Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's new book is full of revelations, but one tidbit perfectly illustrates the incestuous relationship between Hollywood, pop culture and politics in the Obama White House.
According to a breakdown provided by The Daily Beast, President Barack Obama was desperate to keep Geithner at Treasury and used all of his powers of persuasion to convince his wife that the nation needed him there. Apparently, Mrs. Geithner was unpersuaded by the dazzling verbal prowess of President Obama, so the greatest communicator of our generation had to call in the big guns: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Congressional Republicans aren’t the only ones who find the president unpersuasive. Obama worked on Geithner’s wife, Carole, one-on-one to get her husband to stay on as treasury secretary, but she wasn’t exactly amenable, he writes. So the president ended the talk and dropped her off with Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, saying they knew about the difficulties of spending time apart.
The Oscar Award-winning actor and his actress wife were running interference for POTUS so Treasury could keep their leader. This speaks volumes about the ability of the President to make his case to Mrs. Geithner, but it also raises the on-going concern over this White House's use of celebrity and Hollywood as tools at their disposal.
What's more troublesome, that the President needed a Hollywood actor for this duty, or that the actor complied?