underestimate the Treasury Secretary

  • 25 May 2010 at 1:18 PM

Tim Geithner Has Two Requests

Request Number One: Challenge him to a game of your choice. Nok Hockey, tennis, jacks, Crossfire, fire ball, ping pong, rock paper scissors, mud-wrestling, Egyptian Ratscrew, kick ball, something weird and exotic with ever-changing rules you just made up on the spot. Doesn’t matter what it is, the important thing is that you underestimate him, smirk and think to yourself “this should be good.” Then watch as he flips you and your expectations on your back.

Geithner is a “sports nut and is up for playing or trying any sport someone suggests,” said Treasury spokesman Andrew Williams. “A lot of folks have underestimated Secretary Geithner in a lot of ways, and the basketball court’s one place where he’s been underestimated,” said U.S. Representative Rick Larsen, 44, a Washington state Democrat who played with Geithner and President Barack Obama at an Oct. 8 game at the basketball court on the White House’s South Lawn. He said he and Geithner covered one another during much of the game. “He definitely is a credible basketball player, one that you would choose to have on your team,” said Representative John Shimkus, an Illinois Republican who also played in the after-work contest. He has “good ball-handling skills” and he’s fast on the court, Shimkus, 52, said in an interview.

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