Today’s Qs for O’s WH – 3/26/2009

By Nitya

Mar 26, 2009 3:28pm

TAPPER: There were a couple questions that were on your website that were not asked (at the virtual town hall meeting) that I thought were interesting, that — I wanted to just get an answer from you here, since they weren’t the top vote-getters. One was from Jason in Detroit.  He said, "Will we ever see any CEOs go to jail for destroying the economy?"  I think that’s a question probably a lot of voters wonder about.  And then I have one more after that.

GIBBS:  Right.  I do believe — I’d have to look up exactly who, but I think there are executives that were part of accounting scandals that are currently serving time in jail, and I know that –

TAPPER: You’re talking about Arthur Andersen?  Or you’re –

GIBBS:  I think — I don’t know if Ken Lay ever went to jail or died before he got there.  But I know that executives have been convicted of fraud in the past.  And the president and the Justice Department are concerned about financial fraud and have invested resources to ensure that fraud is rooted out, caught — and that people that conduct it are put in jail.   

TAPPER: Okay.  And just one more, if you’ll indulge me.  This is –

GIBBS:  Mm-hmm.  Sure.
                   

TAPPER — from Peter in Oregon.  He said, "I appreciate the efforts of the administration to fix the economy quickly.  However, why aren’t you giving the American public the chance to review these bills?  In your campaign, you promised we would have at least five days."

GIBBS:  I believe, except for the stimulus bill — I’ll double-check on this –

TAPPER: Don’t — I don’t think you’ve been doing it.  I might be wrong, but I don’t –

GIBBS:  I’ll check.  I think a number of the bills have been up for five days.  I’ll get exactly — I think, in fact, a — on at least a couple of occasions, we’ve not signed bills when we would normally plan to, so that some of them could be reviewed.

TAPPER: So that is a commitment the president intends to uphold –

GIBBS:  Mm-hmm.  Mm-hmm.  (Affirmative.)

- jpt

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