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Tim Geithner Appeared To Consider ‘Beating The Living Shit Out Of’ TARP Inspector General Neil Barofsky, Choose To Slay Him With Dramatic Hand Gestures Instead

Barofsky met with Geithner in the fall of 2009 to express his concern that the Treasury Department had made TARP unpopular by not being fully forthcoming about how TARP was being used, including not forcing banks disclose how they were spending TARP funds. Geithner got dramatic, [Barofksy writes in his new book, Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street and said] ‘Neil, you think I don’t hear those criticisms? I hear them. And each one, they cut me,’ he said, pausing and then making an emphatic cutting motion with one hand as he said ‘like a knife.'” After a Geithner subordinate in the room, Herb Allison, expressed personal offense at Barofsky’s suggestion that Geithner has not been fully transparent, Barofsky responded, “I am not suggesting that the secretary has failed in transparency, I am stating it. Mr. Secretary, you’ve failed to be sufficiently transparent, and that is one of the reasons why people are so angry. But you can still fix it.” And that’s when the ticking time bomb that was Geithner erupted, telling Barofsky: ‘No one has ever made the banks disclose the type of shit that I made them disclose after the stress tests. No one! And now you’re saying that I haven’t been fucking transparent?’ Cooler heads prevailed, and the meeting went on, but Geithner never really came fully off the boil. “As we parried back and forth, Geithner repeatedly reached a pitch of anger, regaling me with detailed expletive-filled explanations that established my apparent idiocy. He would then calm himself down and give me a forced, almost demonic smile.” After the meeting was over, Barofsky and his deputy, Kevin Puvalowski, had a big laugh about it. ‘In all honesty, I think he was about to come out of his chair and beat the living shit out of you,’ Puvalowski remarked. [HuffPo]

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34 Responses to “Tim Geithner Appeared To Consider ‘Beating The Living Shit Out Of’ TARP Inspector General Neil Barofsky, Choose To Slay Him With Dramatic Hand Gestures Instead”

  1. Tim-eh says:

    The only thing Tiny Timeh can beat-up is his midget turbotax tax spreadsheet.

  2. Friday malaise says:

    How many Pol- ah forget it

  3. guest says:

    And whose army?

  4. guest says:

    I don't know why but the idea of two guys named Timmy and Neil getting in a fight makes me laugh.

    • WTF__k says:

      I'd picture it as a cartoonish and ineffective slap-fest, with many tears shed on both sides.

  5. guest says:

    Neil Barofsky isn't impressed by knife hand gestures. Back in Bogota they came at him with real knives.

  6. pazzo83 says:

    What means transparent?

    – National Bureau of Statistics, PRC

  7. guest says:

    “I am not suggesting that the secretary has failed in transparency, I am stating it."

    Suck on that Herb.

  8. Guest says:

    They obviously did not have this get-together at the NY Athletic Club.

  9. Kaaarrrrllll says:

    What a mouth on Lil' Timmy! Who woulda thunk it?

  10. guest says:

    Give him a break. Geithner's house in Larchmont was still on the market and his realtor was pestering him to drop the price. Stressful!

  11. Timmy says:

    Be careful, Neil, I kicked Chinese butt on the basketball court and I'll kick yours too.

  12. Guest says:

    Geithner looks like Dr. Janosz Poha from Ghostbusters 2 and nothing like Bill Crudup. That's all I've got.

    Big Gulps, huh? Well, see ya later.

  13. V. McCrudden says:

    Well, what a bunch of cordial fellows.

  14. guest says:

    Well done TImmy-san

    -Chris Webber

  15. Brett Michaels, CFA says:

    Hope that Timmy sang all of "Every Rose Has its Thorn", not just the "cuts me like a knife" verse.

  16. mr peanut says:

    I guess he showed Neil who's Neil

  17. Nell B. says:

    Tim Geitner can #HMD

  18. VonSloneker says:

    Based on the revalation of this new facet of Timmy's personality, I know who I'd cast to play him in the movie…[youtube JjAyazqtQj8 youtube]

    • guest says:

      This is amazing. Is the actual show as entertaining?

      • VonSloneker says:

        Yup, fucking hilarious. "Veep," on HBO is meant to be an American version of it, but doesn't pull it off.

        – Profanity Laden Entertainment Quant

  19. jerseyshorepatrol says:

    Wow that sounds like a really good deal. But I think I have a better one. How about I give you the finger?

    TG grunts…

  20. MHA says:

    Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me, you brain-dead dwarf.

    – Reported retort from Neil Barofsky

  21. Nick says:

    At the corner of Main and Elm street, thanks.

    Uh, huh… Ok. Yeah, I know… Ok, thanks, see ya there.

  22. Timmy says:

    I’ll bitch slap the shit out of you

  23. Guest says:

    Its time to hit the gym in a serious way when someone tells you that Tim Geithner was about to beat the living shit out of you.

  24. Conscience Conserv. says:

    Geithner believes confidence in the banking system trumps all other concerns. After all that's what his mentor Larry Summers believed . This is just another episode in a series of freebies including the famous 100% pay-off on AIG CDS contracts. Convincing Eric Holder not to prosecute Wall Street is yet another example.

  25. Mark B. says:

    <img src=""/>I'm entirely with Tim Geithner on this one. Do the right thing Tim! <img src=""/&gt;

  26. Smith says:

    Beat the crap out of him, nah. However, could probably headbutt him to death.