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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  1. Hypocrisy

    Too bad he's not leading by example by paying his taxes...

    March 28, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  2. 35% of Americans are TRAITORS for wanting America to FAIL and 65% of Americans to SUFFER!

    Now, that is CHANGE we can believe in!!!

    March 28, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  3. Sara

    Good guy

    March 28, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  4. lbcyclist

    Coach is OK for NY to DC, but can I expect him to really protect my interest after he was cramped for 7 hours in coach flying to the G20 meeting?

    March 28, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. another Dave

    I wonder if there was a story out that one of Sarah Palin's kids was doing lines of coke at a party IF CNN would be all over it! ?!?!?!?!

    The double standard is AMAZING...

    March 28, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  6. LST

    I'm starting to believe him.

    March 28, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  7. Dominic

    good man, good example

    March 28, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  8. Florida Dude

    Someone will find a reason to criticize guy for something.

    March 28, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  9. Michelle

    Thank you Geithner! A politician that is beginning to respect our tax dollars!

    March 28, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  10. WBN

    Sure he does; tryng to save his money to catch up on his taxes.

    March 28, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  11. sue

    Gee, wonder what the right will have to complain about here...that he didn't walk?

    March 28, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  12. Laughing

    Just like he leads the nation in unpaid taxes! Somebody give ME a bailout! werd fewl.

    March 28, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  13. Robin

    Pelosi could learn a lesson.

    March 28, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  14. Don from California

    Geithner Baby!! He's getting it man.

    March 28, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  15. Ritz

    President Obama and his team are top notch. It's great to have a government who practices what they preach and works with the people, not against them. Timothy Geithner, we are with you all the way!

    March 28, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  16. jeff

    why dont he members of congress as well as the President and Vice President turn down their salary for the year. it is not much but it is symbolic. it is not like they need the money. The president does not pay for a thing but has no problem spending on parties and dinners etc. give up your 400 k

    March 28, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  17. cm

    Hopefully the rest of people in Washington would do the same, we can save tons of money that way .

    March 28, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  18. lovable liberal

    OK, fine, but could we have better policy that doesn't bend over backward to bail out the people whose bad bets brought this on?

    March 28, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  19. John

    Good man, Mr. Treasury Secretary. I wish all the CEOs and "executive management" take notice.

    March 28, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  20. Lilarose, Bandon, Oregon

    It bothers me greatly that Secty Geithner is being trailed onto AIRPLANES by the media, and on a Saturday, no less.

    CNN, are you the new tabloid news?

    March 28, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  21. Mike

    Good for him. It's not as much the money as it is the attitude. Hopefully others begin to get it as well.

    March 28, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  22. proud army navy mom

    Geither is a good man.

    President Obama is very astute in his decisions, that's why I trust him to keep us safe and to protect the well-being of our troops.

    March 28, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  23. Pat F

    The endless publicity stunt. Obama thinks he's Lincoln – he's more Paris Hilton.

    March 28, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  24. TCM

    what a crock of crap; the tax cheat, leading by example? The incompetent that wants total control over our economy to hand it to the socialist example? You're really scrapping the bottom of the barrel, CNN

    March 28, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  25. Michael from New York

    Way to go...lead by example. I wonder how the bank execs travelled to DC on Friday. I am no fan of Geithner's (this far), but I think that this speaks volumes about his character,

    March 28, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
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