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

Daschle, Soetoro-Ng to serve on White House commission

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/02/04/obama.health.policy/art.daschle.gi.jpg caption="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.

Filed under: Tom Daschle
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Dave

    Yeah, we knew he'd sneak you in somewhere. Can't figure if BO is paying people back or is he being ordered to by his puppet masters.

    June 17, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. America First

    Congress...........PLEASE impeach obama.

    June 17, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Longhorn#1

    OH MY GOSH! Ted Dashle is a Moron and not worthy of choosing anyone. Please get rid of this man and Pelosi.

    June 17, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Obama breaks another promise

    Obama Obama Obama He has broken yet another campaign pledge by hiring this tax fraus and tax cheat. Obama promised us higher standards, but he has in fact demonstrated and practiced standards lower than Watergate and Nixon -- What a liar

    June 17, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. Claudia in Houson

    Glad to know Daschle is back, he has so much more to offer.

    June 17, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Baccus

    What are her qualifications? Is she the "best qualified" or the "Best connected" which seems to be the hallmark for anything "Obama".

    June 17, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. beverly

    As usual, President Obama continues to choose "intelligence and brilliance" when selecting persons to work for the Administration. I am of the oinion Maya Soetoro-Ng is an awesome choice for this position. She, like Prseident Obama, is ver inelligent and is a person who will do exactly what the job requires, with honesty and hard work!

    June 17, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. Neilz

    Oh goodie. Nobody better to mentor the leaders of tomorrow than a corrupt tax dodger and a liar.
    I wonder how much he had to pay to get that post. It had to be cash. He certainly can't deliver any votes.
    More Change We Can Believe In.

    June 17, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Does anyone know Soetoro-Ng's background? Besides being the president's half sister, what is her educational and professional background. Is she a doctor or nurse? If she is going to serve on a committee that is dealing with the reform/modernization of health care in the country, she should have some background in understanding it.

    June 17, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. Carole

    Thank goodness. Congratulations Mr. Daschle.

    All the tax comments.....you can have two people do your taxes and both will come out with a different end result. This is getting pathetic how the Rethugs are.

    June 17, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. munchmom

    Well this speaks well of the continued excellent staffing of positions that the Obama administration is doing. Can he not surround himself with anyone but criminals who don't pay their taxes or have contact with slugs like Blago???? Give us a break, and quit pretending that we ALL approve of this administration's behavior!

    June 17, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Ivan

    To those who dream of any political candidate being so pure his/her crap doesn't stink, wake up. No one who is human can be completely without 'sin'. This is not a bible thumping comment, by the way.
    So far the only man worth his salt is President Obama, who seems to have nothing to hide and has not been 'caught' committing any crime. This in spite of the terrible sharks circling around seeking to destroy him and his reputation. I don't like politicians generally, but we need to give up the notion that selected candidates MUST be totally clean.
    Ain't no such animal!

    June 17, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    @Ann June 17th, 2009 2:02 pm ET

    and who is Maya Soetoro-Ng ?
    The President's half-sister!

    June 17, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. TRUTH

    Dashle is smart , he knows and said bush/cheney are bad for this country,and he lost his job as minority leader for being correct. Obama should give him a job for telling the truth before this country found out the destruction from bush/cheney. The gop is gone GO DEMS

    June 17, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Alfred E. Neumann

    Please, someone make sure to count the silverware before Tom Daschle leaves.

    June 17, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    Perfect. Let's have a tax cheat choosing White House Fellows.

    June 17, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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