Welcome to the Smart Set. Today: Timothy Geithner's future, mapped out by his father-in-law, Prince Harry is going to be making a brief appearance in D.C. next month, and Jennifer Aniston's rep swears she isn't secretly scouting nice places to get married in Greece.
Oh, dear: it seems that Albert Sonnenfeld, father-in-law to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, informed a bunch of strangers at Bar Boulud on Thursday night that Geithner plans to step down after this fall's presidential election. The way Sonnenfeld told it to the five couples he didn't know who also happened to be seated at the restaurant's communal table, President Obama nominated Dartmouth president Dr. Jim Yong Kim to be head of the World Bank so Geithner could get the top job at his alma mater. Trouble is, it seems Geithner no longer wants that particular plum. "They offered him the presidency of Dartmouth," Sonnenfeld said. "But now he doesn’t want it. He wants something else.” (Probably the Ambassadorship to Yankee Stadium.) Sonnenfeld added that his daughter Carole is eager to leave D.C. so she'll no longer be forced to "hold her nose and entertain all these Republicans." The proud, indiscreet papa continued: "Some of them she actually liked, like Jim Bunning from Kentucky. But now he’s gone. Can you imagine having to entertain John Boehner and his wife, with his fake tan?” When asked for comment, a Geithner spokesman responded: “Interesting theory about Dartmouth, but to paraphrase Kissinger: ‘It has the disadvantage of being made up.'" [Page Six]
Prince Harry is going to be in Washington D.C. the night of May 7 to receive "the Atlantic Council's 2012 Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership" in recognition of his charitable work on behalf of veterans and their families. Good for him. We don't know anything about his itinerary yet -- save for the fact he'll "attend a party at the British ambassador's residence to meet teams of British and American veterans" before the award ceremony -- but we're confident he'll find a way to turn the night of May 7 into a prolonged, citywide reenactment of the last scene from Caddyshack. [People]