I had no idea until the NYTimes reported it earlier this week that our Treasury Secretary once lived in India:
Geithner was born in New York City but spent most of his childhood in other countries, including present-day Zimbabwe, Zambia, India and Thailand where he completed high school at the International School Bangkok. [Link]
And while in India, Geithner needed some ironing done. Why can’t we buy those big ol’ irons here? My shirts are never pressed as well as they are in India.
This looks like a drugstore. Did he need to pick up some Immodium?:
Here is the takeaway from the trip as Geithner heads into meetings with India’s rival China:
India and the United States have launched a new economic partnership that offers “huge opportunities” for both countries, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said Tuesday during a two-day visit to India aimed at strengthening ties with one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.
Although few details were disclosed, Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee invited U.S. companies to invest in the country’s booming construction industry, which is building airports, railroads and a planned 4,400 miles of highway a year in an effort to make freight traffic more efficient while spreading wealth to India’s rural areas.
“Geithner’s goal in the talks in India on Tuesday will be to give more prominence to U.S.-Indian relations, which have taken a back seat to Washington’s ties with China in recent years,” said Rani D. Mullen, a South Asia expert at the College of William and Mary. [Link]
So basically I can’t point to any tangible results. This was more like “Hey China, look. We are meeting with your rival before meeting with you. You should be more cooperative or we will do more business with India.” But I like the pictures.