Confidence

Obama: I'm Keeping Geithner

Some may be calling for Treasury secretary Tim Geithner's head, but in an interview with 60 Minutes that will air on Sunday night, Obama says he'll stand by his man—in fact, he'll fight for him. In excerpts CBS released early, Obama jokes that, if Geithner attempted to jump ship, he'd tell him, "Sorry, buddy, you've still got your job." Obama noted that he'll need to win over Wall Street to make his new toxic asset buy back program work, but remained critical of their controversial bonus practices. He also fired back at former VP Dick Cheney, who recently criticized the new president's plan to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay and to stop torture once and for all. "How many terrorists have actually been brought to justice under the philosophy that is being promoted by Vice President Cheney?" Obama asked. "It hasn't made us safer. What it has been is a great advertisement for anti-American sentiment."