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Top government officials stop work to watch U.S. win World Cup match

It wasn't just your office that came to a standstill during the gripping final moments of the dramatic 1-0 U.S. World Cup victory over Algeria this afternoon. The people who run your government and its economy were watching, too, according to reports from Post reporters.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Banking Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) were huddled together on the Hill, discussing the end game for the sweeping financial regulatory reform bill that's near its conclusion. As the U.S.-Algeria match hit the 89th minute, the powerful lawmakers paused their meeting to turn to the TV and watch the rest of the game.

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Larry Summers, President Obama's chief economic adviser, watched the match in Summers's office.

Most of Geithner's senior Treasury staff were out of the office, encamped at popular D.C. restaurant Blackfinn to watch the match. When Landon Donovan's goal went into the net, ensuring that the U.S. side would make it through to the World Cup's round of 16 teams, the Treasury staff erupted in cheers.

By Frank Ahrens  |  June 23, 2010; 4:47 PM ET
Categories:  Congress , Treasury  
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