NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - President Obama's economic A-team went to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to address questions about the administration's ambitious budget request.
But they also ended up being grilled on everything from the latest AIG bailout to the risk of propping up zombie institutions.
Proposals like Obama's plans to reform federal efforts on health care and energy are big heaves in normal times. Now the president has to sell his budget at a time when many lawmakers are worried about the effectiveness of the government's expensive efforts to stem the economic and financial crises so far.
That was made abundantly clear as Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and White House budget director Peter Orszag testified in hearings before the House and Senate.