The New York Times was kind to post a big PDF of Tim Geithner's schedule from when he was head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and I spent most of the morning wandering through it for items of interest. I've put some raw quantitative data -- who did he meet with, and how often? -- after the jump.
But the most interesting detail, in a way, is the dog that didn't bark: I can't find any mentions of Barack Obama, or Joe Biden, or transition head John Podesta in the entire schedule. There are a few scant references to meetings at the transition office -- about a half dozen in December and January -- but as far as I can tell there is no contact with the campaign or the president-elect before that, and no specific mentions of the president-elect at all. (The calendar runs from January 2, 2007 to January 11, 2009.) And since Geithner's November 4 schedule is packed from 7.30am to 7.15pm, I doubt the man had time to vote.
Other than that, there were, by my count:
--Fourteen meetings* with former Citigroup CEO Sandford Weill, who reportedly approached Geithner about becoming CEO of Citigroup himself. (Many of these meetings are private lunches.)
--Twelve meetings with Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack.
--Nine meetings with Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein.
--Eight meetings with former NYSE president and former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain.
--Seven meetings with JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon.
--Seven meetings with former Lehman Brothers CEO Dick Fuld.
--Seven meetings with Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit.
--Five meetings former Treasury Secretary and former Citigroup Chairman Robert Rubin.
--Five meetings with AIG CEO Edward Liddy.
--Three meetings with former AIG CEO Robert Willumstad.
--One "drink w/ Larry Summers." (Notable only because there is otherwise very little drinking on the schedule, and relatively little Larry Summers.)
--One tennis match with Alan Greenspan.
--One tennis match with two others and an unnamed "tennis pro"
--One listing of "Table Tennis Finals." (No word on whether Geithner was playing, or won.)
I use "meetings" pretty broadly -- it incorporates everything from a
conference call, to a reception dinner, to an intimate lunch. And I am
totally open to the possibility that my count is wrong. The PDF repeats
some calendar pages, and there are a lot of pages.
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