The new president admits he made a mistake...a mistake. How refreshing from the last president who NEVER made a mistake in his life. Obama: 'I screwed up' on Daschle appointment - CNN.com ng the nomination of Tom Daschle as his Health and Human Services secretary, saying Daschle's tax problems sent a message that the politically powerful are treated differently than average people. President Barack Obama is interviewed by CNN's Anderson Cooper on Tuesday. President Barack Obama is interviewed by CNN's Anderson Cooper on Tuesday. Daschle, the former Democratic leader in the U.S. Senate, withdrew earlier Tuesday as news that he failed to pay some taxes in the past continued to stir opposition on Capitol Hill. "I think I screwed up," Obama said in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper. "And, I take responsibility for it and we're going to make sure we fix it so it doesn't happen again."