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.
April 18, 2006: Bush says Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld "is doing a fine job.... I have strong confidence in Don Rumsfeld."
November 8, 2006: Rumsfeld resigns.
Lag time: 6 months, 21 days.
October 27, 2005: Miers withdraws her nomination.
Lag time: 22 days.
Average: 86 days. Talk to you in June, Tim!