I can kill a man with my business card…
Blog Guy, I love it when you give us Inside Washington stuff that nobody else knows. What’s the latest hot topic among President Obama’s inner circle?
Oh man, it’s an ugly one! You didn’t hear this from me, but it turns out Obama expects his people to carry oversized business cards. He thinks it’s classy.
So now they lug around cards the size of a bumper sticker. They need a briefcase just to hold them. Each card weighs two pounds, mounted on plywood.
Here you can see Treasure Secretary Timothy Geithner presenting his card to a visitor a couple of days ago, and a shot of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with one of her cards.
Yikes! Where did Obama get that wacky idea?
From his trip to France, where everybody is required to carry around cards that say France on them, like the one in this picture. Hence the old expression, “as big as a French business card.”
Actually, Obama’s original staff memo on the subject was badly worded, and for a couple of weeks Geithner, Clinton and the rest were handing out huge cards that just said said FRANCE.
This sounds like one nutty administration. Is this true, Blog Guy?
Of course. I wouldn’t be able to say it here if it wasn’t.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner places his name card on the table as he testifies before the Congressional Oversight Panel, which was created to oversee the expenditure of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) on Capitol Hill in Washington June 22, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses a panel discussion with several non-governmental organizations at the Heal Africa clinic in Goma, August 11, 2009. REUTERS/Roberto Schmidt/Pool
UEFA President Michel Platini holds a card with the name of France, chosen as the country to host the European soccer championships in 2016 during an announcement ceremony in Geneva, May 28, 2010. REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud