Internet newspaper The Huffington Post has obtained Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s appointment calendar, and duly “analyzed” it, by counting up the number of appointments Geithner took with various bankers, congresspeople and administration officials so far during his tenure.
Apparently Geithner met with Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein 38 times from January 2009 until March of this year. That means Blankfein beats out Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (35 meetings) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (a measly 25 meetings — perhaps Geithner is not only a crony capitalist but also a sexist as well).
Geithner also met most frequently with Wall Street CEOs during his initial months in office. He met with them more than Fed chiefs or heads of Congress. Either it’s time to break out the tinfoil hats, or it’s time to remember that in January 2009, the financial system was in the throes of a historic bailout in the Troubled Asset Relief Program. After a litany of decontextualized data points culled from the document, The Huffington Post issues a caveat, courtesy Steven Adamske, Treasury’s deputy assistant secretary for public affairs:
Adamske cautioned that the calendar isn’t a full recording of Geithner’s time atop Treasury, and that conclusions shouldn’t be drawn merely based on Geithner’s daily log.
On the other hand, there is a neat line graph, which is interactive. The segments light up and everything!