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

Geithner leads by example ... in coach

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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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soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. Tim

    I say, Good for him. Leave this kid alone!

    March 28, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  2. Chris from VA

    Good man!

    March 28, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  3. John

    It's a small gesture, but one worth noting. In our I deserve entitlements world, its kind of refreshing to see someone just say no to something others would take for granted.

    March 28, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  4. Chris

    A great example to set, all government employees should follow.

    March 28, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  5. Billy Bob Bobson

    Well done, Tim. Keep it up.

    March 28, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  6. Larry B

    He should ride as checked exess baggage

    March 28, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  7. serious stuff

    Well done, Geithner. Lead by example....what a concept! Keep up the good work.

    March 28, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. Arlette

    Good for him. The media has tried to bully and discredit Giethner without giving him a chance. Apparently, CSPAN is not sensational enoungh for cable news, but if you had watched and listened to the multiple hearings, perhaps you would have recognized that Giethner is anything but an empty suit. He may never be comfortable in front of the camera. In the past, prior to the crisis, it wasn't a requirement for the Secretary of the Treasury. Paulsen nor Summers would be given high marks for their star quality. Maybe the media needs to grow up and decide if they want to be serious jounalist or just superficial entertainment for the very, very bored.

    March 28, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  9. David

    Good for him! More corporate execs should follow his lead.

    March 28, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  10. the dude

    this guy is a player.

    March 28, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  11. Bipartisan

    Good for him. I certainly appreciate it.

    March 28, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  12. Just Shut Up!

    While I can't respect this man too much, this I can.

    March 28, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  13. Chris Tuite

    Good on yer . nice to see you showing leadership

    March 28, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  14. Menukj

    Good for him. I think people should get off his back.

    March 28, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    He ride in coach, but doesn't pay his taxes.

    March 28, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  16. Tom in CA

    COACH! That's the only way I go! Whether it's for business or pleasure!

    What's the BIG surprise about this? I don't know!

    March 28, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  17. Carl Justus

    Can you even imagine Paulson or any other republican cabinet member riding in coach in a plane?????

    They act like they are princes or kings or queens or knights, yet grumble like heck if a democrat would even mention that they ride in a coach.

    March 28, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  18. Bud Burgoon-Clark

    Good for him!

    Are you listening, corporate fat-cats with private jets?

    March 28, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  19. GuyInVA

    LEADS BY EXAMPLE?!? GOOD GOD! The man committed fraud and evaded his taxes, and now he's Treasury Secretary.

    March 28, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  20. B in St. P

    Are you kidding? LOVE THIS!

    March 28, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  21. Zac, Atlanta

    I should start flyin the NY – Wash route! Maybe I could get the Sec of Treas to sign some money IRL

    March 28, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  22. Progress vs. Stagnation


    He may not convey a sense of confidence to the Wall Street crowd when he's in front of the camera, but he certainly has the people's vote of confidence by this act. He certainly does set an example here.

    How many political big wigs do we know who fly coach?

    March 28, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  23. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    The way to set trends is with a first step. When leading, don't look back to see if others are following. Confidence in every stride is how trails are blazed.

    March 28, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  24. Melvin F. Cheeser

    Tim G. is under-appreciated. Can you name an earlier Treasury secy. who would do better? Perhaps better spoken, more polished, or more glib. Like Tim's mentor, Rubin, who bears a lot of responsibility for the mess Citi is in and the mess the financial markets are in.

    So give him a chance to continue to do well for his. Can you imagine the McCain appointee? Probably would have his thumb up u know where.

    Geithner: you are doing an excellent job. Go, Big Green.

    March 28, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  25. Diane Johns

    Now if we can get the president to stop joy riding around in Air Force One and cutting back of some of the parties being hosted at the White House I may start believing that the administration is serious about this country's economic problems. You have to START AT THE TOP BOYS AND GIRLS!!! that means you too Nancy Poloisi

    March 28, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
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