Not long after Neel Kashkari was appointed head of the $700 billion bailout, Gawker dug up the guy’s high school yearbook page with its Rush quotes and tacky picture of a Ferrari, exposing what they called Kashkari’s “egocentric, douchebag nature.” Then the bailout dude held a Q&A after a conference with financial executives where he was reluctant to actually provide any “A,” leaving people “feeling cheated,” according to the NY Post. Last week, Kashkari appeared before Congress, where he was called a “chump” by Maryland Dem Elijah Cummings and criticized for the Treasury Department’s decision to give money to banks and financial firms instead of buying up bad mortgages and helping homeowners as originally planned. And while Kashkari is fast-becoming the douchey, cheating, chumpy face of the ever-changing and increasingly confusing bailout, his boss Henry Paulson is laying low and speaking at fundraisers, setting Kashkari up as the fall guy in case this whole bailout plan blows up in their faces.
The only bright spot for the Interim Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability in terms of public adorasian came this week, when he made People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” issue. It wasn’t just that they called him sexy. It was that they called him a Bailout GURU, which was the nicest thing–regardless of its actual truthfulness–that anyone’s said about Neel Kashkari in a month.
Filed under: $700 Million Bailout, Fall Guys, Gurus, Henry Paulson, Indian-Americans, Neel Kashkari, Office of Financial Stabiity, People Magazine Sexiest Man Alive, The Financial Crisis, Treasury Department
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