Another embarrassment for the man appointed by President-elect Barack Obama to take the helm of the Treasury Department. As Timothy Geithner stood to be sworn-in before the Senate Finance Committee, lawmakers gasped as he was not wearing any pants.
"It felt a little chilly in here," The Treasury Secretary-nominee remarked after Sen. Jon Kyl (R- Ariz.) called a point of order. Kyl sought a determination from the chair as to whether a designee could testify "with that thing sticking out."
Revelations about his failure to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes while working for the International Monetary Fund, among other tax infractions have recently surfaced. Geithner's initial hearings had been postponed because the candidate failed to show up for the three previous gatherings.
An Obama transition-team spokesperson revealed that the former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York had intended to attend the scheduled Capitol hearings.
However, Geithner appeared at a White Castle restaurant in Toms River, NJ, on January 14th; a metal replica of a T-Rex in Harmon's School, DE, the next day and the Atomic Cannon in Aberdeen, MD, on Friday. "At least he was trending toward where the actual hearings were being held," said the unnamed Obama press person.
After wrapping the exposed portion of his body in an official Senate gym towel, the 48-year-old delivered opening remarks that focused primarily on fly-fishing, one of his favorite spare-time activities.