Look, I wasn’t in Davos but the vignette is telling. CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, the Money Honey, was the one telling it. Looking svelte and mischievous with wide sunglasses hung above a wide smile, Bartiromo made a brief appearance on MSNBC to talk about the 2009 Economic Forum.
In the brief but entertaining snippets she provided, she spoke of an encounter between strong-man guy Vladimir Putin and metrosexual Michael Dell. In typical overweening fashion, and with great consciousness of “improving the image of America” (the blood sport of America’s rich liberal elite), Dell leaned over solicitously to Putin and whispered the following in his ear:
“Is there anything we can do to help you?” he gushed.
Putin was rightly put off by the unctuous and avuncular familiarity.
“Help us? Russia doesn’t need help. Help is for invalids and weaklings.”
Ah…the good old days, when men were men and weren’t massaging each other expensive dinners in Davos. Remember when America prided itself on individuality, on doing things for yourself?