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Tim Geithner Has Two Requests

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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.

Request Number Two: caption this photo:

Geithner Shows Benefit of Having Treasury Chief With Jump Shot [Bloomberg]


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?