Last night, I Googled Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's name to check when he was with the International Monetary Fund. The first link that popped up was his Wikipedia entry, so I scanned it for the information I was looking for. I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw a very strange item. I traced the footnote on the item to its original source, which is The Chronicle of Philanthropy (www.philanthropy.com).
Here's what I found:
"In an unusual twist of fate, the parents of Barack Obama and his Secretary of Treasury, Timothy Geithner, share a nonprofit connection: they worked at the Ford Foundation at the same time.
"Indeed, Mr. Geithner's father (Peter) was head of the philanthropy's Asia grant making for a period in the early 1980s and oversaw the work of Mr. Obama's mother (Ann Dunham-Soetoro), who developed the organization's microfinance programs in Indonesia.
"According to the Foundation, they met at least once in Jakarta."
Isn't this kind of weird coincidence a little too X-Files?