He has drawn criticism, however, for relying too heavily on former members of Bill Clinton's administration. He has asked for waivers from his own directive to not allow former lobbyists work in agencies they once lobbied, and liberals have worried that his eagerness to win cooperation from Republicans has been at the expense of a liberal agenda.
After a closed-door session before the Senate Finance Committee Monday, Daschle apologized and said his failure to pay taxes was unintentional.
"I deeply apologize to President Obama, to my colleagues and the American people," Daschle said. "I would hope that my mistake could be viewed in the context of 30 years of public service."
The failure by the former Senate majority leader to pay taxes on the free use of a car and driver for several years was first reported by ABC News.
Obama did succeed in having Eric Holder confirmed today as the country's new attorney general, but that occurred only after a bruising two-week confirmation process.