Earlier this month, Mr. Geithner had breakfast in Manhattan with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Robert Steel, a deputy mayor and former Treasury official in the Bush administration who had previously worked at Goldman. Facetiously, a Geithner aide said Mr. Steel and Mr. Geithner knew each other from the investment bank.
Later that day at a public event, the mayor in all seriousness referred to Mr. Steel and Mr. Geithner, and added, "They both worked at Goldman."
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