Spotted at last night’s Jackson Browne concert at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia:
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
Browne, 63, a liberal singer-songwriter, is known for 1970s hits, including “The Pretender” and “Running on Empty,” and his political activism, ranging from “No Nukes” to acoustic performances at “Occupy Wall Street” protests last year in New York and D.C.
Geithner, 50, is former president of the New York Federal Reserve. In an interview with Charlie Rose yesterday, taped before the concert, Geithner was asked to defend criticism that “you bailed out Wall Street, but you didn’t bail out Main Street.”
Geithner pushed back, saying that he was protecting “the average American from the failures in the failing financial system” and that “to have let it burn would have been much more damaging to Main Street.”
Geithner also told Rose he was “deeply offended” by criticism that he was too friendly to banks because of his time at the New York Fed.
His office, however, declined to say which Browne tunes the Treasury secretary favors most.