Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Baghdad Bob Gibbs: White House Defends Ethics Standards

The Associated Press reported today that despite a federal investigation of one high-level nominee, the tax problems faced by a at least three high-level nominees, and at least 17 exceptions made to the no-lobbyists pledge, President Barack Obama's spokesman is defending the administration's ethical standards.
Robert Gibbs told reporters Tuesday, "The bar that we set is the highest that any administration in the country has ever set."

During a briefing filled with questions about Tom Daschle's decision to withdraw from consideration to be Health and Human Services secretary, Gibbs pointed to experts who describe the administration's ethics rules as the strongest in history.

He also said those experts recognized that Obama would need to make exceptions to his pledge to run an administration free of former lobbyists.
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