Former treasury secretary Timothy Geithner says White House told him to lie to the American people

In his new memoir Stress Test, former treasury secretary Timothy Geitner recalls at least one instance in which he was encouraged by the Obama White House to be less than truthful:

I remember during one Roosevelt Room prep session before I appeared on the Sunday shows, I objected when [White House senior advisor] Dan Pfeiffer wanted me to say Social Security didn’t contribute to the deficit. It wasn’t a main driver of our future deficits, but it did contribute. Pfeiffer said the line was a ‘dog whistle’ to the left, a phrase I had never heard before. He had to explain that the phrase was code to the Democratic base, signaling that we intended to protect Social Security.

An article about Geithner’s revelation was posted Monday morning on TheBlaze, and while it gained a decent amount of attention, it wasn’t a runaway, viral story. On radio this morning, Glenn wondered if the American people have grown so accustomed to hearing government mistruths, they hardly blink an eye at these types of revelations anymore.

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When Geithner was first being considered for the treasury secretary post in 2009, Glenn specifically remembers bringing up two key problems with his credentials and both were based on the fact that Geithner was a known liar.

“When Timothy Geithner’s name was being pushed forward [for treasury secretary], I know for a fact I said, A, you are putting him in charge not only of the treasury. So in other words… he’s in charge of your money and the guy has already been proven a liar,” Glenn said. “He cheated on his own taxes. He was a liar. So how are you going to put him in charge of your money? Do you believe that he’s the guy that would be the steward of your money? That was point number one.”

“Point number two that I said: You are also putting him in charge of the IRS. If you can’t trust him now in his own personal life, how do you trust him with the power of the IRS,” Glenn continued. “Look what’s happened. And if he’s already lied over and over again… in a position of real power already. Remember, he was one of the chairs of the Fed Central Bank in New York. How do you trust him? How do you trust him that when he gets into his position he’s not going to lie to you? That’s why I was against his nomination.”

As Glenn expected, Geithner has now admitted to be less than truthful. But as Pat and Stu explained, what Geithner was asked to do is really no different than what then-ambassador to the UN Secretary Susan Rice did in the aftermath of the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks or what White House Press Secretary Jay Carney does on a daily basis.

“Geithner’s a big guy – one of the top people in the Administration,” Stu said. “How many times do people like Susan Rice, for example, get the same advice and immediately do whatever they say?”

“How often does Jay Carney get that advice every stinking day,” Pat added, “because every stinking day they lie to us.”

Glenn watched this story trend on all day yesterday, and he was struck by the lack of firepower it had compared to other articles on the site. Then again, he wasn’t entirely surprised.

“This [story] is huge. This is the treasury secretary saying the White House told me to lie. That puts everything in question. And yet… it [only] became number one for about two hours yesterday until Anderson Cooper’s story about the Clippers came out and then it was bumped,” Glenn said. “I have been trying to figure out why. I think it is because people expect [it]. Of course they lied. That’s not news.”

“What would be news is that something would happen to him because of those lies. What would be news is someone is going to say, ‘Excuse me, Mr. Treasury Secretary, you were told to lie. Could you come in front of Congress and tell us what other lies were told?’ If there were any ramifications, that would be news,” he concluded. “The Benghazi story is not even getting any traction – even with Trey Gowdy – because no one believes, in the end, anything will happen.”

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Geithner, we already knew you were a lying bunch of socialist morons in the White House. Good luck selling copies of your book by stating the obvious. I’m sure all 8 of MSNBC’s viewers, and all 6 of CNN’s will glom onto it.

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  • landofaahs

    This is proof positive that Obama is a lying piece of —-.

  • Connor Kenway

    Glenn I mean really any free thinking person would know he was lying.

  • Lorraine E

    Aren’t the words “mistruths, disinformation, and misspeak” which are being used by politicians and the lame stream corporate press irritating? A LIE should always just be called a LIE. And who ordered Timothy Geithner to LIE??? I just love it when they blame the white house – the talking building – whenever they get caught lying or involved in illegal activities. Perhaps that way they can always ‘pass the buck’ and say, “I don’t know anything about that.” It’s that bad building which is responsible for all wrongs. The white house is wonderful scapegoat and perhaps the current administration would be much more honest if that nasty White House was demolished.

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  • landofaahs

    It seems Obama’s Babylonian wall of silence is beginning to crack. Mene Mene Tekel and Parsin.

  • Deckard426

    I hope and pray that when Geithner was in school, bullies beat the living snot out of him every single day!

  • suz

    i think tg’s already walking back some of the claims he made in his book.

  • Anonymous

    More superficial analysis by the rodeo clown . So the big “lie” is that Geithner was told to say on the Sunday shows that social security isn’t the main driver of the deficit. Anyone with half a brain would understand on the whole that social security contributes to the deficit. And anyone with half a brain would understand that the main drivers of the deficit were war spending, trade deficits, recession and medical expense.

  • Anonymous

    Shouldn’t those who read his book or know of its contents then wonder what else the administration is lying to us about? Shouldn’t this send up a red flag to anyone who voted for him? If it doesn’t how do they defend it? The Republicans have been enablers for a long time. When the left kept hounding Romney over his taxes why didn’t they say anything about the tax evaders in the Obama administration? The Republicans are sycophants they feed the bullies and give them our lunch money.

    I just don’t understand how everyone can complain about lobbyists and still keep voting in the same mistakes. We keep electing the same mistakes and expect different results. The only way to eliminate lobbyists is to constantly change the players. If we keep voting these CONgressional prostitutes out of office lobbyists will start to lose money. They will pour money into people We the People vote out thus losing millions and losing their hold on us.

  • Defend Liberty Philly Dude

    A default is only triggered if Hussein Obama’s regime chooses not to pay interest on the debt. Interest payments on the US Government’s debt are only about 10% of US government revenues.

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