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Maybe Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has a future in American Express commercials.
Something like, “Do you know me? I am one of the most powerful men in America, in charge of federal bailouts and bank rescue plans. But even at the White House where my boss works, they don’t know my name….”
President Obama Wednesday night hosted a dinner for Congressional committee chairs in the East Room at the White House. The tablecloth-covered tables have elegantly-written nametags next to the gold-rimmed plates for the guests. One of the bigger names is the Treasury boss, who still found his seat even though his tag is misspelled “Geitner”.
Mr. Obama made brief remarks to the gathering before they ate, telling the guests, “We're not always going to agree on everything, but given how hard so many you are working, on both sides of the aisle, day in day out, we thought it was important for us to be able to step back for a moment, remind ourselves that we have things in common. Family, friends, laughter. And hopefully we will have a chance to appreciate each other a little bit, take a time out before we dive back into the game.”
Among those seated at the President’s table: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic House Whip Jim Clyburn and Republican House Whip Eric Cantor.
Advice for the next dinner, Mr. Secretary? Don’t leave home without it.
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