I still get a thrill whenever I get my hands on a confidential memo with “The White House, Washington” appearing on the letterhead. Even whenâ€”like the one I’m looking at nowâ€”it’s about a snoozy topic: This week’s G-20 summit.
The 6-page letter from the White House, dated September 3, was sent to the 20 heads of state that will meet this Thursday in Pittsburgh. After some initial diplo-blather, our President’s “sherpa” for the summit, Michael Froman, does a little victory dance, announcing that the recession has been defeated. “Global equity markets have risen 35 percent since the end of March,” writes Froman. In other words, the stock market is up and all’s well.