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Geithner comments on Rawlings-Blake's bacon

Marshal Greenblatt, left, vice president of Marlin Steel Wire, gives a tour of the manufacturing company to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
Marshal Greenblatt, left, vice president of Marlin Steel Wire, gives a tour of the manufacturing company to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. (Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun)
There were few laugh lines in U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's Thursday morning address to Baltimore's business community.
But one of the biggest resulted from a bizarre off-script non sequitur Geithner made early in his speech.
Setting: Fourth-floor conference room at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Harbor East.
Three hundred of Baltimore's most influential business and political leaders are seated at round, white-clothed tables.
The tables are filled with plates, which are laden with food from a breakfast buffet.
The Hon. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore's mayor, is seated directly in front of the lectern.
Don Fry, the head of the Greater Baltimore Committee, concludes a brief introduction. Fry relinquishes the mic to Geithner, who begins to speak to the silent crowd.
Geithner:
“Thanks, Don. Nice to see you all here. Should be a good breakfast. You look carefully at the mayor over there she’s got a nice plate of bacon and two big cups of coffee."
Undeserved laughter erupts. Beat.
Geithner:
"But I admire what she’s doing for the city and, again, it’s nice to see you all here.”
Geithner begins talking about economic policy.
End scene.
This wasn't the first time Rawlings-Blake's porcine proclivities have been publicly acknowledged.
About a month after she was sworn into office in 2010, the mayor ended up in the hospital following an evening encounter with a Corks pork chop.
After her 11-hour stay at Sinai, brought on by nighttime chest pains, doctors determined Rawlings-Blake was merely suffering from gastrointestinal difficulties.
"I just need to slow down on the caffeine," Rawlings-Blake said when she was returned to City Hall.
If Geithner's description of Rawlings-Blake's place setting was accurate, it seems she's forgotten her own advice.

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