Jackson Browne is known for his liberal political leaning, both through his music and his support of environmental causes. And so it might come as a surprise that he has a fan in US Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, who attended Jackson Browne’s show at the Wolf Trap in Virginia last week, according to Bloomberg.com.
Geithner was instrumental in coordinating the controversial financial bailout of troubled banks and insurance companies in 2009.
From the article:
Geithner, 50, is former president of the New York Federal Reserve. In an interview with Charlie Rose yesterday, taped before the concert, Geithner was asked to defend criticism that “you bailed out Wall Street, but you didn’t bail out Main Street.”
Geithner pushed back, saying that he was protecting “the average American from the failures in the failing financial system” and that “to have let it burn would have been much more damaging to Main Street.”
Geithner also told Rose he was “deeply offended” by criticism that he was too friendly to banks because of his time at the New York Fed.
His office, however, declined to say which Browne tunes the Treasury secretary favors most.