former Treasury Secretaries

  • 08 May 2014 at 3:33 PM

Tim Geithner Man Enough To “Round Down”

On a Saturday in late April, I called Geithner for the last time to talk about the Volcker Rule and a few personal facts. (“I’m almost 5-9, just below 5-9. 5-8-and-¾, something like that. You can round down, you can say 5-8. I’m relatively secure in my height.”) [NYT Magazine]

  • 16 Sep 2013 at 4:34 PM

Tim Geithner Wondering If This Thing Is On

For the last number of years, even as he was still working at Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner made no bones about the fact that for him, working in Washington was like a prison sentence with no hope of parole. Time and time again he asked to bet set free and time and time again he was told no, he wasn’t allowed to go home just yet. So when he finally busted out of there this summer, it was obvious to anyone who’d watched him attempt to scale the walls of the city numerous times in the past that he did not intend to return, not as a government employee and maybe not even as a guest, not even for a Ben’s Chili Bowl. And yet for some reason, people will not stop asking him when he plans to come back (answer: never) and then refusing to believe him. Read more »

Now all my life, if I’m really exhausted, I get the dry heaves. It sounds like I’m really sick, because I make a lot of noise. Rahm Emanuel came by. Harry Reid offered to get a doctor. I said I didn’t need it. I play tennis with Wendy, and a couple of times in the hot sun I’ve had the dry heaves. Our opponents thought it was a tactic. Wendy would say, “Hey, get back out here. That’s disgusting.” Of course, it would throw the other people off. In this instance it wasn’t a tactic, but I know that it helped accelerate things. [Bloomberg]

What did then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson think of the big bonuses banks paid out circa the financial crisis? While he didn’t say anything at the time, apparently the only thing standing between said banks and HP’s fists was the fact that Paulson was able to successfully talk himself out of going down there* and showing everyone how he earned the nickname “Dirty Thunder” back at Dartmouth. After holding his tongue for five years, Paulson finally decided to open up and tell Andrew Ross Sorkin how he really feels. Read more »

He’s also ruled out War And Pissed Off, No, Go Fuck YOURself, John Mack, Once I Think I’m Out…Tim Geithner’s Treasury Department, My Own Personal Guantanamo Bay, and Fucking Lettuce, much to our dismay. Read more »

You would think that after busting his ass for four miserable years, getting (figuratively, that we know of) pissed on by his boss, fucked with by Joe Biden, shat on by heads of public companies, and bitched out by John Mack, that things could go his way, just once. That after having surgery to remove a gigantic kidney stone, being forced to watch his vacant Larchmont home sit on the market, having to reduce his asking price for a first and then second time, the stars could once– just once!– align in his favor. You would think all of this, but you would be wrong. Read more »

  • 18 Mar 2013 at 5:07 PM

Someone Please (Please?!) Buy Tim Geithner’s House

Curbed reports the former treasury secretary has listed his 2,537 square foot Bethesda home, purchased when he took the Washington gig, for $995,000. Read more »

After saying as recently as 6 months ago that he wasn’t a book writing kind of guy, the former Treasury Secretary, as predicted, has agreed to a deal with Crown Publishing to “chronicle how decisions were made during the most harrowing moments of the crisis, when policy makers faced a fog of uncertainty, risked catastrophic outcomes, and had no institutional memory or recent precedent to guide them.” No word on whether or not the above working title will make the final copy but surely we can expect this incident to be discussed at length. [WaPo, earlier]