Does the President know what excuse means?
"As you can well imagine, I am deeply embarrassed and disappointed by the errors that required me to amend my tax returns. I apologize for the errors and profoundly regret that you have had to devote time to them." --Tom Daschle in a letter to Sens. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Charles Grassley (R-IA)
"I disclosed this information to the committee voluntarily and paid the taxes and any interest owed promptly. My mistakes were unintentional." –Daschle
"Tom made a mistake, which he has openly acknowledged. He has not excused it, nor do I. But that mistake and this decision cannot diminish the many contributions Tom has made to this country." --President Barack Obama
By calling it a "mistake" (cough, yeah right, cough), Tom Daschle IS excusing his failure to pay taxes. To not excuse it would be to say, 'I failed to pay my taxes in accordance with the law. I am sorry.'
Instead, one of the many liberal hypocrites attempts to "make up" for his "mistake" by hiding behind the idea that he disclosed it "voluntarily" (read: I realized that this would be a problem when the Obama vetting team uncovered my "mistake" so it was decided that I'd better come clean).
I wonder if he paid the penalties as well as the interest owed. After all, he is a tax cheat and the IRS should enforce the laws to the letter.