Obama Cabinet Ethics: Tom Daschle & Nancy Killefer nominations Ended Due to Tax Troubles … “I screwed up” … “tired of being in the White House”


No matter what “The One” says … There are two sets of rules, one for prominent people and one for ordinary folks who have to pay their taxes. Obama nominees Bill Richardson, Tom Daschle and Nancy Killefer all out of Obama Cabinet on ethics issues.


President Barack Obama had promised the most transparent and ethical administration ever. So far he cannot even get through the vetting process without numerous issues with his nominees. Obama’s recent disastrous political choice of nominees has left “The One” to only make one comment … “I screwed up.” So much for that ethical high ground that Obama talked about for 2+ years during the campaign. It would appear that of Obama had really wanted to be ethical, he would have never have nominated them in the first place, not wait until the fire storm began opposing his cabinet choices.

Yesterday, House and Human Services nominee Tom Daschle’s appointment ended before it began due to his tax troubles. However, it was not just Daschle who removed his name from consideration, it was Obama nominee Nancy Killefer as well. What was her issue, taxes of course. Obama talks about how it is important not “to send message that there aren’t two sets of rules – you know, one for prominent people and one for ordinary folks who have to pay their taxes.” Really, if that is the case President Obama, why is why did Timothy Geithner get a pass? Are you saying that Geithner did not get rewarded for his bad behavior because of two sets of rules? One might say that Geithner, who has been heralded as the only may in the United States who can fix our economy, should have know better than Tom Daschle and paid his taxes.

Barack Obama on Tuesday gave up his nomination fight for Tom Daschle and a second high-profile appointee who failed to pay all their taxes, fearing ugly confirmation battles that would undercut his claims to ethical high ground and cripple his presidency in just its second week. “I screwed up,” he declared.

“It’s important for this administration to send a message that there aren’t two sets of rules – you know, one for prominent people and one for ordinary folks who have to pay their taxes,” Obama said in one of a series of interviews with TV anchors.

“I’m frustrated with myself, with our team. … I’m here on television saying I screwed up,” Obama said in an interview on NBC’s “Nightly News with Brian Williams.” He repeated virtually the same words in several other interviews.

BTW, did anyone catch the comment made by Obama,“We were just tired of being in the White House.” Didn’t he just get there?

 Did the Daschle debacle really humble Obama or did it just teach him a lesson that even the Obamamessiah cannot get away with everything? Humbled no, embarrassed yes! No one has told Obama no since he began his run for the White House. He was given a free ride at every turn. Now, Obama actually faces some obstacles and reacts to the pressure. So with all the happenings that occurred on Obama’s rockiest day as President, he did his best version of a Southwest commercial … Wanna Get Away. Barack, this is hardly going to be your most trying time as President, one may want to show a bit for fortitude in the face of difficulty. When the going gets tough, leave?

On the rockiest day of his young administration, President Barack Obama did what surely made him happy for a while.

He left.

With little notice, the president and first lady Michelle Obama bolted the gated compound of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in their tank of a limousine on Tuesday. They ended up at a Washington public school, greeted by children who could not care less about the collapse of a Cabinet secretary nomination.

As Little Green Footballs states, He’s only been there for two weeks, but already Barack Obama is “tired of being in the White House.”

UPDATE I: Change we cannot and do not believe in

What happened to all those Obama campaign promises? Barack Obama stated that when he was President there would be “no more cozy lobbyists-in-government schemes, no more ethically-challenged appointees ignoring laws that apply to everyone else”. So what is the change?

As stated in the Washington Post, “For the American public, Daschle became the latest symbol of everything that is wrong with Washington — the influence-peddling and corner-cutting and sacrifice of the public good to private interest.” So where was Barack Obama to prevent such a symbol from even being presented to the American people? Obama promised change and all we have seen is the same old, same old.

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    20 Responses to “Obama Cabinet Ethics: Tom Daschle & Nancy Killefer nominations Ended Due to Tax Troubles … “I screwed up” … “tired of being in the White House””

    1. scott on February 4th, 2009 7:51 am

      Obama is doing serious spin now…He’s arrogant and he’s been involved in this sort of business back in Chicago.

      What about Geithner? He should be out too. He’s a cheater as well and he heads the IRS.

      Can’t blame Bush for this nor really anything else. This is his watch now and it really has not got off to a blazing start.

      The guy is going back on promises and campaign rhetoric. I doubt he really even believes the crap he spews.

      He is really lost right now.

    2. arubatraveladvisory on February 4th, 2009 9:01 am

      What about Rahm Emmanuel?

      You don’t think he has some ethics issues with the Blagojevich smear job?

      Though Blagojevich is a goof, do you think they have gone after him with a vengeance, as well as calling him mentally unstable, for a reason?

      I think Blago has some serious dirt on Rahm and Obama and a lot of ‘preemptive’ smearing is going on to discredit him. Watch how this corrupt scandal plays out.

    3. Michelle in MS on February 4th, 2009 9:30 am

      He knows he made promises that he can never keep, he just wanted to get elected and many of the American people bought into his false promises. His promise of hope & change. Is this the kind of change he was referring to?

      Now he’s in office and doesn’t have a clue what to do. His inexperience is catching up with him.

    4. Richard on February 4th, 2009 10:09 am

      Meanwhile, Bank of America (which got something like $77 billion in federal bailout money) spent $10 million on some kind of lavish party suite at the SuperBowl.

      Then again, I suppose, once you get $77 billion you can afford to cut loose a little … I guess that’s the way it wants to stimulate the economy.

      Why don’t we all form a bank, lend out money helter-skelter, go broke, and get bailed out? The sure-fire way to prosper today….

    5. Richard on February 4th, 2009 10:10 am

      By the way, Daschle’s wife, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal, is “a highly-paid lobbyist for the aviation industry.”

      Of course, there’s no conflict of interest there….

    6. txchic on February 4th, 2009 10:46 am

      love the way the dems are referring to daschle’s “limo & chauffeur” as a “car & driver”.

      richard, i wonder how many on capital hill are related to lobbyists? it’s sickening.

    7. John Brown on February 4th, 2009 11:02 am

      Daschle and Killefer have tax problems? Ha. For the rest of the citizens it would be called tax evasion. All assets would be frozen until the tax was paid in full.

    8. caesu on February 4th, 2009 11:37 am

      finally a President who doesn’t mind saying that he screwed up.

      still waiting for the previous President to do that.
      on MUCH more serious matters.

    9. LilPuma on February 4th, 2009 12:17 pm

      Have there been any estimates of how much of our deficit and debt to China could be eliminated if all of our politicians paid their taxes?

    10. 11B40 on February 4th, 2009 12:38 pm


      I’m tired of President Obama being in the White House, too.

    11. super dave on February 4th, 2009 12:41 pm

      this is one big cluster f*^k of democratic ignorance and greed. we as the citizens of this country should demand a detailed report of spending from the obamacrats on a monthly basis.
      as one auditor already stated, it will be impossible to tell where all this money is going and will not have much of an impact on the economy.

    12. Pat in Alabama on February 4th, 2009 12:53 pm

      Here a screw, there a screw, everywhere a screw up…

      All he has to do is say “I screwed up” and we are supposed to say “that’s alright Mr. President!” And how many times can he use a preemptive “I screwed up” to get a pass? Hope he doesn’t “screw up” and press the button.

    13. Greg on February 4th, 2009 1:08 pm

      What ever happened to “I will get it right on day one.” ? BO picks tax cheats, and or lobbyists to run the country.

    14. Maggie on February 4th, 2009 1:50 pm

      And Gaitner.. Rangel, Clinton and all the foreign money..plus pardoning Marc Rich, Holder, pardoning Marc Rich, one of the biggest tax fraud cases ever.. Really very,, veryyyy sick of my govt. since last summer..noone accountable, same people in place who led us on a train wreck, still collecting and filling their pockets, billions of dollars on bailouts with noone telling or showing what has been done with it..only to say it isn’t working, while they party on for millions.. and collect their ungodly salaries.. and the working class is wondering how will I buy groceries and make my house payment.. It all makes me sick.. Noone is being held accountable and they keep adding more creeps to the list.

      Gotta watch Nancy Pelosi say, 500 million americans lose their jobs every month…the video is called dumber than soap..


    15. Maggie on February 4th, 2009 2:02 pm

      and let’s not forget Bill Richardson.. All these people who don’t live by the laws but make laws and expect everyone else to follow them.. I wish more people would get upset by all of this and protest..

    16. super dave on February 4th, 2009 3:03 pm

      CAESU: read the news , your president had to admit screwing up. his house is imploding at a rapid pace. he has shown weakness to terrorists, exposed his throat to the wolves and is ripe for the picking.
      he has no idea whatsoever to do with the position he has bought. once he figured out that washington was not chicago , he is ready to bail.
      he has promised too much and now can’t deliver. he is empty and grasping at straws. he does not have the knowledge to run a mcdonald’s much less the white house.

    17. txchic on February 4th, 2009 3:43 pm

      here i thought the dems stood for the working bloke. isn’t that what they claim? i don’t know any union workers who are making enough to warrant cheating on their taxes nor perks such as limos & chauffeurs. people need to get a clue & quit voting like they’re sheep & just following.

    18. ANewGirl on February 4th, 2009 9:16 pm

      #4- Ceasu….finally a President who doesn’t mind saying that he screwed up?!?!? After less than 2 months in Office….this doesn’t exactly give me that warm, fuzzy feeling!!!!!!! Demonstrates a lack of good judgement & decision making, and Oh, Yeah—-EXPERIENCE.

      Like Rusty Bridges said yesterday-we might need to ask Micheal Phelps to pass that bong afterall…it’s going to be a long 4 years.
      & Don’t even get me going on the “stimulus package” either. What a freakin’ JOKE. My children’s Grandchildren are going to still be paying for that and the ones left holding the bag. Not very encouraging, is it? I’m not blaming Obama for it either—but just exactly what kind of Morons do we have in Congress, anyway?? I’m disgusted.

    19. scott on February 5th, 2009 8:28 am

      caesu – what does GW have to apologize for? Iraq? Hello. They just held elections with minimal if at all violence. Thanks to George BTW, but Obama will claim it.

      When you join the military, they train you to kill, to get ready for war. People die in wars.

      He has admitted he made mistakes, but he held to his convictions. We all know NOW that Obama does NOT stick to his.

      His half hearted apology was scripted and done for spin control.

      Talk about fear mongering. Obama is doing just that trying to get his stimulus, I mean, giant spending bill through…

      It will cost the tax payer $200K for each individual job created. How is he going to answer that?

      Face it, the House bill was a payback bill for throwing their support behind Obama. As President he should have never allowed those things in, in the first place.

      Face it, he has NO idea what he is doing. His head is spinning around and he’s lost.

      So what he apologized…the American public, the ones that actually pay attention are now turning on him. I’m not talking about the ACORN people in the hoods who voted for Obama just because he was black…

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