March 28th, 2009
06:54 PM ET
5 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. Glennis

    Good for him!

    March 28, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  2. BAC

    If Geithner really wanted to "lead by example," he'd take Amtrak.

    March 28, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  3. yen

    Give the guy a break. He is trying very hard to work in these bad times.
    Firing and hiring new people only makes things worse.

    March 28, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  4. Koz

    Good man. Quietly leads by example.

    March 28, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  5. Art

    He was not leading by example when he failed to pay his taxes. After he was audited and paid his back taxes for 2 years, he did not pay taxes owed on another 2 years because too much time lapsed and the IRS could not go after him. He was either not intelligent enough to figure his tax bill or he was dishonest.

    March 28, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  6. sue

    I know he is not the most popular guy these days...But I like him...I think his handling of the situation the last couple weeks have been admirable...He could have been pulled off track by all the attention from the msm, but he stayed the course & has really shown what he's made of...Thumbs up to you Mr. Geithner-don't let them knock you down.

    March 28, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  7. No boonbat liberals

    He-He, always rides coach, I would say that also if I was under scrunity for AIG and as enexperienced as this yahoo. OMG forgive me he is is an appointee of the Messiah. Please don't track this back BIG LIBERAL MACHINE who rule the world back to my computer and give me jail time.

    March 28, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  8. dja

    It sounds suspiciously inefficient for the leader of the nation's economy.. his time is money. That said, the best leaders often eat with the troops.

    March 28, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. Geno

    Hearing the news about politicians receiving donations from bailed out companies, I can't help but think all the "slammin" of Treasury Sec. Geitner is just another attempt to make themselves look good for re-election. A guy who takes coach, not just because people are outraged at the financial situation is doing that to gain favor or popularity, looks better in my book as more trustworthy. We still have to see how things turn out, but I'd trust Mr. Geitner to catch me if I fall rather than any Senator out there. Why aren't they grilling Sen. Dodd or the other politicians who took campaign contributions instead? Bunch of butt kissers. Our representatives are showing that they are only representing themselves.

    March 28, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  10. kaTERjr

    Unlike our nation's general officers, who have private Gulfstreams at their disposal (hangared at bases where the general public never sees them)

    March 28, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  11. kings,irving

    An example of a brilliant guy,trying to undo alot of mess created over a long time. Inspite of bitter ,mostly partisan critisism,this guy is working dilligently and indefatigably everyday guess for who? For the good of the country and i admire and respect him a great deal.His efforts seem to be bearing fruit slowly but surely.As for him riding coach economy on Delta,i think its a non-issue,,,shows you how low news gathering and reporting has sunk.Who cares what he rides? Only care in the world should be whether hes performing his job,,not one of those Ed Henry's moment of trying to the usual 'gotcha' game that Cnn ,lately has resorted to.Cnn you lose again!!!

    March 28, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. Chris

    Hats off to Geithner!

    March 28, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  13. kings,irving

    An example of a brilliant guy,trying to undo alot of mess created over a long time. Inspite of bitter ,mostly partisan critisism,this guy is working dilligently and indefatigably everyday guess for who? For the good of the country and i admire and respect him a great deal.His efforts seem to be bearing fruit slowly but surely.As for him riding coach economy on Delta,i think its a non-issue,,,shows you how low news gathering and reporting has sunk.Who cares what he rides? Only care in the world should be whether hes performing his job,,not one of those Ed Henry moment of trying to play the usual 'gotcha you' and provocative game that Cnn ,lately has resorted to.Cnn you lose again!!!

    March 28, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  14. Dick

    Yay Governor.

    March 28, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  15. MarkD

    Well, at least somebody "gets it"!

    March 28, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  16. Cora Mills

    Yes Geithner does lead by example. He does not pay his taxes and neither do a lot of other democrats.

    March 28, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  17. TheThinker

    Well, that's a plus, I guess. But CNN has a slow news day what with it being Saturday and all.

    March 28, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  18. Marc L

    I give him credit, great political move. I wonder how quickly it was somehow made aware to the press?

    March 28, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  19. bill in Houston

    Excellent, thank you Tim.

    March 28, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  20. Linda

    Now if he REALLY wants to lead by example–how about him paying his taxes the way that everyone else is expected to!!!!!!!

    March 28, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  21. kim

    Rock on Geithner. I support you!

    March 28, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  22. Angela in LA

    Thats refreshing.

    March 28, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  23. RealityKing

    This, from CNNs best politcal team.., what a progressive joke.

    March 28, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  24. Patriot Guy

    Uh I would be more impressed if he would voluntarily pay his taxes on his own and on time without the President of the United States having to ask him to......before appointing him head of the IRS.

    March 28, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  25. Sydo

    That's very nice of you Mr. Geithner

    March 28, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
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