What, me hurry?

How long will it take the president to veto a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq?

Published April 26, 2007 7:57PM (EDT)

The White House has sent out e-mail messages every single day for weeks now complaining that it's been 56 or 67 or 78 days or whatever since the president sent his "emergency" supplemental war spending bill to Congress. So now that both the House and the Senate have signed off on the bill -- albeit with the timetable the president says he can't accept -- can we expect that the president will veto it right away?

Well, you'd think. But at the White House today, Dana Perino made it clear that she's not too clear about when the president might act. "I'm not going to put a time on it," she said. "But I think -- it will be very soon. We need to see when we get the bill. But it will be very soon. Obviously, the president has said that we need to get the process over with, in terms of them sending him a bill and him vetoing it so that we can take the next step. So it will be soon, but I can't give you a date or time."

Our bet, if it gets there in time: Friday afternoon, right about 5:30 p.m., all the better to get lost over the weekend when Americans won't be paying much attention to a president who's ignoring their will.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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