Obama Embraces Responsibility: 'I Screwed Up'
President Obama did a series of television interviews Tuesday with the intention of promoting his stimulus plan. But with two of his nominees withdrawing from contention over tax problems, the conversations naturally veered off-topic. Charlie Gibson reports on Obama's ABC sit-down:
[T]hose were the first questions -- about Tom Daschle, about Nancy Killefer and about Timothy Geithner, who, though confirmed, still didn't pay all of his taxes. And Obama said, Well, it's my fault. He took responsibility.
We said, "Was it an embarrassing day, Mr. President, for this administration?" And he said yes, this is an embarrassment. And he takes responsibility for it. He's the one who, in his inaugural speech, talked about an era of responsibility, saying there can't be two sets of rules for the people in Washington and for the people back home who pay their taxes. Nonetheless, it is an embarrassment for the administration.