Gawker observes that Obama gave Tim Geithner and the country a glimpse of Tim Geithner’s future yesterday. He spoke through the White House press secretary, and he spoke in code, but the meaning was clear.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said this afternoon that Barack Obama has “complete confidence” in flailing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Which means he will be fired shortly. How long? Here’s a handy guide:
February 2, 2009: Obama is asked if he still supports Daschle’s nomination as Secretary of Health and Human Services after Daschle admitted his failure to pay more than $140,000 in back taxes. He responds “Absolutely.”
February 3, 2009: Daschle withdraws nomination, Obama tells NBC News, “I screwed up.”
Lag time: 1 day.
August 27, 2007: Gonzales resigns.
Lag time: 4 months, 4 days.