January 26th, 2009
07:55 PM ET
9 years ago

Geithner sworn in as Treasury Secretary

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden swore in Timothy Geithner as the nation's next Treasury Secretary as President Obama looked on Monday evening.

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Updated 7:55 p.m.

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soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. FreeNLovIt

    I like to use my amazing talents to mess up accounting books. Any takers? I am horrible at math.

    January 26, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. TrueIndependent

    No hard working tax paying American wants this guy. However, we have to be objective, pragmatic, and quite frankly, able to apply common sense.

    Right now, our country is financially drowning and we need to be rescued. Let us give him a chance. I suspect that after 6 months, if he is not effective, the president will boot him out. Obama did not win the election by surrounding himself with non-performers.

    The Treasury Secretary has a lot to prove, and i feel he is hungry to prove himself.

    January 26, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  3. kim:):)

    what a poor example geither makes,forgetting to pay his taxes,and is been confirmed as TS,
    the america taxespayer would't get 🙂

    January 26, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. mike

    Good! This is a good reflection of how much power republicans have in stopping the democratic agenda! O, by democratic I'm talking about the good ol' american election on Nov.4. You know the one that give the Pres. a mandate!

    January 26, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. wishing

    This man needs different medication. Whatever he is taking is making him delusional.

    January 26, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. Well Well

    Looks like the same old politics to me!!! Obama pulled a fast one! I am sorry I voted for him.

    January 26, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. Peter

    Good, now lets go to work!

    January 26, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  8. peggy Proudlock

    Why did ;you not bother to take a poll on this. I haven't talked to one person who felt he shoud be sworn in. Journalism died with this election. Thank you

    January 26, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  9. Allen

    A tax cheat being sworn in by a plagarist. It's not looking good folks.

    January 26, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. Sindhbad


    January 26, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  11. Evan

    Yea! I don't have an education like Geithner so I guess I can "forget" or make a "mistake" to pay my taxes. But for those of you who will respond that anyone can make a mistake – his was $34,000, now he has the opportunity to make just 1 mistake and cost the country $850 Billion. At his swearing in he praised his pal, Larry Summers, for educating him on his math and economics – a good thing Geithner is a male or Larry would have told him his female brain couldn't handle that hard tax math!

    January 26, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  12. person

    better do a good job!

    January 26, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. Momentum

    Good ... next up ... Attorney General Eric Holder .... American's next Top Cop!

    Republicans obstructionists should get out of the way. Our domestic issues need immediate attention and their politically motivated hinderances have not made a favorable impression on the public.

    January 26, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  14. Ronni

    At least all the crook's are in one place. DC

    January 26, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  15. Mark

    Well, we have a bunch of shady thugs in Washington...

    January 26, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  16. Gordon Shumway

    This is a huge mistake!

    January 26, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  17. joy

    a tax Cheat to be the head of IRS! a change we can believe in!

    January 26, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  18. neil

    Great, same old change.

    January 26, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  19. Rob Wetmore

    Does not surprise me that a tax cheat would actually be given the job to oversee and run IRS. looks like he not only got caught with his hand in the cookie jar, but he was then given the jar. I bet now he never pays another dime of taxes!

    January 26, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  20. Bored

    He has the brains and knowledge t oget us out of the current mess.

    January 26, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  21. Ralph

    Just goes to show you that you can cheat on your taxes by avoiding to pay $34,000, say you're sorry and still get confirmed by the democrats for Sec Treasury. Evil and unethical. I always knew that demos and repubs are equally corrupt but all this within the first week of Obama;'s administration. Bad start Obama and after I supported you after you won, even though I didn't vote for you.

    January 26, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  22. cnnnewser

    Now lets get to work.

    January 26, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  23. The idiot

    Another crook joins the thugocracy.

    January 26, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  24. Pugas

    It will be great waiting to pay our back taxes after we get audited. Follow the leader-a great kids game.

    January 26, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  25. Perusing-through

    Obstructionist like House Minority Leader John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are on borrowed time. By the time these two political ideological idiots realize Americans have grown sick of them and have moved far ahead of them; the economy would have rebounded, the national debt will have turned into a surplus, and the national economic engine will be running hot with near-zero unemployment. All the while these two idiots will be still selling "GOP tax-cuts-for-the-rich koolaid".

    January 26, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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