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When Barack Obama takes over Tuesday one of the most influential and visible members of this team will be white house press secretary Robert Gibbs and Robert welcome to FOX News Sunday thanks -- thanks let's start with the inauguration give us a preview of what Barack Obama's -- -- well I think -- -- -- You'll hear.
On on Tuesday around -- will be a very familiar to people who watch the campaign.
But they'll be heavily infused with this notion of of responsibility in getting there.
Our country back on track.
-- he has clear schedule from virtually everything last weekend.
-- sat down and and rode out.
The bulk of the speech.
As it is now and I think he's relieved to have something.
On paper ready to give on Tuesday now when you say responsibility -- -- saying he's gonna ask for personal sacrifice their personal responsibility.
Probably from the American people well I think this that you need you know we we need or responsibility and accountability certainly in.
The way our government acts we have to have it certainly within.
Many of our financial institutions.
This sort of gotten us to where we are in this economic crisis today.
The American people are all going to have to give some.
What's important though is ensuring that those that have had the short end of the stick for the last few years make sure that they get the help that they need.
That this administration begins to create the jobs and give some financial stability -- families.
Some -- feel hopeful about going forward.
You know that the great thing about our democracy in our country.
Is we always find ourselves a crossroads.
And we always find ourselves.
-- this country always has doing what is necessary.
This country and they -- -- the lives of the American people.
Better for each and every generation I don't.
Talk about -- gonna talk about the responsibility.
Of the financial institutions I remember in 1933.
I remember I read about it FDR talked about the money changer is a -- -- in that speech or in subsequent action.
Gonna get tough with financial institutions and say get -- get going let's get this economy going again Chris there's no doubt that if.
We don't do that.
Nothing is gonna get this economy moving in there are no silver bullets.
The president elect and his team have been working.
With members of Capitol Hill to get an economic recovery and reinvestment plan moving as quickly as possible we have to get a financial stability package.
That works far differently than what we've seen over the past few months.
Win when this country.
Lends money to banks and buys a stake in those banks.
Those banks have to win that money to small businesses and families that are looking to buy cars or send their kids to school we have to do things differently in a more transparent way.
We have to ensure that the American people feel confident that.
The stakes at their buying in these banks -- that money isn't going.
Simply directly into the pockets of executives that got us into this mess we have to do things differently we're gonna ask that the financial sector.
Reform itself not reform itself but be involved in -- reform that.
Asked them to do things.
Far differently than they've done in the past few years we have to get ourselves out of this mess and only by demanding more about the financial institutions will be will we be able to do that.
On his first full day in office mr.
Obama will reportedly meet with the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Will he keep his campaign promise and tell them right -- that they have a new mission to get us out of Iraq he will Chris but.
He he's he's interest did it in his first -- gonna meet with the his economic team to see where we are on an economic recovery and reinvestment plan.
They're -- create millions of jobs and do so in a transparent and accountable way.
So the American -- people can feel confident.
That things are moving in the right direction.
And also meet with military advisors.
To talk about the conflicts in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
The goal of the meeting certainly as it relates to Iraq is too.
Is to keep our commitment to remove responsibly and safely our troops are combat brigades over the course of the next sixteen months.
To give the Iraq but it's more of your mission is to get out of Iraq.
Given those provides -- absolutely but we are very interest and the president elect and the vice president elect.
Are very interested in hearing from military commanders both here and on the ground.
About what that entails and just as I said a minute ago but what's also key is we have to give more responsibilities.
To the Iraqis.
As we remove our troops safely in response there are also reports that the president elect as soon as he becomes president.
We'll issue in the first 24 hours a series of executive orders.
On -- Well I think it's safe to say that next week.
Ethics and transparency.
In government and how it relates to senior White House staff and members of departments and agencies.
We're gonna close the revolving door let's people come into government and then.
Leave quickly to go lobby the government that they were just in I think you'll -- stuff on I think obviously you've seen mentioned.
The closure of the process for the closure of Guantanamo Bay I think you'll see a series of things where the president will keep his commitments that he made during the campaign.
I would be remiss if I didn't say.
We did not get.
He we do not get into the situation overnight.
Problems in the challenges that our country face didn't happen all last week they've been building for years it's gonna take.
It's gonna take us some time everything -- to be done in the first month.
Of this administration but we're gonna work hard each and every day to bring change to Washington and bring hope and confidence to the American people.
Let me ask you about that because as you just heard -- discuss with speaker Pelosi house Democrats have come up with an 825.
Billion dollar economic stimulus plan.
Is that the -- -- -- plan.
Or is he open to Republican criticism about needing more tax cuts and less -- -- -- -- that the president elect went up to Capitol Hill as one of the very first things that he did when he got to Washington earlier in January.
He -- would Democrats and Republicans the leadership on both sides of congress and said if you've got a good idea then let's talk about.
He's willing to listen to any of the ideas that Democrats Republicans have he's often been quoted as saying that he doesn't think the good ideas in the province of simply.
One person or one political to the house plan -- not.
The end point is the starting well we we've all watched Capitol Hill and as -- as -- You go from a proposal to what the president expects to sign into law by President's Day recess.
We understand is going to be some give and take in that we've already seen some give and take.
We we think.
We're gonna have the best plan possible that we're gonna get ideas from across the political spectrum from Democrats and Republicans.
As long as they do a few things as long as they get this economy moving again.
Do we save or create the millions of jobs that we're gonna lose if if congress in this president don't act swiftly.
And surely to get something in front of the American people that improves this economy -- -- you said a moment ago we didn't get into this Nelson -- a quick.
Period -- a short period -- -- we're not gonna get out of it.
That's the thing that we're beginning to hear it's in effect saying to the American people -- gonna have to be patient are we talking about a recession it goes.
Into next year in the 2010 well I think the American people understand is the president elect us.
That this economy is likely to get worse before it gets better.
And I think the American people and the pres elect understand also.
That it certainly gonna get far worse unless or until we act immediately.
Chris if we wait and wait and wait.
More and more people are gonna lose their jobs were gonna fall further and further behind credit is going to be harder to get.
People are gonna borrow money to go to college people are gonna borrow money to buy cars.
Congress and the president I think are both committed to acting.
-- getting an economic recovery and reinvestment plan.
On his desk and signed into law.
By mid February so that we can get this economy turned around quickly Treasury Secretary nominee Timothy Geithner we know now that he did not pay back taxes.
Really -- -- Bagwell have let me finish he did he pay back taxes after he was audited in 2006.
But that he didn't -- -- some of the back taxes for 2001 and two until you guys were about to nominate him in November.
We also know that he claimed a tax deduction for sending.
His kids to sleep away camp which I have to say is the first I've never heard of that do you really want someone in charge as he will be a -- -- -- of the Internal Revenue Service.
Who has what even the New York Times calls such a cavalier attitude towards paying his taxes well I don't think mr.
Geithner has the cavalier attitude toward paying -- taxes.
I think there are two things that that -- the consensus in this town.
That and even as mr.
Geithner said he made.
He made some embarrassing but honest mistakes.
As an employee of an international organization.
Then all of that -- but not -- -- well -- little let me get this let me look at battle anyway this is larger answer Annika there's also consensus among.
Both Democrats and Republicans that Tim Geithner.
Has the intelligence.
And the experience.
To do this job.
-- -- somebody who's dedicated to public service and is the right person to steer.
This economy and lead the department of treasury that's not just me saying that's Democrats and Republican senators on Capitol Hill that understand it's important to have the Treasury Secretary in place.
And that Tim Geithner is the right man.
But -- but I keep hearing from your team and from president elect Obama innocent mistake honest mistake.
Here's a fellow who won.
Was audited in 2006 he was told pay back taxes because he hadn't paid the self employment tax for the I -- -- In 2003 and four he had done exactly the same thing and one and two but didn't pay the taxes and we now know that he was getting notices from the IMF which he signed which said.
He got up ladies on them but these self employment taxes it sure sounds like he was trying to get -- -- with some.
-- again mr.
Geithner has has has.
-- all -- taxes paid the interest.
In any of those back taxes.
These are honest mistakes if you go on the IRS web site.
You know six and a seven.
They've got -- Part of that web site that allows people that work for organizations like mr.
Geithner do it's it's of fairly common mistake that happens.
Geithner said this was embarrassing his -- and told him he didn't have further tax liabilities.
He's made amends for those mistakes.
You know Chris I'm I'm reminded this see if if you Iraq could make a mistake.
But still work in this town it's entirely possible that I wouldn't be able to finish this interview.
You might not be able to finish a series of interviews before they shut us down -- well I certainly wouldn't survive a senate compromise left.
Well I think mr.
got yours has has made honest and embarrassing mistakes that even he admits.
You know again the consensus is.
This is somebody who has the experience and intelligence and the dedication to public service to move this economy forward he's the right person for the job.
And we look forward to being sworn in very quickly is that finally -- -- a lightning round which we all around here of quick questions quick answers and I wanna talk about Robert Gibbs in your new job as white house Press Secretary.
Who do you work for the president or the people.
I work for both the president the people and the working press of the United States of America.
So to what degree do you see yourself as putting the best face the best spin on things.
To help politically your boss and to what degree is it your job to level with the American people well.
I can assure you -- that each and every day that I answer questions whether it's on your show or whether it's from the podium.
Of the briefing room of the White House the United States that I will always tell the truth.
Not only would I not be able to look at myself in the mirror any morning.
But I certainly wouldn't be able to do my job every day if I wasn't honest and frank and and truthful and in every answer that I give.
You know I understand that that I just -- -- -- -- -- -- I'm told in my office is almost equal distance between the Oval Office and the White House briefing room between the president and the press it's a unique role.
I want to make sure that.
I know the president fairly well I think the I think that what I wanna do each and every day is health.
The press understand a little bit about.
His decision making process what's going through his mind and endeavor to make sure that they have the information the access that they give you your -- -- the rules of the lightning round here.
-- Excuse forever telling a lie operational security.
It you know.
National security any excuse for telling that.
No there will be times in which old tell people that there are are things that I'm not gonna be.
Comfortable talking about I think the press understand that and I'm certainly I would never endeavored to endanger the lives of the men and women.
That protect me in the rest of this country each and every day what's your attitude towards links.
That they're frustrating at times there's no question about that.
The only thing that the thing that concerns me most about leases.
-- I get concerned that unless -- until I hear from the president that a decision has been made.
It always makes me nervous when information is out there there might not altogether.
Be accurate -- -- we will endeavor to make sure that any information is given to the press is completely accurate and it reflects.
The current thinking.
In the decision making of the president and finally again lightning round for a quick answer from you here.
You're and you were known for going after reporters during the campaign affect you -- -- Sometimes I used a sledgehammer -- sort of a fly slaughter.
-- -- -- about a press room no did I look forward to working with.
The press and and in making sure that they have the information access that they need from the administration.
And making sure that they have an understanding of what.
The president's thinking each and every day I look forward to a I think it's going to be a lot of hard work but I think it would be logged on.
Robert thank you thanks for coming on please come back and -- the next couple of guys we'll try.
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