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What Exactly IS Tim Geithner?

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Well, he's not a banker.

"I'm a lawyer and you're a banker," Silvers said at one point during a disagreement over the way the public's exposure to risk was being presented in a chart.
Geithner interrupted: "I've always been in public service," he said. Silvers went on, "But you were a banker."
"I've never been a banker," Geithner said.

He's not a lawyer.

I'm not an attorney, Congressman, so it would be hard for me to say.

He's not a regulator.

Ron Paul: "Well...any way. Any time a regulator comes in and says you're guilty of something Why doesn't the government have to prove he's guilty? Why can't we assume..."
Geithner: "Is that a criminal violation... or?"
Ron Paul: "Civil or criminal. Why not? I mean that's a principle that's been around for more than 1000 years, at least 800 years."
Geithner: "I'm not a regulator nor a lawyer unfortunately, so I'm not sure I can give you an adequate answer to that, but I'd be happy to think about it a little bit and get back to you.

So what the hell is he?
Geithner: I've Never Been a Banker [The Wall Street Journal]


Let's Help Tim Geithner Name His Book

As you may have heard, Obama is apparently close to nominating Jack Lew for Treasury Secretary, giving Tim Geithner his late Christmas wish: a one-way ticket outta there. And while he's previously said to have no interest in writing about his time in Washington (and at the NY Fed before that), friends o' TG claim that his plan for the next year or so involve "a round of 'detox' and writing a book." Obviously we're still very far off from anything concrete but publishers will undoubtedly be banging down his door in no time and when they do, it might be nice to at least have a title to wet their palates. While Geithner packs his bags, let's do him a solid and come up with some options. The year spent sunning himself off the coast of Ko Samui (or puttering around Larchmont, or taking a job with the least amount of responsibility possible, whatever the detox entails) will presumably do wonders to take the edge of the last 48 months but if he's still in an angsty phase by the time he sits down to bang out his story, perhaps one of the following would work?