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What Should Tim Geithner's Next Job Be?

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It's not clear that he's going anywhere any time soon though Dick Bové has already stamped her seal of approval on Jamie Dimon's nomination for the Treasury Secretary's replacement. But, the analyst cautioned, while JD is hands down the best man for the job,* and Obama wouldn't be out of line simply locking TG out of the building and turning his office over to JD, the president must go about getting rid of Geithner carefully. Jazzy Jeff-style, while tempting, is not going to cut it. Firing Geithner requires a gentler touch, and a glowing letter of recommendation.

"The president must support his secretary and at the same time figure a way to ease him out of his position," the analyst explained. "So what is the solution? Clearly Mr. Geithner must, at some point in the next few months, be moved to a very prestigious position outside the Treasury."

Unfortunately, the CEO slot at Bank of America is unavailable. So what then? Blankfein's fluffer? That's certainly prestigious though I doubt he'll get the gig. Dancer at Beamers Cafe, Stamford's premiere leisure and entertainment facility? He'll apparently need to bring a valid passport or state identification to his audition but it doesn't say anything about needing to have your taxes in order, so that's a possibility. Stan O'Neal's caddy? Shepherd? Throw some ideas out there, he needs options.
*After the object of her fatal attraction, Ken Lewis.


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?

Now You Listen Here: Tim Geithner's Bags Are Packed

Earlier today, it was reported that Timothy P. Geithner has informed people that he "plans to leave the administration by the end of January, even if President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans haven’t reached an agreement to raise the debt ceiling." Will this actually happen? Those unfamiliar with the Treasury Secretary's attempts to leave his post in the past will say yes. He's leaving, ship-shape. Those who've watched TPG try and fail to bust out of Washington for the last nineteen months, however, know better. More than likely, he's not going anywhere and it's not because deep down inside he doesn't actually want to go home but because his bosses won't let him. Witness, if you will, a small sampling of examples in which his requests have been denied, either directly (via someone laughing in his face) or indirectly (by giving those who've applied to replace him the wrong directions to their interview):