November 4, 2010

Jon Stewart, Economic Advisor?

The comedian spoke with Timothy Geithner in an off-the-record meeting

Probably not, but Bloomberg reported Wednesday that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner met with comedian Jon Stewart - off the record - in April. The news agency learned of the meeting through Geithner's appointment calendar on the Treasury Department's website.

According to Bloomberg's report, Geithner and Stewart met April 2 to "discuss the economy." The same day, the Labor Department announced that the economy added 162,000 jobs in March 2010.

"Jon Stewart is influential in America, so we took the opportunity for the two to meet and to discuss the economy," Treasury spokesman Steve Adamske told Bloomberg on Tuesday.

The same day Geithner met with Stewart, he also spoke with Sens. Chris Dodd, D-Conn.; Harry Reid, D-Nev.; and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Details from the meeting are unavailable, but Bloomberg noted that on April 3, Geithner announced a delay in the Treasury's report to Congress on "whether to accuse China of manipulating its currency."

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