March 28th, 2009
06:54 PM ET
6 years ago

Geithner leads by example ... in coach

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says he never rides first class.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says he never rides first class.

(CNN) - As the government tries to curb corporate excess of companies receiving federal bailout money, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner appears to be leading by example.

The man who was grilled by Congress last week over the AIG bonuses took the Delta shuttle from New York to Washington on Saturday, riding in the coach section. Asked why not first class, Geithner said he always rides coach, "never first class".


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  1. yuri

    we want to see him continue doin' this so he can earn and merit more credibility.

    March 28, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    Geithner is going to make everyone who called for his Resignation look like a fool,within six months the whole economy will turn around,
    making the President look even better.

    Obama #1 Republicans smell like #2.

    March 28, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Sweet!

    March 28, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  4. Simmy

    This is one you can't spin. Go Sec. Geit!!!!!

    March 28, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. Spent into bankrupcy

    So if Timmy leads by example, does that mean that all Amewricans can be TAX CHEATS/FRAUDS and NO GET IN TROUBLE .

    March 28, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  6. Lance

    Finally someone is leading by example. Perhaps riding in coach he can talk to a few every day people about the economic mess we're in.

    Good for him, better for us.

    March 28, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. Lynn

    The more the republicans attack Geitner and the more I learn about him, the more I like him!!

    March 28, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  8. Rick

    Oh Really, Tim Geithner leads by example. How many lies can the Obama Administration. Whoopie he rode in coach, Tim gioves us all a break and quit making distractions. Please resign and save us from your garbage.

    March 28, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    why not ? his plan does not reveal it. or did he miss the train altogether .

    March 28, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. Alfred E. Neumann

    Leading by example – some example, the motor industry executives who flew into D.C. for Senate hearings.

    You would have to be dumb as dirt not to learn something from those folks.

    And of course he was counting on a pro Obama outlet like CNN to bring his "example" to public notice.

    March 28, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  11. annie - Palin 2012

    What a small thing to do to try to hoodwink the American citizens that he has a soul. Did he offer to apply his $300,000plus take from countrywide back to apply to the national debt? Did he offer an apology for cheating on his taxes? Did he try to explain why he wants to takeover all American businesses?

    Besides in a crash the coach section is traditionally safer.

    March 28, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. Old Fitz

    Well played, good sir.

    March 28, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. Fitz in Texas

    Got to love this tax cheating guy. Wow, what a great example. He took the Delta shuttle once and even took the coach section so CNN could report it. WOW, what a guy!

    Maybe we could get useless Pelosi to do the same. Perhaps with tax cheat Geithner's wonderful example Pelosi would give up her jet and travel coach. After all, that jet is only costing the tax payers 5.2 million per year. And don't tell me it's not safe for her to travel that way. If it isn't safe for her, than it isn't safe for the American people to travel that way.

    And this wonderful tax cheat guy is the same guy that gave the ok to pay AIG folks these bonuses (tax payer money).

    CNN really. We know, you know, and you know we know there are far more important things you should be reporting. Stop being lap dogs for these guys. It's now really starting to get sad.

    March 28, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  14. Dan, TX

    Duh, of course he's in coach. That's where government employees always ride unless they pay the difference out of pocket. Geithner is a fiscal conservative. He's cheap.

    March 28, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  15. Charlie in Maine

    Good jod.

    March 28, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  16. The Death of America by Obama

    If obama cared anything at all about this country he would dismiss this man.
    But 50% of us know obama is out to destroy this country.
    45% are waiting for their new house,tank of gasoline and welfare check.

    March 28, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  17. mattjutras

    Now if we could only get him to pay his taxes. Since the Democrats always love US to pay them so much. Lead by example, you loser.

    March 28, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  18. DB

    Good for you, Secretary Geithner. I was on that shuttle with you and was very impressed.

    March 28, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  19. Jacque Bauer

    Geithner would not be qualified to clean the toilets in Pelosi's taxpayer-provided super jet.

    March 28, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  20. Maria

    That's admirable. He's probably in the minority when it comes to political figures.

    Just curious: does someone in his current position travel with security? Does being in the presidential cabinet require having Secret Service protection?

    March 28, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. NDeeZ

    FINALLY–a politician who "gets it!"

    March 28, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. Makes U Wonder

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, sure appears like there is trouble in paradise.

    Have to report something like this because you can't report on this guys great job performance because he doesn't have one.

    March 28, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  23. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    I'd much rather have himstop pouring billions into criminal financial enterprises on Wall Street than saving a pittance on airfare. I agree with William Grider who told Bill Moyers that Obama is hardly a change agent but is working to conserve America as a corporate state, where money tallks and the proletariat walks.

    March 28, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. Brian

    I'm surprised they even offer anything other than coach, of course it's less than an hour flight. I'm also surprised that he didn't try to hijack Pelosi's plane, I hear it's much more comfortable!

    March 28, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  25. jeff in Fla

    This guy doesn't communicate his message very well, but I think he is trying his best and is trying to incorporate his plans with leaders in business, while acknowledging their mistakes and the understandable populist outrage. Easy to critisize him, but I'm not hearing very good alternatives.

    March 28, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
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