see how many many more times we hear "I screwed up." I understand our elected leaders WILL make mistakes and I accept that.
It's just funny how now nobody on this blog is using the 4 letter word since the January 20. I R A Q
Mr. President, your campaign promise was a 16 month evacuation. Around 500 days and counting down......
Let's just "HOPE" we don't have to hear "I screwed up" on our troops.
Well, I don't know if Obama will achieve what he hopes, but he certainly is refreshingly candid.
THANK YOU DR. G for your comment....I Totally Agree !!
NOT HAPPY ABOUT THE MISTAKE, NOT GLAD HE HAD TO ADMIT IT BUT IT WAS ONLY RIGHT TO DO. OBAMA
NOW FOR YOU DUMMIES OUT THERE–ANYONE CAN SCREW UP ON THEIR TAXES. THAT IS NOT TAX EVASION. WHAT YOUR BOY SPIRO AGNEW DID WAS TAX EVASION...
How long did it take Bush to admit a mistake? The right wing slime will climb all over this. I really hope that post partisanship will become a wave of the future. The Republicans have pointed out waste in the 'rescue plan'. much of it is correct. If I'm right, Obama will admit some of it is garbage and cancel the excess. THIS is bi-partisanship
my president is honest. last president was a crook
What a naval idea a president who admits to his mistakes like he said he would and not cover them up....
Every time Obama screws up, Democrats say "yeah but Bush...."
As if that makes everything ok.
"..saying Daschle's tax problems sent a message that the politically powerful are treated differently than average people."
This is you. Own it Dems.
what you narrow minded, pin-heads fail to see is the larger implications of these revelations from Daschle, et al. It is not about admitting a mistake or not. These stories scare off qualified people from running for office knowing that their backgrounds will be ripped apart for the slightest infraction. And any nominee now that turns down an appointment or withdraws their name is immediately branded as being a tax-cheater. Remember, bad news and sensationalized news sell, so the incentive is there for the media to vilify anyone in the public eye. But really, how can you NOT know a car and driver are taxable income?! An honest mistake? Hardly. He got caught red handed while the rest of us honestly try to follow the tax laws and live in fear of the IRS.
obama who are you trying to kid.
You are such a joke and people can see right through your "it's my fault"...what you're really saying is now let's forget it.........until you get caught again.
This idiot hasnt done anything right so far. The only cabinet nominees who will survive are the republicans he nominated. All the robots think if yoou say you made a mistake your excused, give me a break. Is this the new era of accountability and resposibility, admiting to a mistake only when your caught. Bush might have lied but porkbama has yet to tell the truth. So say it with me kiddies 'republican congress in 2 years and porkbama is a one term wonder. You libs actually have the nerve to say we should not criticize he golden boy after what you did the past eight years, i dont think so. Shut up and take your medicine.