Last Updated Nov 26, 2008 2:32 PM EST
Summers said things like "it is a restoration of trust that is the essence..." and that regaining trust "is a process that takes time."
It sounds oddly like the financial system was having an affair, and the economy has found out and feels wounded.
It will be hard to have much of an economy with the financial system sleeping in the basement. So, here's what the government has to make sure the financial system does, according to relationship site Ehow:
Be completely honest about its misdeeds. All of them.
Answer every question. Patiently. With empathy.
Stop behaving badly.
Don't think it can dictate when all should be forgiven.
Don't cheat again.