Hank Paulson is scheduled to address the press any minute now. While we wait, shall we predict what he might say? All I'm picturing right now is a re-staging of the picture at left, and some sort of declaration like, "I'm going to do to you what I did to my friend here. But with you I'll be less gentle."
What he actually said:
I'm very disappointed in today's vote. Leaders on both sides of the aisle have worked hard. I've spoken to them, and they're disappointed, too. Markets around the world are under stress, reducing available credit. Families, too, feel the credit crunch.* We're continuing to address the problem. I am committed to using all the tools I have to fix this. Our tool kit is substantial, but not sufficient. We've got much work to do, and this is much too important to simply let fail.
Q from reporter: Can the banking system withhold the pressure?
A from Paulson: Our banking system has been holding up.
*Really? I thought that's why this thing didn't pass? Because people who aren't on Wall Street supposedly don't understand the direness of the situation?