September 9, 2011
Larry Ching: From Harbin, in Heilongjiang Province, ni hao!
Caller: Ni hao, Larry, and ni hao to your guest.
Larry Ching: Ni hao, caller. Do you have a question for the American secretary of the treasury, Mr. Geithner Tim?
Caller: I do, Larry, thank you. I’d like to ask Mr. Tim if he is regretful about the recent downgrading of American sovereign debt?
Larry Ching: Good question! What about it, Mr. Tim? But before answer, can call you Geithner? Is that too familiar?
Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Mr. Geithner Tim: Well, Larry, actually, in English it’s reversed. So my first name is Tim and my second name is Geithner.
Larry Ching: How about that! Weird! Fun stuff! I am enjoying this nutty interview!
Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Mr. Geithner Tim: If I may, to answer your caller’s question, I am of course regretful about Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade the United States’ debt, but I am hopeful that this situation can be resolved. As you know, the American economy is still the most powerful and energetic in the world, and our ability to meet our financial obligations remains strong.
Larry Ching: So when do you have to go to the prison farm?
Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Mr. Geithner Tim: Well, never, I hope.
Larry Ching: Will you or any of your cadre be executed?
Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Mr. Geithner Tim: No, as I’ve said, this is really not a big problem. The United States remains solvent, and while I disagree with the decision by Standard & Poor’s, I agree with their basic assessment of the current political environment in the United States, which is making it very difficult to address these critical issues.
Larry Ching: Who in the Standard & Poor’s economic unit will be imprisoned for this humiliation?
Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Mr. Geithner Tim: Well, um, no one, I think.
Larry Ching: No one? An economic unit of the state is not prohibited from humiliating and demeaning the leaders and the people’s government?
Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Mr. Geithner Tim: Well, no, I mean, I see your point, but . . .
Larry Ching: Will there at least be televised show trials?
Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Mr. Geithner Tim: No.
Larry Ching: Will Miss Bachmann Michele be publicly rebuked?