It's not every comedy show host who warrants an off-the-record talk on the economy with the Treasury chief. But Jon Stewart's clout apparently knows no bounds. Bloomberg noticed that Tim Geithner's newly published appointments calendar included a visit to Stewart's New York office during a busy time in April to discuss all things fiscal. It wasn't for the show, however.
“Jon Stewart is influential in America, so we took the opportunity for the two to meet and to discuss the economy,” a Treasury spokesman explains. On the same day, Geithner also spoke with the likes of Harry Reid, Chris Dodd, and Nancy Pelosi—but not in person. (Read more Timothy Geithner stories.)