Timothy Geithner (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
David Jackson, USA TODAY
Outgoing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is trying to read himself out of the race to be the next Fed Chair.
"No, not a chance," Geithner told Politico in exit interview. "I mean, I have great respect for the institution, but that will be someone else's privilege."
Still, Geithner's name is likely to be mentioned if Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke forgoes a third term and Obama names a replacement later this year or next. Bernanke's term ends Jan. 31, 2014.
Geithner's last day at Treasury is Friday. He also told Politico:
"The thing I'm most grateful for is the chance to work with the President I admire, and help him do the necessary hard thing of saving the country from a second Great Depression.
"And I think the biggest challenge ahead of us still is to try to find a way to get the American political system to start to work again in taking on some of the bigger, longer-term challenges we face. And I think that's a challenge still unmet."