Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Quote of the Week

I'm going to keep my analysis short on this week's Quote of the Week, mostly because I happen to know the principal characters involved. I don't need to take any sides here, because in all honesty I've had my issues with all of these people at one time or another, and in this dispute I can understand and appreciate both sides and can't really declare a winner (are they all losers? Weeeeeell.... nah).

At any rate, at issue is the 2004 meeting between the Winklevoss twins (Cameron and Tyler, "the Winklevi") and then-Harvard President Larry Summers, as made famous in "The Social Network". At a conference last week, Summers was asked whether the colorful Hollywood portrayal of the meeting was accurate or not. He responded in a way that only Larry Summers can.


"One of the things you learn as a college president is that if an undergraduate is wearing a tie and jacket on Thursday afternoon at three o'clock, there are two possibilities. One is that they're looking for a job and have an interview; the other is that they are an asshole. This was the latter case."
                                             - Former Harvard President Larry Summers

Just a priceless line, regardless of your feelings on the people involved. For what it's worth, the Winklevi have responded in their typical litigious fashion, writing a 3-page letter to current Harvard President Drew Faust.

In short, this whole episode is just three Harvard a**holes doing what comes naturally--I should know, we can smell our own.

[Huffington Post]

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