June 17th, 2009
01:29 PM ET
6 years ago

Daschle, Soetoro-Ng to serve on White House commission

Tom Daschle will serve on the commission that will select this year's White House Fellows.
Tom Daschle will serve on the commission that will select this year's White House Fellows.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Months after withdrawing his name from cabinet consideration, Tom Daschle has finally landed a position with the Obama administration.

The White House announced Wednesday the former Senate Majority Leader would serve on the commission that will select this year's White House Fellows, along with the president's sister Maya Soetoro-Ng and 26 others. The fellows chosen will be given the the chance to work in the federal government and take part in discussions with leaders in the public and private sectors.

"The men and women of this commission embody what makes the White House Fellows program so special," Obama said. "These leaders are diverse, non-partisan, and committed to mentoring our next generation of public servants. I'm confident that they will select a class of White House Fellows that demonstrate extraordinary leadership, strong character, and a deep commitment to serving their country."

Daschle was under consideration for Secretary of Health and Human Services, but withdrew his name amid controversy over his failure to pay certain taxes.

Over 1,000 young people applied for the fellowship program. The commission will convene this week to pick 11-19 winners out of 30 finalists. Former Secretary of State General Colin Powell and retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark are past participants in the program.


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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. demwit

    "These leaders are diverse, non-partisan, and committed to mentoring our next generation of public servants."

    Once again, Obama's teleprompter makes him really, really silly...

    June 17, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. Cassandra Washington

    I think Obama is becomeing a FRAUD. Daschle was nominated to a position where he had taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from those who would benefit from his appointment, and yet, Obama continued to support him.

    June 17, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. makesUwonder

    Well well well, the crook gives the other crook a job. How nice!

    June 17, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Val in MA

    The tax cheat still landed a position at the White House... Unbelievable! Only in Obama administration. Somehow he has to pay off the favors, right?

    June 17, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Texas Teacher

    Just as long as these fellows are supporting the agenda of our President, which is our agenda, things will go along just fine!

    Woe be it to anyone who forgets what brought us out in droves to vote for and support Barack Obama!

    June 17, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. Texas Teacher

    I'm in Texas... a firm Republican state! And, everyone I talk to everywhere agrees with me completely! We want the agenda Obama is trying to bring about... in fact, we want him to go farther and quicker! We are THAT sick of the Republican Mess!

    June 17, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I would've rather had him Secretary of HHS.

    June 17, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. JK Ashburn, VA

    Tom will be quite a role model. He'll be checking the tax status of all the applicants.

    June 17, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. Reality Check

    Nothing like good ole nepotism....

    What ever happened to the aunt living in the US illegally....?

    June 17, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. Fed Up

    Has he paid his taxes yet??

    June 17, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. The messiah is a fraud

    His sister and this fraud that already got shot down once, must have been a nationwide search?

    How about a story on his not being transparent about the white house guest list or the CBO saying that he is wrong (as usual) with his estimates on the health care programs cost?

    This fraud in chief is the most "typical" Chicago style politician ever and you sheep bleat in unison how bahhhh, bahhhhh transparent and great he is, just like, well sheep.

    June 17, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. Ann

    and who is Maya Soetoro-Ng ?

    June 17, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. cedgar

    Daschle is just like Pre. Carter. Go home your time is over.
    This is what is wrong with our government! When they are done
    they do not LEAVE, they just keep showing up like a bad penny!
    We need new people not the same old people in Washington!
    I m so sick of the good o boy system!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Daschle go home you are last years news.

    June 17, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. skyhawkdriver

    Does this mean daschle finally paid his taxes??..it 's too bad the president has chosen not to bring in new people to help shape the future of our country..it is nothing but same old same old..where is the promised change mr president??

    June 17, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. phoenix86

    More "change" that Obamabots "hoped" for.

    The joke continues. 2010, then 2012 cannot come fast enough.

    June 17, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. louiedog

    Will this crook ever leave Washington??? He was given his walking papers years ago and is still hanging around with his hand out...

    June 17, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. GaVoter

    Apparently Obama is more like Bush than we thought.., massive cronyism isn't what I voted for.

    June 17, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. GOPer

    Good move Obama. Further employing tax evaders and the privleged is one small step that will lead to the demise of the dems. Thank You

    June 17, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. Rush Von Brunn

    Now if we could just get Rush to pay his taxes on all the money hes hiding in offshore accts,we could fix the deficet in a week.Hes such a great American isnt he?

    June 17, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. Hugo

    Just when you thought this guy would crawl back under his rock here he comes again. A bribe is a bribe is a bribe is a political payoff! How about a position for him in the federal prison for tax evasion?

    June 17, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. skyhawkdriver

    Daschle non partisan??..right...neither is frank..kennedy..pelosi..kerry..ginrich..cheney..there is no such thing in this country

    June 17, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. John in Binghamton

    Oh great!!! Wait, I don't care.

    June 17, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. RJN

    So Tom will be on tour explaining how to get away with not paying your taxes, and then be rewarded on top of it all with a cabinet post.
    Some role model he is!!!!

    Great Job Obama you can pick them. This has nothing to do with paying for favors does it??????

    June 17, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. Elliebee

    Wonderful, this program is really great program.

    Kudos to President Obama.

    June 17, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. Steve (the real one)

    He's baaaaaaaaack! Did I just read the panel is non-partisan? Is that serious?? I doubt it!

    June 17, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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