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Timothy Geithner (R-I)

By John Martin - Posted on 25 November 2008

Yesterday, Timothy Geithner was officially announced as President-Elect Barack Obama's Treasury Secretary.  You might know that Mr. Geithner worked at Treasury at the end of the Reagan Administration, and eventually served right under Bob Rubin and Larry Summers during the Clinton years.  You probably know that he's been the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York since 2003.  What you might not yet have heard is that Geithner is a former Republican (and now an independent.)

Not much has been made of this, which I take as being a very good sign.  The overwhelming majority of people just don't care about a person's political pedigree, so long as they're confident it won't interfere with his or her ability to do what's right.  In this case, there was zero concern among Democrats that Obama tapped a non-Democrat to play such an enormous role in the administration. 


I don't know a lot about him, but everything that I have read is very positive about his background and abilities. 


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In this case, there was zero concern among Democrats that Obama tapped a non-Democrat to play such an enormous role in the administration.

That's pretty significant, and it means that the only big players complaining about possible partisanship in Obama's cabinet are those on the right. Of course, the loudest complaints are coming from the fringes of the media, and that's probably a good thing, as they always have something to complain about.

Edit: On second thought, they were complaining about Clinton Democrats taking up spots in the cabinet. My bad.


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I think the most interesting thing here is that we've heard nothing of his political affiliation.  You're right in that voters don't really care who is a R, D, or I as long as they can do the job well.  Most of us are weary of the partisan BS, and just want to get the job done.

It seems that the only ones who care about party are the ideologues on both sides.  They need to get over it, because a new day is dawning!!

It seems we will have a team who sees the need for a huge recovery/help for the middle class but also won't forget about restraint. This article sums it up pretty well. I did not realize Geithner is a former Republican who worked for Reagan. Nobody seems to be questioning his label but everyone seems to agree he is an excellent choice.

I have no doubt that Barack Obama is attempting to do exactly what he said he would do.  He continues to reaffirm my support and admiration.  Choosing Geithner is yet one more reason why we continue to have hope for the future.

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