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The TARP Email Trail: AIG And Citi Execs Clueless And Arrogant, Kashkari "Tough To Watch"

First, because this crisis has been so far short on feminine bad guys, we have AIG general counsel Anastasia Kelly and Paula Reynolds, the company's restructuring officer. Marshall Huebner, the lawyer hired to represent the government kept trying to arrange conference calls with them, but they kept flaking out and forgetting to confirm the time. "I note that some of them do not have a sense of timeline," wrote another lawyer (also being paid by the hour with your tax dollars.) But OMG the AIG duo had no idea the holdup was the source of any irritation! Wrote Anastasia to Huebner later that day:

Paula and I love you (in the most appropriate way).
But maybe because their $45 billion bailout was so puny compared to AIG's, Citigroup seemed most oblivious of all:
Though the details of what specifically held up an agreement with Citigroup at the end of last year are muddy, it's clear from the documents it dealt with compensation. What's also clear is that government officials were amazed that, even at the eleventh hour, Citi officials still didn't seem to understand that they would have to make concessions.

"Unbelievable," wrote Stephen Albrecht, the counselor to the general counsel at Treasury, summing up the situation.

You can say that a few hundred billion times!