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Whoa! It’s buried deep in an NYT profile of the Geithner-Obama relationship, but check this out:
Born two weeks apart in August 1961, the president and Mr. Geithner each spent childhood years in Asia because each had a parent working for the Ford Foundation on overseas development.
As I have reported many times, I suspect Geithner’s father is/was high level CIA and used the Ford Foundation as cover to travel Asia.
What NYT fails to mention is that Geithner’s father was in charge of microfinance in Asia for the Ford Foundation and the Obama’s mother ran microfinance for the Ford Foundation in Indonesia. In other words, Geithner’s father was the boss of Obama’s mother. This is what I wrote in March. 2009:
Geithner’s father, Peter Geithner, was head of the Ford Foundation’s Asia grant making for a period in the early 1980s, including micro finance grants. He traveled and lived throughout Asia – which to me smells like a perfect CIA cover.
Obama’s mother Ann Dunham-Soetoro developed the micro-finance program in Indonesia.
Geithner’s father and Obama’s mother most certainly knew each other. According to Ian Wilhelm of the The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Ford Foundation says, "they met at least once in Jakarta."
My guess is that it was a lot more than once and this sheds a lot of light on who Barack Obama and Tim Geithner really are.
Reprinted with permission from Economic Policy Journal.