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Posts Tagged ‘Tim Geithner’

Starbucks Faces Wrath of White House Reporter

CBS Radio White House Correspondent Mark Knoller has become legendary for his rants on Twitter. Today, he is having a hard time with his local Starbucks. On his way into the White House, Knoller stopped off for breakfast and tried to use a 50 dollar bill (must be nice) to pay for his breakfast, which was less than 10 dollars. When they explained they don’t take bills as large as $50, he took to Twitter and did what any normal person would do — he wrote the Secretary of Treasury.

We’re sure Tim Geithner is going to get RIGHT on this, Mark. Knoller continues,

Lucky for Knoller, he had ten singles in his pocket and was able to pay the bill with that. We’re guessing he didn’t tip.

We asked Knoller for comment on how he resolved his breakfast crisis, but he grew sheepish about responding. “I don’t want to make more of this than a few tweets,” he wrote FBDC. “But thanks.” (Really? You don’t want to make more out of this, but you do what any self-respecting White House reporter would and you write the Treasury Secretary about it? Just a little late for backtracking now.)

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“Squawk” Cashes in on Jobs Summit Coverage

Previewing the White House jobs summit, CNBC’s “Squawk Box” is coming back to Washington, broadcasting from the Treasury Department’s Cash Room. (Yes, Cash Room. Doesn’t everybody have one?)

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner will even join anchors Joe Kernen, Becky Quick and Carl Quintanilla at the top of the broadcast from 8-8:30amET.

GQ‘s “50 Most Powerful in DC” List: One Degree of Obama

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Forget Kevin Bacon.

President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden may be excluded from GQ‘s “50 Most Powerful in DC,” but looks like most of the list’s top half are one degree of separation from the West Wing.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, Senior Advisor David Axelrod, Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner and National Economic Council Director Larry Summers (tie), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former VP Dick Cheney and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts round out the top ten. The list may be a changing-of-the-guard from the Bush administration, but it’s a DC no-brainer.

Your DC media types are represented by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos at #31, Politico‘s John Harris #43 and The New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer and NYT‘s Scott Shane tied at #27.

Politico points out White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, though #20 on the last list, did not make the cut this time around.

The mag will celebrate the list with a party tonight at 701. And though obviously overlooked for “50 Most Powerful,” FBDC will be there. Check back tomorrow for dets.

The complete list, as polled by “journalists, congressmen, lobbyists, think tankers, and influence peddlers,” can be found here.

FishPoolDC: Our Insider’s Notes from Today’s Briefing

JK! LOL!: Correspondents donned their Sunday best and straightened their ties and posture amid rumors that Press Secretary Robert Gibbs would bring another special buddy to the briefing room today. When he arrived with his usual team, audible groans led him to offer to walk out again to a standing ovation, but reporters were too deflated to play along. Meanwhile, POTUS would be meeting with Special Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner later this afternoon….

Robot Gibbs: Iran was in the spotlight again with more pressure on Gibbs to clarify the line between meddling and ignoring the massive post-election protests there. RG declined to engage in the back-and-forth that many Congressional members (e.g. McCain, John) have used to criticize the “soft” WH reaction, and also avoided commenting on what might push POTUS to take further action. Gibbs, to some skeptical laughs, argued that there is “no debate in the White House” about the response, “no difference of opinion” and “everybody’s on the same page.” Pressed on the absence of healthy debate in the West Wing, Gibbs said there was a “belief by all here” that the American government and people would not be involved in picking Iran’s leader. He shut down the argument with, “We walk around like robots, Chip,” sarcastically chiding the CBS correspondent.

Lovin’ Lisa: Banking regulation and healthcare questions were side notes today, but the room grew most animated in an exchange initiated by Chicago Sun Times’s Lynn Sweet, who asked about the WH’s would-be secret meeting last Friday with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan — presumably about her prospective Senate run. Gibbs repeated that the Obama team would not be picking a candidate, but struggled to beat back questions about what a West Wing meeting meant for supporting Madigan’s potential run. POTUS has “enormous respect” for Madigan, Gibbs said, noting emphatically that he “sat next to her in the state senate!” Asked if POTUS would then pledge to meet with other candidates in the race, RG noted that “the address is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.” Let the door-knocking begin!